Professional Development Specialist, Lunder-Dineen Health Education Alliance of Maine
Carole MacKenzie is the Professional Development Specialist for the Lunder-Dineen Health Education Alliance of Maine. She has held educational and leadership roles across the continuum of care, including roles in academic medical centers, community hospitals, school health and public health settings. Prior to her appointment with Lunder-Dineen, she was the Director of Nursing Professional and Practice Development at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital and the Director of School Health Services for the Needham Public Schools.
Carole holds a nursing diploma, a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s in education degree. She is Board Certified in Nursing Professional Development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and a member of the Association for Nursing Professional Development (ANPD). She has been a podium presenter at regional and national conferences, including ANPD Conventions and the MGH Executive Committee on Teaching and Education (ECOTE) 2018 Symposium.
Patient and family-centered care and interprofessional collaborative practice are two of Carole’s areas of study and focus. She has broad experience in developing and implementing; professional development programs for nursing and interprofessional staff, continuous quality improvement processes, and academic and community-based partnerships to advance health and educational initiatives. She led the development of the educational design and content for Lunder-Dineen’s three signature interprofessional, blended-learning educational programs. Her collaborative work with the members of The Maine Nursing Preceptor Education Program Advisory Team has resulted in the successful launch of a state-wide preceptor leadership program in Maine.
In 2017, Carole was selected to be a Massachusetts General Hospital Global Health Nursing Fellow. As a nursing fellow, she developed a clinical instruction leadership training program to meet the identified learning needs of nursing faculty, master’s degree nursing students and clinical nurses. She traveled with the Global Health Team and taught the program at Mbarara University of Science and Technology in Mbarara, Uganda.
In April 2020, as The Boston Hope Field Hospital was opening to support the care of patients diagnosed with COVID-19, Carole was appointed to the hospital’s nursing leadership team. She worked closely with an interprofessional team of colleagues and she was instrumental in developing the on-site orientation and clinical education programs.