The Department of Nursing at The Mount Sinai Hospital/Center for Nursing Research and Education sponsored its first Global Nursing Practice Day on March 17. In addition to honoring staff, the event marked the one-year anniversary of the hospitals Magnet Redesignation Award.
Patricia Matos, RN, DNP, Magnet Program director, presented the first Excellence in Global Nursing Practice Awards to 20 RNs and two technicians for their commitment to helping those in need in countries such as Haiti, Liberia, Egypt, the Philippines, Ghana and Vietnam.
Four of the awardees Duckens Louis, equipment associate, OR; Linda Benoit, RN-C, BSN, clinical nurse in psychology; Amando DeGuzman, RN, BSN, ED clinical nurse; and Kathleen Ashby, RN, BSN, L&D clinical nurse recounted their experiences abroad in Haiti, each reflecting on how their lives were forever changed by the resiliency of the people and the devastation they encountered.Patricia Matos, RN, standing, fifth from right, poses with Carol Porter, RN, and the 22 staff members who were honored.
Janet Ansong-Danquah, RN, BSN, clinical coordinator in L&D, performed nurse education during her visit to Liberia, and she, too, gave an overview of the country, its people and the staff she worked with there. In her presentation, Ansong-Danquah remarked Nursing is not what we do, its who we are.
In addition to the five who spoke during the ceremony, awards were presented to the following 17 staff members: Mary Joy Adverderada, RN, MSN, C; Jeanne Ambroise, RN, BSN; Myrline Belzince, RN, MS; Marilou Castanares-Galang, RN, BSN, CCRN; Sophia Cooper, RN, BSN; Valerie Davis, RN, BSN, CNOR; Vidya Dayal, RN, BSN, CNOR; Natalie Etienne, RN, BSN; Kimmarie Hammond, RN, ANP-C; Augustine Innech; Natalie Kirton, RN, MA, CCRN; Beatrice Marseille, RN, MA, APN-C, Michael McCarry, RN, BSN; Yvonne Richards, RN, MSN; Mary Joy Santillan, RN, BSN; Teresa Uy, RN, BSN, CNOR; and Claudia Warrington, RN.