A Hungarian Nurse’s Journey in Nursing

By Laszlo A. Pozsgai, RN, BSN, MHA, LNC

My name is Laszlo Pozsgai and I have been a nurse for 16 years now. These past 16 years have definitely been an interesting journey and to understand, you have to know that I’m not a born and raised American. I was born, and lived most of my life in Budapest, Hungary, a small country in Middle Eastern Europe. Read more

The Dubin Breast Center Family

By Kate FitzPatrick, RN, BSN

I started working at The Mount Sinai Hospital last December. I came into this job with an open mind, but wasn’t sure if I was fully prepared for what I was going to experience working at the Dubin Breast Center of The Tisch Cancer Institute. I had come from a Medical Oncology floor at a different hospital, where we saw all types of cancers, and even more so, all types of medical illnesses. I had always felt that having two very different types of patients on the same floor together was a struggle for the nurses to have to switch gears when caring for 5-6 patients at a time. I was attracted to the Dubin Breast Center for this reason exactly. Not only is Dubin specific to Breast Cancer, but we have a team that takes care of the whole patient. Read more

“I am a Mount Sinai Nurse”

The Mount Sinai Health System departments of Marketing & Communications and Human Resources have co-sponsored the “I am a Mount Sinai Nurse” button to acknowledge and thank the Mount Sinai Health System Nurses for all that they do for their patients, physicians and hospitals.

We hope each one of you will wear these buttons as a symbol of your strength, pride, loyalty and success in all that you do for the Mount Sinai Health System.

Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing Pinning Ceremony – The Best Retirement Gift!

By Cynthia Hall, Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing, Secretary to the Dean (retired)

On May 27, 2014, Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing held their Class of 2014 Pinning Ceremony at The Mount Sinai Hospital’s  Stern Auditorium, where the great honor was bestowed upon me to pin my daughter Michelle Hall. Michelle was born at Mount Sinai Beth Israel in the Dazian Pavilion, and just six weeks after her birth, I was employed by Mrs. Rose Hauer and Mrs. Helen Fausner as the secretary of the School of Nursing. The school’s location at that time was Fierman Hall at 317 East 17th Street. All of our students lived on the premises and it felt like being with family. Read more

A Mount Sinai Beth Israel Nurse Finds Her Story, Helps Nurses Write & Share

By Amanda Anderson, RN, BSN, CCRN

I have always written. Words came easily throughout my childhood, and I filled journals with stories, reflections and thoughts. For years though I struggled to find my story. Why did I feel this burden to write but could not find my tale to tell?

Then I became a nurse, and the stories flew like pigeons from a dark barn suddenly opened to the morning light. I couldn’t keep them inside and my only deterrent was the fatigue from my new work. The patients, the lives, the emotions demanded to be written: Writing was not only my creation in those early years, but my therapy. I had no trouble using my words to tell my stories. Read more

Caring for Patients with Sickle Cell is a Team Effort

By Jena Simon, FNP-BC, MS, MA, RN-BC, CPON

I started working at The Mount Sinai Hospital as a nurse practitioner in the Comprehensive Program for Sickle Cell Disease on Valentine’s Day, February 14th, 2011. For me, starting on Valentine’s Day was an auspicious sign as I have loved working at The Mount Sinai Hospital ever since. In my role, I care for adults with sickle cell disease in both ambulatory and inpatient settings. I am also the Principle Investigator on a study regarding Vitamin D and its possible effect on bone re-mineralization in this population. Prior, I worked as a direct care nurse at The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore in the hematology/oncology unit where I cared for infants, children, teenagers, and young adults with sickle cell disease. Read more

Advocating for a Community

I grew up in a home with a very strong matriarch, which is significant since there was only one woman in the family (the rest included my father, two brothers, and myself). My mother was the beacon of our household and I grew up watching her carry everything on her shoulders between home and work, which was never an easy task. She has been an RN in Mount Sinai St Luke’s for almost 30 years. Read more

Planting the Seeds of Positive Thinking

By Carla Alves-Miraldo, RN, MS

This summer, let’s plant the seeds of positive thinking in our unit, among our patients and their families. Having a positive mental attitude and enthusiasm can help you achieve success in work much faster. However, despite your intent to be positive, sometimes the negative attitude of others around you can affect your own performance. The person can also affect the performance of others, leading to increased negativity and lower productivity. Read more