Medical Surgical

Our Medical Surgical nurses utilize innovative and collaborative model of care to drive positive patient outcomes.

Hear Her Story LENORA RN-BC, FNP-BC, Nurse Practitioner, Medical Surgical

We provide our Medical Surgical nurses with a supportive environment that empowers them to do what they do best: combine leading-edge care with a high level of compassion. Our nurses are charged with providing care that eases suffering and enhances dignity.

We recognize that Medical Surgical nursing is the foundation of all nursing practice. Our nurses excel in this rapidly advancing specialty. In fact, we comprise the largest group of practicing nurses at NewYork-Presbyterian. Responsibilities range from caring for adult inpatients requiring pre- and post-operative care to providing general acute care, specialty services, palliative care and alternate levels of care. We also provide nursing care to geriatrics, digestive diseases, rehabilitation, vascular, neurology and oncology patients.

Active Involvement
Our nurses support one another and pursue shared governance committee involvement as a means of driving excellence in nursing practice and elevating evidence based care. We participate in interdisciplinary partnerships through patient rounds. This allows us to provide safe, comprehensive and patient-focused care. Understanding the cultural diversity of our patients, we are sensitive and receptive to their unique needs. We also recognize the importance of supporting families to ensure the best comprehensive care for patients.

Where We Work:

The intimacy of NewYork-Presbyterian/The Allen Hospital allows nurses to monitor their patients throughout the entirety of the care experience, from admission to discharge. We merge the convenience and individual attention of a community hospital with the expertise of a top-ranked medical institution. To best serve our community, many of our nurses are bilingual (English and Spanish).

We value our partnerships with healthcare professionals, here and across all NewYork-Presbyterian sites. This fosters a warm environment, even in the fastest-paced conditions. NewYork-Presbyterian/The Allen Hospital offers a wide range of clinical services—from acute to critical—to patients of all ages. Our facility is also a “pilot” location for the entire hospital, often trialing technologies to be introduced later at the other sites. A great example of this is point-of-care medication barcoding. Nurses carry wireless scanners to track every aspect of medication delivery, increasing the efficiency of the medication administration process while reducing potential errors.

Nurses at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center frequently talk about the relationships they forge with their colleagues and the satisfaction they get from working as a team. In 2006, we implemented Relationship Based Care (RBC) as our patient care model. This is unique to NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center and incorporates the use of Primary Nursing. RBC also focuses on leadership, outcomes, resources, care delivery, professional nursing and teamwork. It puts the patient and family at the center of the care experience.

Our nursing leaders work with nurses of all levels to develop their clinical careers. This can include one-on-one mentoring, in addition to various opportunities for committee involvement and shared decision-making.

Key Research
Presciutti M, Schmidt JM, Alexander S. Neuromonitoring in Intensive Care: Focus on Microdialysis and Its Nursing Implications. Journal of Neuroscience Nursing. June 2009; Volume 41; Issue 3; pp 131-139.

Neuromonitoring with the microdialysis technique is now being used at the bedside. Cerebral metabolism monitoring enables identification of clinical events hours or even days before clinical examination changes, providing clinicians an opportunity for earlier intervention. Cerebral microdialysis also allows clinicians to evaluate the impact of therapeutics on cerebral metabolism and metabolic patterns, which can trigger specific alerts and/or clinical protocols. Cerebral metabolism monitoring through microdialysis can guide clinicians to institute therapeutic measures that prevent the occurrence of a secondary injury.

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Medical Surgical nurses form strong and enduring bonds with patients at Lower Manhattan’s community hospital. Nestled within one of America’s most diverse areas, we’re recognized for professional excellence in Cardiology, Internal Medicine, and Orthopedics.

New graduate nurses in particular access rich opportunities for learning and advancement on our Medical Surgical units. Our diverse team is clinically astute and close-knit, with recognition from patients and families regularly acknowledging our patient-focused approach.

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Linked to 20 hospitals in the tri-state area, we support a vast health care network in all pediatric specialties. With this unique positioning, the scope and breadth of our services is impressive. We offer you a chance to learn, explore and excel in medical surgical pediatrics. Pediatrics opportunities include pulmonary, endocrinology and gastroenterology.

At our renowned facility, more adult patients are cared for by Medical Surgical nurses than any other specialty. We provide care in a wide range of areas, including neurology, renal, transplant, gastrointestinal, vascular and orthopedic.

Our care embodies the principles of quality, respect, education and safety. Our goal is to enhance the patient experience by building strong relationships between patient, family and our interdisciplinary team.

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Prerequisites for Medical/Surgical

  • Clinical Nurses:
  • Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing preferred

  • Nurse Leaders:
  • Master’s in Nursing or related field required
  • Certification highly recommended

Education and Training
Professional development, engagement and work satisfaction are at the forefront of our nursing agenda. We give you the opportunity to learn, grow and excel in a hospital where you can take the time to get to know the people in your care.

In The Media
Because of where we live and work, and because of the world-class care that we provide, our nurses are profiled on a regular basis in the media. In 2009, the top-rated PBS television show NOW profiled NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. We’re spotlighted in a segment that discusses the national nursing shortage and the innovative measures we’ve utilized to curb this trend. The show demonstrates the unique and powerful role of nursing care in patient recovery and return to health. In a follow up video, a patient speaks on how “They didn’t invest in a patient—they invested in me.” See her story

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