Cardiac Nursing at Mount Sinai Fuster Heart Hospital

At the Heart of Compassion and Excellence: Mount Sinai Fuster Heart Hospital's Cardiac Nursing

Welcome to a world where every heartbeat tells a story of dedication, innovation, and care. At Mount Sinai Fuster Heart Hospital, our cardiac nurses are not just healthcare professionals; they are guardians of heart health, champions of patient care, and pioneers in the field of cardiology. Here, skilled hands meet compassionate hearts, creating a legacy of healing and hope in one of the world’s leading cardiology programs where every moment is an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those we serve, locally and globally.

The Fuster Heart Hospital has locations within The Mount Sinai Hospital, Mount Sinai Morningside and Mount Sinai West, Mount Sinai Brooklyn, Mount Sinai Queens, and Mount Sinai South Nassau, as well as providing nursing care at our many ambulatory cardiac locations. The Fuster Heart Hospital is world-renowned for innovations, research, and excellence in cardiac care. The Fuster Heart Hospital at The Mount Sinai Hospital is ranked No. 4 nationally and No. 1 in New York for Cardiology, Heart & Vascular Surgery by US News & World Report® for 2023-24, and the Fuster Heart Hospital at Mount Sinai Morningside and Mount Sinai West are ranked No. 16 nationally.

An Elite Team of Nurses

Our nurses are empowered by leadership to practice autonomously within a supportive work environment. They challenge themselves to go beyond what is required to expand their knowledge and skills by obtaining professional certifications and pursuing higher formal academic education. Mount Sinai supports this dedication to life-long learning by cultivating an environment that fosters professional development, interdisciplinary collaboration, and scholarship.

An integral part of the Fuster Heart Hospital team, our nurses practice at the top of their specialty, working alongside world-renowned cardiologists, surgeons, scientists, and technicians who are pioneering treatments for arrhythmias, coronary artery disease, heart failure, valvular disease, and vascular disease. This work is supported by state-of-the art equipment, laboratories, and care facilities, along with decades of breakthrough research into the biological, socioeconomic, and environmental mechanisms affecting heart disease. Whether attending to medical emergencies or chronic conditions, this multidisciplinary Fuster Heart Hospital team is revolutionizing cardiovascular care and treatment globally.

Recognition for Nursing Excellence

In recognition of their exceptional nursing practice, The Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai Queens were among the first in New York City to earn Magnet designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) in 2004. The highest available honor for nursing excellence, Magnet designation is awarded to fewer than 10 percent of U.S. hospitals. The Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai Queens have maintained their Magnet status every year since achieving designation. In addition, Mount Sinai South Nassau has retained Magnet designation since 2014.

Six Mount Sinai Fuster Heart Hospital Units earned a prestigious Beacon Award for Excellence from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. Presented to fewer than 200 care units in the country, gold, silver, and bronze level Beacon Awards recognize hospital units that employ evidence-based practices to improve patient and family outcomes and exemplify excellence in professional practice, patient care, and outcomes. The Mount Sinai Morningside Catheterization Lab was one of only three such labs in the country to earn a Gold Beacon Award designation; and the Mount Sinai Hospital Catheterization Lab, Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU), Cardiac Surgical Intensive Care Unit (CSICU), 7 West Cardiac Step-Down Unit (CSDU) and the Mount Sinai Beth Israel Catheterization Lab each earned Silver.

Fuster Heart Hospital has earned honors by numerous organizations, such as the American College of Cardiology, The Joint Commission, and The Society of Thoracic Surgeons.

Nurse Practitioners

Nurse practitioners also play a crucial, hybrid role at the Fuster Heart Hospital program. Nurse practitioners are advanced practice nurses who build on their knowledge and experience to obtain additional education and certifications, enabling them to perform many of the same activities that a hospital doctor does. They work in a collaborative practice alongside physicians; diagnosing, ordering tests, evaluating results, prescribing medications, treating, evaluating outcomes, managing complex cardiovascular conditions, and monitoring responses to treatments. Their background in nursing provides them with a perspective on patient needs and communication skills that helps them care for the whole person.

Like our clinical nurses, the Fuster Heart Hospital’s nurse practitioners are actively involved in professional development and further formal academic education. They organize and sponsor an annual symposium for cardiology nurse practitioners.  At this gathering, Mount Sinai nurse practitioners and physician colleagues address an audience of more than 300 medical professionals from around the country.  Discussions focus on the prevention and management of cardiovascular disease from the perspective of a nurse practitioner, as well as updates on latest clinical guidelines, best practices, and clinical research.

Our nurse practitioners provide services at Mount Sinai’s Center for Advanced Practice Providers (CAPP) which was established in 2022 to elevate the professional practice and recognize the invaluable contributions of Advanced Practice Providers (APPs).

This provider workforce includes Physician Assistants (PAs), Nurse Practitioners (NPs), Certified Midwives (CMWs), and Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs). To learn more, visit the Center for Advanced Practice Providers (CAPP) website.

Specialized Training

Our nurses and nurse practitioners have specialized knowledge and skills in the following areas of heart care and cardiology:

  • Arrhythmia and Heart Rhythm Disorders
  • Coronary Artery Disease
  • Cardiac Surgery
  • Interventional Cardiology/Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory
  • Cardiac Intensive Care and Step-Down Unit (CICU/CSDU)
  • Noninvasive Cardiology/Cardiac Imaging