With a theme of “Mentoring Nurses: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow,” seven past and future presidents of the Greater New York Nassau Suffolk Organization of Nurse Executives spoke to more than 130 local nurse leaders on the power of mentoring.
“We want to invigorate you, energize you and help you to feel more responsible to mentor our current and future nurse leaders,” said Jill Goldstein, RN, MA, MS, GNYNSONE president and vice president of congregate care at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, at the annual presidents reception June 13 at Giandos on the Water in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Each president brought a protege to the podium who also spoke about the meaning of mentoring from their own experiences.
“Our past presidents are nurse leaders who have volunteered their time to make New York state a better place [for nurses], setting the standard for the nation,” said program chairwoman Marie-Helene Lofland, RN, MS, MSN, CCRN, NEA-BC, ANP-BC, a nurse practitioner in presurgical testing at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan, N.Y.
GNYNSONE presidents speak
It is all about teaching one another, helping one another, its a relationship that keeps on giving, said Sandra Phillips Sperry, RN, MSN, MPA, APC, C-CDI, CMC, FACHE, principal and CEO, SPS and Associates, LLC, New York.
I will always remember my mentors, who helped to direct me on my career path; so many mentors do that! From them, I learned about the beauty and benefits of collaboration and to follow my heart, said Susan Bowar-Ferres, RN, PhD, NEA-BC, adjunct professor of nursing, College of Nursing, New York University.GNYNSONE president Jill Goldstein, RN, vice president of congregate care at VNSNY, right, visits with Pat Valoon, RN, one of Goldsteins distinguished mentors. A senior administrator and director of nursing for 32 years at NYU Langone Medical Center, Valoon recently was named to the Duquesne School of Nursing Hall of Fame.
You dont always know the influence you have on others. With our mentees, we need to work together, capitalize on one anothers strengths, for we are only as strong as our team, said Marie Ankner, RN, MS, NEA-BC, assistant professor of nursing, Long Island University, and adjunct faculty, College of New Rochelle (N.Y.).
You may not even know how you have helped someone; some times, it is the little things that matter and the relationship doesnt have to be a face-to-face one, either. In all cases, it should be one that is a two-way street in terms of inspiration, learning and feedback, said Rosanne Raso, RN, MS, NEA-BC, senior vice president, patient care services, and CNO, Lutheran Medical Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Certainly, it takes a village to succeed in the current healthcare environment, but with a mentoring relationship, anything is possible. In fact, you may very well feel as though you receive more than you give when you are a mentor, said Ann Vanderberg, RN, MA, MBA, NEA-BC, vice president for nursing and patient services, NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases, Manhattan, N.Y.
Go with the opportunities, say Yes, invest in relationships, network, be a fearless advocate and, at the end of the day, always have fun! said Katie Capitulo, RN, DNSc, FAAN, VHA-CM, CNE, James J. Peters VA Medical Center, Bronx, N.Y.GNYNSONE board members celebrate together at the annual presidents reception. From left, front row, are: Joan Rizzo, RN, clinical nurse manager, intermediate care; Marie-Helene Lofland, RN, nurse practitioner, presurgical testing, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Manhattan; Sheila Smyth-Giambanco, RN, assistant professor of nursing, Molloy College, Rockville Centre; Lynda Olender, RN, director of nursing practice and research, James J. Peters VA Medica Center, Bronx: Kathleen Capatulo, RN, chief nurse executive, James J. Peters VA Medical Center, Bronx. From left, back row, Jill Goldstein, RN, vice president of congregate care at VNSNY; Vicky Holman, RN, senior associate director, Kings County Hospital Center, Brooklyn; and Margaret G. Jackson, RN, assistant vice president and CNO, SUNY Downstate Medical Center University Hospital, Brooklyn.
We must make time to mentor our future leaders, and the time is now, said president-elect Margaret Jackson, RN, MA, assistant vice president and CNO, SUNY-Downstate Medical Center University Hospital of Brooklyn, N.Y.