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A supportive and welcoming environment eases the transition from student to staff

By Mihaela Elez, RN

My name is Mihaela Elez and I am a full time RN working on 12 South, which is a medical unit. I was hired at the end of August 2007 under the New Graduate Initiative and I became a full time member of 12 South in December 2007.

The staff on 12 South have been absolutely amazing towards me. They have helped me to integrate by being supportive when I need assistance and by offering help when I may be in need.  I feel the environment on 12 South is very welcoming and I sense that many individuals that come to our unit, such as students, doctors, social workers, etc. feel the same way.

Since I have started working on 12 South, I have taken courses and attended in-services and staff meetings to improve my skills and knowledge. Some of the courses I have taken include infusion therapy, situation based patient assessment, diabetes workshop, and pain and symptom management workshop. All of these courses have helped me move more easily from student to staff.

I will continue to take courses that Mount Sinai offers in order to help me grow. I would like to continue to work as a member of Mount Sinai because I view it as a great teaching hospital and I see it as a great opportunity for my future career.