A registered nurse (RN) is a health care professional responsible for implementing the practice of nursing through the use of the nursing process in concert with other health care professionals. Registered nurses work as patient advocates for the care and recovery of the sick and maintenance of their health. In their work as advocates for the patient, RN's use the nursing process to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate nursing care of the sick and injured.
RN's, regardless of specialty or work setting, treat patients, educate patients and the public about various medical conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients' family members. RN's record patients' medical histories and symptoms, help perform diagnostic tests and analyze results, operate medical equipment, administer treatment and medications, and help with patient follow-up and rehabilitation.
RN's teach patients and their families how to manage their illness or injury,explaining post-treatment home care needs; diet, nutrition, and exercise programs; and self-administration of medication and physical therapy. Some RN's work to promote general health by educating the public on warning signs and symptoms of disease. RN's also might run general health screening or immunization clinics, blood drives, and public seminars on various conditions.
When caring for patients, RN's establish a plan of care or contribute to an existing plan. Plans may include numerous activities, such as administering medication, including careful checking of dosages and avoiding interactions; starting, maintaining, and discontinuing intravenous (IV) lines for fluid, medication, blood, and blood products; administering therapies and treatments; observing the patient and recording those observations; and consulting with physicians and other health care clinicians. Some RN's provide direction to licensed practical nurses other healthcare professionals and technicians regarding patient care. RN's with advanced educational preparation and training may perform diagnostic and therapeutic procedures and may have prescriptive authority.
Our Nursing Team:
Richard J. Nadan, MBA, MS, RN, ACNP-BC, CCRN, CEN
Richard Nadan joined the Division of Infectious Diseases in October 2008. Prior to joining the Division he was a Critical Care Nurse Educator at North Shore University Hospital, Clinical Director and Chief Nurse Practitioner for Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at Saint Michael's Medical Center in Newark, NJ and Chief Nurse Practitioner of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital in NYC. He brings with him over one dozen years of critical care, trauma, and emergency nursing experience. He received his Masters in Business Administration from Cornell University, Master of Science and Nurse Practitioner education from Columbia University, and his Bachelor of Science and RN education from the College of Mount Saint Vincent, and is currently pursing a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Case Western Reserve University. He is board certified as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner with prescriptive privileges, Critical Care Nurse, and Emergency Nurse. Mr. Nadan has an extensive volunteer history including humanitarian missions to Africa, South East Asia, and the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina. In addition, he holds an academic appointment as Assistant Professor of Nursing at Molloy College in Rockville Centre, NY.
Annie Banig, BSN, RN, BC
Annie Banig joined the Division of Infectious Diseases in October 1996. She is board certified as a Medical-Surgical Nurse. Prior to working as an outpatient RN Case Manager, she was a Research Coordinator in Clinical Research for HIV medication, vaccines and antibiotic therapy. Ms. Banig is also active in the community teaching about wellness and nutrition.
Nicolle Dabbs, BS, RN, ACRN
Teresita 'Teng' Manluco, BSN, RN
Liza Mathews, BS, RN
Cynthia Young, BS, RN
Cynthia Young received her baccalaureate from Adelphi University in 1991. Immediately after graduation, Ms. Young was employed by NY Presbyterian Hospital, where she provided 10 years of service on a designated AIDS inpatient unit. In 1996, she was promoted to senior staff nurse, where her responsibilities included charge nurse, preceptor, and educator. In February 2001, she joined the NSUH Division Infectious Diseases and feels it is a wonderful fit for her background and on-going education. In her spare time, Ms. Young enjoys traveling and spending time with her five grandchildren.
Maureen Lella, MA
Maureen Lella has been with the Division since 2005. With over 30 years of phlebotomy experience she is our resident vampire; there isn't a vein anywhere that can escape Ms. Lella's superior blood drawing skills. She has an incredible passion for her work in the medical field, and has passed that passion on to her two children who are both physical therapists.
Isatu Toure-Kaba, MA
Isatu Toure-Kaba has been a Medical Assistant since 2002 and with the Division of Infectious Diseases since 2005. She is currently pursing a baccalaureate degree in nursing from New York institute of Technology in Old Westbury, NY. Ms. Toure-Kaba loves what she does and working with our patients.