Celebrating MSBI Nursing Excellence: Our Shared Path


The awards team

Mount Sinai Beth Israel Daisy awards team

A blog about the Mount Sinai Beth Israel Awards Campaign through the eyes of November Daisy winner, Jennifer Sarfo.

Last month, I had the privilege of interviewing Jennifer Sarfo, the MSBI November Daisy Award winner, about her recent victory. As she told me her nursing story, I was impressed at how strongly her nursing path was shaped and molded by the nurse leaders that came into her life during the varying points of her journey. Read more

Honoring World AIDS Day: Stories of Care to Remember

BY AMANDA ANDERSON, RN, BSN, CCRN, and Catherine Schaefer, RN, JD


Lorrain Bell, nurse and Clinical Coordinator at the Mount Sinai Comprehensive Health Program.

Today is World AIDS Day, marked in 1988 as the first day designated to global awareness of a health issue. Although the HIV epidemic has changed greatly since the day’s inaugural year, over 1 million people in the United States remain infected with the virus, and one in eight of these people are unaware of their infection.

It was Catherine’s idea to interview the nurses of the Mount Sinai Comprehensive Health Program (MSCHP), or as the location is more endearingly known, “HIV Downtown.” She used to work as a nurse at Saint Vincent’s Hospital before it closed five years ago, and before Mount Sinai brought MSCHP into the MSHS family. “I just feel like they have tons of stories that need to be heard,” she said to me when we met recently, at a nurse narrative event.  Read more

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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