The Night Education Specialist’s Journey

By Harmon P. Mercer, RN, MS, CCRN

The Night Education Specialist’s JourneyMy name is Harmon P. Mercer, RN, MS, CCRN, and I am the Night Education Specialist at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. I started my path toward nursing after graduating Benjamin Cardozo High School in Bayside, Queens by boarding a plane to join the United States Navy. I wanted to follow in my brother’s footsteps. My brother was a Navy corpsman who worked in a Naval Regional Medical Center, Marine Corps, and St. Alban’s Veterans Hospital in New York City. Caring for the infirm seemed honorable and was something I could take pride in. Read more

2015 Certified Nurses Day at NYEE

By Leonid Gorelik, DNP(c), MSN, RN, NEA-BC

According to the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), Certified Nurses Day™ is an annual day of recognition for and by healthcare leaders dedicated to nursing professionalism, excellence, recognition, and service. Professional nursing certification signifies advanced knowledge and skills needed by practicing registered nurses to address the challenges of today’s ever-changing healthcare landscape. Read more

Reflection: My first year as a Mount Sinai Psychiatric Nurse

By Marielle Cabalquinto, RN, BSN

My first year as a Mount Sinai Psychiatric NurseAfter an arduous journey called “nursing school” followed by a licensure examination, I was thankful to be hired as a new nurse on Madison 5- Adult Psychiatry  at The Mount Sinai Hospital. While I am not new to the hospital (as of March 2015 I will have been on the same unit for 10 years), I am new to the nursing profession. I am blessed to have such an amazing nurse manager, MaryJoy Adverderada, MSN, RN-C, and preceptor, Melody Cubas, RN. I am eternally grateful for their compassion and their patience. I have known both of these nurses for nearly 10 years and have learned the meaning of compassion and dedication from them. Read more

It’s what we MICU Nurses do……

By Gayathri Sampath, RN, MSN, MHA

The MICU nursing team faces new experiences every day from which, they get to learn how to care for patients in new and advanced ways. Adapting to change is a part of our profession , and being one of the 35 designated Ebola-Treatment Centers (U. S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, 2014) was challenging and overwhelming. However, it was also a joyful and proud moment to see how nurses embraced this designation and were ready to be prepared to care for patients with Ebola. Read more

When a Life Changes

By Patricia Diaz, RN

On September 11, 2001, I was traveling on the express bus when I heard screams. I did not know where or what they were about until I got to my then job on 23rd Street. When I went into my office, my assistant told me a commuter airplane had hit the world trade center. We were in shock. We hovered around the TV and then, the 2nd plane hit and we knew that we were under attack. It was a very hard day and, it was also my birthday. Read more

MSSL Holds CAUTI Prevention Champion Educational Program

By Natalia Cineas, RN, DNP(c), NEA-BC

The enthusiasm and commitment to quality care was palpable at Mount Sinai Saint Luke’s Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI) Prevention Education Day that was held on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. Natalia Cineas, RN, DNP(c), NEA-BC, Senior Director, Patient Care Services, who spear-headed the program, described the role of the CAUTI champions as a dedicated team of health care professionals who are passionate about improving the quality of patient care with a particular interest in protecting patients from catheter associated urinary tract infections. Read more

My First Lean Kaizen Event

By Leonid Gorelik, DNP (c), MSN, RN, NEA-BC

As part of my Doctoral work at Yale University, I was allowed the opportunity to conduct a change project at my current work setting. The focus of the project is utilizing the Lean process improvement framework in identifying barriers that impede patient flow in the Adult Ambulatory Surgery Unit (ASU) at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai. I first learned of the Lean framework from my readings on quality improvement. The more I read about Lean, the more I began to understand what the methodology entailed. Being actively involved in the Lean process, however, is an entirely different experience than reading about it.  Read more

Technology: A Useful Tool in Spreading Holiday Cheer

By Emily Danz, RN, BSN

Patients in the hospital are always a little sad when they are not at home or with their families. This especially was the case for my patient, who has three young children at home. Unfortunately, my patient’s diagnosis of active tuberculosis does not allow for her children to visit, since special masks are required to be worn for her care. Read more

ANCC Magnet Conference 2014 Takeaways

By Melody Cubas, BSN RN-BC

This ANCC Magnet Conference held in Dallas, TX on Oct 8-10, 2014 was attended by 8,400 nurses, nursing executives, and healthcare professionals from around the world. It was the first time I ever attended a big conference and it was indeed a once in a lifetime, fun and educational experience. Meeting and sharing experiences with the best of the best nurses is priceless! I thank The Mount Sinai Hospital for the opportunity to attend, and to proudly represent our Sinai team in celebrating and being recognized for our third Magnet Designation. Read more

The Holiday Season

By Merle Warren

Apart from being a nurse, I am also a full time mom and grandmother to three gorgeous kids – Anaya, 8, Tyler, 7 and Zack, 3. I try to juggle my time around to make sure I’m spending quality time with my family. Being the head of the household comes with a lot of responsibilities, and when things are not going well, the person that they look to for help is “Mommy”.  Read more