New Citywide Nurse Residency Program Will Help Retention In New York Hospitals

New Citywide Nurse Residency Program Will Help Retention In New York Hospitals

A new citywide nurse residency program being implemented in New York hospitals is expected to help retention efforts and curb burnout among nurses. The program will support participating hospitals with a year-long residency that bridges the gap between education and practice for recent graduates.

The Citywide Nurse Residency program will be implemented in 24 participating hospitals and 500 newly-hired nurses will be provided with specialized training that promotes job retention in first year nurses. The program is being offered in partnership with the Greater New York Hospital Association, NYU Langone Health, and New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

The program will provide newly-hired, first-time nurses with on-the-job training, focusing on ethics, decision making, clinical leadership, and the incorporation of research-based evidence into practice. Nurses in the program will also receive support and mentoring to enhance job satisfaction, performance, and retention.

New York City’s public hospital system is the largest in the nation. Adopting a citywide nurse residency program will help hospitals save on the financial cost of losing employees and provide a proven way to help retain nursing staff.

Mayor Bill de Blasio tells, “We’re exploring every possible avenue to create new pipelines of opportunity for New Yorkers who deserve good paying jobs as we continue to make strides toward being the fairest big city in America. This Citywide Nurse Residency program will help expand opportunities and retain skilled professionals at public hospitals that deliver quality health care to countless New Yorkers.”

To find out more about the new citywide nurse residency program being implemented in New York hospitals, visit here.

First Annual Innovations in Simulation Summit Hosted At Columbia Nursing

First Annual Innovations in Simulation Summit Hosted At Columbia Nursing

This past October, the Columbia University School of Nursing hosted its first annual Innovations in Simulation Summit where they brought together 14 simulation specialists to exchange and discuss best practices in the field of clinical simulation education, examining its future, research trends, and how it can be used to improve patient safety.

Participants attended from around the world, representing a range of nursing and medical disciplines, including deans, directors of simulation centers, and researchers. The participants were grouped into three panels by topic: the future of simulation-based education, latest trends in simulation research, and patient safety outcomes. Four of five experts then presented on each topic.

Stephen Ferrara, DNP, assistant professor and associate dean of clinical affairs, tells, “This interprofessional summit is like a brain trust of simulation. Every one of you has helped advance the frontiers of healthcare simulation, which continues to enhance how we train future and current practitioners to provide the best care.”

The goal of simulation is to give students and healthcare professionals opportunities to practice skills without risking harm to patients and to hone their ability to think critically on their feet. Participants agreed that simulation has gone beyond its original purpose of just teaching basic skills to nursing and medical students. They observed that simulation is now used in healthcare systems as part of staff development, entailing scenarios designed to promote skills maintenance, harm reduction, and better staff integration.

A highlight of the summit was a tour of Columbia Nursing’s Helene Fuld Health Trust Simulation Center. Opened in the autumn of 2017, the center consists of multiple rooms on two floors of the school including a simulated labor and delivery suite, an operating room, and beds equipped as they would be in typical hospital rooms, with vital sign displays and electronic medical records.

To learn more about Columbia Nursing’s first annual Innovations in Simulation Summit hosted this past October, visit here.

Binghamton University’s Decker School of Nursing Makes Plans to Go Digital

Binghamton University’s Decker School of Nursing Makes Plans to Go Digital

The Decker School of Nursing at Binghamton University has recently set in motion a plan to make its undergraduate and graduate nursing programs more convenient after they transition to an online format in the coming year.

Mario Ortiz, dean of the Decker School of Nursing, tells, “The quality of our nursing programs and the access to our outstanding faculty, who are focused on student success, will remain the same when these programs go online. What will change is the level of convenience for students who have work or family commitments that would otherwise prevent their pursuit of advanced degrees…It has taken some time to expand our presence online, but we’re doing it now in a very substantial, quality-driven, Decker way.”

The nursing school already offers online education for a few nursing programs in a hybrid format with classroom and online sessions, but will now offer fully online options for select degree-granting programs. The RN-to-BSN and MSN in family nurse practitioner will be the first two degree programs offered in a fully online format. The university plans to make its other MSN programs, as well as its DNP and PhD in nursing programs, digital in the future.

The online programs will allow for expanded reach and help the school achieve its goal of expanding graduate enrollment. Graduate programs in nursing can’t grow if they remain brick-and-mortar programs. Binghamton hopes to offer the first online programs in fall 2019.

To learn more about Binghamton University’s plans to offer fully online nursing programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level, visit here.

Hofstra University Develops Sexual Assault Nurse Training Program

Hofstra University Develops Sexual Assault Nurse Training Program

Hofstra University has announced that it is developing a program to train nurses to be certified sexual assault nurse examiners with a goal of increasing the number of examiners on Long Island, New York. The program was made possible by a $754,000 federal grant awarded to Hofstra’s Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies.

Amy Smith, a nurse practitioner at Long Island Jewish Forest Hills, has been a sexual assault nurse examiner for 10 years and will be the project coordinator. The funding for training examiners can cost up to $1,000 per nurse, causing difficulty for many organizations to find the funding, resulting in a lack of nurses available for victims of sexual assault.

Smith tells, “The assumption is a hospital should be able to take care of [victims of sexual assault] and not all do…We want people that are really interested, that are passionate about people and want to stand with the victims and believe survivors.”

Nurses who are interested can apply to Hofstra for admission to the nine-month certification program. Certified examiners support rape and sexual assault patients both medically and emotionally, and provide patients with resources for moving forward, including psychological support. Examiners can also serve as liaisons between sexual assault victims and police and collect evidence for use in law enforcement investigations.

Although not every hospital has a sexual assault examiner, New York City and Long Island emergency departments saw over 1,200 victims of sexual assault in the first six months of 2017. Smith that hopes that other nurses will take this opportunity at Hofstra to diversify their skills and explore a new style of nursing.

To learn more about Hofstra University’s new sexual assault nurse training program, visit here.

Nurse of the Week: SUNY Delhi Nursing Student Keara Lawson Treats Crash Victim On Way to Clinical Rotations

Nurse of the Week: SUNY Delhi Nursing Student Keara Lawson Treats Crash Victim On Way to Clinical Rotations

Our Nurse of the Week is Keara Lawson, a nursing student at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Delhi who was driving from Delhi to Stamford for her clinical placement when she witnessed an accident and stopped to help the crash victim. The quick-thinking student received a real-life lesson in first response that she will carry with her for the rest of her career.

At 6:15 AM on a morning in October, the sun was not yet up as Lawson was driving herself and three fellow nursing students through cold rain when the car ahead of her slowed down before a vehicle swerved into her lane. Lawson recalls seeing the oncoming vehicle hit something before a huge explosion happened and something on fire flew into the ditch.

Lawson pulled over and got out as the driver also stepped out of his vehicle, in shock and experiencing tunnel vision. He told the nursing students they needed to call 911 because he had just hit a woman. The driver ran into the ditch and pulled a woman out of the fire and began rolling her in the dirt.

According to, state troopers reported that a woman had been walking southbound holding a gas can, and when she was struck, the gas can exploded. Lawson saw the woman on the ground, and the driver and nursing students quickly ran over to help comfort her and keep her conscious until paramedics arrived.

Lawson recalls, “We had nothing but our textbooks, stethoscopes and our brains. [The paramedics] were really thankful that we were able to give them information so they knew exactly what to do when they got there.”

Lawson and her classmates were only 10 weeks into their first year of nursing school, but this is an experience they will carry with them for the rest of their careers. She felt a passion and instinct to help, assuring her that she’s pursuing the right career path. To learn more about SUNY Delhi nursing student Keara Lawson who treated a crash victim on her way to her clinical rotations, visit here.

Phillips School of Nursing at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Named Center of Excellence

Phillips School of Nursing at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Named Center of Excellence

The Philips School of Nursing (PSON) at Mount Sinai Beth Israel was recently named a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing (NLN). This is the school’s second consecutive designation in the category of “enhancing student learning and professional development” and they will hold the honor for 2018-2022.

PSON is the only hospital-based nursing school in New York City and one of 12 schools selected nationwide to receive the honor in this category. The designation recognizes PSON’s commitment to developing a new series of initiatives to enhance student learning in critical thinking and evidence-based practice. The NLN selects programs based on sustained excellence in faculty development, nursing education research, or student learning and professional development.

Todd F. Ambrosia, DNP, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, FNAP, Dean of the Phillips School of Nursing at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, tells, “We are truly honored to receive this recognition from the NLN. I’m extremely proud of the faculty, staff and students as we continue a legacy of excellence established over 114 years ago.”

PSON is dedicated to providing nursing education at the associate and baccalaureate levels. The baccalaureate program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the associate degree program by the Accreditation Commission on Education in Nursing (ACEN). The school’s mission is to become a leader in improving human health through initiatives in teaching, multidisciplinary scholarship, and service efforts that enhance healthcare delivery for the local and global community.

To learn more about the Phillips School of Nursing at Mount Sinai Beth Israel being named an NLN Center of Excellence, visit here.

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