Meet Marianne Lynch, Bariatric Inpatient Nurse
Marianne Lynch, RN, BSN, has been taking care of weight loss surgery patients at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center since 2007, when she joined the staff of Farr 9, the hospital’s inpatient floor for bariatric, hepatobiliary, pancreatic, thoracic and general surgery patients.
“Shortly after I began working here, I realized how much I love surgical nursing,” Marianne says. “Farr 9 is a very complex medical/surgical unit, and I enjoy working with patients and their families to provide ongoing education catered to their specific plan of care. This really helps to optimize my patients’ hospital experience, and their continued recovery at home.”
Once a bariatric patient is out of surgery and brought to Farr 9, Marianne and her colleagues help manage their post-operative care plan. A lot of education about proper nutrition is involved: patients need to follow a specific diet for several weeks after surgery, and an overall healthy eating plan is key to both short- and long-term success.
“I love that I get to educate patients about creating a healthy lifestyle,” she says, “but I also often need to provide support to patients about emotional and psychological issues related to obesity and weight loss. We direct patients to the available resources outside of the hospital to help them on their weight loss journey once they go home.”
Caring for bariatric patients is unique, Marianne acknowledges, due to the fact that they are electing to have surgery in order to better their health.
“It is nice knowing that my weight loss surgery patients are leaving the hospital a lot better than when they came in — meaning they are getting a fresh start at making positive changes to their health and wellness,” she notes.
Before she became a nurse, Marianne originally wanted to work as a speech pathologist, and even spent a year as a paraprofessional in a high school’s special education department. She is a UMASS graduate with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and biology, and obtained her BSN from Regis College in 2007.
Marianne joined BIDMC as a new nursing graduate and is proud to be going on 10 years a staff member.
“I love knowing that I work at one of the best hospitals in Boston with the top technology and resources,” she says. “I am constantly learning new things and building on my own skills as a clinical nurse. I have the ability to work with some of the best doctors out there, and we get referrals and transfers from all over — our patients just love the care they receive here at BIDMC.”
She and her Farr 9 colleagues recognize that their teamwork plays a big part in providing all of their patients with a positive hospital experience and high-quality care.
“I work with an amazing team and we work so well together,” Marianne says. “There have been so many days that I have left work and been really grateful for the help of my peers. Sometimes I don’t know how I would have made it through a shift without them!”
Marianne stays busy when her shifts end, too, but often brings home the wellness education she provides to her bariatric patients. She and her husband of seven years are the parents of three healthy kids — ages 5, 2 and 9 months — as well as a yellow Lab.
“We enjoy trips to the beach, going for walks, bike-riding in the park or visiting the playground, zoo and aquarium,” she says. “We try to promote a healthy and active lifestyle for our family.”