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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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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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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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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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Overcoming Loneliness through Personal Connections

guest August 20th, 2014, 8:48 AM
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165997881Ivriia was receiving home care from VNSNY for a variety of medical conditions, but the care she received from a VNSNY social worker addressed her deepest pain.

“Ivriaa was intelligent and proud,” recalls Shoshana A., the social worker who helped Ivriia deal with the psychological pain and anguish. “She had conflicts with her husband, her family lived out of the country, and she was home bound. She stayed home except to go to the doctor. She felt stuck, lonely, and helpless to change her unhappy state.

“I provided her with perspective and encouragement—resources…

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The Importance of Compassion in Providing Care

guest August 6th, 2014, 8:06 AM
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Caring for our patients goes far beyond seeing to their medical needs. Nurses work to create an attitude of calmness and listen to patients and caregivers with respect. This allows clinicians to provide the right care to every person in every setting.

Eno Onda is a nurse in VNSNY’s Children and Family Services in the Bronx. Recently, Eno received a home care nursing referral for a two-week-old baby, born to a 15-year-old mom. The baby was smaller than normal and had been diagnosed with “failure to thrive.” The mother wanted…

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Tools & Encouragement for Overcoming Diabetes

guest July 16th, 2014, 8:00 AM
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DiabetesJuan had diabetes. He had trouble managing his disease and he didn’t feel his medical professionals understood him, which lead to an antagonistic relationship and failing health. Juan was dealing with various complications, and had even undergone a kidney transplant. Luckily for Juan, VNSNY became a part of his care team, and through kindness and understanding, they established a great relationship. As Juan learned to trust his medical team, his health improved.

“Juan had been through a lot prior to coming to me,” remembers his nurse, Huda. “He’d had a kidney…

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Summertime Skin Protection: Sunscreen is Not Just for the Young

guest July 9th, 2014, 7:54 AM
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Adults and seniors need sun protection too. Wear sunblock!This guest blog was written by Jennifer Morales, an acute care nurse in Queens. She has been with VNSNY for eight years and specializes in wound and geriatric care. She’s currently pursuing her master’s degree in administration at Adelphi University.

We are out in the sun a lot in the summer. My kids go to summer camp; we go to the parks, the pool and the beach; and I always make sure I am slathering my children with sunscreen to protect them from getting too much sun or a sunburn. But…

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