In Support of Our Nurses

The New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) is currently taking a vote in which nurses will decide whether or not the union can send the hospital a ten-day strike notice. To strike or not is a dilemma faced by every professional registered nurse. We urge you to think carefully about the issues and the impact that a strike could have on you, your family and our patients.

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My Journey into Nursing Informatics

By Helen Jang, MSN(c), BSN, RN

My passion for information technology in nursing has grown over the course of my professional career. I have a diverse and extensive healthcare background including experience in the ICU, BMT, PACU, and ASU. It was during my time in the PACU at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE) that my curiosity for nursing informatics began. I developed a proposal for a research study on pediatric emergence delirium. During this time, I volunteered as a member of the nursing informatics shared governance council and worked alongside the nurse informaticist to implement an evidence-based emergence delirium observation tool to automate it as part of our nursing assessment in our EHR.

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The Night Education Specialist’s Journey

By Harmon P. Mercer, RN, MS, CCRN

My name is Harmon P. Mercer, RN, MS, CCRN, and I am the Night Education Specialist at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. I started my path toward nursing after graduating Benjamin Cardozo High School in Bayside, Queens by boarding a plane to join the United States Navy. I wanted to follow in my brother’s footsteps. My brother was a Navy corpsman who worked in a Naval Regional Medical Center, Marine Corps, and St. Alban’s Veterans Hospital in New York City. Caring for the infirm seemed honorable and was something I could take pride in. Read more

2015 Certified Nurses Day at NYEE

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

According to the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), Certified Nurses Day™ is an annual day of recognition for and by healthcare leaders dedicated to nursing professionalism, excellence, recognition, and service. Professional nursing certification signifies advanced knowledge and skills needed by practicing registered nurses to address the challenges of today’s ever-changing healthcare landscape. Read more

Reflection: My first year as a Mount Sinai Psychiatric Nurse

By Marielle Cabalquinto, RN, BSN

After an arduous journey called “nursing school” followed by a licensure examination, I was thankful to be hired as a new nurse on Madison 5- Adult Psychiatry  at The Mount Sinai Hospital. While I am not new to the hospital (as of March 2015 I will have been on the same unit for 10 years), I am new to the nursing profession. I am blessed to have such an amazing nurse manager, MaryJoy Adverderada, MSN, RN-C, and preceptor, Melody Cubas, RN. I am eternally grateful for their compassion and their patience. I have known both of these nurses for nearly 10 years and have learned the meaning of compassion and dedication from them. Read more

It’s what we MICU Nurses do……

By Gayathri Sampath, RN, MSN, MHA

The MICU nursing team faces new experiences every day from which, they get to learn how to care for patients in new and advanced ways. Adapting to change is a part of our profession , and being one of the 35 designated Ebola-Treatment Centers (U. S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, 2014) was challenging and overwhelming. However, it was also a joyful and proud moment to see how nurses embraced this designation and were ready to be prepared to care for patients with Ebola. Read more

When a Life Changes

By Patricia Diaz, RN

On September 11, 2001, I was traveling on the express bus when I heard screams. I did not know where or what they were about until I got to my then job on 23rd Street. When I went into my office, my assistant told me a commuter airplane had hit the world trade center. We were in shock. We hovered around the TV and then, the 2nd plane hit and we knew that we were under attack. It was a very hard day and, it was also my birthday. Read more

MSSL Holds CAUTI Prevention Champion Educational Program

By Natalia Cineas, RN, DNP(c), NEA-BC

The enthusiasm and commitment to quality care was palpable at Mount Sinai Saint Luke’s Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI) Prevention Education Day that was held on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. Natalia Cineas, RN, DNP(c), NEA-BC, Senior Director, Patient Care Services, who spear-headed the program, described the role of the CAUTI champions as a dedicated team of health care professionals who are passionate about improving the quality of patient care with a particular interest in protecting patients from catheter associated urinary tract infections. Read more