NYC Health + Hospitals honored six nurse professionals today from across the public health care system, as part of its annual Nursing Excellence Awards celebration. The awardees are nurse trailblazers who demonstrate leadership in various capacities.
Also honored was the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing, earning the health system’s “Nursing Champion” award for demonstrating support for nurses and the nursing profession.
“While our nurses work in various specialties and provide care in a wide range of settings, they share a common characteristic: a deep commitment to the
New Yorkers who seek our care,” said Mitchell Katz, MD, president, and chief executive officer of NYC Health + Hospitals. “Our nurses are at the heart of our mission to care for every New Yorker without exception. They are also at the frontlines of health, delivering the patient-centered, collaborative, community-based care that will help us succeed in the future. I cannot thank them enough for the work they do.”
One hundred fifty-nine nurses from across the health system were nominated by their colleagues in honor of their valued achievements and commitment to providing the best possible care and experience for our patients. The nurses honored today are among the 8,000 nurses at NYC Health + Hospitals—women and men who provide care around the clock each day for New York City through our hospitals, post-acute care centers, community health centers and neighborhood clinics, home care, and the correctional health system, throughout the five boroughs.
“Our Nursing Excellence honorees embody NYC Health + Hospitals’ guiding principles by always keeping patients first and pursuing excellence in clinical, educational, leadership, and service aspects of the profession,” said Mary Anne Marra, DNP, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, interim chief nursing officer for NYC Health + Hospitals. “These nurses exhibit various talents all put to use to demonstrate a commitment to providing the best possible care and experience for every patient, every time.”
Here is the 2018 Nursing Excellence Award winner from Harlem:
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Carol Stewart, BSN, RN, Head Nurse Manager NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem gives 21 years of service.
“Ambulatory care nursing provides multiple opportunities as well as challenges for nurses…being afforded the opportunity to serve our patients from newborn to young adulthood is a rewarding experience,” said Carol Stewart, RN.
With over 21 years of service at NYC Health + Hospitals, Ms. Stewart is widely known for her ability to remain calm during crises. But, she said that professional trait emerged partly from her personal life.
Her journey to becoming a nurse began as a teenager when she served as a home attendant for the elderly. She found joy in listening to her patients’ life stories and making them laugh. The experience taught her to be responsible and caring, and changed her life. In college, her mother became terminally ill, forcing her to acquire skills that would nurture her family and form her future nursing career.
“These are the experiences that propelled me forward to acquire a plethora of knowledge to serve the community, which brings me joy to know I am walking in my purpose,” she said.
As Head Nurse at NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem’s Pediatric Clinic, Ms. Stewart is known for her compassion. Recently, when migrant children separated from their parents were brought to the hospital, she was key in making sure the children felt comfortable and received quality care. She engaged them in the waiting area and through their visits.
She is a team leader for NYC Health + Hospital/Harlem’s Pediatric Asthma program, which participates in the DSRIP program. With her problem-solving skills, she utilized resources to ensure children with asthma had access to important program services: home visits with an environmental assessment to identify asthma triggers, pest remediation services if needed, hypo-allergenic bedding, and reinforcement of the asthma action plan. Due to her leadership, she and her team have enrolled 280 children in the Pediatric Asthma Program.
Ms. Stewart has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Lehman College, and an Associate Degree in Nursing from Bronx Community College.
The 2018 Nursing Excellence Awards program is available in its entirety at https://www.nychealthandhospitals.org/nursing-excellence.
Photo credit: Maria Fox, Antonina Shamarina, Teresita Pido, Tsae Jiang Su, Manjinder Kaur and Carol Stewart of NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem.