My First Lean Kaizen Event

By Leonid Gorelik, DNP (c), MSN, RN, NEA-BC

As part of my Doctoral work at Yale University, I was allowed the opportunity to conduct a change project at my current work setting. The focus of the project is utilizing the Lean process improvement framework in identifying barriers that impede patient flow in the Adult Ambulatory Surgery Unit (ASU) at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai. I first learned of the Lean framework from my readings on quality improvement. The more I read about Lean, the more I began to understand what the methodology entailed. Being actively involved in the Lean process, however, is an entirely different experience than reading about it.  Read more

Technology: A Useful Tool in Spreading Holiday Cheer

By Emily Danz, RN, BSN

Patients in the hospital are always a little sad when they are not at home or with their families. This especially was the case for my patient, who has three young children at home. Unfortunately, my patient’s diagnosis of active tuberculosis does not allow for her children to visit, since special masks are required to be worn for her care. Read more

ANCC Magnet Conference 2014 Takeaways

By Melody Cubas, BSN RN-BC

This ANCC Magnet Conference held in Dallas, TX on Oct 8-10, 2014 was attended by 8,400 nurses, nursing executives, and healthcare professionals from around the world. It was the first time I ever attended a big conference and it was indeed a once in a lifetime, fun and educational experience. Meeting and sharing experiences with the best of the best nurses is priceless! I thank The Mount Sinai Hospital for the opportunity to attend, and to proudly represent our Sinai team in celebrating and being recognized for our third Magnet Designation. Read more

The Holiday Season

By Merle Warren

Apart from being a nurse, I am also a full time mom and grandmother to three gorgeous kids – Anaya, 8, Tyler, 7 and Zack, 3. I try to juggle my time around to make sure I’m spending quality time with my family. Being the head of the household comes with a lot of responsibilities, and when things are not going well, the person that they look to for help is “Mommy”.  Read more

After the Music Stops…

By Margaret Ort, RN, MSN, BSN, CEN

The music and celebrations have subsided. We have successfully been re-designated a Magnet hospital for the third time. Magnet designation is an honor and, Magnet re-designation is so much more; little enough to say thrice re-designated. We are an elite group indeed. Read more

My Personal Philosophy of Advance Practice Nursing

By Joanne de Guia-Rayos, MSN, RN, NP-C

Caring is defined as a complex, and trans-cultural process, grounded in an ethical and spiritual context. Caring reflects a moral obligation or duty that lays the ethical framework for nursing ethos that safeguards a patient’s right to human dignity. As patient advocates, APNs should identify patient preferences in an emphatic and non-paternalistic fashion in order to navigate, coordinate and facilitate multi-disciplinary and patient-centered treatment plans. Read more

Nothing Ventured… Nothing Gained

By Grace Marin, RN MSN MBA

My journey as a Mount Sinai nurse began in 1998, on a cold and wet October morning. I was initially hired as an experienced per diem nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at The Mount Sinai Hospital, and was offered a full-time position shortly thereafter. Although I arrived with a decade of experience from a large academic medical center in Philadelphia, and felt confident providing high tech clinical care for critically ill newborns and families, the fear of starting over again and “making it” in New York City was an entirely different story. What I didn’t expect however, was to feel so welcomed on my first day on the unit; staff came up to me smiling, introducing themselves and welcoming me like I was a long lost friend. I was not accustomed to this level of caring from people I had just met, especially in New York City! Read more

My US Open 2014 Volunteer Experience

By Melody Cubas, BSN RN-BC

In this special time of giving, it is always important to reflect on what it means to give back. I started doing volunteer work during my high school years. I used to assist the nurses in our university infirmary in taking care of their patients, most of whom were victims of snake bites. I think that experience is what made me decide to take up nursing as a profession. Providing care and compassion to other people made me feel special, and the emotional rewards were unexplainable. I continued to join various teams of other clinicians, and shared at least 1-2 weeks of my time doing medical missions in remote areas of the Philippines. The US Open volunteer experience was so different. I actually thought I would be doing the same clinical work as those in my medical missions and well, I was mistaken.

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