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Butler Hospital’s Vice President of Patient Care Services Named Nurse Leader of the Year by the Rhode Island State Nurses Association

Linda Damon, RN, MSN, MHCA has led nursing development at Butler Hospital, collaborated with nurses and nurse educators on a book about psychiatric nursing, and created the hospital’s first Clinical Quality Council. For these accomplishments and more, the Rhode Island State Nurses Association (RISNA) honored Damon as Nurse Leader of the Year at its annual gala dinner on April 15.

A licensed, registered nurse for 29 years, Damon is vice president of Patient Care Services at Butler Hospital. The award is given to a nurse who has been recognized for having exceptional leadership and communication skills, supporting continuing education for nurses, and mentoring those who are new to the field of nursing.

In presenting the award, Donna Policastro, executive director of The Rhode State Nurses Association said, “Linda is a visionary leader and she has persistently advocated for the important role of nursing at Butler Hospital as well as in the entire nursing profession. She has been a true champion of nursing and is so deserving of this award.”

Damon was recognized for facilitating the role of advanced practice nurses at Butler Hospital, which led to two nurses having admitting privileges to the hospital, as well as providing initial psychiatric evaluations for partial hospital admissions. Ed Lyons, MSN, CNS, RN, an advanced practice nurse at Butler has this to say about Damon’s leadership, “I believe Linda’s leadership was a critical component to the successful implementation of advanced practice nursing roles and of nursing development at Butler Hospital. I see this as a significant achievement for Linda as a leader and for nursing as a discipline.”

Damon was also recognized for bringing together staff level nurses and nurse educators to write a book that has been accepted for publishing. Titled Therapeutic Interventions for Psychiatric Nursing, the book will be used to provide guidance to new psychiatric nurses on psychiatric nursing interventions.

Known for being approachable, respectful and appreciative of others, Damon played a leading role in creating the first Clinical Quality Council at Butler Hospital. She also helped to establish a forum for collaboration and benchmarking with her nursing colleagues at the six private psychiatric hospitals in the Northeast that are known as the Ivy League Hospitals. She also created a similar forum within the Care New England Health System in which Butler Hospital is a member along with Kent and Women & Infants Hospitals.

Damon received an associate of science liberal arts degree from Massachusetts Bay Community College and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor's in nursing at Worcester State College. She earned a master's in ambulatory care nursing from Boston College, and in 1992 she received a master's in health care administration from Framingham State College.

Butler Hospital is the only private, nonprofit psychiatric and substance abuse hospital serving adults, seniors, adolescents and children in Rhode Island and southeastern New England. Founded in 1844, it was the first hospital in Rhode Island and has earned a reputation as the leading provider of innovative psychiatric treatments in the region. The flagship hospital for the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Butler is recognized worldwide as a pioneer in conducting cutting-edge research. Linda Damon, RN, MSN, MHCA has led nursing development at Butler Hospital, collaborated with nurses and nurse educators on a book about psychiatric nursing, and created the hospital’s first Clinical Quality Council. For these accomplishments and more, the Rhode Island State Nurses Association (RISNA) honored Damon as Nurse Leader of the Year at its annual gala dinner on April 15.

A licensed, registered nurse for 29 years, Damon is vice president of Patient Care Services at Butler Hospital. The award is given to a nurse who has been recognized for having exceptional leadership and communication skills, supporting continuing education for nurses, and mentoring those who are new to the field of nursing.

In presenting the award, Donna Policastro, executive director of The Rhode State Nurses Association said, “Linda is a visionary leader and she has persistently advocated for the important role of nursing at Butler Hospital as well as in the entire nursing profession. She has been a true champion of nursing and is so deserving of this award.”

Damon was recognized for facilitating the role of advanced practice nurses at Butler Hospital, which led to two nurses having admitting privileges to the hospital, as well as providing initial psychiatric evaluations for partial hospital admissions. Ed Lyons, MSN, CNS, RN, an advanced practice nurse at Butler has this to say about Damon’s leadership, “I believe Linda’s leadership was a critical component to the successful implementation of advanced practice nursing roles and of nursing development at Butler Hospital. I see this as a significant achievement for Linda as a leader and for nursing as a discipline.”

Damon was also recognized for bringing together staff level nurses and nurse educators to write a book that has been accepted for publishing. Titled Therapeutic Interventions for Psychiatric Nursing, the book will be used to provide guidance to new psychiatric nurses on psychiatric nursing interventions.

Known for being approachable, respectful and appreciative of others, Damon played a leading role in creating the first Clinical Quality Council at Butler Hospital. She also helped to establish a forum for collaboration and benchmarking with her nursing colleagues at the six private psychiatric hospitals in the Northeast that are known as the Ivy League Hospitals. She also created a similar forum within the Care New England Health System in which Butler Hospital is a member along with Kent and Women & Infants Hospitals.

Damon received an associate of science liberal arts degree from Massachusetts Bay Community College and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor's in nursing at Worcester State College. She earned a master's in ambulatory care nursing from Boston College, and in 1992 she received a master's in health care administration from Framingham State College.

Butler Hospital is the only private, nonprofit psychiatric and substance abuse hospital serving adults, seniors, adolescents and children in Rhode Island and southeastern New England. Founded in 1844, it was the first hospital in Rhode Island and has earned a reputation as the leading provider of innovative psychiatric treatments in the region. The flagship hospital for the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Butler is recognized worldwide as a pioneer in conducting cutting-edge research.

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