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

A World With Nurses

By Seenauth Rai, RN

There are so many things that I want to share about our profession, with a message for the new nurses in particular. I want them to know how privileged I am to work in the most trusted and caring profession. Nurses are the front line of all health care professionals who demonstrate specialized skills in a professional role with public acknowledgment. On a daily basis, nurses are caring, cure, and coordinate all aspects of care – while understanding the patient’s needs at a level that permits individualization of care. Nurses assist patients to understand their health problems, their plan of care, and we provide patients and families with coping strategies for disease management. Read more

Batter UP!

By Sylvie Jacobs, RN, BSN, CPAN

Baseball season has begun. Nursing has quite a few things in common with baseball. How so?

Let me count the ways:

  1. Team sport- We can’t do this alone. We all have a role to play. Team members depend on each other and count on competent performance from our team mates.
  2. Weakest link- When someone calls out sick, the rest of us pick up the slack. Sometimes we get overtime to fill in, but the team is affected when a member is missing from the scheduled line-up. Read more

Mindfulness

By Sylvie Jacobs, RN, BSN, CPAN

Perhaps like never before, a major concern these busy and stressful days is for the lack of time—time to do everything that needs to be done, to do it “on time,” and to do it in a quality way. But the real problem for us is not about the scarcity of time. Instead, the real source of suffering is the feeling that “I must get on to something else; this activity is taking too much time.” When we have this attitude, we really don’t know what we are doing—our mind is somewhere else. If our mind is somewhere else, it means we are trying to be someone else, not who we are in the present moment. Read more

Breast Cancer Survivorship

By Donna Berizzi, MSN, NP, CDE and Maureen Cannon, NP

Since 1971 the number of cancer survivors in the United States has quadrupled. Today there are more than 11 million cancer survivors in the United States* alone. Not only are people surviving cancer, but also they are able to lead long, healthy lives. With that said, it doesn’t mean that the therapies we have provided for our patients do not leave lasting physical or emotional effects. Read more

Living a Dream

By Rada Kirichenko, RN

I sense a great deal of trust and appreciation from people when I mention that I am a nurse. Nursing is a widely respected profession, yet there is so much more to what we do that lies beneath that first layer of compassion and commitment. As nurses, we function in an environment of lifelong learning, technology, innovation through research, and empowerment that positively affect patient outcomes. One patient at a time, we put ourselves forward to make a difference in someone’s life. Through care, warmth, advocacy, and touch, nurses make recovery and healing possible. Read more