The Mary McMahon Busch Nurse Training Fund: First-Year Impact

Nurses from Hospital da Criança e Maternidade in Brazil and their mentors from Mayo Clinic


One hundred and twenty-two nurses from India, Brazil and Malaysia received additional training last year, funded in part by gifts to the Mary McMahon Busch Nurse Training Fund. This fund was created at Children’s HeartLink last spring with gifts made in Mary’s memory. A member of our board, Mary was a cardiac nurse by training, a leader in the international cardiac device industry and a passionate advocate of our work.

“This support is critical to helping us address one of the most pressing challenges we encounter in our partner hospitals around the world. Nurse training is a valuable investment that leads to empowered nurses and improved patient care,” says Children’s HeartLink President Jackie Boucher.


  • During its first year, the Mary McMahon Busch Nurse Training Fund helped to support the 10-day Nurse Residency Program in India, led by a group of US-based nursing experts and international partners. This is the only program of its kind in India. It gave 84 nurses an opportunity to advance their nursing practice and adopt a proactive approach while caring for patients.
  • In Brazil this fund provided scholarships for 24 nurses participating in the first postgraduate nursing course in pediatric cardiac care. The 18-month program was developed by nursing leaders at our partner Hospital da Criança e Maternidade in São José do Rio Preto and is taught at FAMERP Medical University.
  • We piloted an Advanced Practice Provider nursing curriculum in pediatric cardiac care for 14 nurses at Institut Jantung Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The curriculum was developed by the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society and is delivered by Children’s HeartLink medical volunteers. 

Nurse training at our partner hospitals helps improve nurses’ knowledge, develops nursing leaders and promotes nurses as key partners of heart care teams. Learn more or make a gift to the Mary McMahon Busch Nurse Training Fund.