Meet Tiffany LaSister, RN, BSN, MSN, FNP-BC, a Truly Compassionate family nurse practitioner (FNP) in the Department of Adolescent Medicine at Northwell Health.
Today, Tiffany works in a school-based health center within the August Martin High School in South Jamaica, Queens through Northwell Health. However, her journey with us started as a telemetry nurse at North Shore University Hospital (NSUH) in 2005. As she advanced her credentials, Tiffany’s opportunities within the health system grew and she later worked as a float nurse at LIJ Medical Center.
Working as a registered nurse, Tiffany developed a strong desire to expand her knowledge and scope of practice by becoming a nurse practitioner. “My grandmother was an RN at Bellevue hospital in the 60s and she was one of the driving forces behind my educational advancement,” says Tiffany.” I felt a strong commitment to seek out new challenges in order to meet the evolving needs of society.” With this motivation and with the support of Northwell Health’s tuition reimbursement program, Tiffany returned to school and completed her master’s degree and became an FNP.
As an FNP, Tiffany returned to NSUH in 2014 to work within the Medicine Department. There, she later had the opportunity to work with their home care team, delivering care as a visiting NP for advanced illness and palliative care. Continuing to grow her skills, Tiffany joined the Department of Adolescent Medicine in 2019 where she now delivers care primarily to adolescents.
However, during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, Tiffany was redeployed to LIJ Valley Stream (LIJVS) to help deliver care to the increasing number of patients. Though working throughout such an unprecedented global pandemic was challenging, Tiffany found hope and support through the Northwell team. “The year 2020 left an imprint on my heart that will remain forever. I have never been more thankful for my colleagues then I was at that time,” says Tiffany. “Working during the pandemic has not only made me a stronger clinician, but a stronger person as well. I learned how to adapt, strengthened my skills, and also served as a clinical investigator for the COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Study at LIJVS. Although the time was difficult, I am thankful for the opportunity to serve my patients and community.”
It was Tiffany’s unwavering dedication and compassion for her patients that led to her being recognized within her community as well. This February, Tiffany was recognized as an essential worker by the Nassau County Office of Minority Affairs as part of their Black History Month celebration after being nominated by a neighbor in her community. “As a local resident, I am honored to serve my community by working at LIJ Valley Stream during the pandemic,” says Tiffany. “This award would not have been possible without the support I have received from my colleagues, for whom I have the deepest respect, and from whom I have derived the strength to challenge myself and perform better at each stage in my career.”
And for any other nurse practitioners or clinicians looking for the next step in their career, Tiffany recommends Northwell Health. “Here at Northwell, we are embraced for who we are, our different cultures and different personalities. The teamwork here is amazing,” says Tiffany. “Our focus on our patients and their families isn’t just part of our culture, it’s the core of who we are and what we do.”
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