“When nursing is not optimal, patient care is never good.”
It’s always interesting and illuminating what we learn from physicians who report on their experiences as hosptalized patients.
Recently a New York Times article reported about the hospitalization experience of a legendary physician.
“Last June, the month he turned 90, Dr. Arnold S. Relman, the eminent former medical educator and editor, fell down a flight of stairs at his home in Cambridge, Mass. He cracked his skull and broke three vertebrae in his neck and more bones in his face.”
When colleagues nominated Joshua Lasseigne, BSN, RN, CHPN, a hospice and palliative care nurse at The Mount Sinai Hospital for a clinical excellence award, they summarized his exceptional skills in a nomination letter. “He truly helps patients and families through the darkest hours of their lives with a soft voice of hope and strong loving hugs,” they wrote. “He has a passion for nursing, a sense of optimism, and is an excellent role model and mentor.”
There were countless acts of selfless dedication demonstrated by Mount Sinai staff when Hurricane Sandy devastated New York City in October 2012, but one team was recognized formally with an award for its extraordinary coordination of patient care and leadership during and after the storm.
With considerable fanfare, the Nursing staff at The Mount Sinai Hospital debuted new uniforms in Guggenheim Pavilion on Tuesday, December 10, marking the first time in more than 30 years that the entire nursing patient-care team will be identifiable by the color of their uniforms.
Before a celebratory audience of colleagues, family, and friends, 19 Mount Sinai nurses were recognized as standard-bearers of compassion, innovation, and education at The Mount Sinai Boards of Trustees 32nd Annual Awards for Excellence in Nursing Practice on Wednesday, May 1, in Stern Auditorium.
“Forty-one nurses were nominated for these awards, and I consider every one of them a winner, as well,” said Carol Porter, DNP, RN, FAAN, The Edgar M. Cullman, Sr. Chair of the Department of Nursing, Chief Nursing Officer, and Associate Dean of Nursing and Research.
Sylvie Jacobs, BSN, RN, CPAN, a post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) nurse at The Mount Sinai Hospital, recently was honored with the prestigious New York Times Tribute to Nurses Award for her leadership and commitment to excellence in clinical care.
Ms. Jacobs, who has been a Mount Sinai nurse for 34 years, and has worked in the PACU since 1987, serves as a Magnet Champion, co-chair of the Perioperative Professional Practice Committee Council, and editor of The Mount Sinai Hospital Magnet Newsletter for nurses.
Recently, Ms. Jacobs participated in a Qualitative Research Project to help PACU nurses improve their skills in conflict resolution. She also was instrumental in developing an educational tool that helps novice nurses determine if patients are ready for discharge.