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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A Letter from the Niece of a Manhattan Resident

guest February 2nd, 2015, 7:30 AM
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thank-youI just wanted to take a moment to let you know what a pleasure it was working with Visiting Nurse Margaret T.

Margaret visited my uncle after his discharge from DeWitt Rehabilitation Center. She was not only a well-informed professional, but she was always kind and patient with my uncle, who is an aging senior with hearing difficulty.  She answered my uncle’s questions and patiently addressed his concerns. She instructed my uncle’s home health aides on the proper care of his wounds. She has a wonderful demeanor, never showing that she…

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A Letter from the Wife of a Bronx Patient

guest January 19th, 2015, 7:00 AM
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thank-youI am writing today to thank you for sending our family an angel: Patricia D.

Patricia has been my husband’s visiting nurse since a hip replacement surgery resulted in an ulcer on his foot that needed treatment twice a week to heal. A few weeks after returning home from rehab, my husband suffered a fracture in the leg that had just gotten the new hip, necessitating a second hip replacement surgery. Patricia helped us keep our sanity before my husband went back into the hospital, and we were lucky enough to…

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VNSNY Helps Patients with HIV/AIDS

guest January 5th, 2015, 6:00 AM
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The following guest blog post is excerpted from HIV Plus Magazine:

Andresa Person_Lead“Andresa Person, manager of HIV Program Development, VNSNY CHOICE Select Health at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, says home health care is actually helping people with HIV live longer (healthier) lives. . . .

“Not very long ago, I worked with a patient who came to us with several heart and kidney conditions, and had become very isolated and depressed. He was in very bad shape emotionally and felt overwhelmed by his medications and the disease. Through care coordination…

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