It Mattered To This One

By Lo Wa Yu, FNP-BC, MSN, RN-BC

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

Mount Sinai Roosevelt: Leading the Way…

By Judy Miranda, DNP(c), RN

As a transformational leader, I see my role in inspiring, motivating and empowering our nurses to create and provide a workplace of excellence. I would like our nurses to share the same vision in supporting Mount Sinai Roosevelt’s organizational commitment to producing high quality outcomes, patient safety and enhancing patient experience and employee satisfaction. Being the only hospital on the West Side south of 168th Street, we have great opportunities to grow, succeed, be fiscally responsible and produce quality outcomes. Read more

Pre-Shift Mindfulness: Setting an Intention for My Daily Calling

By Amanda Anderson, RN, BSN, CCRN

I went to a very religious nursing school. Oddly enough, this seems fitting now, seven years later, as I fulfill my calling to nurse in a hospital with strong historical ties to a religious body: Mount Sinai Beth Israel in Manhattan. While my religious views have varied in years since, my understanding of the need to respect the daily call to nursing remains. Read more

New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE) Nursing Update

By Sonja Tennaro, RN, EdD, NEA-BC, FACHE

During Nurses’ Appreciation Week celebrations, the Nursing staff at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE) fundraised $1,320 for Nurses House, a national fund for nurses in need. The fund eases the financial strains that accompany misfortune by providing anonymous help for nurses. Nurses House is administered by nurses and guided by a volunteer Board of Directors composed of registered nurses. For more information about Nurses House, visit their website: http://www.nurseshouse.org/Read more

A Day in the Life of an ICU Nurse

By Jessica Montanaro, RN

Being a nurse is not just “my job” or something that I do. In fact, being a Registered Nurse in part defines who I am. I am a mother, a wife, and a nurse. It is so deeply ingrained in me, and I am proud of that. I started in health care during my late teens as a nursing attendant, obtained my LPN, and then went onto receive my RN license. I continue to further my education and am amazed at the wide array of fields that are available for nurses to specialize in. Read more

What Is Nursing Excellence?

By Margaret Ort, RN, MSN, BSN, CEN

On the eve of Nurses Day, I thought it incumbent upon all of us as professional nurses to revisit for a moment the idea of excellence in nursing practice.

I did some research and discovered that nursing excellence is defined in so many different ways. Depending on the literature you read, nursing excellence can be related to mentorship, to membership in a professional organization, to collaborative practice, and so on. Read more

Caring Quilt

By Tanya Parker, MA, MSN, RN

For Nurses Week 2013, Mount Sinai Beth Israel nurses tried their hands at creating a different type of image that represented nursing to create a work of art: the Caring Quilt. The Caring Quilt Project was an idea that came from a Nurses Week Committee. Nurses banded together for a common cause, to celebrate a profession that we uphold so dearly, capturing this elusive concept and rendering it in cloth.  Read more

Chi Time: Balancing Energy With Stress-Free Breaks

By Maggie Keogh, MEd

As the interdisciplinary Staff Support Team at The Mount Sinai Hospital continues to grow and develop with huge efforts from Sonia Nelson MS, RN, Clinical Nurse Manager of Guggenheim Pavilion 8 West (GP 8 West)on the Nursing front, my supervisor Rabbi H. Rafael Goldstein, BCC, the Director of the Department of Spiritual Care and Education, continually told me that the best thing I could do was get a cart and wheel it around from unit to unit serving tea and a snack to the staff!  Even though Rabbi Goldstein has had decades of experience with being a chaplain in various hospitals and working with staff, I was a non-believer and suspicious that he may be having a little fun with me as he is wont to do. I was a professional woman with years of experience under my belt, sometimes as the director of departments – and was this really how he wanted me to utilize my time, wheeling a cart around?  Read more