Advanced Practice Nursing
The Mount Sinai Health System is home to a deep bench of advanced practice nurses, who are committed to the health of our patients and community.
In addition to having extensive bedside experience, an advanced practice nurse—such as a nurse practitioner (NP) or certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA)—has undergone advanced education, including a master’s degree. In the case of NPs, this training allows advanced practice nurses to function as providers, with responsibilities such as diagnosing conditions and prescribing medications.
Every area of the Mount Sinai Health System now includes advanced practice nurses, from primary care and ambulatory settings to specialties such as orthopedics, neurosurgery, surgery, cardiology, and more. Another key area of advanced practice nursing is midwifery, which involves skilled care for everything from prenatal visits through delivery.
As with any provider, advanced practice nurses maintain up-to-date board certifications and competency requirements, and participate in professional conferences.
In many ways, NPs and other advanced practice nurses function as the glue between the nursing and physician worlds. Through their dedication and training, advanced practice nurses contribute a great deal to promoting the team approach that helps patients achieve the best possible outcomes.
As professionals with a tireless commitment to the highest level of care, the nurses of the Mount Sinai Health System are at the heart of the patient experience. For patients, nurses are bedside champions who learn each person’s individual needs and become their best advocates. For clinicians, nurses are integrators who contribute their intimate patient perspectives to the entire care team in order to achieve the best possible outcomes.
Within these roles, many nurses are deeply specialized in one of a number of key service areas. Whether they are skilled in advanced technologies—such as left ventricular assist devices—or have in-depth experience with complex surgical procedures, Mount Sinai nurses are at the height of their profession and put their expertise to work for every patient in their care.
Nursing Across Mount Sinai’s Service Lines
Nursing teams throughout the Health System bring a highly specialized and deeply informed perspective to each patient’s bedside. Many Mount Sinai nurses have received advanced training in a dedicated service area, including the following:
Ambulatory Nursing: Committed to evidence-based population health management, ambulatory nurses work to keep community members healthy and out of the hospital. Our nursing teams provide and help to coordinate well visits, treatments for minor medical issues, pediatric care, screenings, and management of chronic conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Our highly trained teams include registered nurses, nurse practitioners, licensed practical nurses, and medical office assistants, all working together to offer the right care at the right time in the right location. In order to provide coordinated care, we collaborate with interdisciplinary teams, as well as community resources, such as rehabilitation centers and pharmacies.
Cardiology & Heart Nursing: Ranked 6th nationally for Cardiology & Heart Surgery by U.S. News & World Report, Mount Sinai Heart depends on its specialized nurses to deliver exceptional care to each of our patients. In this highly technical service line, nurses use state-of-the-art technologies including left ventricular assist devices and artificial hearts. Mount Sinai Heart nurses also reach out to the community by bringing screening tests to neighborhood sites and participating in community outreach events supporting organizations such as the American Heart Association. In addition, we provide ongoing educational support to our nurses, who are committed to growing and advancing in this technical field.
Emergency Department Nursing: The first person a patient sees when they enter the Mount Sinai ED is a registered nurse. Specialized emergency nurses are trained in a wide range of areas and organ systems so they can handle everything from minor complaints such as sprained ankles to catastrophic events such as stroke. Emergency nurses—which include registered nurses and nurse practitioners—also subspecialize in areas such as adult, pediatric, and geriatric. In addition, this nursing team provides a link with public health services; collaborates with other specialties; and conducts screenings for hepatitis, HIV, and suicide risk—all while giving patients the personal attention they need to get through their emergency illness or injury with resilience.
Obstetrics: As the hospital’s highest volume service line, obstetrics (OB) combines aspects of an emergency department and surgical suite, which demands a wide spectrum of skills from its nursing staff. Our nursing team includes registered nurses, nurse practitioners, midwives (who are advanced practice nurses), and lactation consultants, who perform diverse roles, including prenatal care, triaging expectant mothers, labor and delivery, and postpartum care and support. Committed to fostering that unique first experience between mother, partner, and newborn, OB nurses also function as educators, helping the family unit achieve its birthing plan and family goals. Throughout these roles, we are committed to caring for our mothers and babies in a way that embraces anti-racism and anti-bias.
Oncology Nursing: Being an oncology nurse requires not only the specialized skills needed to deliver complex treatment regimens, but the knowledge and compassion needed to support patients and their loved ones through what may be the most frightening chapter of their lives. Oncology nurses include advanced practice nurses, education specialists, and clinical nurses, who are further specialized in areas such as surgery, radiation oncology, infusion therapy (including chemotherapy and biotherapy), and clinical trial nursing. In addition to administering advanced therapies and helping to prevent and manage symptoms, oncology nurses partner with areas such as social work, case management, spiritual care, nutrition, and child life, in order to address the whole patient and achieve their best possible wellness.
Pediatrics: Combining clinical skill with personalized attention, our pediatric nurses specialize in caring not just for the child but for the entire family unit. This family-centered approach involves forming a partnership with parents and patients, as well as working closely with Mount Sinai resources, including the Patient and Family Advisory Committee and the Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department, which supports our young patients’ social, emotional, and educational needs. Because pediatrics is a microcosm of the entire Health System, pediatric registered nurses and nurse practitioners are specialized in a vast range of areas, including but not limited to cardiology, oncology, gastroenterology, neurology, ICU, and neonatal ICU.