Nurses at Montefiore Medical Center celebrated National Nurses Week a little differently this year.
With coaching from instructors at The Moth, a New York City-based nonprofit group dedicated to the art of storytelling, members of Montefiores nursing staff at each of its campuses were treated to passionate stories by their nurse colleagues.
On May 9, six nurses from Montefiores Moses campus — Evey Parchment, LPN; Theresa Davila, LPN; Esther Kho Uy, RN, BSN, CNOR; Alice Myerson, RN, MSN, ANM, CPNP, ANP, AAHIVS; Denise Nicholson, RN; and Denise Reidy, RN, BSN — delighted staff and family in attendance at the event with compelling stories told with humor, passion and, at times, tears.
“The theme of Nurses Week this year is ‘Telling Our Stories of Care, so who better to tell our stories than our nurses?” said Linda Zieman, RN, MM, director of nursing for pediatrics, The Childrens Hospital at Montefiore, and interim director, Moses/CHAM Resource Center for ADNs, Northwest Pavilion.
Zieman welcomed The Moth instructor Peter Aguero, who shared his fondness for nurses and their caring personas with the events participants.
“My mother was a nurse, and when my sister was diagnosed with epilepsy, my mom didnt hesitate to quit her job to become the nurse at our school so she could be there for my sister,” he said. “My mom is my hero. So by extension, you all are my heroes.”
The program was sponsored in collaboration with Montefiores Division of Nursing, Human Resources Department and its Healing Arts Program.
Tracey Boyd is a regional reporter.