Newswise — New York (May 4, 2021) — In honor of Nurses Week, Thursday, May 6, through Wednesday, May 12, Mount Sinai Health System will host several celebratory and commemorative events to celebrate the professionalism, innovation, and resilience of nurses. The events will highlight and showcase the great work of Mount Sinai nurses during this pandemic and beyond, underscoring the importance and prominence of their role in health care.
“Nurses Week is a time to honor and recognize our nursing community for their tremendous contributions to health care and beyond,” said Beth Oliver, DNP, RN, Chief Nursing Executive and Senior Vice President of Cardiac Services at the Mount Sinai Health System. “During the past year we faced the greatest humanitarian crisis of our lifetime, and we are indebted to our nurses who continue to work so tirelessly to help our patients and their families, all while continuing to provide help and care to their colleagues. Nurses’ constant presence at the bedside and their leadership and ingenuity were integral to weathering the greatest storm we’ve seen in recent history, and I couldn’t be prouder of my colleagues.”
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared 2020 the Year of the Nurse, honoring the profession during the 200th birthday of its founder Florence Nightingale, and extended the designation into 2021 to spotlight the role of nurses as health care leaders during the pandemic.
To honor nurses at Mount Sinai, the Health System is hosting many internal events that celebrate its nurses with meals, treats, and relaxation activities. Each hospital is also honoring nursing excellence with virtual award ceremonies.
Public events include:
- On May 6, National Nurses Day, nurses will be recognized as the stars that they are by walking the red carpet at each of Mount Sinai’s eight hospitals as they arrive for their shift to the applause and gratitude of nurse leaders and other staff.
- On May 6 at 1 pm, Ernest J. Grant, PhD, RN, FAAN, President of the American Nurses Association, will celebrate the commitment, innovation, and resilience of our nurses in a message aired on Mount Sinai’s YouTube channel. He will also speak to the importance of diversity in nursing and how to be better equipped to provide health care equity.
- On May 12 at 1:30 pm, Dr. Oliver and the Chief Nursing Officers from across the Health System will hold a webinar on Mount Sinai’s YouTube channel, titled Transformational Nurse Leadership, on how nursing leadership has evolved throughout the COVID-19 crisis and on innovations that have improved the patient experience.
- On May 12, Mount Sinai’s podcast Real, Smart People will air an episode featuring Bevin Cohen, PhD, MPH, MS, RN, Director of Research and Evidence-Based Practice at The Mount Sinai Hospital, who penned a letter in The Lancet titled “Nursing's seat at the research roundtable,” which highlighted nursing’s sometimes overlooked contributions to research.
About the Mount Sinai Health System
The Mount Sinai Health System is New York City's largest academic medical system, encompassing eight hospitals, a leading medical school, and a vast network of ambulatory practices throughout the greater New York region. Mount Sinai is a national and international source of unrivaled education, translational research and discovery, and collaborative clinical leadership ensuring that we deliver the highest quality care—from prevention to treatment of the most serious and complex human diseases. The Health System includes more than 7,200 physicians and features a robust and continually expanding network of multispecialty services, including more than 400 ambulatory practice locations throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, and Long Island. The Mount Sinai Hospital is ranked No. 14 on U.S. News & World Report's "Honor Roll" of the Top 20 Best Hospitals in the country and the Icahn School of Medicine as one of the Top 20 Best Medical Schools in country. Mount Sinai Health System hospitals are consistently ranked regionally by specialty and our physicians in the top 1% of all physicians nationally by U.S. News & World Report.