Penelope M Herman

Professional Details

Title: Visiting Lecturer
Office: None
Phone: 978-542-2424 x1620

Spring Courses

Cat. # Term Course # Title
2502 L24 NUR321 Health Care of Women and Children
2511 L33 NUR321 Health Care of Women and Children

Professional Biography



BACHELOR OF SCIENCE, B.S., Nursing; Minor, Biology Summa Cum Laude, May, 1997

Salem State College, Salem, Massachusetts

Valedictorian, School of Nursing


BACHELOR OF SCIENCE, B. S., Geography Magna Cum Laude, May, 1992

University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia

Scholarship Award, Department of Geography, 1992

Phi Beta Kappa graduate



7/98 - 6/04Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts

7/06 - presentStaff Nurse, Resource Nurse, Obstetrics (Labor & Delivery, Antepartum, Mother/Baby)

Selected for Molly Catherine Tramontana Award for Excellence in Nursing Care and two MGH Service Excellence awards 

ANCC Magnet Accreditation recognizing nursing excellence - current unit Magnet Champion for redesignation process

Provided competent, safe care of both low and high risk patients in a 12 bed 3,500 delivery service

Accountable for efficient, timely care in 5 bed triage area

Part of team responsible for new staff and new skill nursing orientation

Various committees including L&D Triage Workgroup, Staff Nurse Advisory, New Hire interview team

Childbirth Educator

Independently educated 6 to 12 couples in normal childbirth and post-partum expectations through 1 day intensive class or 2 day weekend class series

One of featured speakers at labor support conference for fellow staff


7/04 - 6/06Parkridge East Hospital, Chattanooga, Tennessee

Nurse Manager, Labor and Delivery

Managed 45-50 employees for 15 bed Level IIb 2,200 delivery service.

Developed and led educational retreat for Resource Nurses

Led HCA Maternal Medication Safety Initiative implementation for management of Pitocin, Magnesium Sulfate and Misoprostol use

Chairperson for Perinatal Risk Task Force

Member of Cost Containment, Op-Invasive, OB Section, NICU and Perinatal Safety committees


2/96 - 6/98Beverly Hospital, Beverly, Massachusetts

Staff Nurse, Obstetrics

Maintained professional care of low to moderate risk patients beyond 34 weeks gestation in 8 bed 2,500 delivery service


Professional Interests

 AWHONN, Lamaze International, Sigma Theta Tau


Professional Honors include:

Molly Catherine Tramontana Award for Outstanding Service and Patient Care

Massachusetts General Hospital

One of three Inaugural winners

October, 2007


Partners in Excellence Award

Massachusetts General Hospital

Team award for Childbirth Education, 2005

Individual award for Patient Care, Obstetrics, 2009


MGH Image of Nursing Campaign, “Simply the Best”

Selected participant for Photo Shoot and TV Commercial

2005, 2009 



In-patient Nurse Management experience.  Registered Nurse, Certified in Inpatient Obstetrics.  Certified in Electronic Fetal Monitoring.  Clinical obstetrical nursing in Level II, Level IIb and Level III care settings.  Developed strong clinical, leadership, and administrative skills in many areas of obstetrical care.  Surgical Scrub training completed.  Certified in BLS Healthcare Provider CPR, Neonatal Resuscitation.  Completed AWHONN Practices & Principles and Advanced Fetal Monitoring courses.  Past Lamaze International Certified Childbirth Educator.  Part-time faculty in clinical setting for NUR321 in area of Maternal-Child Health.  Facilities include Melrose-Wakefield Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital.


Selected Publications

Featured in Boston Herald on-line article regarding Childbirth Education and use of Empathy Belly, July 2007 LABOR OF LOVE: Dad tries 'Belly’ on for size”