Nursing at NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn
Nurses at NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn are among the nation’s leaders in shaping the future of nursing. Our culture supports and encourages the voice of nursing in all aspects of patient care delivery, and nurses participate in all organization-wide initiatives to ensure that patients and their families are at the center of all we do.
Across NYU Langone, our nurses drive exceptional patient care outcomes through their combination of clinical expertise, dedication, and compassion. Through our various educational programs, specialty certifications, awards, and advocacy efforts, our nurses prove their dedication to the health and wellbeing of our patients.
NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn Nursing Highlights
Registered professional nurses and our interprofessional care teams work together to provide safe, quality care to our patients. Two recent quality and safety initiatives at NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn focus on communication.
Bedside handover occurs between nurses at the change of shift. During handover, patients and their family member or support person are welcome to participate. Nurses exchange information about the plan of care and include patients in the process. This fosters clear communication and helps ensure that patients’ questions and needs are addressed.
Nurse Leader Rounds
Nurse leader rounds occur every day for patients in our care. During rounds, a nurse leader answers questions, assists with facilitating communication among the care teams, and works to ensure privacy, safety, and a positive experience for patients.
We aim to hire registered professional nurses with baccalaureate and higher degrees. Higher education aligns with our department of nursing’s strategic plan to develop innovative patient care delivery models, and provide highly reliable patient care through transformational leadership, professional growth, and clinical excellence. Substantial evidence in nursing literature supports improved patient outcomes when care is provided by registered nurses with postsecondary degrees because they are well prepared to meet the demands of the evolving healthcare climate.
In 2020, 88 percent of our registered nurses had a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing (BSN) or higher. Nearly 76 percent had a BSN, while 11 percent had a master’s of science degree in nursing (MSN) and 0.55 percent had a PhD, EdD, or DNP degree.
We support and encourage eligible professional registered nurses (RNs) at all levels of nursing to earn specialty certification. Specialty certification demonstrates to peers, colleagues, patients, and families a commitment to excellence in care and improving outcomes. Studies of certified nurses show that they feel more confident in their work, are satisfied in their jobs, and are powerful role models for others. In 2020, 31 percent of all registered nurses at NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn held a specialty certification.
Awards and Recognition
Nursing Excellence Awards are presented to nurses at NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn each year during our Nurses Week celebration. We are proud to award the following:
- Nursing Excellence Award, which honors a nurse who consistently demonstrates a commitment to teamwork and the vision of the Departments of Nursing, participates in creating a healthful work environment, and serves as a mentor to other staff
- Excellence in Nursing Leadership Award, which recognizes an outstanding nurse leader who is a respected role model, leads and influences others in achieving innovations in patient care and advances the profession, while keeping a focus on patient-centered care to ensure excellence in quality, safety, satisfaction, and improved outcomes
- Nightingale Nurse of the Year, which recognizes an RN who demonstrates outstanding clinical expertise and uses evidence-based practice to impact positive patient outcomes, develops caring relationships with patients and members of the healthcare team, and demonstrates leadership qualities and actively pursues professional development and educational growth opportunities
- Quality and Safety Award, recognizing an RN who demonstrates leadership and actively participates in unit-based, hospital-wide, or system-wide initiatives related to overall hospital and patient safety and quality
- Innovation in Nursing Award, presented to an RN or a nursing team who brings forth or implements initiatives to improve patient care, safety, and outcomes
- Excellence in Care and Compassion Award, which recognizes an RN who exemplifies care, compassion, and empathy in their work with patients and their families to promote excellence in care delivery. Winners also are committed to service excellence and are inspirational role models for others
- Excellence in Nursing Education Award, recognizing a nurse educator who demonstrates consistent leadership in the professional development of RNs and ancillary staff using adult education principles, and who implements education programs and trainings to enhance quality, safety, and patient experience using current evidence
- Excellence in Advanced Practice Nursing Award, given to an advance practice nurse for excellence in clinical practice and for their collaboration with the interprofessional team to ensure quality, safety, satisfaction, and improved outcomes
- Nursing Team Award, recognizing a nursing team or unit that creates a culture of trust, respect, and engagement to improve outcomes that support improvements in quality, safety, and excellence in patient and experience and outcomes
- Friend of Nursing Award, given to a person, team, or group who works collaboratively, communicates effectively, and supports the nursing department and organizational strategic plans to achieve positive outcomes
- Family Health Center Spirit of Caring Award, which recognizes nursing ancillary caregivers or staff members who demonstrate outstanding service and compassion, and who foster caring relationships with patients, families, and colleagues
We also recognize nurses who provide exceptional care and contribute to patient safety with other honors and awards.
The DAISY Award recognizes nurses who provide extraordinary care to their patients and families. The nominations come from patients, families, peers, and fellow employees. We have participated in the program since 2010, and over 100 registered nurses have been DAISY award honorees.
The DAISY Nurse Leader Award recognizes leaders who model caring behaviors and provide a setting where compassion is valued, and staff, in turn, treat patients and their families with care and respect.
The Caring Heart Award recognizes ancillary staff from all departments within the hospital who provide outstanding care and compassion to patients and their families. The nominations come from patients, families, peers, and fellow employees.
Safety Star Awards honor staff members who make outstanding contributions to our culture of safety. These staff members are nominated by peers and managers due to their exceptional safety efforts on behalf of patients. Such efforts might include taking a “stop and resolve” action that keeps a potential breach of patient safety from happening, or using communication protocols that create an environment of teamwork and psychological safety, allowing everyone to do their best work on behalf of our patients.
Professional Development and Advocacy
Nurses at all levels are supported and encouraged to advance their knowledge and career trajectory through participation in continuing education professional development, and transition to practice programs. Our nurses proudly share their voices with government leaders and legislators on important issues relevant to the nursing profession and healthcare. As members of the New York Organization of Nurse Executives and Leaders and the American Organization for Nursing Leadership, our nurses have taken part in the New York Organization of Nurse Executives and Leaders Lobby Day and the American Organization for Nurse Executive Leaders Advocacy Day.