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After Giving Birth at Mount Sinai West, Actor Was Inspired to Attend Phillips School of Nursing and is Now in Her Dream Job: Labor and Delivery at Mount Sinai South Nassau

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Blair Paltrowitz, BSN, RN, who had been an actor on Broadway and in television, was inspired to become a nurse, thanks to the care she received during her own labor and delivery at Mount Sinai West. She quickly applied to the Phillips School of Nursing at Mount Sinai, and a new life chapter began.

The valedictorian of the class that graduated in August 2022, Blair loved her Phillips School of Nursing journey. “It was an accelerated program, 15 months, which is exactly what I wanted and suited my needs, being the mother of two young children.” she says. “The clinical rotations were outstanding; I was able to work in almost every hospital in the Health System. And I knew everyone in my class. The size of the cohorts facilitates camaraderie and, of course, we were all working toward the same goal.”

Blair was set on working at Mount Sinai. “It was extremely important to me to start my career as a Mount Sinai nurse,” she says. “I knew I would be embraced there as a new nurse, and learn from some of the most brilliant minds in the field. I also knew from my clinical experience how the nurses all work as a team at Mount Sinai, and I was eager to be a part of that culture.”

Her dream job working as a maternity nurse near home became a reality. “My new position as a labor and delivery nurse at Mount Sinai South Nassau has been incredibly rewarding and challenging in the best way possible,” she says. “Nursing has a lot in common with acting. Communication and tapping into emotional reserves are key. I need to read the room and decide who needs what specific kind of support.

Blair is continuing to advance. She recently obtained her certification in Electronic Fetal Monitoring and says that leadership is supportive and encouraging of nurses on the team earning advanced credentials. She continues to act when opportunities are available and even gets to use her theater skills at work. She recently won her floor’s entry in the Mount Sinai South Nassau talent show and is often asked to sing at hospital events.

Blair has heartfelt words of encouragement for aspiring nurses or anyone contemplating a career change. “I graduated nursing school with a 4.0 GPA; I am proud. I was still acting during my studies, but I took exams on lunch breaks and spent all my time off at the hospital and stayed up countless hours in the books,” she says. “If I can inspire one person to believe in themselves and follow a new dream, then I’ll be so glad. You don’t have to give anything up to achieve a dream, you just need to get creative, because there are limitless possibilities and zero boundaries to what you can attain with hard work, no matter what stage of life you’re in. And. importantly, you can love more than one thing in life.”