An Interview with Devon Bandison, Director of VNSNY Community Mental Health’s Children’s Services

guest August 10th, 2015, 8:36 AM
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devonDevon Bandison, MPA, Director of Children’s Services for VNSNY Community Mental Health Services (CMHS), has been with VNSNY since 2001. A Day in the Life spoke with him about his work and his recent experience as a TED Talk presenter.

What services does CMHS provide for children?
Most of our children’s services are delivered through our FRIENDS programs, based in the Bronx. They include our Children’s Mobile Crisis Team (MCT), which responds within two hours when a child is experiencing an acute mental health crisis; a crisis stabilization program that responds to less-acute problems within…

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A Letter from the Husband of a Manhattan Patient

guest August 3rd, 2015, 7:22 AM
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thank-youFollowing my wife’s surgery, she has been under the care of nurse Neely B.

Neely is a caring person and has satisfied all of my wife’s needs during that time. She is highly motivated professionally, with superior nursing skills.  Neely has always been pleasant and accommodating. She was sensitive to my wife’s physical and emotional needs, as well as acknowledging and addressing her cultural differences.

I appreciate all that Neely has done for my wife. She has made this experience as pleasurable as possible, and if the need ever arises we will…

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A Working Family Caregiver’s Day in the Life of Elder Care

guest July 27th, 2015, 10:00 AM
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Carol cropped 1This guest blog is by Carol Marak, aging advocate and editor at Seniorcare.com. She is an experienced family caregiver and writes about aging issues, senior care concerns, and the family’s role throughout the journey. She’s passionate about ending society’s barriers that obstruct aging with dignity. Her work appears in senior health outlets.  Follow her at @Carebuzz and @SeniorCareQuest.

My elder care advocacy launched from the experience of helping parents while working full-time. I did what could be done from a distance while my sisters did the bulk of everyday tasks. Our…

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An Interview with NFP Nurse Lisa Connors

guest July 1st, 2015, 6:07 PM
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nurse-lisaA Day in the Life spoke recently with Lisa Connors, RN, who works with VNSNY’s Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) program in the Bronx. The NFP pairs nurses with low-income, first-time mothers, starting in pregnancy and continuing through the child’s second birthday, in order to promote life-long health and wellness for mom, child and future generations. Clients receive ongoing health and parenting guidance and are also encouraged to continue school and start a career.

How long have you been with our NFP program?
Four-and-a-half years. Before that I was working with a foster care program for medically fragile…

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A Letter from a Manhattan Resident and Medical Doctor

guest June 1st, 2015, 8:30 AM
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thank-youJust a word of praise for your services, and in particular for the care given by nurse Laura D. My mother passed away on Monday night, four weeks prior to her 97th birthday. For much of the past five years, she has been under the nursing care of your service.

My wife and I have been extremely impressed with the care my mom has received. Being in the health care profession, we are both familiar with all levels of care. Laura in particular was amazing: She helped care for my mother…

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Thank You, VNSNY Nurses!

guest May 6th, 2015, 9:25 AM
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nurse-thank-youIt’s National Nurse Week and to show our appreciation to the 1,388 nurses and LPNs at VNSNY, we’ve rounded up a few letters of praise from our patients.

Bronx — A patient discharged after being hospitalized for head injuries wrote, “After I arrived home, nurse Sheryl J. immediately made me feel that I was in excellent hands.”

Brooklyn — A patient who required wound care after being discharged from a Brooklyn hospital wrote: “The nurses that visited me were amazing to say the least. Each nurse was so caring and concerned for my health,…

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From a Young Mother Graduate of the Nurse-Family Partnership

guest May 4th, 2015, 9:00 AM
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The following is from a young mother who completed VNSNY’s Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) program:

I found out I was pregnant in October 2011. I was 19 and a sophomore in City College. I felt as though my world had come crashing down. I couldn’t bear the thought of being considered a statistic who didn’t finish school and got pregnant at a young age.

I initially heard about the NFP program during my second trimester, through my prenatal visits at Morris Heights Health Center. Within a week of calling the program, I was…

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Celebrating Service: VNSNY Honors Our Volunteers

guest April 20th, 2015, 1:49 PM
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Susan Potter (third from right) and the Social Needlers Group

National Volunteer Week, April 12-18, is a chance to demonstrate to the nation that by working together, we have the fortitude to meet our challenges and accomplish our goals.

At the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, volunteers make a real difference by helping with a wide range of activities. In 2014, 600 volunteers offered our organization 38,000 service hours valued at $1,005,259! Our volunteers are among the 63 million Americans who volunteer each year across the country—all of whom are a…

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A Letter from a Brooklyn Patient

guest April 6th, 2015, 9:15 AM
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thank-youIn the letters, emails, and phone calls we get from grateful VNSNY patients and their families, they often mention how much they appreciate both the skill and the consistently outstanding personal qualities of our frontline staff. The importance of our patience, kindness and professionalism are expressed in the following letter:

During my recent recuperation for a badly broken ankle, I had the good fortune to have Mr. Jigar P. as my physical therapist. I would like to take a minute to tell you how very pleased I am for having had…

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A Letter from a Manhattan Resident

guest March 2nd, 2015, 8:00 AM
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thank-youI have just finished an intensive physical therapy intervention with VNSNY after knee replacement surgery. I was most fortunate to have Walter H. as the physical therapist whom I saw for almost all of my sessions.

I want to express my sincere appreciation for two things:

First, I found the intensive intervention by the VNSNY physical therapy team to be extraordinarily beneficial, leaving me much further ahead in my rehabilitation than I was at a similar time after my first knee replacement surgery last year.

Second, I am particularly appreciative of Walter’s work…

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