Cape Cod Hospital nurses get a Fenway salute
When Fenway Park hosted the 4th annual Boston Red Sox Nurses Night, a team from Cape Cod Hospital was there to collect some ovations.
A busload of 22 employees from Mugar 6 – including nurses, a physician’s assistant, two nurse practitioners and a unit secretary – traveled from Hyannis to Boston for the event.
“It was really a cool night and so much fun,” said Libby Merritt. a case manager on Mugar 6. “People were saying ‘thanks for all your work’ as we walked to our seats.”
The Mugar team wore matching sweatshirts that said "Nurses Night Fenway Park 2021” on the front and “Mugar 6” in a font similar to the Red Sox logo on the back.
“People were stopping us all over the place to ask what Mugar is, because we were bumping into nurses from Tufts, Beth Israel, Brigham and Women’s and others.
“There was lots of camaraderie. We’d talk to each other about how we fared with COVID. There was a lot of bonding with fellow nurses that we met in the line to the concessions or the bathroom.”
Mugar 6 is a floor for orthopedic surgery and neurosurgery patients.
“It’s busy, busy, busy, but wonderful,” said Merritt. “We have great team spirit.”
Last year, when surgeries were halted because of the pandemic, Mugar 6 became a COVID “rule in, rule out” floor, she said.
“Back when the test took so long to come back, we'd have a patient that we thought might have COVID. Then three days later when the test came back, which now takes three hours, if they were positive, they'd go down to South 2. If they were negative, they would stay up here with us.
“We went from a surgical floor to a whole different ballgame, but it was not a hard transition. Mugar 6 is a solid team. We all work well together. Everybody knew what they had to do, and they just did it. There was no book on how to handle a global pandemic, but I think Cape Cod Healthcare did a phenomenal job.”
Nurses Second Trip
The Mugar employees first did a group trip to Fenway two years ago, she said.
“It was the middle of winter, and we were all just kind of like, ‘Oh, this is so brutal.’ I said we should all go to a Red Sox game and when I did some investigating, I found out they have a Nurses Night at Fenway.”
Merritt said being a Red Sox fan is in her blood.
“I was born into Red Sox nation. My dad led the way. It’s all girls in the family and we all had crushes on Carlton Fisk in 1975.”
Becoming a nurse also was an easy decision, she said.
“Either you have the caregiver gene, or you don’t. I come from a family of teachers. I was either going to be a teacher or a nurse. I wanted to help people and nursing is a great way to do it.”
Nurses Night was held on May 12, the 201st anniversary of the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.
“None of us went into nursing for the recognition,” said Merritt. “We do it because we want to take care of people, but it feels good to have someone say, ‘Hey, thanks for doing that.’ It is nice for everybody – nurses, aides, PTs, OTs, doctors – to be recognized.”