Celebrating Home Health Aides! Local Job Fairs Bring New Opportunity to Manhattan, Yonkers, Staten Island and Nassau County

By Chandra Wilson Visiting Nurse Service of New York is currently hosting a series of Open Hiring Events for VNSNY Partners in Care , the largest not-for-profit employer of certified Home Health Aides in the New York metropolitan region.  Each free event will be a celebratory occasion where attendees have a chance to meet and talk directly with Partners in Care managers to hear about the many different positions available. They’ll also get a chance to speak to home health aides themselves about their experiences on the job. Home health aides often spend more time with patients than other members of a home care team. From assisting with activities of daily living, to checking vital signs or simply sharing a conversation, they help their clients stay comfortable and live their lives to the fullest. All who work at Partners in Care as a home health aide will receive thorough training to develop skills necessary to be successful in the role and continue their professional growth. “We’re e

New LGBTQ+ Care Type is a Move Forward for Health Care at Home

Tweet A Conversation between Arthur Fitting, BSN, RN, Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) and Barbara Warren, PsyD, CPXP, Senior Director for LGBT Programs and Policies in the Office for Diversity and Inclusion, Mount Sinai Health System (MSHS).  “We all have unconscious biases,” says the Mount Sinai Health System’s Barbara Warren , one of the leading voices in LGBTQ+ health equity and advocacy. “It’s protective, it’s primal.” What, then, can the nation’s health care system do to ensure that LGBTQ+ youth, adults and elders—historically, on the wrong end of that bias—can get the clinically and culturally appropriate care they need to stay safe and healthy? Dr. Warren, who directs Mount Sinai’s LGBT Programs and Policies in the Office for Diversity and Inclusion , and Arthur Fitting , the Visiting Nurse Service of New York’s LGBTQ+ Program Manager, spoke recently about groundbreaking initiatives that include Mount Sinai’s system-wide advances in health equity and

Coming out to your health care provider

Subscribe in a reader Follow @Bronxvoice1 Tweet As we near the end of Pride Month, AdvantageCare Physicians and BronxDocs, would like to take this opportunity to explore why it’s important to come out to your health care provider. It’s your choice who you share your identity with—and your doctor’s responsibility to create a safe environment where you feel comfortable—but sharing with your doctor could give them a better understanding of the type of care you should receive.  Dr. Nicole Thomas-Sealey, Vice President of Clinical Training and Education, discusses why it’s important to start the dialogue about your identity with your doctor. Dr. Thomas-Sealey is a leading voice and educator who developed cultural competency training programs to teach clinical staff how to better identify and overcome unconscious bias and how to improve communication with the communities we serve. As a physician, do you have any stories that have stood out to you that highlighted the impo

Stay cool and safe during summer heatwave season

Subscribe in a reader By Fatima Shell-Sanchez, RN, Visiting Nurse Service of New York Summer is here and it seems that New Yorkers from the Bronx to Brooklyn are eager to get outside and enjoy some fun in the sun—especially after a year of staying locked down at home. As the season heats up, it is important to review a few important health reminders to help keep everyone safe during summer heatwaves.  If you are elderly, or have elderly loved ones living at home, these tips are even more important Stay Cool – Rooms should be kept as cool as possible, using air-conditioner or fans and open windows to improve air circulation. If no air-conditioning is available, try going to places where it is, such as shopping malls, public libraries, movie theaters or cooling centers.  Check to find a cooling center near you.  Cool baths or showers can also help, as can wearing lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. If possible, av

Finding trust in healthcare and equality for all

By Chandra Wilson   Getting proper healthcare can prove a challenge for many. That challenge becomes even greater for those in the transgender community, who, due to family and societal pressures, may find themselves without access to health care or living without the social supports and resources that many of us take for granted.  SelectHealth , a specialized Medicaid plan from VNSNY CHOICE, is dedicated to painting a new picture of health and empowerment for members of New York’s transgender community, or those who are homeless and/or living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS.  For Trust Robinson, a transgender Bronx resident, helping others is a calling. A way to step up and support members of the community he knows so well. As an Outreach and Enrollment Coordinator with SelectHealth, Robinson looks forward to the day when gender and identity have nothing to do with access to health information, culturally competent medical care and preventive wellness regimes aligned with a per

A salute to Visiting Nurses—Making a difference every day

By Chandra Wilson May 6th through May 12th marks National Nurses Week , a time set aside to recognize the indelible impact that nurses have on our lives and our communities. In January 2021, New York State listed close to 400,000 registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and nurse practitioners in the profession. Whether those nurses worked in a hospital, a doctor’s office, a school, sports arena or even someone’s home, it’s safe to say that the past year has been a year like no other for nurses everywhere. Home care nurses played a major role in New York City’s response to the coronavirus health crisis—and they continue to do so. Frontline hospice nurses with the Visiting Nurse Service of New York cared for patients on respirators and brought family members together through smartphones when quarantine kept them apart. Behavioral health nurses helped families in crisis as the stresses of daily living escalated with job loss, remote school and work arrangements and other tension

Empire City resumes normal hours, safety protocols continue

Tweet Empire City Casino by MGM Resorts (“Empire City”) announced that the premier northeast entertainment destination will resume normal operating hours beginning Wednesday, April 7, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m., providing guests additional time to visit and enjoy their favorite slots and electronic table games.   Empire City’s health and safety protocols remain in place to ensure guests have a safe entertainment destination. Over 2,800 of the hottest games are available for play, outfitted with plexiglass dividers or socially distanced. In addition to fan favorites, Empire City has introduced new games over the last few months such as Wheel of Fortune Wild Sapphires 3D Reels, Jinse Dao Tiger & Ox, Lock It Lin Piggy Bankin, Fortune Coin and others for visitors to enjoy.   “The lifting of the curfew brings us one step closer to a sense of normalcy as we resume regular operating hours for our loyal guests. While capacity restrictions and all health protocols will re