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

After the Music Stops…

By Margaret Ort, RN, MSN, BSN, CEN

The music and celebrations have subsided. We have successfully been re-designated a Magnet hospital for the third time. Magnet designation is an honor and, Magnet re-designation is so much more; little enough to say thrice re-designated. We are an elite group indeed. Read more

My Personal Philosophy of Advance Practice Nursing

By Joanne de Guia-Rayos, MSN, RN, NP-C

Caring is defined as a complex, and trans-cultural process, grounded in an ethical and spiritual context. Caring reflects a moral obligation or duty that lays the ethical framework for nursing ethos that safeguards a patient’s right to human dignity. As patient advocates, APNs should identify patient preferences in an emphatic and non-paternalistic fashion in order to navigate, coordinate and facilitate multi-disciplinary and patient-centered treatment plans. Read more

Nothing Ventured… Nothing Gained

By Grace Marin, RN MSN MBA

My journey as a Mount Sinai nurse began in 1998, on a cold and wet October morning. I was initially hired as an experienced per diem nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at The Mount Sinai Hospital, and was offered a full-time position shortly thereafter. Although I arrived with a decade of experience from a large academic medical center in Philadelphia, and felt confident providing high tech clinical care for critically ill newborns and families, the fear of starting over again and “making it” in New York City was an entirely different story. What I didn’t expect however, was to feel so welcomed on my first day on the unit; staff came up to me smiling, introducing themselves and welcoming me like I was a long lost friend. I was not accustomed to this level of caring from people I had just met, especially in New York City! Read more

My US Open 2014 Volunteer Experience

By Melody Cubas, BSN RN-BC

In this special time of giving, it is always important to reflect on what it means to give back. I started doing volunteer work during my high school years. I used to assist the nurses in our university infirmary in taking care of their patients, most of whom were victims of snake bites. I think that experience is what made me decide to take up nursing as a profession. Providing care and compassion to other people made me feel special, and the emotional rewards were unexplainable. I continued to join various teams of other clinicians, and shared at least 1-2 weeks of my time doing medical missions in remote areas of the Philippines. The US Open volunteer experience was so different. I actually thought I would be doing the same clinical work as those in my medical missions and well, I was mistaken.

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A Hungarian Nurse’s Journey in Nursing

By Laszlo A. Pozsgai, RN, BSN, MHA, LNC

My name is Laszlo Pozsgai and I have been a nurse for 16 years now. These past 16 years have definitely been an interesting journey and to understand, you have to know that I’m not a born and raised American. I was born, and lived most of my life in Budapest, Hungary, a small country in Middle Eastern Europe. Read more

The Dubin Breast Center Family

By Kate FitzPatrick, RN, BSN

I started working at The Mount Sinai Hospital last December. I came into this job with an open mind, but wasn’t sure if I was fully prepared for what I was going to experience working at the Dubin Breast Center of The Tisch Cancer Institute. I had come from a Medical Oncology floor at a different hospital, where we saw all types of cancers, and even more so, all types of medical illnesses. I had always felt that having two very different types of patients on the same floor together was a struggle for the nurses to have to switch gears when caring for 5-6 patients at a time. I was attracted to the Dubin Breast Center for this reason exactly. Not only is Dubin specific to Breast Cancer, but we have a team that takes care of the whole patient. Read more