Each year, Mount Sinai celebrates the selfless work provided by nurses and honors these dedicated individuals, who represent the largest group of professionals in healthcare.
As part of this acknowledgement, five employees received scholarships to defray the cost of their nursing school expenses. The scholarships are awarded to full-time employees based on their work, school performance and their demonstration of good customer service skills. This year’s scholarship recipients were Getz Bolivard, Kettly M. Alexis, Dinia Cherubin, Reinaldo Ojeda and Graciela Colombani.
Presented annually since 1994, the $1,000 scholarships are made possible by Jane and Jerrold Goodman and Goodman’s mother, the late Ruth Schwartz. The Goodman Nursing Scholarships have long helped individuals achieve their goals of entering the nursing profession. Sheroline Eccles, a unit secretary at Mount Sinai whose passion for helping others led her to pursue a nursing degree, is a prior scholarship recipient who was able to realize her lifelong dream of becoming a nurse thanks to the Goodmans.
“The Goodman Nursing Scholarship helped me successfully graduate from nursing school,” said Sheroline. “I am now able to make that career change to nursing and look forward to making the contributions I have yearned to make to society.”
In addition, Mount Sinai recognized 25 nurses who were nominated by their peers and named Nurse of the Unit for their professionalism, compassion and dedication to patient care. Among those individuals was Theresa Falcasantos, of the Mother Baby Unit on 3 Blum, who was named Mount Sinai’s 2014 Nurse of the Year. Theresa has been part of the Mount Sinai family since February 2010.