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Nursing at NYU Langone

At NYU Langone, our nationally recognized nurses are committed to providing world-class care and improving patient outcomes. NYU Langone’s focus on high reliability and patient safety, quality care, and continual improvement gives our nurses a strong presence as patient advocates, decision makers, and collaborative partners.

NYU Langone nurses deliver the best and safest patient care by embracing collaboration with all members of a patient’s healthcare team. Our culture supports and encourages the voice of our nurses 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.

Learn more about our excellence in nursing, ambulatory nursing, Magnet® designation, mother–baby care, stroke care, nurse residency programs, nursing research, and our leadership team.

Promoting Excellence in Nursing

Our nursing mission aligns with NYU Langone’s five core values of performance, respect, integrity, diversity, and excellence, which enables our team to build on our tradition of service, to foster a culture of collaboration and teamwork, and to better meet the needs of our patients.

Our nursing mission requires critical thinking in scholarly inquiry, the use of research, and ongoing development of evidence-based practice to promote new knowledge and interdisciplinary collaboration, support patient safety, and strengthen the discipline of nursing.

We promote an environment of continual growth for our nurses by supporting the education and development of our nursing staff through continuing education, preceptorships, professional development opportunities, and mentorship programs. We also bestow a variety of nursing excellence awards to our nurses during Nurses’ Week celebrations at each of our hospitals.

NYU Langone has one of the most educated professional nursing staff in the country. 92 percent of our registered nursing clinical staff hold a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree, while nearly 9 percent hold a master of science in nursing (MSN) degree or above. 38 percent of our nurses also hold a specialty nursing certificate.

At the nurse leadership level, 100 percent hold a BSN degree or higher, 53 percent hold an MSN degree, and 10 percent hold a doctoral degree. 60 percent of our nurse leaders hold a specialty certification.

Quality Care and Innovations in Ambulatory Nursing

As integral members of our award-winning ambulatory care network, our nurses provide competent, safe, and compassionate care, with the emphasis on relationship building with patients and families. Our ambulatory nurses use the steps of the nursing process that include assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation so patients are educated about their health and what to expect during treatment. Many of our ambulatory care nurses hold certifications set by external national organizations in their area of expertise.

Magnet Designation for Superior Nursing Care

NYU Langone nurses consistently receive awards on the national level, including recognition for excellence in nursing from the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®. The Magnet® designation is granted every four years to only those organizations that demonstrate sustained superiority in nursing care. NYU Langone’s Tisch Hospital, Kimmel Pavilion, NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital, and NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island have earned this distinction. 

NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn is currently working toward Magnet® recognition in 2021.

Magnet® recognition is an honor achieved by only 8 percent of all hospitals in the United States, with less than 1 percent receiving this designation 4 or more times, including Tisch Hospital.

Exemplar Recognitions at Our Hospitals

NYU Langone’s Tisch Hospital and Kimmel Pavilion nursing teams have received five exemplars, or examples of best practices, in the following areas:

  • reducing mortality rates through NYU Langone’s rapid response teams, comprising nurses who deliver care immediately during emergencies
  • interdisciplinary collaboration with our information technology teams in our electronic records system, Epic, to develop an innovative workflow for alerting clinicians if a patient has measles
  • gender-affirming care, highlighting that NYU Langone is a leader in providing culturally competent nursing care to the LGBTQ+ community
  • our tobacco use screening program, which yields better results than any other hospital system in the country
  • our nursing research program, citing the number of journal publications and presentations NYU Langone’s nursing teams are involved in

NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital nurses have received five exemplars in the following areas:

  • support and encouragement of nursing specialty certification
  • interdisciplinary collaboration on improving outcomes for patients who are having same-day orthopedic surgery
  • extensive resources used to support clinical decision-making in autonomous nursing practice
  • screening all patients for tobacco use and offering support through our Tobacco Cessation Programs
  • organizational structures and processes that support the use of evidence-based findings in order to implement innovative nursing practices

NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island’s nursing teams have received two exemplars in the following areas:

  • postoperative glucose management in patients who have had cardiac surgery that consistently outperforms national benchmarks 
  • vesicant infiltration, or wound infection, rates that are consistently below the Oncology Nursing Society’s nationally published rate

These exemplars represent just a few notable examples of the highest levels of care that our nurses deliver each and every day.

Leaders in Mother–Baby Care

Tisch Hospital, NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn, and NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island are designated as Baby-Friendly Hospitals, a distinction awarded by Baby-Friendly USA in acknowledgment of our nurses’ commitment to breastfeeding support and education. The designation is awarded to less than 10 percent of hospitals in the United States.

This global program recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that provide an outstanding level of obstetric care. Hospitals that achieve the Baby-Friendly designation must undergo a rigorous on-site survey as well as implement all of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, which represent practices that have been shown to increase breastfeeding initiation and duration, and meet the requirements of purchasing breast milk substitutes.

Becoming a Baby-Friendly facility is a comprehensive, detailed, and thorough journey toward excellence in providing evidence-based maternity care, with the goal of achieving optimal infant feeding outcomes and mother–baby bonding.>

Specialized Stroke Care

Our nurses are proud to provide the most advanced stroke care at NYU Langone’s Comprehensive Stroke Center, which is certified by The Joint Commission. As core members of our stroke team, our nurses are often the first to respond during a stroke, where our teams mobilize rapidly to immediately treat patients with stroke.

Nurses in our stroke and neurointensive care units are specially trained to coordinate care from stroke risk identification through treatment and recovery, and are able to administer the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Stroke Scale for acute stroke assessment. Along with extensive training in stroke protocols, our nurses also participate in regular stroke conferences, and many hold advanced certifications in stroke nursing.

Nurse Residency Programs

At each of our inpatient hospitals, we host residency programs for all newly licensed nurse graduates who hold a BSN. The program supports the transition from an academic to a clinical setting by incorporating interactive classroom instruction with hands-on clinical training.

The program emphasizes three components: leadership, patient safety, and professional responsibilities. As a member of the nursing staff on an assigned unit, nurse residents are provided with clinical support and mentoring relationships to help them develop their abilities and confidence as a professional.

Distinction in Nursing Research

NYU Langone supports research among nurses through our programs and services designed to elevate and enrich their research and scholarly achievements. Every technique, procedure, and skill performed by our nurses is based on scientific evidence, allowing our nurses to provide superior care.

Nurse–scientists and health services researchers at our Center for Innovations in the Advancement of Care (CIAC) help sharpen research skills through online resources and hands-on workshops for NYU Langone nurses, including monthly library research skills workshops to help nurses develop effective literature searches, find electronic books, and learn about other library resources; abstract clinics to help nurses prepare conference abstract submissions; and one-on-one and small group consultation sessions that cover topics such as institutional review board submission procedures, protocol development, research design, database creation, and data analysis. Magnet® reviewers cited the CIAC’s presentation and publication database an exemplar of research-related programming.

To access our resources, including nursing guides and video library, please email ciac.info@nyulangone.org.

The center also hosts biannual nursing research forums in the spring and fall on a variety of topics, specifically tailored to nurses and nurse practitioners in acute care hospitals and academic medical centers. Recent topics include the impact of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on nurse-led research studies, the use of simulation labs for continuing education for nurses, and identifying evidence-based practice models to evaluate research articles for scientific merit.

Research forum speakers are nurses within the NYU Langone community who are doctoral candidates or hold a PhD. These educational and informational sessions are approved for continuing nursing education credit hours and open to both the internal and external community. For information on recent and upcoming research forums, please email ciac.info@nyulangone.org.

Annual Nursing Research Conference

Our Annual Nursing Research Conference is the longest running hospital-based nursing research conference in the country and features nationally recognized nurse researchers who present a keynote speech. The keynote speakers continue their involvement at NYU Langone as McClure Scholars for a 12-month period subsequent to the conference. The conference program is approved for continuing nursing education credit hours and open to both the internal and external community.

View the 2019 Conference Proceedings booklet.

For more information on current and previous Annual Nursing Research Conferences, please email ciac.info@nyulangone.org.

Our Nursing Leadership

Debra Albert, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing Officer and Senior Vice President for Patient Care Services, Lerner Director of Health Promotion

Maria Brillant, MS, MA, RN, ANP, NEA-BC
Senior Director of Advanced Practice Nursing

Kathleen DeMarco, MSN, NE-BC, CPHQ, RN
Senior Director of Nursing Wellness and Resilience

Jose M. Hernandez, MSN, RN
Vice President of Nursing, NYU Langone Hospital—Brooklyn

Martha Kent, EdD, RN, NEA-BC
Vice President of Perioperative Services

Johnathan Prins, MHA, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC
Senior Director, Clinical and Nursing Operations, Faculty Group Practice

Rita Roberts, BSN, RN
Vice President of Perioperative and Procedural Services, Long Island

Nancy Rodenhausen, MS, RN, CPPS
Vice President of Nursing, Tisch Hospital and Kimmel Pavilion

Joan Scagliola, MSN, RN
Senior Director of Hospital Based Ambulatory Care and Outpatient Oncology Nursing

Valerie T. Terzano, PhD(c), RN, NEA-BC
Vice President of Nursing, NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island

Peter Rodney, RN, MS
Vice President of Nursing, NYU Langone Orthopedic Hospital