Mount Sinai is one of only three Magnet Hospitals in New York City, the highest level of recognition awarded for excellence in nursing practice and nursing care.
The NSICU has a long and proud tradition of delivering outstanding specialized and compassionate nursing care. Half of the nurses working in the NSICU have worked at Mount Sinai for over twenty years, and approximately a third of the nurses have worked in the NSICU since its inception. The unit was opened in April of 1990 with six beds and has expanded to sixteen beds.
Multidisciplinary teamwork and collaboration in the NSICU are integral to providing excellent, seamless patient care. The nursing staff is exemplary in managing many daily postoperative admissions, transfers and transports to multiple neuro-diagnostic procedures and participates in many bedside patient procedures. In the pursuit of optimum, safe patient care, the NSICU nurses round daily with the physicians, and they also work closely with other disciplines such as nutrition, speech pathology, rehabilitation, pharmacy, respiratory, and many other services.
Many of the nurses are certified in critical care, neuroscience and med-surg nursing and attend ongoing nursing conferences to ensure that they stay abreast of the current trends in nursing and provide the most-up-to date nursing care. The nurses are enthusiastic and committed to using the new state of the art technologies introduced to the NSICU. Many have volunteered to become champions in the use of the varied equipment and devices to ensure excellent patient care, not only in the NSICU but also on other units.
Mignon Guishard-Pole, the Clinical Nurse Manager (CNM), has twenty-four hours responsibility for the efficient and excellent running of the unit. Susan Nevins, the Nurse Clinician/Educator, supports the CNM’s role and provides high quality core, ongoing education and competencies for the nursing staff. Both encourage the nurses to participate in many unit based and hospital wide committees, such as the NSICU Journal Club which is chaired by nurses. Every week, a physician, nurse, drug representative or equipment/device representative lectures on varied topics centered around evidence-based practice and improved patient care. The nurses contribute to other committees including the Peer Review, NDNQI Skin Care, Documentation, Professional Practice and Magnet Champion. The NSICU nurses’ dedication and passion for high quality nursing care extend to the community where several of the nurses serve as officers for the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and participate in community service.
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