four alumni lead the way in promoting high-quality health care |

Leadership ability is an essential characteristic for those entering the nursing profession. Today’s complex healthcare environments require systems thinking, strong collaborative efforts, and astute decision-making skills. Nurses graduating from Stony Brook’s undergraduate program achieve significant achievement in the area of ​​knowledge and leadership skills in the promotion of high quality health care.

In 2013, four undergraduate program students demonstrated exceptional leadership and teamwork ability in their efforts to establish a Stony Brook Chapter of the National Student Nurses’ Association (SBSNA). The mission of the SBSNA is mentor students preparing for initial registered nurse licensing and impart the standards, ethics and skills that students will need as leaders and responsible and responsible members of the profession. The Stony Brook Student Nurses’ Association (SBSNA) was founded in the fall of 2013. It was recognized as the “Best New Organization Award” at the Stony Brook Student Life Awards in Spring 2014 and now has 13 board members. Directors and 210 members in 2019. In 2019, SBSNA also received the Steller Award from the National Student Nurse Association, one of only 37 schools in the country to hold this award. (Read the current state of SBSNA in this issue).

Below, these leaders share the importance their Stony Brook experience plays in their lives and the values ​​that guide their personal and professional lives.

Liana Yung Yeung, BS ’14, MS ’18, currently a chemotherapy nurse at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, was the founding president of SBSNA. She said that The experience is one of the greatest achievements of her nursing career as it allowed her to further develop her leadership capacity as she realized her vision with her peers. “Since we launched the SBSNA a few months after the start of the academic year, we had little time to start planning events and establishing the mission of our organization,” she said. “A lot of new leadership qualities emerged during this time as we all needed to have a positive attitude and inspire other nursing students to get involved. As one of the founders of the organization, I wanted to make sure that what had started could be continued in the years to come.

Yeung credits the opportunity to serve as a young mentor in his church to developing leadership skills. “I started out as a youth mentor and took on more responsibilities such as coordinating annual retreats and participating in the worship team,” she said. “My involvement in the church allowed me to work with different personalities and taught me how to be a good communicator and delegator, which became the sequence for me to become a leader. ”

Yeung received her Master of Science in Nursing Leadership in 2018 and uses her leadership skills to advocate for cancer patients and serve as a mentor to new nurses.

Nadia Aissi Rahman, BS ’14, a recent graduate of Albany Medical College, Center for Nurse Anesthesiology, where she obtained her Doctorate in Certified Nurse Anesthesiologist (CRNA), was instrumental in developing the first SBSNA resolution: “In support of legislation making CPR training mandatory for high school students. “ She successfully brought this amendment to Parliament at the 62nd NSNA Annual Convention. As a result of her pioneering efforts, the SBSNA Board of Directors has drafted resolutions that will be presented nationally each year since 2014. Rahman said she was proud to have been a part of this first SBSNA Board of Directors, adding, “It is extremely gratifying to know that my work, originally just for me and my classmates, still benefits students many years later.

Rahman said one of her proudest moments was presenting a resolution to the national conference, an experience that led her to take an interest in the inner workings of the largest professional nursing organizations. Her experience at Stony Brook also had a positive impact on her life. She said the support from the faculty “has encouraged us to find activities that we are passionate about as individuals, and they have given us the tools to truly be successful in those activities.” She also drew inspiration from her classmates. “I met students from all walks of life who had done an incredible job,” she said. “At a young age, being able to be exposed to different paths and opportunities allowed me to see what might be possible in my life. ”

Rahman plans to work for North American Partners in Anesthesia (NAPA) at Brooklyn Hospital Center as CRNA and take a more active role within his nursing organization to advance ongoing initiatives that provide high quality care. to more patients while ensuring our nurses stay. safe and appreciated.

Derek Cope, BA ’13 BS 14 ‘, is a student in the Doctor of Nursing Practice, Nurse Anesthesia Program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. He has held several leadership positions in the student government of the SBU and was the first treasurer of the SBSNA. “This experience was very significant; I learned a lot from this post [treasurer] because we had to build the organization from scratch, ”he said. “This has required significant fundraising efforts, building and maintaining a functional operational budget and defining the role of our groups within the school. He added that he’s applying the lessons he learned from working as a team to current interactions in small groups.

A month before Cope graduated from Stony Brook’s Accelerated Baccalaureate Program, he received the prestigious SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, awarded to the few who best demonstrate the integration of academic excellence with d other aspects of their life. He credits Dr Lee Anne Xippolitos (Dean SON 2010-2019) and Dr Jerrold Stein, Dean Emeritus of Stony Brook University, as important role models for showing him “what effective leadership really means.”

Cope continues to demonstrate the integration of academic excellence with leadership. The focus of her doctoral work is “Transversus Abdominis Plane (TAP) Block Education”, which involves teaching anesthesiologists at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, a special nerve block.

Emily Cheng, BS ’15, a travel nurse in Washington state, was the first vice president of SBSNA. She said her experience as a founding board member influences her current practice. “I learned a lot about how to lead a team of people towards a common mission and goal,” she said. “I applied what I learned from ANSW to my clinical practice using my voice to advocate for patients; their safety as well as mine. She added that she values ​​teamwork within the healthcare team and believes it is essential to our mission to heal and treat patients. “The faculty at Stony Brook has influenced me the most through my professionalism and my presence; they taught me directly or indirectly showed me the balance between professional development and maintaining a work-life balance, ”she said.

Cheng uses this knowledge to address an essential aspect of high-quality care: the self-care of nurses. She promotes awareness and provides knowledge and support to the nursing community through a social media / online presence. Cheng said she believes her authenticity and vulnerability on her platforms has given others permission to follow their own intuition and trust what they think is best for them rather than blindly following certain paths. She is passionate about supporting and encouraging mobile nurses and traveling nurses, and making sure they are never alone in the ups and downs of their lives. She believes that these open and honest community conversations strengthen the profession as a whole and give nurses permission to use their voices both in and outside of their professional arena.

–Carol Della Ratta, PhD IA

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