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On World AIDS Day

guest December 1st, 2014, 12:00 PM
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Stop AIDS graffitiGuest blogger Arthur Fitting shares what it was like working as an infusion nurse with VNSNY in the early days of the AIDS crisis.

NYC was the center of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. There were an enormous number of cases, more than anywhere else in the country. At first, it was very anxiety-producing. There was so much uncertainty.

As a community health nurse, you see things first. The recent Ebola situation sounded so familiar to me—you have people showing up in the community who are very sick, there’s strong contagion, and in the beginning no…

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Incredibly Easy and Utterly Delicious Cranberry Sauce

marthaschueneman November 17th, 2014, 8:00 AM
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cranberriesMakes about 4 cups, or 12 servings

This has been part of my Thanksgiving dinner since I’ve been responsible for cooking it. You can make it a few days ahead or during the lull between getting the turkey in the oven and starting the mashed potatoes. Serve it chilled or at room temperature. Any leftovers are perfect as a spread for leftover turkey sandwiches. It also keeps for eons in the refrigerator.

1 bag (12 ounces) cranberries

3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans

1 teaspoon crystallized ginger or ½ teaspoon…

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The Dimensions of Dementia

guest November 10th, 2014, 8:00 AM
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dementions-of-dementiaLee Milner, PMHNP-BC, is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner on the VNSNY Queens Mobile Crisis/Parachute team and is an Adjunct Faculty Member at NYU’s College of Nursing. She is a participant of the HBSON Nurses Writing Project and writes about her experiences as a nurse and the importance of self-care on her blog, qNurse.

Dementia seems to be popping up more and more in my life recently, both at work and at home. It’s not surprising that I’m seeing it more as our population is aging and the numbers of patients with…

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Hospice, Hockey and Haven

guest November 1st, 2014, 9:20 AM
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Mark Messier meets Haven patient and fan. Also shown, wife Alejandra and Zenobia Brown, MD, Haven medical director.

Mark Messier meets Daniel, Haven patient and Rangers fan. Also shown, Daniel’s wife Alejandra and Zenobia, Haven medical director.

The VNSNY Haven Specialty Care Unit is an alternative to the hospital for hospice patients with increasing pain and symptom management needs. A 25-bed unit located in a special wing at Bellevue Hospital, Haven has a close-knit staff that works tirelessly to anticipate and fulfill the needs of patients and their families, often going the extra mile to make a difference.

Daniel, a 38 year-old patient at the Haven, was at the end stage of…

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Sweet-and-Sour Braised Red Cabbage

marthaschueneman October 20th, 2014, 6:00 AM
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red-cabbage-smallIt’s important to cook the cabbage in a nonreactive pot—one made of stainless steel, anodized (e.g., heavy, dark) aluminum, or that has an enamel or nonstick coating—to keep it from turning blue or developing off flavors. Avoid using shiny aluminum, copper, tin, or cast iron, unless it is very well seasoned. (Follow this link, then scroll down to “Refurbish Your Finish” for step-by-step instructions for seasoning cast iron.)

Serves 6–8

1 small head red cabbage

1 Granny Smith apple, cored and chopped (do not peel)

¼ cup packed brown sugar

¼ cup cider vinegar

½ teaspoon…

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Benefits of Nuts and Seeds

guest October 16th, 2014, 3:04 PM
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nuts-and-seedsThis guest blog is by Lisa R. Young, PhD, RD, CDN. Dr. Young is a nutritionist in private practice, an adjunct professor at New York University, and a blogger for the Huffington Post.

While you may have been told to avoid nuts and seeds due to their high fat and caloric content, these tasty gems contain heart-healthy unsaturated fats, and are truly terrific to include in your diet. They contain protein, fiber, and plant stanols, which may help lower cholesterol, and antioxidants including vitamin E.

Research has found that including a serving…

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month Events in New York City

stav October 2nd, 2014, 6:48 AM
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Pink Ribbon for Breast Cancer Awareness MonthOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Remember to speak to your primary care provider about scheduling a breast exam or mammogram! If you’d like to show your support for those affected by the disease (or get some support yourself), there are several events throughout the month. Here are some of them:

October 4: We Run for Fun 5K Run/Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness

October 18: Saturday Night Yacht Club Pink Party

October 19: Making Strides sponsored by the American Cancer Society

October 18-19: Avon Walk for Breast Cancer

October 29: In the Pink: Stay…

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VNSNY and National Rehabilitation Awareness Week

guest September 25th, 2014, 1:17 PM
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ot-weekOn September 22nd, VNSNY marked National Rehabilitation Awareness Week (September 21-27) with an event honoring our own rehab therapists. Occupational therapist Siomara Heron spoke at the event.  Her words reflect the importance of the personal connections that our therapists make with their patients at the same time they are providing them with essential therapy, and how these connections help sustain and support the individuals they work with:

“At the age of 23, my first job was in skilled nursing facility. I loved working with so many seniors, and hearing all their…

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Encouraging Patients to Go Outside When the Weather is Nice

guest September 24th, 2014, 12:15 PM
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This guest blog was written by Constantine Checa, a nurse in VNSNY’s Behavioral Health Program for the past three years. She has her psychiatric-mental health nursing certificate and is going to Hunter College to become a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.

Most people I’ve met while working at VNSNY–the vast majority of them well into their 70s or older—face multiple obstacles that prevent them from going outside. And most everyone I’ve ever known, no matter what age, hates to be told what to do. So when a person has physical or mental…

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Coordinated Care Saves Lives!

lheller September 11th, 2014, 3:06 PM
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As a VNSNY Population Care Manager, I work to coordinate care of high-risk patients and ensure that all the clinicians are on the same page in regard to the treatment plan. Shortly after I took on this role, I met an elderly couple I’ll call Steve and Rose. Steve was chronically ill and had recently experienced multiple falls, and his care team was concerned that he was no longer safe at home. Steve didn’t want to go to the hospital or another facility for an extended period, however, because he…

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