Nursing Assistant Careers at Northwell Health, Raise Your Career Expectations
Nursing Assistant careers at Northwell Health provide opportunities that allow you to learn, grow, and raise your career expectations in a field where you can impact the community by providing exceptional healthcare services. Whether your career journey is just starting out, moving into a more senior position, or you’ve begun to explore a new direction, Northwell has the resources to support and guide you on your path. Below, you will find information on one of the many career path opportunities, from nursing assistant to registered nurse at Northwell. For the complete job profiles of each role, we invite you to visit NorthwellCareers.com, or click on the link below to discover a career well cared for with our team.
Check out our open Nursing Assistant positions here.
The care that patients receive during their hospital stays is critical, but for many, follow-up treatment after discharge is just as important in their recovery. For Melodie Quimpo, one of Northwell’s Home Care Registered Nurses, providing compassionate, professional care to her patients in the comfort of their own environments isn’t just a job—it’s a passion.
“I love that I have the privilege to promote the health of patients and their family members in the place where people feel most at ease – their home,” says Melodie, a member of the Northwell Health at Home team within the Continuing Care division, which includes nurses, physical and occupational therapists, social workers and more.
As a home care nurse, Melodie takes on a multitude of roles, assessing patients’ needs, educating them on medication, coordinating doctors’ appointments, and referring them to a variety of rehabilitation and social services. “Overall, my role is to help my patients recover and encourage them to manage their own health goals to achieve safe independence,” she says.
While being a home care nurse at Northwell offers many work-life balance benefits—for example, flexibility and autonomy in their daily schedules—what Melodie loves most about her job is knowing that the warm and personalized care she provides is instrumental in the healing process. It’s this and the ability to build meaningful relationships with her patients and their families that makes her career so rewarding.
“Just hearing a patient and their loved one express their gratitude for my visits reminds me that I am making a true difference in someone’s life,” says Melodie. “This memory motivates me to continue my passion in nursing.”
Melodie’s enthusiasm about her role at Northwell is also sparked by the many growth opportunities afforded to her.
“If an RN wants to advance their skills or education, Northwell provides them with the tools they need to succeed,” she says. “In my experience, the managers and leadership team have encouraged me to further my knowledge in the most up-to-date clinical nursing care by providing training and continuing education opportunities.”
In addition, though she works one-on-one with her patients, Melodie knows that her colleagues are always there to help her be the best nurse she can be.
“Northwell has always had a positive reputation for teamwork, and I wanted to be a part of an inclusive work environment,” she says. “To this day, I have been able to work collaboratively with home care staff to provide quality patient care.”
Whatever your passion, Northwell is behind you all the way. As Melodie says, “I wouldn’t want to work anywhere else.”
How attending a veteran recruiting event changed Luis Phillips’ career journey, for the better.
In 2014, Luis Phillips attended one of our veteran recruiting events, where he learned how his military experience could play a valuable part in a future at Northwell Health. Eight years later, Luis is now a senior information technology & services (IT&S) process management administrator at Northwell, where he utilizes his technical skills obtained in the military, to do what he loves every day.
Luis provides operational support to our Clinical Informatics team at Northwell in planning, organizing, evaluating, implementing, and identifying areas for process improvement on various nursing initiatives, related to Electronic Medical Records (EMR). This allows for enhanced clinical quality, patient safety, workflow efficiency, clinician satisfaction, and patient experience. What excites Luis most about his role, is working to solve complex challenges in healthcare around information technology and understanding that those efforts will help transform the way healthcare is delivered to our patients.
During his time in the U.S. Army, Luis held the title of Motor Transport Operator, where his responsibilities ensured the safety of senior ranking personnel as well as the secure distribution of critical equipment and resources to support various missions. During his eight-year career, he developed strategic agility skills to adapt to an ever-changing environment in order to overcome challenges quickly. This skill was vital during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic when Northwell had to rework quickly to an ever-changing environment. Luis shared, “What’s truly been rewarding is that my past experience helped me develop operational skills to help improve patient outcomes and staff satisfaction across our hospitals today.”
As a member of Northwell’s VALOR BERG (Business Employee Resource Group), Luis is able to hold onto his other passion of participating in veteran-focused initiatives that impact our organization and our community. He enjoys being a member of the VALOR BERG because it has helped create awareness about different programs, such as our Side-by-Side concert event, and initiatives within Northwell that support veterans in the workforce. “I strongly encourage anyone to look into opportunities with Northwell Health, where you will have access to resources and career growth options at every turn.”
At Northwell, mentoring is fundamental to career development
At Northwell, mentorship is one of the critical components to help individuals grow their careers. Our 40+ mentorships programs help prepare our current and future employees at Northwell Health through the support and guidance of our seasoned Health Raisers who share their knowledge and experience. We believe mentorship programs are so vital as they help individuals to increase organizational awareness, build connections, and build trust among the participants who are investing in the success of their career.
Learn more about the experiences of four of our current team members, Emanuel, Meghan, Tameika, and Joseph.
Emanuel Remilus, assistant nurse manager of the Pediatric ICU at Cohen Children’s Medical Center and member of the Northwell Health Nurse Choir, credits his time participating in our Entry to Leadership Mentor program with enabling him to enter the management ranks. “I was fortunate enough to have a mentor who I respect and admire, who I could turn to for help,” says Emanuel. “Throughout the program, I was provided a structured experience with actionable steps and attainable goals. My mentor was able to provide helpful tips to help make the job more manageable, and she continues to be a great source of help to this day.”
Emanuel also credits his fellow nursing community and leadership team at Northwell with constantly challenging him to reach for more. “They saw the potential in me, even before I could see it myself.” With the support and encouragement from his Magnet family behind him, Emanuel was accepted into the Stony Brook University Masters in Nursing Leadership program.
Meghan Strebel – Assistant Nurse Manager, Patient Care, Telemetry
Meghan was a former mentee within the Nursing Entry to Practice Mentorship program in 2019 and today is a mentor in the Nursing Entry to Leadership Mentor program. She knows how valuable the experience is, and she was eager to pay it forward. As a mentor, Meghan advises new graduate nursing students to take advantage of any opportunities that come their way. “Sometimes that means stepping out of your comfort zone, because if it wasn’t for my mentors pushing me to try something new in my life, I would not have the success I have had in the leadership role today.”
In her current role as an assistant nurse manager on the Telemetry unit at Mather Hospital, Meghan recognizes that she would not have been successful if it wasn’t for both of her mentorship programs. “I’ve been fortunate to have amazing leaders during my six years at Northwell who have supported me in pursuing my interests, taking chances, and stretching myself. Each mentorship program has given me the opportunity to grow as a new leader not only within Mather, but within Northwell too.”
One of the many ways Northwell lives its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is through the Emerging Leader Diversity Mentorship program. This program provides a forum for diverse individuals to develop an on-going relationship with a mentor by meeting regularly and discussing professional development within an organized and supportive framework. The program aims to increase diversity at all levels of management across the health system.
Having a mentor in this program enabled Tameika Waite, project associate in Information Technology & Services (IT&S), to build connections with “great people” across Northwell and gave her the power to define her career on her own terms. Tameika shared that she is encouraged by the high number of diverse leaders, including women, whom she’s met along the way, motivating her to pursue each successive opportunity. “I can truly say that the support I feel from my managers and leadership here goes beyond measure,” says Tameika. “I work in an environment where my leaders are teachers every day, who are welcoming to new ideas.”
Joseph McMahon – Assistant Vice President, Enterprise Change Management
Through the Neuro Diversity Mentor program, not only are students with disabilities able to gain first-hand insight into healthcare careers, but Northwell team members also gain knowledge to help them understand and support the neuro-diverse community.
Mentor Joseph McMahon, assistant vice president of Enterprise Change Management, meets monthly with his mentee and stays connected with him virtually on a regular basis. “It’s been a pleasure being a part of this program. This experience has expanded my own understanding of our organization’s workforce inclusion strategy overall and I’m helping my mentee learn more about our organization while getting to know him on a personal level so I can help him progress in his career journey.”
Mentorship is just one of the many ways Northwell can provide an open forum for employees to create their own success. To learn more about becoming part of the Northwell team, click here.
Nursing careers at Northwell Health goes beyond the bedside—there are many different ways for nurses to make an impact for patients and their families. As a Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For®, Northwell offers competitive benefits, education and career growth opportunities for registered nurses, no matter what area of nursing interests you. See below for several nursing positions beyond the bedside to jump start your exploration for a career well cared for.
How U.S. Air Force veteran Shawn Swift transitioned into his next mission at Northwell
Shawn has served as the director of operations for Emergency Operations Command (EOC) for Northwell’s Community COVID Vaccination and Community Testing programs this past year, with responsibilities that included the establishment of fixed and temporary pop-up sites, as well as managing the logistics once these sites were operational. Now, he is expanding his role to director of operations for Integrated Operations in which he handles special assignments for the EOC. The skills he gained in the U.S. Airforce helped prepare him for a career at Northwell.
During his eight years as a Medical Service Corpsman (MSC) Officer with the U.S. Airforce (USAF), Shawn’s duties included being ready to go at a moment’s notice, while managing the coordination, logistics, and operations of air medical rescue teams in the Air Force Aeromedical Evacuation (AE) program. This program is a unique and significant part of our nation’s mobility resources and embodies our Nation’s commitment to “leave no man behind” – the reason why Shawn wanted to go into Air Evacuation. Its purpose is to evacuate wounded military personnel and civilians from areas of danger to medical facilities with the use of military transport aircraft and provides time-sensitive, mission-critical enroute care to patients, to and between medical treatment facilities.
Shawn began his career journey at Northwell in 2007 and spent seven years working in Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Corporate Fellowship and Management at North Shore University Hospital. After receiving his MPA in Health Policy and Management from NYU’s Robert F. Wagner’s Graduate School of Public Service in 2012, Shawn was sworn into the USAF in 2014, leading him toward his passion of serving in the U.S. military, which he did for the next eight years. After he returned home in April of 2021, Shawn also returned home to his Northwell family, excited to leverage his skills and experience in his new role.
During his time at Northwell, Shawn has found that it is just as important to have a connection to the overall mission of our organization, like he did in the USAF, in order to thrive in his current role today. “I am fulfilled and energized at Northwell because I can see how my contributions have made a positive impact to delivering the highest quality of patient care and customer service,” says Shawn. “The most exciting aspect of my job is that I’m able to leverage my skillset and abilities to collaborate with different team members and take on meaningful tasks.”
Shawn currently serves in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, where he can still complete military orders on missions, he’s most passionate about – while working at Northwell. On multiple occasions Shawn expressed how he feels supported by Northwell. His colleagues and senior leaders have assisted in accommodating his time for military orders, as well as mentoring his personal and professional growth. A recent innovative project that really hit home for the veteran was where he was tasked with spearheading a technology collaboration between Northwell and various branches of the U.S. armed forces.
Shawn also currently serves as a chair on the VALOR BERG (Business Employee Resource Group), where he enjoys the opportunity to potentially impact employment, employee retention, and professional development for this community. “I know there is nothing more stressful than coming off active duty with a family to support and not having a job.”, says Shawn. He finds comfort in the BERG, and in knowing that there is support from people who know him a little better than the civilian person.
Shawn encourages other veterans at Northwell to join the VALOR BERG and learn more about our Military Liaison Services team. Performance and development may look different compared to the military, but Northwell is committed to going above and beyond for veterans to support them in our community.
Fortune Again Recognizes Northwell as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For.
Northwell Health is proud to announce that, for the third year in a row, we have been named one of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For®. As the only health care organization recognized in New York State, our dedication to making Northwell a great place to work is evident in everything we do, and our commitment to our employees has earned us a ranking again on this distinguished annual list for 2022.
At Northwell, we’re dedicated to helping our people build careers that are meaningful and rewarding from day one. Following is just a sample of why our employees love to be part of the Northwell team!
Focusing on Employee Well-being
There’s no doubt about it: The pandemic brought enormous difficulties to all of us on several levels, whether emotional, financial, or physical. We put the well-being of our employees first with new offerings that meet people where they are, support them, and foster trust across the organization.
Northwell responded in several ways to support the emotional well-being of our team members from our Center for Traumatic Stress, Resilience, and Recovery to Team Lavender to our 24/7 Emotional Support Resource Call Center. These comprehensive support resources and networks provide employees with psychological and emotional assistance for those who need help navigating any emotional challenges.
To support our team members’ physical well-being during and after the pandemic, we expanded our wellness workshops, and shared healthy eating habits–even a healthy recipe cookbook series. We also offer apps like myWellness, which lets employees participate in step challenges and track healthy habits, rewarding them with points based on participation that they can redeem for gifts of their choice.
Northwell helps support our employees’ financial well-being by providing resources from housing benefits to subsidized in-person childcare to healthcare wellness credits and comprehensive paid time off and more.
Creating a Welcoming Workplace for All
At Northwell, equity, diversity and inclusion aren’t just buzzwords. We are dedicated to creating programs that bring those concepts to life, employing a workforce that is diverse in culture, background, and experience while celebrating the uniqueness of every individual. Our Business Employees Resource Groups, or BERGs, cover a broad array of areas, enabling employees to connect, develop new skills, and mentor others while contributing to initiatives that impact our communities in powerful ways. For example, our Bridges BERGs enable employees to explore and celebrate Asian, Black, Jewish, and LatinX communities, while other groups focus on health equity awareness for the LBGTQIA+ community, environmental sustainability, veterans, and more.
Other equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives include the Inclusion Academy, designed to provide coordinators, front-line managers, and directors with the tools necessary to implement and manage diversity and inclusion strategies at their local sites. We also hold organization-wide town halls and listening sessions, where we engage with team members to learn more about their experiences so we can increase our action on these critical issues; and a course on unconscious bias training, which provides an overview on how experiences and identities shape biases, among other educational programs.
Northwell Celebrates You!
During 2021, in this transformational year of healing and growth, we introduced Northwell Celebrates, a multi-faceted campaign designed to enhance skills, insight, and resources that promote our employees’ welfare while recognizing and thanking them for their heroic efforts during the pandemic.
Northwell Celebrates included holding uplifting events such as live music and drive-in movies for employees and their families, meal kits sent to employees’ homes, recognition raffles, plus gratitude pop ups and mobile spas at Northwell locations, among many others.
A Culture of Care and Compassion
As you can see, Northwell provides team members with the inspiration, resources, and opportunity to not only succeed but to thrive, no matter what role. We value the contributions of each employee and work hard every day to create a sense of community filled with compassion, camaraderie, and opportunity.
Our focus on supporting and celebrating our people is the heart of our culture—and it’s what makes Northwell a great place work for all.
Northwell Health: Where IT&S Talent and a Passion for Serving People are a Perfect Match
When most people think of Northwell Health and its commitment to excellence, they picture doctors, nurses, and other front-line healthcare professionals. But our team members who work behind the scenes in non-clinical roles play an equally important part of our organization.
Here, meet two of our Information Technology & Services (IT&S) team members who found their dream careers at Northwell!
Witti Naval, Senior Agile Coach, Agile Transformation Center
From her first job at Northwell as a project manager in 2015, Witti Naval has never forgotten that that delivering higher quality products and more relevant solutions requires collaboration and innovation. She takes pride in coaching teams to be more adaptive to respond to challenges by developing efficient, flexible, and responsive software that is fundamental to the success of every employee in our organization, whatever their role. Most important, technology ultimately serves to support our main purpose: providing superior care for the patients who have entrusted us with their well-being.
Witti’s decision to join the Northwell team was inspired by personal circumstances. “I had a parent with early onset of Alzheimer’s,” she says, “and it felt comforting to be in healthcare to better deal with elder care challenges.”
The other main reason she chose Northwell as the perfect place to create a meaningful career was because our values mirrored her own. “I have felt connected to our purpose and commitment to technical innovation because it provides my team and I with the flexibility our patients need to manage their healthcare successfully,” says Witti.
As a Senior Agile Coach, Witti supports Northwell’s commitment to Agile methodology and principles such as prioritizing customer satisfaction; engaging non-IT&S staff early and often in the process; welcoming change and supporting IT&S team members during every step of their development.
Agile Transformation is a much larger endeavor than just changing how software gets built; rather, it involves a complete transformation of the entire organization, with the goal of creating a culture that empowers employees and encourages creativity and innovation.
That goal is one that Witti embraces whole-heartedly, as evidenced in her advice to people just starting their careers: “See if your role resonates with your life purpose and then let your purpose guide you on your career journey.”
Anthony Carvino, Senior Software Engineer
Finding a career that enables you to make a powerful difference in people’s lives has also been a driving force for Anthony Carvino, who was drawn to work at Northwell because it gave him the opportunity to build software and tools that directly improve the experience of medical professionals and their patients.
Anthony has been a core contributor to Nora, software that lets clinicians easily navigate a patient’s health records via their technical device, enabling them to access critical information within a matter of seconds—time that can make all the difference in patients’ lives.
Nora uses Natural Language Processing to answer questions instantly, providing clinicians with direct access to lab results, consult notes, imaging, medications, and more, which has been especially critical during the pandemic.
“Nora embodies everything that we want innovation at Northwell to be,” says Anthony. “It employs cutting-edge technology and architecture to build solutions intended to delight our users. ”This innovative technology exceeds traditional clinical software and improves speed while enhancing the clinician and patient experience.
Most recently, Anthony has been leading the architectural and development efforts for a major component of the next generation of Nora, and he is excited to be working on a project that will further improve the benefits of the software to all Northwell stakeholders.
Anthony is proud to be a part of the dynamic and engaging work environment at Northwell. He is glad that he put his passion for helping others into practice in his career, and he advises others to do the same: “Never underestimate the importance of doing impactful and rewarding work when looking to start your career.”
We’re glad that both Witti and Anthony found their meaningful career paths on Northwell’s technology team. Interested in joining us? Explore IT&S careers at Northwell today.
Northwell recognizes two of our extraordinary team members in honor of Autism Acceptance Month
April is National Autism Acceptance Month, and here at Northwell Health, we are dedicated to supporting individuals on the autism spectrum, whether they are members of our staff or the family of our employees.
Our commitment to a diverse workforce that provides a safe and welcoming environment for people with disabilities led to the creation of our N-ABLE BERG (Business Employee Resource Group). The N-ABLE BERG was designed to advocate, educate, and support our employees of all abilities and their families, ensuring everyone has the resources they need and the respect they deserve.
Here, we recognize two of N-ABLE BERG’s members as they share what working at such an inclusive, affirming, and respectful workplace means to them.
Patricia Troiano, Senior Pharmacist at Long Island Jewish Medical Center
Juggling a clinical career while raising a family can be challenging for anyone, but when you are the mother of twin boys on the autism spectrum, finding a supportive work environment is crucial. For 35 years, Patricia Troiano has found that place here at Northwell. As a registered senior pharmacist at Long Island Jewish Medical Center (LIJMC) specializing in sterile compounding and dispensing, Patricia’s role allows her to fulfill prescription orders and provide IV medication to our patients.
A passionate advocate for the autistic population, Patricia says that being part of the N-ABLE BERG this past year and being given the title of Neurodiversity Project Leader in March has given her companionship, comfort, and an opportunity to spread awareness about autism—all crucial to her fulfillment at work and home.
Patricia has also taken advantage of Northwell’s many continuing education offerings, which have enabled her to develop new skills and flourish in her career. Plus, the culture at Northwell has fostered a real family atmosphere—what Patricia says her co-workers call the “pharmily.”
“We really care about each other and are supportive of each other’s lives outside of work,” she says. “My department has been very empathetic during my family’s autism journey by providing support to me as well as the organizations I volunteer for.”
In fact, her department is raising money to purchase a laptop for her son Christopher’s program, The Nicholas Center, which provides vocational and community programs for those with developmental disabilities.
Through good times and bad, her co-workers “kept me going with encouragement and love,” Patricia says. And she’s proud to note that one of her sons on the spectrum is a Northwell employee, making her career well cared for a true family affair.
Tina Chuck, Advisor with Fair Employment Practices
Tina Chuck joined Northwell in 2011, and just three years later, she formed the Office of Research Policy and Training at the Feinstein Institutes, which evaluates and manages centralized policies, research training, and professional development. Shortly thereafter, her young son was diagnosed on the autism spectrum. It was a very stressful time, as she was managing her new job responsibilities as the director, while trying to find the right work-life balance.
“Thankfully, I had supportive colleagues and reported directly to someone who proactively checked-in on my well-being and taught me how to self-advocate,” says Tina. “I am thankful to have the flexibility in my schedule to care for my son and have access to fabulous professional development resources.”
Now Tina will continue her journey this month as Advisor with Fair Employment Practices in which she is excited to get more involved with Northwell’s workforce equity, diversity, and inclusion strategy and focusing on a broad range of initiatives, including helping support and continue to evolve our BERGs and other social belonging and inclusion initiatives. Recently, she became the co-chair of the N-ABLE BERG and through N-ABLE, Tina has been able to apply her skills and work on programming and events focused on enhancing employee and patient experience for those who are neurodiverse. Her professional network grew as each new N-ABLE BERG initiative connected her with people across the organization and within the community and expanded her knowledge and dedication to diversity and inclusion.
“The opportunities are endless at Northwell,” says Tina, citing everything from team-building activities such as cooking at the Ronald McDonald House to making birthday boxes and duffle bags through Together We Rise for children in foster care.
“I love the passion and grit I see in my colleagues, and their selflessness in rolling up their sleeves to step out of their immediate job title to help others.”
Learn more about Northwell’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Become part of our team by exploring our wide range of career opportunities here.
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A career journey that began with the United States Marine Corps, and transitioned to a rewarding civilian IT career at Northwell
When Robert Shimonski started his career with the United States Marine Corps (USMC) in 1992, he never could have imagined his path would lead him to where he is today. During his eight years of service in the USMC, he made significant advancements in his roles from serving four years on active duty as an aircraft mechanic and ultimately being promoted to Sergeant. Then he spent another four years in the active reserves and was transferred to a unit responsible for satellite communications and logistics, in which he promoted to Staff Sergeant as a senior leader of Marines. Today, Robert is now our Director of Infrastructure Services and Management, and he attributes his personal experiences from active military to his successful career here at Northwell.
As the Director of two large teams, Robert is most passionate about his responsibility to the care, wellbeing, and growth of his fellow team members. As one of the strategic leaders of the IS Operations Center (ISOC), Robert and his team ensure that if an IT matter arises that requires resolution that it is handled as swiftly as possible. The systems management solutions team Robert is responsible for handles building, deploying, configuring, and administering the enterprise tools required to monitor our health system, which is comprised of thousands of devices, systems, applications, and important clinical infrastructure. Both teams together provide a critical layer of protection to ensure ongoing operations of the Northwell Health system.
When asked about how his military experience translates into a career at Northwell, Robert says: “Most skills you learn about in military leadership translate very well into a civilian career. Whatever role you perform in the military, there is a component of leadership applied at every level, so you are always developing leadership skills. That experience has helped me to become a better leader in my current role within a healthcare environment.”
Robert has been a member of our VALOR BERG (Business Employee Resource Group) since its inception. He has watched it grow to a very large group of team members helping to support various veteran organizations. Robert shares that the VALOR BERG gives its members the opportunity to work together, to learn, and support each other. It’s that ability to make a difference that helps him fuel his passion to help with the BERG’s mission and also assist Military Liaison Services (MLS), Northwell’s veteran support department. These two groups are aimed at making a difference for veterans and the community.
“If you enjoy doing work that impacts lives, builds community, and helps provide benefits and services to those in need, then Northwell is the place to be. Veterans are encouraged to apply and join the ranks here at Northwell and from one veteran to another, it’s been an amazing journey that I appreciate being a part of,” says Robert.
Social Services Careers at Northwell Health, Raise Your Career Expectations
Careers in Social Services at Northwell Health provide opportunities to learn, grow and raise your career expectations in a field where you can truly impact the community. Whether your career journey is just starting out, moving into a more senior position, or you’ve begun to explore a new direction, Northwell has the resources to support and guide you on your path. Below, you will find information on the many areas of specialization for the social services profession at Northwell. For the complete job profiles of each role, we invite you to visit NorthwellCareers.com or click on the link below to discover a career well cared for with our team.
Check out our open social services positions here.
Career growth and development means different things to different people. For Jessica Jimenez and Tamaka Wallace, their nursing careers began along different paths but through tuition support and mentorship, they blossomed just the same and continue to grow at Northwell Health. Read below to learn more about these unique career journeys in nursing and imagine your own career path with us.
Jessica Jimenez, Clinical Professional Development Educator
Jessica Jimenez, clinical professional development educator for the emergency department at Long Island Jewish Valley Stream (LIJVS), started her nursing career at Northwell in 2013 as a student nurse extern. It didn’t take long for Jessica to envision what her career path could be. According to Jessica, Northwell is as much focused on expanding the services we provide to the community, as we are in expanding opportunities for our employees to learn and grow throughout their careers. “It’s one of the reasons I was attracted to the health system in the first place. I could tell that Northwell had big plans for the future and since joining, I have felt every bit a part of their vision.”
Jessica found tuition support in her strive for professional development when she enrolled in a nursing leadership and administration master’s program through a partnership between Long Island Jewish Medical Center (LIJMC) and Stony Brook University. She originally felt nervous when presented with this opportunity, but the encouragement from her mentors outmatched any trepidation she had about her own abilities. “Whenever I wondered whether I was ready for the next step, my leaders and mentors at Northwell would provide me with encouragement so I could move forward with zero doubt.”
Jessica found the road from nurse extern to clinical professional development educator paved by infinite support. Today, she is responsible for onboarding the new nursing staff at the LIJVS emergency department and runs their orientation and nurse fellowship program, where she teaches new graduate nurses starting out in their career. “My role involves many different responsibilities. Mainly, I aim to provide exceptional training through courses and simulations so that my peers feel as prepared as I did.”
Tameka Wallace, Director of Patient Care
Tameka Wallace, director of patient care for out-patient ambulatory surgery at the Schwartz Ambulatory Surgery Center at North Shore University Hospital (NSUH), joined Northwell as a teenager taking advantage of an internship program in the summer of 2000. For Tameka, the attraction of a career at Northwell started at home. Tameka’s mother was a clerical support associate at North Shore University Hospital (NSUH) at the time, so she became very familiar with the culture and knew that Northwell was where she wanted to be. “Everyone is respected and there is a palpable drive to promote diversity.” Not long after the internship, Tameka joined her mother in the nursing program at Farmingdale State College and together they graduated with their associate degrees in Nursing. Every step of the way, Tameka said she felt supported from the organization. From mentorship opportunities to tuition reimbursement, she had the support in continuing her education to obtain a master’s degree in Nursing, as well as a master’s degree in Business Administration.
Like Jessica, Tameka credits the relationships she has built with her peers and leaders for bolstering her confidence and opening the career path ahead of her beyond what she could have imagined. She attributes her achievements to both her own determination and the championing she received from her mentors. From attaining her associate’s degree, to her bachelor’s degree and then to a double master’s degree, she never felt alone in the adventure.
Since Tameka’s days as a support care associate, she has been passionate about patient care and has been able to grow in her position so that she can increase her impact on the patient community. “I love what I do every day. My duties include evaluating and directing all nursing employees, establishing goals for the nursing department, and creating and enforcing compliant healthcare policies.” Making a difference for the nursing staff and patients motivates Tameka to continue her growth and it explains a nomination she received for Magnet Nursing Leader of the Year at NSUH. An avid advocate for the special needs community, Tameka is also looking for opportunities to make strides in the healthcare of these patients and their families. She has her sights set on finding ways to incorporate more understanding and informed care in support of special needs patients.
Forge your own unique and passionate nursing journey at Northwell Health, discover a career well cared for here.
Celebrating National Women’s History Month with Sandra Lindsay, first person to receive the COVID-19 vaccine
After making history as the first American to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, more than one year later, Sandra Lindsay reflects on her experience and shares career advice for anyone looking toward the next chapter of their career journey.
Tell us about your career journey and why you wanted to become a nurse.
I always knew I wanted to become a nurse. I was raised by my grandparents and took great pleasure in caring for my grandmother who suffered from chronic illnesses. Despite her health history, she was a fierce educator, church organist, community leader, and provider for our family. This fueled my passion for wanting to care for more people.
My journey at Northwell began at Lenox Hill Hospital (LHH). I started as a nurse extern in the emergency department, after which I was hired as a staff nurse in oncology. After three and half years in oncology, I moved on to critical care where I held clinical nursing roles in the medical intensive care unit and critical care unit, before being promoted into leadership roles. Prior to my promotion as director and subsequent transfer to Long Island Jewish Medical Center (LIJMC), I served as the nurse manager for the medical intensive care unit at LHH.
Today, I currently serve as the director of Patient Care Services for critical care at LIJMC, a position which I’ve held for the past six years. In this role, I have responsibilities for four intensive care units, as well as the respiratory care unit. I oversee the clinical practice of more than 200 employees in the and manage daily and strategic operations for the units.
What helped you grow along your career journey? Can you provide a few areas where you received the support you needed to grow as a nurse and as a leader?
I had a great experience in the emergency department, soaking up every bit of information that I could and thankfully the nurses were patient and kind. They took me under their wings. My first preceptor in oncology was stern but also very patient, and kind. She really helped me get a good foundation as a clinical nurse as did all my preceptors in the various critical care units that I worked in. I will also never forget the day I met the AED of quality management at LHH, who offered to mentor me. We shared a love of gardening, and over the years she shared many pearls of leadership wisdom with me, that still support my practice today. There have been other mentors who helped me to grow tremendously.
What is something you wish someone would have told you before you graduated nursing school?
At the time that I graduated, I wish someone would have told me that in addition to building my nursing skills, building relationship skills with patients, families, and a multidisciplinary team is also paramount to a successful career.
If you could offer career advice to anyone, what would it be and why?
I think it is important to follow your dreams and seek out mentors who will provide you with honest feedback. After landing that dream job, the work does not end. Staying engaged and passionate about whatever that role is, requires continuous learning. Treat it as a journey, not a destination.
Going into our third year of living with the COVID-19 pandemic, Sandra hopes that we can all get some much-needed relief and healing. She states, “We are closer to the end than the beginning and we should not give up now.”
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Reflecting on Black History Month and the impact on career journeys at Northwell.
As Black History Month comes to a close, we wanted to take an opportunity to partner with the Center for Equity of Care and sit down with three of our team members to reflect on the impact our African American/Caribbean Bridges BERGs (Business Employee Resource Group) has made on them, throughout their career journey at Northwell. Chid Iloabachie, MD, associate chairperson, Emergency Medicine at Long Island Jewish Valley Stream (LIJVS); Olushola Latus-Olaifa, program manager for Community and Population Health; and Myia Williams, PhD, research industrial and organizational psychologist, shared their experience and feelings on what the African American/Caribbean Bridges BERGs and Black History Month means to them.
The African American and Caribbean Bridges BERG’s theme for Black History Month this year was “Reigniting the Human Connection: The pathway to community health equity.” What does that theme mean to you?
Olushola: I believe this theme directly relates to the work being done in the Community and Population Health division and brings me back to something we learned during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic: that building, expanding, and maintaining our relationships as a health system (and a team) with community leaders in our region, directly impacts our ability to impact the areas we serve. “Reigniting the human connection” for our team has been establishing the Long Island Health Equity Task Force to collaborate with more than 100 diverse community and faith-based leaders, along with county and state representation to ensure equitable vaccine distribution, while creating a pathway to community health equity.
Dr. Iloabachie: Our relationship with one another is the most important driver of any equitable healthcare system. We should all be invested in the health of our community. This can look like a lot of things; from running a health system as large as Northwell, or simply picking up a piece of litter so that we can live in a cleaner environment. I invite anyone reading this to take time today to be inspired to take action that will positively impact the health of everyone around us.
Dr. Williams: To me, this theme means representation. In May of 2020, myself and Dr. Alyson Myers launched COVID-19 Conversations, a one-hour informational Facebook Live/Zoom program to provide Black and Brown communities with up-to-date information on COVID-19 and access to resources. Through this program we were able to deliver interactive discussions on topics ranging from health education on COVID-19 and mental health, to resources for unmet social needs. Access to culturally relevant community education resources and outreach is important to achieving community health equity.
Why do you think it is so important for Northwell to have Bridges BERGs, like the African American and Caribbean Bridges BERG?
Olushola: The African American and Caribbean BERG, as well as all our BERG’s, are essential to such a large organization like Northwell. Having a sense of community and commonality are one of the many reasons Northwell is a Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For®. Through networking and the events hosted by the African American and Caribbean BERG, we are exposed to more opportunities within the system and even more chances to collaborate on similar goals and ideals.
Dr. Iloabachie: The African American and Caribbean Bridges BERGs fill me with hope. As a clinician, I spend most of my efforts stabilizing medical conditions and I’m seldom left with enough time to address their root causes. The African American and Caribbean BERGs create a space for us to do just that, collaborating with like-minded colleagues from every discipline and department at Northwell. It is said that there is strength in numbers; I see the truth of that adage whenever I consider the phenomenal work of the BERGs and the amazing Northwell employees that comprise them.
Dr. Williams: The BERGs provide employees with shared interests and backgrounds, as well as an opportunity to have their voice heard in a safe space, and opportunities for professional development. Northwell’s Bridges BERGS help with the diversity, equity, inclusion, and access (DEIA) strategy to foster an inclusive workplace, enhance employee experience, increase employee engagement, and promote cultural awareness – all of which contribute to Northwell Health being one of the top companies in healthcare for diversity.
Tell us about your career journey in healthcare and what impact has becoming a member of the BERGs made for you in your career here.
Olushola: I truly didn’t know I wanted to be a program manager until I worked on the Community Health team within the Community and Population Health division at Northwell. I am constantly inspired by the initiatives we work on, with a focus on supporting historically underserved communities within our region. Our goal is to always ensure we build and maintain relationships with community leaders from diverse backgrounds.
Our connection to the BERGs has enabled the Community and Population Health Division to ensure that our initiatives are reflective of the communities we serve. We often look to the BERGs and the BERG chairs to review and recommend diverse community members or leaders from every walk of life, to benefit from Northwell resources and services.
Dr. Iloabachie: I grew up in Queens so after I finished my residency in Maryland in 2016, I knew I wanted to come home to New York. A colleague of mine told me about Northwell Health and what an amazing organization it was, so I decided to apply. After I accepted the Attending Physician position at LIJVS, not only was I incredibly attracted to the community that the hospital supports, but I have now spent the past six years connecting to the surrounding community through our BERGs in more ways than I ever could have imagined. In 2020, I accepted the position of Associate Chairperson and have really felt that this location has truly become my home.
Dr. Williams: I knew I wanted to be an industrial/organizational psychologist right around when I left high school, but I did not know yet that I wanted it to be in health care. That realization came when I joined Northwell in 2016. I saw the impact of the work that we were doing to develop culturally tailored interventions for historically minoritized racial and ethnic minority groups, to provide individuals with access to care and change policies – that’s when I knew I wanted to be in healthcare. My experience throughout life and my career have shaped my research interests and the work that I do. Being in health care and in my role affords me the opportunity to explore my passions through my research, while making a difference for people who look, and sound like me.
Not only do I feel a stronger sense of community as a BERG member but I’ve also had the opportunity to meet amazing people with similar cultural backgrounds as myself that I would not otherwise meet. Being in the AA/AC BERGS had a positive ripple effect on my professional development. Since joining, I have been able to take part in numerous opportunities specifically for Black employees that I would not have otherwise known about and for more individuals to know about the work that I do as a researcher to help our community. Most recently because of my membership in AA/AC BERGS I was selected to participate in Northwell’s inaugural cohort for the McKinsey Black Management Accelerator Program. McKinsey’s Connected Leaders Academy provides organizations the opportunity to improve their talent pipeline and unlock their organization’s full potential.
Northwell continues to commit to valuing and reflecting on diversity in healthcare and aspires to promote the positive impact and achievements of the members of our organization. Learn more about Northwell’s commitment to diversity and inclusion here.
Bringing the importance of collaborative leadership from the Navy to Northwell Health
Meet Juli Schmidt, Northwell Health’s newest senior manager of Career Performance and Development. Juli comes to Northwell following a successful 21-year naval career that saw her achieve the rank of commander. Her goal in this new role is to help evolve the career experience for our team members across the organization, through the inclusion of leadership development, career advisement and mentorship programs.
Juli is part of the Career Performance and Development team in Human Resources that is responsible for advancing our performance management program, which includes individual development plans, succession planning, links to business goals, and competency assessments. She looks forward to applying the leadership skills she honed as a naval officer, to a new mission that directly impacts the lives and well-being of Northwell’s team members. Juli says, “My core values will continue to guide me to achieve the mission, and whether that’s in healthcare or commanding a warship – you have goals and you reach them through teamwork, trust and consistent communication.”
A Long Island native, Juli began her career in the Navy more than two decades ago and, after graduating from the United States Naval Academy, served as a Surface Warfare Officer and completed deployments in the Middle East, participating in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Juli then transferred to the Navy’s Human Resources community, where she was able to apply her operational background to Navy-wide HR initiatives. She served as a senior human resources officer, specializing in strategic workforce planning, talent management, succession planning, and resource allocation.
Although Juli is new to Northwell, she is eager to join the VALOR BERG (Business Employee Resource Group) to reconnect with fellow veterans who share the same commitment to serving others. Those shared experiences are unique, and that connection allows the veteran community to collaborate and apply their skills to new ideas and initiatives at Northwell.
“Northwell is committed to creating an inclusive culture that supports your continued professional and personal growth,” says Juli. “As a veteran, you can apply your military experiences and skillsets to seamlessly integrate into Northwell’s culture and continue to excel post-military. An organization’s strength comes from its diverse workforce, and here in the greater NY/NJ metro area, Northwell Health represents diversity of thought, culture, beliefs, backgrounds, and experiences.”
CNO Corner: A Conversation with Tiffany Powell, Chief Nursing Officer at Long Island Jewish Forest Hills
Tiffany Powell, MSN, RN, NE-BC, and chief nursing officer (CNO) at Long Island Jewish Forest Hills (LIJFH), has experienced career growth and endless opportunities over nearly two decades at Northwell Health.
It all began in 2004 when Tiffany started at Northwell Health as a nurse extern. Passionate about learning, Tiffany sought every opportunity to gain experiences and grow her career. After completing the externship and achieving her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Tiffany jumped at the chance to be part of the health system’s first-ever critical care fellowship in 2005.
During the next several years, Tiffany continued to gain experience working as a staff RN in telemetry and in a medical intensive care units (MICU). By 2014, she had transitioned to a leadership role as an assistant nurse manager, and was then promoted to nurse manager of a medical surgical unit in 2016. Her desire for exposure to more nursing specialties then brought her to North Shore University Hospital where she worked as a nurse manager on a palliative care unit and with a renal and liver transplant team.
All of her passion and experience took her career journey to Long Island Jewish Forest Hills (LIJFH) in 2019, as director of patient services responsible for the critical care, telemetry, and dialysis units and interventional radiology nursing practice. Now as chief nursing officer at LIJFH, Tiffany is looking to encourage and support others who strive for career growth and new opportunities.
Read our conversation with Tiffany below to learn what key advice she has for all nurses looking to develop their careers.
What attracted you to Northwell Health initially and is it still true today?
At the time I was looking for my first nursing job, I was offered two great positions at different healthcare providers and I chose Northwell Health. What attracted me to Northwell the most is their commitment to innovation.
I love working here, because at Northwell, your voice is heard and respected at all levels. Team members actively participate in the changes that take place in our organization, and they work in an environment that is exciting, never stagnant.
As a nursing executive, what would you say are the most important qualities a leader should have in order to positively engage their team in delivering exceptional patient care?
Throughout my career, I have always felt that the two most important qualities of any leader are authenticity and relatability. Strong, effective communication is also key but authentic leaders will naturally appeal to those around them, and develop a followership built on trust and respect. The foundation of a strong leader is their ability to build interpersonal connections with people, and to resonate with others you must be relatable.
We understand that you are passionate about encouraging personal well-being in the workplace. Can you share a few examples of how personal well-being is supported for team members at Long Island Jewish Forest Hills Hospital?
My team will tell you that my mantra is, “we must take care of ourselves before we can take care of our staff and patients.” I truly emulate this in all that I do because personal well-being is so important, and in the workplace, it starts at the top. At LIJFH, we have exercise classes in our memorial garden, and a meditation room where staff can go to relax. Sometimes it just takes small measures that result in big impacts. I have committed to starting all my nursing leadership meetings with a one-minute meditation for all the nurse leaders here and I have challenged my nurse managers to use this approach with their staff at their daily huddles and staff meetings.
What advice do you have for nurses who are looking to grow in their careers?
I recently heard someone ask, “What would the world be like if we were always working on ourselves or thinking of how we can help others.” For all nurses, my advice is simple, reflect after every day. What did I do well? What could I have done better? Always remember what motivates you, and act with humility. It is such a gift to be able to care for patients in their most vulnerable times.
For those looking to grow, networking is key. Meet new people and build relationships. Never burn any bridge. Get involved in hospital/organizational activities. Never stop being curious. Instead, always try to learn something new every day. And one especially helpful piece of advice that always works for me: once per year, set a professional goal that you can accomplish and when you do, it’s a feel-good moment, so celebrate it!
What would you say makes nursing at Long Island Jewish Forest Hills Hospital unique?
We are resilient, agile, and diverse. Our sense of community allows us to really get to know each other.
There is lots of positive energy pumping through the halls of LIJFH. Having achieved the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Pathway to Excellence designation in 2021, we are now beginning our Magnet Journey.
Among our goals is our continued focus on shaping our shared governance model and promoting professional development for our nurses. And we are incredibly excited about the roll out of new technology at our facility such as the myNora system pilot – a technology to assist with the efficiency of Interdisciplinary Rounds (IDR) – as well as telemetry monitors and zebra devices (healthcare mobile computers). All initiatives meant to inspire learning and growth.
If you’re inspired by Tiffany’s incredible career, explore nursing careers with many avenues to grow your skills at Northwell Health.
Taking Imaging Skills in New Directions: Meet CT Technologist, Carmen Arana
Meet Carmen Arana, CT technologist at Northwell Health Reichert Family Imaging in Huntington, NY. During her career journey as an imaging specialist, Carmen has had some unique opportunities to expand her skills in different ways.
She studied Radiologic Technology at Westchester Community College before joining Northwell Health in 2014, and with Northwell’s tuition reimbursement assistance, Carmen continued her education to achieve a Bachelor of Science in 2021 from the CUNY School of Professional Studies.
As a CT technologist, Carmen operates a computed tomography machine to create detailed images of internal organs, bones, soft tissue, and blood vessels. She helps prepare patients for various exams and ensures that the radiologist has all of the clear information needed to make an informed diagnosis. Her responsibilities also include managing the patient flow and assisting the x-ray department, when needed.
Carmen knows her role as an imaging specialist at Northwell is meaningful. “I am able to provide a safe and complete diagnostic exam using state-of-the-art technology,” she says. “This encounter alone can have a huge impact on how a patient’s treatment progresses. I enjoy helping patients have the best experience possible and appreciate the thanks I am given in return.”
When a patient sees an imaging specialist, it is often at the start of addressing a health concern. A CT technologist like Carmen will guide a patient through what may feel like an intimidating examination. From collecting and entering health history to analyzing the number of scans required, a CT technologist aims to make the process as smooth as possible for every patient. Careful attention to detail results in reduced time under scanning equipment and more efficient outcomes.
When asked what makes working as a CT technologist at Northwell unique, Carmen says that it’s the different opportunities that team members are given to use and grow their skills. “I had a one-of-a-kind opportunity to work with The Nature Conservancy to scan samples of water from various marshes in our area. It was a project designed to help improve the quality of the water around Long Island. Having the ability to apply my knowledge in an area outside of my direct responsibilities gave me learning experiences I may not have otherwise been able to take advantage of.”
Carmen’s next step in expanding her knowledge is her intention to pursue a Master of Science in Health Informatics.
You too can discover a career well cared for with opportunities to expand in your role at Northwell Health. Apply to become an imaging specialist with us today.
Raise your Career Expectations with these Top Reasons to Work Night Shifts at Northwell Health
Working night shifts at Northwell Health comes along with several benefits that can make a positive impact on your overall health and wellbeing. As a Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For®, Northwell offers career growth opportunities that are easily attainable to night shift professionals in labs and nursing roles. Check out our top reasons below, and jump start your journey to a career well cared for.
Reflecting on ways to advance equity with our African American and Caribbean Bridges BERG (Business Employee Resource Group)
Black History Month gives us all the opportunity to reflect on the contributions and achievements of African Americans today and throughout history. It is also a moment to observe strides made and strides needed, to achieve social justice and equity in all areas of life. At Northwell Health, the strive for equity is two-fold: equity in healthcare and equity in the workplace. To help meet the needs of our communities and those of our team members, we established our Bridges BERGs. Our cultural ambassador groups help educate and provide a platform for more inclusivity and help further a positive work environment for everyone regardless of background, religion, abilities, or race.
“The African American and Caribbean BERG provided a community for team members to be themselves while educating others on cultural differences,” says Ralph Thomas, senior operations manager of Emergency Medicine at Long Island Jewish Valley Stream. As co-chair for the African American and Caribbean BERG, Ralph is gratified in knowing that the BERG makes a difference for all at Northwell. “In addition to always keeping advocacy for the communities we serve as a top priority, our members engage in various community service projects such as operating COVID testing sites, holding educational program panels, offering leadership development seminars, and putting together learning opportunities to increase mental health/self-care awareness.”
In honor of Black History Month, the African American and Caribbean BERG and Northwell are proud to launch the first African American cohort of the Management Accelerator Program (a six-month mentorship that concentrates on advancing the career development of diverse leaders within the organization). In addition, our African American and Caribbean BERG will host several virtual events aimed at reigniting humanism. In a presentation by Joey Hubbard, chief training officer of Thrive Global, participants will acquire science-backed micro steps that reframe thoughts of doubt or weakness in oneself into conscious awareness of belonging and collective resilience. In a similar tone of self-care and personal development, team members will also hear from Dr. Myia S. Williams, research psychologist at Northwell, on valuable tips and information that can help manage stressors and promote mental well-being in the black community. These events, and others planned throughout the month, are focused on making an impact toward the goal of achieving equity and fostering a healthy environment that inspires all to succeed.
Marking observations of progress in equity is one of the many ways we at Northwell keep an open dialogue on diversity, inclusion, and equity. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion here. You can read more about our Management Accelerator Program by reading our blog here.
Celebrating the Lunar New Year with our Asian BERG (business employee resource group)
Lunar New Year, often referred to as Chinese New Year or Spring Festival, is one of the most celebrated holidays in the Asian community. Starting February 1 and lasting 15 days, this year’s celebrations honor the year of the tiger – one of 12 symbols in the Chinese Zodiac. The tiger is a symbol of power and prestige in many Asian cultures and those born this year are said to be brave, ambitious, enthusiastic, forceful, and powerful. Recognizing cultural traditions creates a workplace that is inclusive and welcoming to all. Northwell Bridges BERGs were established with this in mind, to foster an environment where all team members feel a sense of belonging.
Asian Bridges BERG co-chair and claims management counsel, Janet H. Shin, Esq., shared, “It’s no surprise to me that Northwell has been recognized as a Best Health System for Diversity by DiversityInc. I believe that having the Asian Bridges BERG, and other Bridges BERGs, available to all employees, gives Northwell team members a sense of pride and a feeling of acceptance within a richly diverse community.”
This year, the Asian Bridges BERG will be at sites across the health system where volunteers will hand employees red envelopes (a lucky color according to Asian customs) filled with tiger embossed, gold chocolate coins. Accompanying the chocolate will also be a decorative insert wishing employees a Happy Lunar New Year, good health, good luck, and an abundance of happiness throughout the year. Janet is also excited about the BERG’s week-long giveaway, giving employees a chance to win Lunar New Year gift baskets and Northwell swag. “Lunar New Year is about prosperity, longevity, and unity,” Janet adds, “and these are themes that align with the work culture at Northwell.”
Raise your career expectations and you can discover a career well cared for in a diverse and inclusive environment. Apply today.
Celebrating CRNA Week and IV Nurses Day with an inside look at these two unique specialties
At Northwell Health, nurses are celebrated and valued every day. This week, we are celebrating CRNA Week and IV Nurses Day with an inside perspective from two of our team members. Read on to learn what Kevin and Polina have to say about their unique careers at Northwell.
Kevin Chavez, a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) at Lenox Hill Hospital (LHH), started working at Northwell as a new graduate in 2020. As a CRNA, Kevin is engaged in the care for patients that are in pre-operative, intra-operative, post-operative, and emergency settings. “The CRNA role to me is the pinnacle of nursing practice. It’s rewarding and humbling to take part in so many varied situations that patients seek care for.” Nurse anesthetists administer anesthesia or sedation for surgeries ranging from minor procedures (such as same-day surgeries) to major procedures (such as open-heart surgeries)—and no two days are the same.
In the two years since Kevin began his career at Northwell, he finds that he is never short on learning opportunities, just one of the things he loves about his shifts at LHH. “There is encouragement to develop our skills on the job and through outside learning. I have attended multiple conferences and professional development programs to further enhance my practice.”
Taking advantage of learning opportunities and sharing knowledge is common among successful nursing teams, and is something that fellow registered nurse, Polina Bangiyeva, agrees with. Polina, RN, BSN, infusion nurse at Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital (MEETH), joined Northwell more than 10 years ago. According to her, infusion nursing is unique because, “both patients and other nurses on the unit rely on the distinct care that IV Nurses provide.” Infusion nurses treat patients with needs from hydration to blood transfusions, and many treatment types in between. Polina’s daily rounds may include administering medication and fluid therapy, teaching other nurses how to properly gain intravenous access and PICC insertion, monitoring patient response to treatments, and coordinating the discontinuation of IV services with the medical team, patients, and their families. “I’ve been an IV nurse for a long time, but I continue to love my job every day.”
Polina didn’t start her nursing career at Northwell, but having been here for over a decade, she believes it’s the best place to continue to grow her nursing passion. “I plan on taking advantage of the tuition reimbursement benefit. I would like to go back to school soon to become a nurse practitioner.”
Northwell is proud of the skilled and patient centered care our teams of CRNAs and IV nurses deliver to our communities. Discover a career well cared for and raise your career expectations with a nursing career at Northwell Health.
Northwell launches a partnership with McKinsey and Company to participate in the Management Accelerator and Executive Leadership Programs for our African American/Caribbean Bridges, LatinX Bridges, and Asian Bridges BERGs
We often hear Northwell leadership speak to the importance of investing in its own team members and how cultivating existing talent, is the smartest strategy in building a stronger and more efficient health system. The concept of a career well cared for is something our employees actively experience in their roles every day. The introduction of the Management Accelerator and Executive Leadership programs, in partnership with McKinsey and Company, is another example of our commitment to provide career advancement opportunities for our team members at Northwell.
This February we will be welcoming nearly 70 leaders of diverse backgrounds into both programs, which supports our mission of having an organization that is representative of the communities we serve. These programs will help us accelerate the progression of diverse leaders within the system by developing their leadership and general management skills. “I was ecstatic when I learned that I was selected to participate in the Management Accelerator Program,” says, Jeffrey Paul, senior program manager for Telehealth Services. Jeffrey joined Northwell in 2018, as a program manager for Telehealth Services, and he shared that one of the things that stood out to him was how much support is placed behind the professional development of the workforce here. “It’s more than just a sign of good faith. It’s a testament to Northwell’s commitment to inclusion, retention, and promoting from within.”
Jeffrey is a member of Northwell’s African American/Caribbean Bridges BERG (Business Employee Resource Group), and that is how he came to learn about this opportunity. The Bridges BERGs were established as a means to provide culturally sensitive services to our communities and to champion a united and skilled workforce where all employees feel welcomed and included. Asian Bridges BERG member, Hamangi Patel, echoes Jeffrey’s excitement about the management accelerator program. “When I was first notified about it through my BERG, I thought, ‘Wow, Northwell is standing by their promise, taking the lead in supporting diverse senior executives in achieving C-suite professional aspirations.” Joining at least one of the Bridges BERGs is a requirement to be considered for this opportunity, but as Jeffrey and Hamangi can attest, being a member of one of the Bridges BERGs can open up doors to career growth while bridging cultural relationships.
Hamangi started with Northwell in 2014 as a research compliance manager. Today, she is director of research compliance for corporate compliance and has experienced encouragement for personal development in her field from the beginning, saying “the inception of the management accelerator and executive leadership programs displays that Northwell welcomes diversity at the leadership table, especially as work culture needs are evolving and healthcare disparities are widening.” Having diverse voices at the leadership table is exactly what the purpose of this initiative is. Northwell leaders of diverse backgrounds will receive expert coaching that will build on their confidence and strengthen their abilities to grow the next generation of leaders.
Latinx BERG member, and fellow management accelerator cohort participant, Christina Giordano views this opportunity as yet another chance to grow in her career. “Words cannot express my gratitude. I am eager to continue my journey in professional development here at Northwell.” In under four years, Christina has gone from communication business analyst to communications lead as a senior product services and management analyst. She feels that it’s easier to believe in oneself when your workplace believes in you too. According to Christina, Northwell makes it easy for her to live by one of her favorite Toni Morrison quotes, “You can do some rather extraordinary things, if that’s what you really believe.”
Prioritizing Self-Care and Well-Being at Northwell Health
Every year, Northwell team members can rely on our employee wellness programs and trust in the implementation of new initiatives designed to create a happy, safe, and healthy work environment. Our well-being isn’t meant to be checked at the door when we finish our workday; several of the resources and activities available are devised with employees and their families in mind such as healthy recipes developed by our dietitians for home cooked meals. And in some cases, as with our annual walk challenges, the encouragement to get healthy has a ripple effect, inspiring family and friends to join in hikes for the sake of motivating our team members along.
This year’s walk challenge, Walk to the Caribbean, saw thousands of team members trek across state parks, local gardens, and sandy beaches, tracking their steps for a chance to win an all-expense paid trip to the Caribbean. Three lucky teams claimed the winning prize: a team from North Shore University Hospital, led by team captain Lydia Brown, a team from Northwell Health Physician Partners Long Island Jewish Medical Center, led by team captain Anna Costakis, and a team from Lenox Hill Hospital, led by team captain Jacqueline Pinksbennett.
Participation in the walk challenges always runs high and it is just one example of many programs aimed at promoting wellness both in and out of work by incentivizing team members to get active by rewarding them with myRecognition points which can be used to claim amazing products through our internal portal. The health and wellness of our team members is a top priority to leadership in the organization and because of that our initiatives are actively encouraged, such as Northwell’s Well-Being Credit Program which offers employees who are who enrolled in a Northwell offered medical plan the opportunity to earn a maximum of $2,080 in paycheck credits in exchange for four healthy actions. It is our belief that a healthy workforce is a happy workforce, and therefore a successful one.
Read on to learn about a few more of the programs and resources that have made Northwell Health #2 Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America by Healthiest Employers®.
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