NYEE Perioperative Nurses: Communication and Teamwork in the Operating Room

By Christina Walker, RN, MA

Communication and Teamwork in the Operating RoomNovember 9 through 13, 2015 marks the celebration of PeriOperative Nurses Week, an annual commemoration of the surgical nurses’ important role and commitment to safe patient care.

At NYEE, our perioperative nursing team works in collaboration with other healthcare professionals, including surgeons, anesthesia providers, surgical assistants, and other clinical personnel.

This large team must work together to provide the safest, most efficient care to all of our patients undergoing surgical procedures and one of the most important tools we have in this collaboration is our ability to communicate with one another. Read more

Patient Story: Mount Sinai Nurses Care for Patients, Big and Small

By Shannon Dennis, RN

A happy patient shares this Mount Sinai Nurse story:

“Our daughter Rose Carmella was born in April 2014 at Mount Sinai Hospital after 19 hours of labor. My husband and I were able to have the natural, drug-free birth that we wanted thanks to the wonderful nurses and doctors in labor and delivery. It was an amazing experience as first time parents. After the long labor I thought the hard part was done, but I was exhausted! I felt like I had been hit by a truck. Not having my husband stay with me at night to help was terrifying. Then came Shannon.

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Happy to be a Mount Sinai Nurse

By Lauren Brown, BSN, RN-C

As a nurse, there is a powerful feeling I am blessed to wake up with every day. I’ve always thought that at least for a short time, everyone should be able to do something they love. If they are lucky, they start each day excited. I am thankful to be able to look forward to 4:30 am the night before a work day; I cannot wait to see my patients. Though oftentimes a true challenge, it is at work that I am my best self. The days I spend at The Mount Sinai Hospital are my best days. Read more

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

The Night Education Specialist’s JourneyMy 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