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.

Shannon was one of the overnight nurses on KP 7 and she was an angel. She made me feel so comfortable, despite the fact that I felt like a complete mess. She constantly came into my room to check on me and gave great suggestions regarding Rose and breastfeeding. She is also an expert swaddler! Whenever I needed to buzz her, she never acted like I was bothering her and came right away. I was so tired that picking Rose up or changing her diaper was a challenge for me. Shannon was right there and never made me feel bad that I needed her help. The way she would tend to both my daughter and me was very special. She spoke to me like a close friend would and it still warms my heart.

I want Mount Sinai to know how lucky they are to have such a wonderful person working for them. You could see how much Shannon cares about her job and patients, both big and small. Thank you just doesn’t seem enough, but I want her to know that I will always remember her kindness. I hope one day we will have the pleasure of meeting again.”

Shannon Dennis, RN is an overnight nurse on the Mother/Baby unit at The Mount Sinai Hospital.

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