My passions include staff engagement and ‘inspiring it forward’ to enhance the nursing profession. I believe in the difference nurses make and remain committed to the success of new graduate nurses, not only at NYP, but throughout our nation. I am also an avid runner and Pilates enthusiast.
I moved to NYC as a new graduate nurse 16 years ago and began my professional journey at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital as a neuroscience clinical nurse, joining the NYP family. I quickly acclimated to critical care while working in a step-down unit and transitioned to the ICU. As I gained experience, I found myself in leadership roles such as charge nurse and council chair. During my time working with critically ill patients I came to understand the true art and science of nursing. It is a blessing to care for others and their loved ones during such vulnerable times in their lives. I became interested in advanced practice nursing and switched my focus to a role in private practice. During that time, I gained a lot of experience and yet I found myself missing the excitement and acuity of the inpatient world of nursing. In short, I wanted a new challenge.
Earning a master’s degree offered just that as I started my graduate studies at NYU Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service in 2009 and assumed the role of Clinical Manager of a progressive-care amenities unit. I was fascinated by the idea that we would focus on a patient experience that was both comforting and clinically exceptional. I was surrounded by a team of nurses that were determined to be the best they can be while providing truly holistic care.
After earning my master’s degree in Public Administration, I served in the role of Patient Care Director for over 5 years on an inpatient medical-stepdown unit. I enjoyed rounding on patients while simultaneously improving the patient experience and managing the operations of the unit, focusing on staff development and mentoring each individual nurse to achieve their goals.
All of this prepared me for my current position as the Program Director for Professional Nursing Practice Innovation. I am now responsible for the transition to practice program of new graduate nurses for seven sites across New York City. I couldn’t be happier and I believe this is the perfect role for me. I have been fortunate to have had many mentors throughout my nursing journey who have helped me achieve my goals. Each day in this new role, I’m thankful to have the opportunity to give back to new nurses, inspire them and watch them grow. Through the NRP, I can support and educate nurses to improve bedside care. I have the ability to promote health and well-being as a nurse by demonstrating care for those that are caring for others.
It’s an honor and a blessing to be surrounded by their knowledge, energy and enthusiasm for the profession! Their positivity, curiosity and resilience drives me to work hard every day and to elevate my own nursing practice.
What did getting the PTAP accreditation mean to you?
PTAP accreditation is a distinguished honor and the greatest source of recognition for residency programs. We at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital take pride in transitioning new-to-practice nurses to become world-class providers in healthcare. Receiving PTAP accreditation is a testament to both our commitment to nursing excellence and high-quality patient outcomes. Our mission to serve our communities in an empowering and innovative professional nursing environment is fulfilled by our dedicated team of nurses and validated by the PTAP accreditation.
What do you hope to do in the future to enhance your program?
Reflecting upon the current demands and chaos of the COVID-19 pandemic, I am amazed by the success of our new-to-practice nurses, which makes opportunities for the nurse residency program seem endless! New nurses at NYP have quickly acclimated to an extremely complex care environment and acuity beyond what many of us have ever seen. They have not been discouraged, but have found motivation to be the best they can be. They are providing amazing care based upon their education, training and skill sets beyond expectations! We will utilize the courage demonstrated by nurses during this time to integrate more mentorship opportunities for lifelong learning.
Once the pandemic subsides, we will further reflect on lessons learned and I hope that we can utilize the clinical knowledge, skills gained, and dynamic teaching strategies we have been forced to dive into to provide a dynamic, innovative platform for our program that challenges the status quo.