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

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: more