Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Magnet® Excellence

CUIMC

NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center, a 738-bed medical center affiliated with Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons, provides emergency, primary, and specialty care in virtually every field of medicine. Our staff is dedicated to delivering the highest quality, most compassionate care and service to each and every one of our patients and their families in a warm and friendly environment.

As part of NewYork-Presbyterian, one of the nation’s most comprehensive academic healthcare delivery systems, NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia attracts patients who come to us from the New York City metropolitan area, across the country, and around the globe. NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia is consistently recognized as a leader in medical education, groundbreaking research, and innovative patient care.

2021 Measures of Distinction

33%

National Board Certification Rate

96%

Percent of RNs with BSN and Higher Degrees

106

Newly Obtained National Board Certification

46

Formal Degrees Conferred

1

Nursing Research Studies in Completed

16

Nursing Research Studies in Progress

6

Professional Publication

2

Podium Presentations

7

Poster Presentations

Contributions of Nurses

In January 2021, when COVID-19 vaccines were approved and available for members of the community, NewYork-Presbyterian /Columbia University Irving Medical Center (NYP-CUIMC), worked quickly to design and operationalize a vaccination site to aide in vaccinating the Washington Heights community. NYP-CUIMC partnered with New York City to vaccinate our most vulnerable populations and ensured vaccine equity.

Outcome

The Armory on Fort Washington Avenue was the perfect location to hold a mass vaccination site. Staffing for the Armory was mainly comprised of volunteer clinical nurses from NYP-CUIMC. From mid-January 2021 to mid-May 2021, approximately 210,000 doses of the vaccine were administered to the community.

Every year, NYP-CUIMC partners with community-based organizations to help meet the needs of the community during the winter season. In December 2021, NYP-CUIMC launched its yearly coat drive in partnership with the Dominican Women’s Development Center, Fort Washington Men’s Shelter, The Washington Heights Corner Project, and The Bowery Mission.

Outcome

Emmanuel Taveras, project manager at NYP-CUIMC, and Daniella Glatz, RN on 5 Garden North at NYP-CUIMC, worked together along with other members of the NYP-CUIMC team to collect and deliver over 2,000 clothing items to the Washington Heights Community.

The Patient Family Advisory Council (PFAC) is an interdisciplinary team which consist of representatives from nursing, leadership, former patients, families of former patients, hospital volunteer services, chaplain, patient experience, operations. In 2021, PFAC members addressed the need to have a water cooler available for patient families on the fourth-floor family waiting room. Outcome In October 2021, a quench machine water cooler was ordered for installation and in December 2021, the quench machine was installed on the fourth-floor family waiting room.

Outcome

In October 2021, a quench machine water cooler was ordered for installation and in December 2021, the quench machine was installed on the fourth-floor family waiting room.

During Nurses’ Week, NYP-CUIMC held their annual poster parade via Zoom due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Nurses showcased their work in quality improvement, evidence-based practice, and research.

Outcome

The zoom session was successful and a total of eleven nursing posters were presented. See below.

Poster Topic: Accurate Fluid Management in LVAD Patients
Presented by: Kelly Vecchio RN & Christine Tobin RN

Poster Topic: Prechemotherapy Education: Reducing patient anxiety through nurse-led sessions
Presented by: Renatta Jacobs RN & Michelle Perez RN

Poster Topic: The Importance of Pre-Cleaning Flexible Endoscopes Post-Procedure
Presented by: Andi Louie Gonzaga RN & Eunmi Kim RN

Poster Topic: Thromboprophylaxis therapy for Covid-19 Patients: What are the options?
Presented by: Karlene Harrison RN

Poster Topic: Effective Communication Amongst Healthcare Professionals
Presented by: Gleiry Diaz RN & Honey George RN

Poster Topic: The Role of Quietness in Promoting Wellbeing for Cardiovascular Patients
Presented by: James Ro RN & Mary Rose Rivera RN

Poster Topic: Nursing Case Studies
Presented by: Patrick Mothersil RN & Chantel Sinclair RN

Poster Topic: Withholding ACE Inhibitors prior to Apheresis: Translating Evidence Based Guideline into Practice
Presented by: Kyle Gault RN

Poster Topic: Self Care Interventions to Reduce Stress and Anxiety Amongst Nurses Caring for Patients with Covid-19
Presented by: Ellen Schulman RN & Ilana Sheinberg RN

Poster Topic: CLABSI Prevention Through Nurse Re-education
Presented by: Shelley-Ann Layne RN & Gidget Phillips RN

Poster Topic: Youth with Special Health Care Needs (YSHCN) utilizing the Emergency Department (ED) for Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions (ACSC)
Presented by: Carol Anne Celona, DNP, FNP-C, ENP-BC

Publications

Baruch, D., Singh, D., Halliday, C., Hammond, J. (2021). Applying LEAN strategies to crisis leadership. Nursing Management, 52, 36–41.

Doty, D.M., Jolade, E.A., Chavez, J., Iseler, J., Pandullo, S., Peck, M., Green, J., Wood., R.L., & Hale, E. (2021). Cardiovascular System. In A. C. Shay, J. Powers, & T. A. Doescher (Eds.), Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Certification Review (Ch 6). Springer Publications.

Newkirk, E., Coles, M.D., Green, J., Rust, J., Kerley, K.D., Fischer, M.H., & Shay, A. (2021). Care of the Older Adult. In A. C. Shay, J. Powers, & T. A. Doescher (Eds.), Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Certification Review (Ch 19). Springer Publications.

Hartman, N.M.; Holskey, M.P.; Adler, M.; Karas-Irwin, B.S.; Lisner, L.; Redulla, R.; Russ, A.; Sansolo, C.; Shelley, A. N. & Tischler, P.  (2021). Navigating excellence during a pandemic: The Magnet® program director’s role.  American Nurse, 16(1), 34-37. 

Graystone, R., Hartman, N.M. & Vose, C. (2021). The COVID-19 crucible: 2 lived experiences at the epicenter. Nursing Administration Quarterly, 45(2), 126-134.

Tukacs, M., & Cato, K. D. (2021). Extubation during extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in adults: An international qualitative study on experts' opinions. Heart & Lung. The Journal of Critical Care, 50(2), 299–306.

2021 Awards and Recognition

Clinical Excellence Recognition

Clinical Nursing Excellence Award
Monika Tukacs, BSN, RN, CCRN
Nurse Clinician
Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit

Nurse in Advanced Practice Role
Leena Kuriakose, DNP, RN, CCRN, CEN
Nurse Educator
Nursing Professional Development

Nurse Leader Award
Winsome West, MSN, MBA, RN, SCRN
Patient Care Director
Medical Intensive Care Unit

Nurse Preceptor Award
Thomas Hagerty, Ph.D., M.S.Ed., RN, CCRN
Nurse Clinician
Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit

Rising Star Award
Bryan Moya, BSN, RN
Clinical Nurse
7 Hudson South Surgical Oncology

Nursing Support Partner Award
Hugh Jarrett
Unit Assistant
7 Hudson South Surgical Oncology

Friend of Nursing Award
Max Otano
Patient Navigator
Post-Anesthesia Care Unit

Structural Empowerment Unit Award
7 Hudson South Surigical Oncology

Daisy Awards

February 2021
Dalia Kurian Varghese, MSN, RN, CEN
Emergency Department

March 2021
Oyonola Tommy. BSN, RN
9 Hudson North Transplant

April 2021
Stephane Pierre–Antonie, BSN, RN
Medical Intensive Care Unit

May 2021
Stephanie Chong, BSN, RN, CVRN, CCRN
Cardiac Care Unit

June 2021
Penny Schrank-Sacca, AS, RN
Interventional Radiology

July 2021
Adriel Alstrom, BSN, RN, CNRN, SCRN
Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit

November 2021
Kathleen Connaire, DNP, RN, NP-C
Perivascular Lab

December 2021
Lester Castor, BSN, RN, CCRN    
Cardiac Care Unit

Podium Presentations

Monika Tukacs BSN, RN, CCRN. Pharmacokinetics in Adult-ECMO. April 2021: International Symposium of Intesnive Care and Emergency Medicine, Virtual.

Monika Tukacs BSN, RN, CCRN. Should ECMO Be in General ICU. May 2021: EuroELSO Virtual Congress, Virtual.

Poster Presentations

Alexa Borkowski, BSN, RN, Alice Ye, BSN, RN.New Employee Buddy (NEB) Program: Improving Sense of Belonging in Operating Room Nursing Through Mentorship. 2021: Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses Global Surgical Conference, Virtual.

Iryna Farallo, MSN, RN, CNOR, Michelle Turner, BSN, RN, CNOR, Kerri Hensler, DNP, MPA, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC.Tray Optimization: Standardizing Gynecological Surgical Instrument Trays. 2021: Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses Global Surgical Conference, Virtual.

Deisha Guzman, BSN, RN, Krisitin Uszak, EdM, BSN, RN-BC.Social Support for New Perioperative Hires: Impact of Nurturing Messages on Sense of Belonging. 2021: Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses Global Surgical Conference, Virtual.

Charles Lazaro, BSN, RN. The Road to Zero Miscounts: Decreasing the Miscount Rate of the Cardiac Surgical Team. 2021: Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses Global Surgical Conference, Virtual.

Lauren Manas, MSN, RN, Agnieszka Warenica, MSN, RN, CNRN, SCRN. Post-operative VTE Prevention in Neurosurgical Population: A3 Approach. 2021: American Association of Neuroscience Nurses Annual Conference, Virtual.

Darshani Singh, MS, RN, AGCNS-BC, CEN. The Effects of a Relationship-Based Model of Music Therapy on Group Work with Children and Adolescents with Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Teacher and Parent Perspectives. 2021: Sigma Epsilon Kappa & The Center for Nursing Research and Evaluation Annual Research Conference, Molloy College, NY.

Darshani Singh, MS, RN, AGCNS-BC, CEN, Kaye Whyte, MA, RN, CVRN. Transitioning from the Covid-19 Pandemic Utilizing the Transition Model Theoretical Framework. 2021: Sigma Epsilon Kappa & The Center for Nursing Research and Evaluation Annual Research Conference, Molloy College, NY.