CNO Corner: Kerri Scanlon’s Top 10 Tips to Become a Nursing Leader
Kerri Anne Scanlon, RN, is deputy chief nurse executive of Northwell Health & chief nursing officer of North Shore University Hospital. She represents her profession with grace and expertise, constantly elevating her team with her work ethic and skill.
Ms. Scanlon has received several prestigious awards, including the 2009 Nursing Spectrum/Johnson & Johnson regional and national Nursing Excellence award for advancing and leading the profession. Long Island Business News also named her to its 40 Under 40 list in 2009, and she was a participant in the Robert Wood Johnson Transforming Care at the Bedside Project and the original American Nurses Association Time Motion Study. Ms. Scanlon has served as nurse executive for more than a decade, across two of Northwell Health’s largest tertiary and quaternary care facilities.
As chief nursing officer and associate executive director for patient care services, Ms. Scanlon is responsible for creating and facilitating North Shore University Hospital’s strategic plan for nursing and clinical services. She has led the transformation of patient care through the promotion of staff engagement and empowerment and has been instrumental in creating a patient-centered care environment by leveraging technology and environmental redesign to bring nurses closer to the bedside. Her inspirational leadership has led to North Shore University Hospital’s recent achievement of Magnet® designation.
Ms. Scanlon serves as a leader on the Northwell Health Nurse Executive Council, where best practices are established and implemented across Northwell. She recently shared with us her top ten tips for becoming a leader in nursing.
1. Education is the foundation of nursing
I am passionate about education and that’s why I’ve made nursing professional development a priority in my work – I believe that without a strong professional development department within an organization, you can’t have a strong nursing department. Hence, my esteem for our corporate university, the Center for Learning and Innovation and the Northwell Health Institute of Nursing, which offers professional development, leadership development, nursing learning labs, nursing research and academic partnerships to constantly advance our nursing staff. If you want to be successful as a leader in nursing, you must have, and advocate for, cutting-edge nursing education.
2. It starts with passion
You must love this profession if you want to lead it. This is hard work, and in order to remain inspired and to inspire others, you need to love what you do and stay true to your heart.
What is your passion? What’s in your heart? Where do you want to be? Where do you see yourself five years from now? It’s important to ask yourself these tough questions so you continue to pursue your passion.
3. …But sometimes you have to be willing to take a risk
The greatest career opportunities may be the ones you weren’t planning on or expecting. Some career moves are a zig-zag, mine has had a few, and that’s okay! Pursue a degree that’s going to support what you want to do. Shadow leaders in your area of interest and utilize their mentorship. These experiences will help you when you are ready to change your career path or may connect you with individuals who recognize a potential path for you that you didn’t anticipate.
4. How do you create the right culture as a leader? It’s all about the team.
Having worked in high-functioning teams and then in those who didn’t perform as well, you realize you’re only as a good as the team you’re working with. I’ve been fortunate that I’ve been a part of a lot of great teams, but as a leader, it is your responsibility to create that team – not by yourself and not by hiring people that are exactly like you. Build the team with the people who have strengths you don’t have – diversify – and you will all be better for it.
Some of the best early leadership experience I had was in sports acting as a team captain. In order to make a real impact, you have to have a strong team that’s inspired to follow you in your mission – and you’re only as strong as the people that are on the bench. Becoming a leader in nursing is no different. It’s not about a few golden stars who score the basket – it’s about building a team that’s strong and committed to your vision from the starting line-up to the bench.
5. From day one, build a succession plan
If you don’t have a succession plan for your role from the beginning, you’re not doing your job as a leader. It is your responsibility to develop the next generation, by identifying and cultivating leadership skills in others. One of my greatest strengths as a leader has been my ability to recognize that potential in someone, and place them in a role where they can maximize the impact of their unique skills and abilities with the proper support and guidance. You can’t mentor everyone yourself, but it is your job to match them with the right person who can develop them as a leader.
6. Embrace the challenge
Never take a job where everything is stellar, it’s better to join an area that needs work. Find a job that inspires you to create change and improve the environment. Your passion for change will guide your leadership. Once you’re there, listen to the team and develop a strategy to achieve your goals together. Trust me, 9 out of 10 times, you are going to be successful and far surpass our expectations.
7. Courage and adaptability – you must be willing to make mistakes.
The biggest failure in leadership is not making a decision for fear of making the wrong one. Listen, listen, listen – if you truly listen, taking into consideration the perspective and insight of others, then you can make a decision, stick with it, and not look back. Mistakes will happen, and when they do, take ownership, accountability, and be transparent. Open your mind and yourself to others and what they are saying and you’ll be a better leader for it.
To thrive as a leader, you must be agile. Never accept the status quo, even if it makes you uncomfortable – you must be committed to continuous improvement and innovation, in order to showcase the valuable contributions of nursing. By keeping true to your vision and your goals, working on establishing your team, learning from failures and building on your success, you can become a leader that can create real change.
8. Integrity, integrity, integrity!
Your integrity as a leader is everything. Despite what decision may come your way as leader, you must always keep this in mind. Others will look to you to remain consistent and fair, and you will never go wrong keeping these values at the heart of your decisions.
9. You can’t just ask for respect, you have to demonstrate you deserve it
Throughout my career, I’ve made it a point to assert myself and become an integral voice for nursing at Northwell by advocating to drive our profession forward. As a nurse leader, the perspective and insight that you bring to strategic planning activities is invaluable – don’t be afraid to share your expertise. The key to earning respect is to show respect to others in all your interactions: actively listen to your team, involve them in your decisions, and integrate their feedback.
10. Our nurses innovate at the bedside every day across our health system. As a leader, you have to cultivate those examples and capitalize on them
Nurses at the bedside with patients have the opportunity to see needs that we do not. We’re doing innovative work at the bedside every day and that learning is valuable and needs to be shared. We need to be the innovators of the organization – constantly looking to see where we can add value for the future. We don’t want to get stuck doing the same thing over and over expecting success. Innovation developed at the bedside has become ingrained within the culture of Northwell’s Institute of Nursing. There’s no better place to be if you want to implement large-scale change and innovation. Our nursing leadership makes us a cutting-edge organization that outpaces our competitors.
I believe that nursing is the foundation of healthcare. As a nurse leader, it is most important to never lose sight of why you went into this profession – to care for others and benefit the greater good. We can look to other industries for best practices in improving efficiency and processes, but ultimately we must retain our focus on our profession’s values and traditions – and the best leaders remember to always balance the art and science of nursing.
The 2018 Nursing Leadership Retreat has Northwell Health “Reaching for the Stars!”
Under the leadership of health system Senior Vice President (SVP) and Chief Nurse Executive Maureen White, RN MBA, FNAP, FAAN, over 235 chief nursing officers, directors of patient care services and nursing education, advanced practice nurse leaders and high performing frontline staff convened to take a deep dive into the CMS Star ratings program and nursings key role in the organizations success. Every health system hospital and skilled nursing facility was in attendance along with home care, hospice, health solutions and ambulatory services. Over the course of the two day event this dynamic group engaged with system leaders to develop the plan that will continue to drive Northwell Health as a leader in healthcare. In the process, attendees were ‘Dancing for the Stars’ which was an unexpected highlight that everyone is still talking about!
The event opened up with a motivating and inspiring presentation by President and CEO Michael Dowling. Mr Dowling presented an encouraging look at the healthcare landscape, Northwells vision and strategy and assured everyone that our passion and desire to do what’s right will be an important beacon as we continue this exciting journey. He shared his own personal journey which, captivated the audience, and left everyone feeling energized and ready to soar!
The first day concluded with a reflective and thought provoking session by Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Mark Solazzo. Recently recognized again as one of the top 25 COO’s in the country by Modern Healthcare magazine, Mr Solazzo drove home key points for our success including continuing to collaborate on ensuring that Northwell remains a best place to work and a place where all employees are engaged and supported.
Other highlights included a session led by SVP and Chief Community Health Investment Officer Dr Ram Raju MD, and Sabina Zak, RPA-c, Vice President for Community Health which explored the Northwell 5 Star Culture of Health Promotion. This focused on getting to know our patients and communities so that we can provide the care they need and want in ways that align with their priorities and realities. It emphasized a new way of looking at patient centeredness and taking into greater consideration, the social determinants of health and the role it plays in the health and wellness.
Employee engagement was a cornerstone of the retreat as strategies and action plans were developed to advance employee engagement. Although engagement is exceedingly high, attendees were raising the bar and reaching for the stars on that as well! David Gill, PhD, Asst Vice President for Employee Experience and Michael Kern, Senior Director for Employee Experience, exemplified engagement as they had the nurse leaders fired up during a lively, interactive session.
A careful analysis of the CMS stars program was led by SVP and Chief Medical Officer Dr David Battinelli MD, SVP and Chief Quality Officer Dr. Mark Jarret, MD and SVP for Population Management Kristopher Smith, MD. This was a powerful segment that dissected the components of the Stars program and allowed attendees to gain a much better understanding of the program and its many considerations. Nurse leaders developed action plans during this working session and were left with a feeling of greater clarity in understanding how the work they are currently doing will translate into the healthy outcomes they desire for patients.
Teams that have been working on the Patient Care Services (PCS) strategic plan reported out on their progress. Maureen White stated, “I was so impressed with the PCS Strategic Plan presentations which closed out the retreat. Each strategic plan group exceeded expectations in developing the plans of their workgroups.”
Maureen Whites closing speech, a tribute to 77 very special nurses known as The Angels of Bataan, resonated deeply with attendees and they are still moved and inspired by their example. According to attendees, the 2018 Nursing Leadership Retreat was informative and insightful and a huge success. Everyone is already gearing up for next year!
Give new life to your nursing career: 10 reasons to join our Labor and Delivery and Postpartum units at LIJMC
We spoke with nurse leaders at Katz Women’s Hospital at Long Island Jewish Medical Center (LIJMC) to find out what makes our Labor and Delivery and Postpartum units such special places for nurses to grow their careers. Here are the top 10 reasons!
1. Magnet® Recognition
LIJMC is proud to have the exceptional practices, facilities, resources, staff and leadership to be honored with Magnet recognition — the highest recognition for nursing excellence — and our commitment to excellence runs through everything we do.
2. Amazing Facilities
The new tower at Katz Women’s Hospital is supporting one of the busiest labor and delivery centers in the area and features 60 single-patient postpartum rooms with 30 rooms per unit.
“It’s not just that the facility has the latest technology, it’s the entire structure of unit. Every detail, from the decor to the single-patient rooms, is designed to elevate the experience for patients and caregivers.”
-Jennifer Santoro Shickler, MSN, RN, NE-BC
3. The Beautiful Moments of Bonding
Speaking of our postpartum rooms, we facilitate bonding by providing single patient rooms for mother and child, allowing the new, growing families to enjoy as many of precious moments as possible.
4. Opportunities for Career Advancement
As part of Northwell Health, New York’s largest health network and private employer, we set RNs up with a wealth of opportunities to advance their careers. Whether they want to advance to a management position or make a lateral move, the opportunities and resources are at your disposal.
“Nurses here have so many opportunities. They can progress to a director or do a lateral move to another unit, really there’s unlimited potential inside Northwell Health.”
-Angela Gomm, RN MSN CNRN, Nurse Manager
5. Professional Resources
With some of the best training programs in the nation, Northwell Health is committed to empowering nurses to develop professionally. We bring classes and testing onsite for the convenience of our staff.
“Northwell has excellent management courses at the CLR. There are classes that go over discipline, decision control, budgeting, and so much more. Really there’s everything you need to make the transition into whatever career path you see yourself moving toward.”
6. On the Road to Baby-Friendly
We’re working toward the prestigious Baby-Friendly designation — that means we’re constantly looking at new standards and new practice guidelines that enable optimal infant feeding and mother/baby bonding.
7. Supportive Leadership:
One of the most important parts of a job is knowing that your leaders have your back and are ready to help you with anything you need.
“It starts with leadership that fosters an open and transparent environment, one which leaves you room to implement changes to benefit the patients. Once you start working among colleagues who are empowered in this way, you quickly begin to see how easy it is to grow and learn the skills necessary to advance your career. There’s really no hospital system like it.”
– Deborah Zaleskie, MS, RN, NE-BC, Director, Patient Care Services
8. We Can Rely on Each Other
We deliver 9,000 babies a year. With that kind of volume, it’s so important to be in a culture of open communication, where everyone is willing to step in and help you provide the best possible patient experience. Providing a safe environment where nurses feel comfortable asking for help, means we’re fostering teamwork.
“It is so busy that there’s a great culture of teamwork and communication. Our RNs work well with physicians and safety officers, and they’re not afraid to say when they need help!”
– Angela Gomm
9. Flexible Hours
Nurses work a difficult job that requires 24/7 responsibility. That’s why it’s so great that at Katz Women’s Hospital, scheduling is done with nurses as a top priority—with flexible hours offered for the afternoon and evening shifts.
10. The First to Try Something New
Nothing beats working alongside individuals who are passionate and innovative.
“There’s just something about the culture here. We’re always the first ones to raise our hands to try something new.”
– Deborah Zaleskie
Are you Made to take on one of our nursing roles as the next step in your career? We’re hiring nurses at Long Island Jewish Medical Center’s Katz Women’s Hospital now.
We’re investing in our future: Renovations to the ED of Long Island Jewish Valley Stream are underway!
At Northwell Health, we understand that in order to live up to our core value of being Truly Innovative, we need to be constantly investing in our people and our facilities. That’s why we’re excited to announce that we’re renovating one of the busiest emergency departments on Long Island: The ED ofLong Island Jewish Valley Stream.
“The LIJ Valley Stream Emergency Department is going through a long awaited ED renovation. The ED is being designed, not only to accommodate the current volume of patients, but to do so in the most efficient manner possible.” — John D’Angelo, Executive Director & Senior Vice President, Emergency Medicine Service Line
This renovation is more than just your average face-lift. The new ED expands the care that we’re Made for- going from serving 42,000 annual patients to 55,000.
These updates include 27 beds, two isolation rooms, a decontamination room that limits patient and staff exposure to environmental or other dangerous contaminants and a dedicated computed tomography scanner, part of a state-of-the-art imaging area.
The renovation is an investment in not only patient experience, but in the way doctors and nurses perform medicine. The new ED will use a “split-flow” model. Staff will triage and assess patients based on the severity of their conditions and assign them to the appropriate treatment level. Split-flow is the future of emergency care as it eliminates redundancy and waste wherever possible and has already proven effective in other Northwell Emergency Departments including our new facility at Southside Hospital.
“The vision of our leadership is palpable. The new Emergency Department at LIJ Valley Stream showcases Northwell Health’s commitment to our patients, communities and staff.” – Paula Fessler, Vice President of Emergency Medicine Service Line
We’re excited to show off our new look and enhanced experience! Imagine what you could accomplish at these new facilities as a member of our team.
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.
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!
In our complex and demanding environment of healthcare, it is incredibly important that we care for ourselves – so that we can in turn care for others. Healthcare professionals can be exceptional at providing empathetic quality care, however, we are also human – we grieve, mourn, hurt and feel very deeply – especially during the many challenging situations often faced when caring for complex patients and families.
At Northwell Health, we foster an environment that promotes wellness, self-care, self-reflection and emotional support for our dedicated caregivers.
Truly Compassionate: One of our unique programs, Team Lavender, provides staff an opportunity for timely emotional, spiritual and physical support, discuss feelings, explore coping mechanisms and extend additional resources for mental well-being if needed.
Truly Together: Team Lavender is comprised of interdisciplinary members, with disciplines and skill sets that complement one another when providing a holistic approach to emotional support for our dedicated staff. Members of Team Lavender may include social workers, physicians, nurses, chaplains, patient and family relations members, holistic and integrative therapy practitioners and employee assistance program team members.
Ultimately, we are dedicated to making sure our 66,000 Northwell caregivers feel supported and valued so that they can be better equipped to provide our patients, families, and customers with the exceptional experience they deserve. This is how we make every moment matter.
Inside Northwell: How to Stand Out While Applying for Jobs in 2018
At our first Inside Northwell Facebook Live session, we sat down with members of our Talent Acquisition team who gave the best tips for candidates looking to join our team in 2018. Check it out!
1. How can candidates stand out while applying for jobs in 2018?
My best piece of advice would be to only apply to positions that you meet the minimum qualifications for. With the volume of applications we receive we can’t contact everyone and we are contacting only those who most closely match the department’s specific needs. If you don’t hear from us, you will remain in our database and we can contact you for other positions you are suitable for. Just because you were not the right match for one, does not mean you wouldn’t be the right match for another so don’t lose faith – the needs vary from department to department.
2. How can they make their resume stand out throughout the bunch/mix?
Your resume is a living breathing document so you can make changes as you learn or develop new skills sets throughout your career, even if you are not currently looking for a new job. Make sure you mention the special project that you have taken and the impact to the organization because it’ll show you ambition to make a direct impact. If you are looking for a new job, always remember, the job description is your friend – use the information provided to help you craft your resume and use the keywords they have listed within the job description in your resume too. If your previous experiences don’t exactly match the job you are looking for, don’t forget to add the transferable skill sets you’ve learned. (ie: “Customer Service” is really “Communication Skills”)
-Arthur Beechman, Clinical and Non-Clinical Recruiter, Talent Acquisition
Remember to add keywords. We have advanced technology that we are using to source through a variety of candidates. If you have the keywords within your resume our searches will be able to match with yours and pull up your information before someone else’s. Also, remember to send the final version of your resume. You wouldn’t believe the amount of resumes we receive with a coworkers/family members/metors edits on them. Always double check!
If you’re updating your resume, as you should be all the time, make sure that any past experience is referred to in past tense. If it looks like current tense language for a position you held 3 years ago, we notice that and it shows less attention to detail. Also remember to quantify information. If you work for an organization that we aren’t familiar of, it’s very helpful to a recruiter to have some sense of how large that organization is, adding the number of direct reports (if any) you have, if you’ve saved the organization any money and how you achieved that – this will help us quickly understand who you are and what you do for what type of organization.
-Esther David, Director, Talent Acquisition
3. What makes a candidate “made for Northwell Health”?
4. What are the most appropriate ways for them to follow up with recruiters?
5. What is your last piece of advice for our candidates?
Are you looking for a different setting for your nursing career this year? VNA of Hudson Valley, now part of Northwell Health At Home, is hiring Home Care RNs in Westchester! We spoke with our employees to get their top five reasons for taking on this unique role.
Be in a position of trust.
As a Home Care Nurse, you’ll be treated like the dedicated and responsible clinical professional you are. It’s up to you to make your schedule and complete your documentation, and there’s no need to report in at a hospital in person.
“You work very autonomously. You are managing your patients and you talk to the supervisor if an issue arises, but basically, you are in the patient’s home managing their needs.”
–Eileen Mcnamee, RN, BSN, MS, Palliative Care Nurse
Find work/life balance.
Because you set your own work schedule, you’ll be able to arrange your day to meet the needs of your patients, as well as yourself and your family.
“Work is very flexible. I am able to manage my own time so I can get my kids ready for school in the morning and off to the bus. My manager helps out with triaging my patients to make my day manageable. I get home with plenty of time to prepare supper or bring my kids to after-school activities.”
— Marijane Tuano, Home Care RN
“In my current role as a Home Care RN, life is much more manageable! I am available for my patients while still being available to my family if needed. It has taken a tremendous amount of stress off the daily tasks of life. The schedule is more flexible, time management is easier, and being able to document at home is a huge help.”
— Jennifer Getler, Home Care RN, BSN
Enjoy great benefits.
Northwell Health provides Home Care RNs with an exceptional benefits package that includes generous paid time off (starting at 27 days per year), tuition reimbursement and much more.
“We can take advantage of great resources for helping nurses refresh skills and gain new skills throughinservices and review.”
More one-on-one time with your patients.
Working more closely with your patients is one of the biggest differences you’ll enjoy as a Home Care RN. And with innovative technology such as telehealth, you’ll have access to a whole team of clinical experts.
“It’s very rewarding because it’s an individual patient experience and you know that you made a difference for the patient. The patients tell you this themselves.”
— Eileen Mcnamee
“In choosing to become a nurse, you do it because you want to help people live their best life, and in the home care setting you really have the opportunity to do that.”
— Jennifer Getler
“I can see patients at their home and have the opportunity to see their lifestyle — something that a hospital nurse cannot observe. I can see the family dynamics, support system and their true needs.”
— Marijane Tuano
Be part of a close-knit family.
As a Home Care RN at VNA of Hudson Valley in Westchester, you’ll join an inviting and engaging organization where you’ll be recognized and valued for the unique abilities you bring. And as you work within the home setting, this family connection extends to your patients and their families.
“We aren’t just a nurse in a particular territory; we’re very much known individually by our name. That’s how the organization runs. We’re all different people in a family.”
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