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

The Magnet Journey

By Elizabeth Rolston, MED, RN

The Magnet Journey has been an experience culminating in the highest honor! The Mount Sinai Queens nurses worked diligently to receive this distinction. Achieving Magnet designation indicates that Mount Sinai Nursing practice is above the national benchmark in both nursing practice and patient outcomes. I would particularly like to thank our Journey to Nursing Excellence nurses (JNEs), who were tireless in their commitment in this journey. They never fail to inspire me! Read more

“It Always Seems Impossible Until it’s Done,” My Experience as the Magnet Program Director

By Geralyn McDonough, MA, BSN, Director of Nursing, MPD

In March of 2014, Carol Porter, DNP approached me to assume the role of the Magnet Program Director (MPD). She was always there for me, always supportive and guiding me through the Survey preparation. Her leadership and enthusiasm for nursing inspired me to succeed. Her faith in my leadership abilities strengthened my own. Read more

It Mattered To This One


I worked on a Med-Surg floor at The Mount Sinai Hospital. On my typical day, the RN:patient ratio is 1:6 – one nurse for every six patients. My Nursing colleagues always ask: “How do you handle six patients?” The acuity of my patients is getting higher, people are getting sicker, and they are on a general medicine unit. Even with my heavy patient load, I wish I can say I made a difference in all my patients’ lives, but, at the end of the day, as I walk across Central Park, I can only say that I did my best and hope that it was enough. Read more