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Nursing at CHA

At Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) we're supporting our neighbors, implementing new models of care and building a workforce to meet patient needs. You have so much to offer, and so does CHA.

Video: Our Nurses, Our Community

We are so proud of our caring, diverse and talented nurses. Hear from our nurses about why they came to CHA, and why they have stayed.

The CHA Difference:

  • A Focus on Community

    CHA is passionately local. Many staff members live in our local communities (Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Medford, Revere, Somerville and Winthrop, MA), work here and understand the people and cultures. We believe community health care systems have a responsibility to both support patients and address broader health needs. That's why we've developed robust public and community health functions like our Cambridge Public Health Department.

  • Willingness to Innovate

    CHA is implementing new models of care. We are seen as a national leader in the Patient-Centered Medical Home (featured in the Wall Street Journal) and in integrating behavioral health with primary care. We are working to improve complex care management for patients with the most challenging needs. Our Emergency Department is considered one of the most advanced in the nation when it comes to reducing wait times and increasing the timeliness of care.

    CHA utilizes Relationship-based Care as its Care Delivery Model. This Care Delivery Model focuses on these three relationships: Self, Team, and Patients/Families. Patients are important partners in their own healthcare decision-making. Collaboration among the interprofessional team improves communication, collaboration and ultimately, patient outcomes. 

  • A Commitment to Diversity

    As a safety net hospital we are proud of our motto - We Care for All.

    Patients benefit from our interpreters, who speak 150 languages, our extensive bilingual primary care teams and targeted programs like the Haitian Mental Health Program.

  • A Major Teaching Hospital

    CHA is a major teaching hospital and sets the bar for fostering an environment of teaching and learning. Affiliated with Harvard Medical School and Tufts University School of Medicine, CHA nurses engage in daily collaboration with some of the most highly skilled physicians in the country. Moreover, they play a role in educating the next generation of doctors and nurses who work alongside them. CHA nurses are exposed to cutting-edge health care innovations through these academic affiliations and engage in life-long learning and teaching.

  • High Standards

    Quality and Safety are the #1 priority at CHA. We are proud to have an 80% BSN-prepared nursing workforce and 23% professional certification among direct-care nurses. CHA participates in the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI). CHA outperforms the NDNQI Mean on Falls with Injury, CLABSI & CAUTI. Active improvement initiatives are ongoing to reduce harm to our patients by improving our systems and processes to support patient care. 

    Patient Experience of Care is a top priority at CHA. We understand that improving quality and safety improves the patient experience and nurse communication. Nurses at CHA utilize bedside handoff communication that includes a focus on SAFETY: Stand at the bedside, Assess your patient together, Fall risk identification, Explain plan of care, Try to involve the patient, whY?

  • Growing Opportunities
    CHA is committed to increasing access for patients. We’re growing in areas like Primary Care and need highly skilled nurses in medical/surgical care, critical care, peri-operative, primary care, specialty ambulatory care, psychiatry, school/public health and emergency services.
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