Cynthia LaSala, MS, APRN

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Cynthia LaSala

Cynthia has been employed as a unit-based Clinical Nurse Specialist in Medical Nursing at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston since 2002. Prior to her employment at MGH, Cynthia was a staff development specialist in Nursing and Employee Education Departments at the VA Boston Healthcare System for 15 years. Collectively, Cynthia has 40 years of experience as a staff nurse, educator, and advanced practice nurse in public and private academic medical centers. She received a Diploma in Nursing from St. Elizabeth’s Hospital School of Nursing, Boston in 1972, a BSN from Salem State University in 1984, and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Boston in 2000.

Cynthia is currently a clinical nurse specialist on Phillips 20 which is a 20 bed acute adult inpatient unit that provides interdisciplinary patient-centered care for patients with a wide variety of medical problems and specialized needs. Phillips 20 is part of the MGH In-Patient Hospice Model. Nursing staff is highly regarded by physician and other interdisciplinary colleagues for their clinical expertise in caring for patients at end-of-life in providing holistic, compassionate care aimed at alleviating suffering and palliative symptom management that includes but is not limited to treating patients with intractable pain. In addition to her unit-based responsibilities, Cynthia serves as Advisor to the Patient Care Services Ethics in Clinical Practice Committee in the Institute for Patient Care which utilizes a collaborative governance model to empower front-line clinicians as change agents in improving outcomes of care for patients and families across the organization.

Cynthia is an active member of the MGH Ethics Task Force and Harvard Teaching Hospitals Ethics Leaders Group and was selected as a 2011-2012 Harvard Ethics Fellow in the Division of Medical Ethics at Harvard Medical School. Cynthia has over 35 years of professional organizational experience at state, local, and national levels with the American Nurses Association and one of its constituent member associations, the Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses, Sigma Theta Tau, and the Emergency Nurses Association. Cynthia has presented and published on several topics but has a vested interest in clinical ethics with more recent publications on moral leadership in nursing, creating environments that promote moral courage, and moral accountability and integrity in nursing practice.