In honor of National Nurses Week, Metropolitan Jewish Health System treated its nurses to a dinner and speaker presentation at Menorah Home & Hospital in Brooklyn, N.Y.
After opening remarks from Susan Cummins Caputo, RN, MPA, president of Home & Continuing Care, and a warm welcome from Katie Murtagh, RN, MSN, vice president of nursing at Metropolitan Jewish Geriatric Center/Shorefront Jewish Geriatric Center, the speaker was introduced by Lenard Parisi, RN, MA, CHPQ, vice president of quality management/performance improvement.From left, Lola Hall, RN, director of patient services, Metropolitan Jewish Home Care; Mary Wagner, RN, vice president of clinical practice, Metropolitan Jewish Home Care; Elliot Brooks, senior vice president of human resources, Metropolitan Jewish Health System; Lenard Parisi, RN, Mathy Mezey, RN, Sharon Rimler, RN, Susan Cummins Caputo, RN, and Lynn Gardiner-Seim, RN, MSN, vice president of community programs, St. Marys Metropolitan Home Care for Kids.
Speaker Mathy Mezey, RN, EdD, FAAN, professor and director of The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at NYU College of Medicine, has authored 11 books and more than 80 pieces on caring for older adults.
There are [about] 70,000 people in the U.S. over 70 years of age, many of whom are under your care she said to the audience. Its anticipated that number will increase tenfold by 2050. Her presentation focused on the increased need for nurses who are specially trained to care for the elderly.
Caring for a 45-year-old critical care patient is not the same as caring for a 75-year-old critical care patient, she said.Metropolitan Jewish Health System nurses, from left, Mechelle Ford, LPN; Nurse Manager Lorraine Klimek, RN; Marina Avez, RN; Jean Onwualu, LPN; and Sarah Brown, LPN, enjoy the festivities.
After their introductions to the audience, each administrator led with the line … and Im a nurse, clearly proud to be part of an honored profession.