Honoring parent choices with our new couplet care model
There’s nothing more exciting than the hope and promise of new life. And at Northern Westchester Hospital, we’re bringing a new perspective to the mother-baby experience.
“We are about to embark on a brand-new mother-baby redesign – one that honors parent choices.”
— Tracey T. Lander, MSN, RN, CNML
It all begins with a patient-first philosophy and a passion for making the patient experience as positive as possible. When Northern Westchester Hospital’s new couplet care model was designed, two moms who were former patients were included as members of that advisory committee.
The result is a model within the mother-baby unit that gives parents a voice and offers them positive choices. Parents have the freedom to spend as much time with the baby as they’d like, while continuing to enjoy the option of using the nursery for times when they may need a rest. And because there’s always some unease for new parents on what to do once they leave the hospital, Northern Westchester has developed and implemented a unique discharge class to prepare them for this exciting new time of life.
“We’re getting patients more involved in their care from how they have their babies to how to take care of them.”
–Patricia Chambers, RN, BSN, CLC, MNN, EFM
The mother-baby unit at Northern Westchester Hospital is not only a wonderful place for parents and their newborns; it’s a welcoming and supportive place for nurses. There is strong collaboration between nurses, obstetricians and pediatricians as well as tremendous respect and involvement from nursing leadership.
“We work very well together – it’s always a team effort. If one area is very busy, another area will go and help them out. We all work together and that’s what I really like about the mother-baby unit.”
–Elizabeth Sanseverino, RN, BSN
At Northern Westchester Hospital, nurses are encouraged to enhance their skills and develop their careers by:
Becoming Certified Breastfeeding Counselors
Obtaining Electric Fetal Monitoring (EFM) certification
Pursuing advancement through Clinical Ladder programs
Certification exams are paid for by the hospital to foster career growth. And even more, the hospital provides its nurses with paid time off to attend professional conferences. In addition, the hospital partners with Cohen Children’s Medical Center to provide NICU nurses with the best training possible. Other opportunities for advancement include tuition reimbursement, college discounts, fellowships and more.
Redefining the future of health care is a Truly Ambitious endeavor. It requires leadership that is also Truly Innovative and Truly Compassionate.
Katrina Aronoff embodies all of these attributes. As a Chief Radiation Therapist at Phelps Hospital as well as a United States Coast Guard Reservist, Katrina lives out Northwell Health values in all areas of her life.
Katrina recently received the Coast Guard Commendation Medal for Outstanding Achievement. The award recognizes meritorious and heroic service to others. She received this prestigious commendation for actions on two separate occasions within a two-week period, while serving with the Coast Guard in Puerto Rico during Hurricane Maria.
Coming off duty on October 28th and returning to her hotel, Katrina noticed a man lying unconscious on the ground. She quickly assessed the situation and had a civilian call 911. Checking the man’s vital signs, felt a pulse and confirmed respirations. She then requested assistance from the USNS Comfort – one of the largest hospital ships in the world – and helped Navy personnel insert an intravenous line and perform an EKG.
On Nov 12th, as she left her hotel, she witnessed civilians lowering an unconscious female to the ground. She asked one of her shipmates to call 911 while she checked for vital signs. The woman was not breathing and had no pulse. She performed CPR and was able to bring the victim back. As she waited for EMS to arrive, the victim lost consciousness four times and her heart stopped beating. Katrina would not give up on her. Two days later, it was confirmed that thanks to Katrina’s intervention, the victim was alive and well.
Whether in her role with the Coast Guard or as a key member of the Phelps Hospital Radiation Medicine team, Katrina Aronoff is a natural leader. She is always ready to take the initiative and do whatever the situation requires to help others and save lives. She is an invaluable asset to Northwell Health.
If you’d like to learn more about Northwell Health’s exceptional women in leadership and the values that inspire them, we’ll be sharing stories from our Employee Lunch and Learn and providing an inside peek at how women in key leadership roles are making a dramatic impact and driving important change!
We lead with compassion. When someone is battling a disease like addiction, our first step, our first move, is one of empathy. That’s why we were excited to meet Darryl Strawberry.
Darryl Strawberry has overcome incredible adversities. As a professional baseball player, he’s an eight-time All Star, a four-time World Series Champion, and a two-time Silver Slugger. But during his recent visit to Zucker Hillside Hospital, he made it clear that his greatest challenge came from a foe off the diamond: Addiction.
Strawberry spoke in emotional detail about his personal journey from addiction to recovery. Referencing his new book, “Don’t Give Up on Me,” Strawberry advised his audience that no matter the addiction, there is hope and possibility for anyone in search for a better life.
“We have to step up as a society,” he said, “and I want to thank everyone at this hospital who works to make life better for those who need it. Recovery is possible, but we all have to help. The people who work here in this hospital – just know that this is not a job, it’s a calling. It’s about letting every person who walks through your door know that their lives matter.”
The Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation at ZHH hosted the event that provided inspiration and empowerment to staff, peers, and clients.
“With the current opioid crisis facing our nation, presentations such as Darryl’s heighten awareness to the growing problem and the effect on our communities,” Chief Nursing Officer Marybeth McManus said. “We are grateful to those in recovery who speak up with such a positive message, and to the health care providers so committed to caring for those on the journey to recovery.”
Looking to take up arms in the battle against addiction? Zucker Hillside Hospital has open RN night positions for inpatient adult units and geropsychiatric units, and a .5 ECT day position. Previous medical experience preferred for the geropsych units and ECT.
10 Reasons to Work the Night Shift at Southside Hospital
At Northwell Health, our nurses are fast moving, hard working and most importantly, they’re family. Nowhere is this truer than among the amazing team of dedicated nurses who work the night shift at Southside Hospital. Need a reason to consider working the night shift with this team? Our RNs gave us 10!
1. Days at the Beach
Located on the south shore of Long Island, a career at Southside Hospital offers you the chance to live and work in an idyllic setting. As a night shift nurse, imagine working fewer than 15 minutes away from Robert Moses beach and having some time during the day to enjoy it!
2. Spend More Time With Family
Southside Hospital offers flexible working hours and the opportunity to spend more time with your family during the day.
“Being a night nurse allows me to have more time with my kids. I am able to attend more school events and after-school activities. I never really missed a beat.”
– Debra Civitano, Labor & Delivery RN
3. Get to Know Patients Better
When there are fewer interactions with families and management, there is even more time to spend with patients one-on-one.
“There’s a great rapport among patients and the night staff at Southside Hospital. You really get the chance to spend more time with them and get to know them better. It’s a really great place to work for truly compassionate people.”
– Angela Scimone, ESSU RN
4. Being a Night Owl Literally Pays Off!
It’s pretty straightforward, those working on the night shift earn more for working late hours. This is an important benefit that’s hard to overlook!
“It’s a no-brainer, on the night shift we get paid more.”
-Kelly Loos, Float Pool/ Med Surg, RN
5. Specialize Your Career
Southside Hospital Centers of Excellence include Cardiology, Orthopedics, Neuroscience, and Women’s Health. If you’re looking to specialize your nursing career, these centers will offer you a wealth of resources to draw from as well as some of the greatest minds and best colleagues.
6. Next-Level Camaraderie
Unless you’ve experienced it, it’s hard to understand the sense of togetherness and friendship that comes with working the night shift at Southside Hospital. Let’s just say, it’s an experience unlike any other.
“The greatest reason why I enjoy working the night shift in the CTICU at Southside Hospital is that I have the most amazing coworkers. Overall, I believe that our unit does have a great professional relationship among the nurses and the staff. At night, our nurses work so well together. There is a great sense of teamwork and collaboration throughout the entire staff.”
-Amanda Gabayan, RN, CCRN
“Being on nights creates a feeling of family among your coworkers, you are in it together!”
– Sherry Marcus, Labor & Delivery, RN
7. More Freedom
With more access to physician assistants and more freedom to learn, a career on the night shift is a fantastic opportunity for nurses who are looking for personal growth.
“I love working the night shift, I feel like we are a family. I feel working nights gives a great opportunity to learn from each other — the physician assistants are readily available to listen to my concerns as well as enhance my knowledge. Working nights also allows for autonomy and personal growth as a Registered Nurse.”
– Sashuana Smith, Critical Care, RN
8. Continue Your Education
For nurses who are still attending graduate school, the night shift offers a unique opportunity to continue your education while still working.
9. Refine Your Expertise
With more time to be with patients and build an understanding of their needs, working the night shift offers a fantastic opportunity for new graduate nurses looking to take the time to really dive in and develop their expertise.
“Night shift is the way to go for any new graduate nurse. It comes with the opportunity to look in depth into a patient’s case and builds confidence with enhanced decision-making power. Night shift enables you the time to connect with patients as well as co-workers and develops long-lasting relationships and strong support.”
– Laura Cecchetto, Critical Care, RN
10. Opportunities to Grow Your Career
Southside Hospital is part of the Northwell Health network, which means nurses who work here gain access to valuable resources to progress their careers. Nurses who work the night shift at Southside Hospital gain access to professional growth and development at Northwell’s Center for Learning and Innovation as well as on-site at Southside from senior leadership and peers. Whatever direction you decide to take your career, Northwell will have a path ready to suit your needs.
Experience Southside Hospital for yourself on March 29 at our Interview Day. We have night shift opportunities in Critical Care, Emergency Department, Med/Surg, Telemetry, and Labor and Delivery. We’re also interviewing new grads!
Can’t make the event? No worries! Click here to view Southside’s nursing openings!
For our second Inside Northwell Facebook Live event, we sat down with recent graduates from our High Potential Development Program. This program builds an internal pipeline to identify, develop and promote top talent from within the organization. As aspiring “leaders of tomorrow,” these selected individuals embody passion, and a desire to grow their careers in alignment with the health system’s organizational goals. Throughout the live session, Joseph Narvaez (Director, Performance Improvement and Analytics), Kevin Cerrone (Administrative Director, Rehabilitation and Orthopedic Services), and Taylor DiTrapani (Director, Joint Ventures and Site Relations) talk about how this program has helped them grow as leaders over the past year. Check it out by watching the video below!
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