Intely@Sea SME Profile – Hiyam Nadel

Intely@Sea is a five-day cruise out of Miami, Florida to the Bahamas, taking place May 9 – 13, 2022 in honor of Nursing Professionals Week! We are so excited to be a part of this celebration. It is going to be a trip to remember! 

Joining us on the cruise will be prominent nursing professionals who are subject matter experts and leaders in the nursing world. Some of them will be teaching courses on board for CEU credits. Each of them will be available to network and share their stories with you! Be sure to read up on each of these pioneers in nursing and follow them on social media as well. 

Meet Hiyam Nadel

Hiyam M. Nadel, MBA, RN is the Director of the Center for Innovations in Care Delivery at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston, MA. In this role, she is both a mentor and “incubator” of ideas for front-line caregivers who conceive an idea, from the prototyping stage and beyond. She is currently an inaugural Johnson and Johnson Innovation Fellow. 

Prior to accepting her most recent position, Hiyam played an essential role in re-opening the MGH Obstetrics Department after a 40-year hiatus. Along with the re-opening of the Obstetrics division came the opportunity to implement a different nurse-care model and a “Medical Home” for Obstetrics. In addition, she has been instrumental in designing IT programs such as the “Ambulatory Patient Tracking System”, and co-authored the design of the “OB EMR”, an electronic medical record, which was sold to Hewitt Packard.  

She was selected as Innovation Learning Network Changemaker, a distinction recognizing leaders who are trying to bring impactful change to their organization. She believes that hackathons provide innovative grounds for new ideas, and therefore is actively involved in the Microsoft/Johnson & Johnson/SONSIEL NurseHack4Health Hackathon. 

Hiyam is a recipient of the 2020 Extraordinary Women Advancing Healthcare Award from the Commonwealth Institute. This award recognizes 10 remarkable women in Massachusetts each year who are emerging and inspiring leaders pioneering advances across health care, and who demonstrate collaboration, mentor others, and encourage diversity. 

Most recently, Hiyam has co-authored a book, The Rebel Nurse Handbook: Inspirational Stories by Shift Disrupters, and has been a guest on several podcasts.  She earned a nursing degree from Northeastern University, a clinical genetics certificate from Brandeis University, and an MBA from Babson College, with a focus on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Hiyam is a founder and board member of the Society of Nurse Scientists, Innovators, Entrepreneurs and Leaders (SONSIEL). 


IntelyCare: What does Nursing Professionals Week mean to you? 

Hiyam: “To me, Nursing Professionals Week means celebrating and highlighting everything that all nursing professionals do to advance healthcare.” 

IntelyCare: What does education mean to you? 

Hiyam: “Education, to me, is about sharing and collaborating in an effort to advance together, rather than in a silo.” 

IntelyCare: What do you think everyone should understand about what it means to be a nurse? 

Hiyam: “Everyone should understand that nurses develop deep understandings of both patient and family needs, and in doing so become master workflow experts and implementers.” 

IntelyCare: What do you think every nurse should understand about the importance of self-care? 

Hiyam: “As nurses, we are caregivers. We almost always put others’ needs in front of our own, but we have to do something outside of work that is enjoyable to us. For example, I rock climb. It distracts me and rejuvenates me so that I can go back to work and go at it again! It doesn’t matter what it is that you choose to do outside of work, just do it!” 

Learn more about Intely@Sea here, and be sure to read about the other nursing leaders and subject matter experts who will be attending.

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