Dr. Ricardo Lazala (left) with members of our operating room nursing staff, winners of a 2010 Mount Sinai Recognition of Excellence Team Award.
March 17, 2009 -- We are delighted to announce that The Mount Sinai Hospital has received the prestigious American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Award for an additional four years. Magnet designation is considered the gold standard for nursing excellence.
The coveted Magnet Award is the nation's highest recognition for nursing excellence. First awarded in 2004, The Mount Sinai Hospital is the first full-service hospital in New York City to receive re-designation. Only 2% of hospitals in the nation have received magnet re-designation.
“I'd like to thank the nurses of Mount Sinai for providing the strength, commitment and compassion that have made our institution not only one of the most renowned in the world, but also Manhattan's first full-service hospital to achieve Magnet status. The combination of these traits along with the clinical excellence which have earned our nurses their exceptional reputation have touched and enhanced countless lives.” - Carol Porter, Chief Nursing Officer
Scrub nurses and circulating nurses work together to assist the surgeons during heart valve surgery.
Autonomy and trust characterize the working relationships at Mount Sinai Heart. Physicians and Nurse Practitioners rely on the specially trained cardiac nurses to provide the superb patient care—to observe, monitor, assess, report concerns, and respond quickly before, during and after any type of treatment or procedure. This is a rewarding work environment and one of many reasons behind the stability of nursing care at Mount Sinai Heart. Half of our nurses have been with the Hospital for more than five years, and a quarter of them have given more than 17 years of service."
Nearly nine out of ten hold Bachelor of Nursing Science degrees—many have Masters degrees as well—and education is a constant endeavor for nurses at Mount Sinai Heart. An extensive orientation program includes specialized courses in detailed aspects of cardiac and vascular patient care and is coupled with strong encouragement backed by financial aid toward obtaining critical care and cardiac certification or advanced degrees, and continuing education programs that are often taught by Mount Sinai faculty. Nurses attend major conferences of the American College of Cardiology and other professional organizations, and many are cross-trained in areas such as pediatrics and electrophysiology to meet diverse patient needs.
Specially trained cardiac nurses provide superb patient care, like these members of our CSICU team.