Taking care of others is something that Neomi Seidell, MSN, RN has been doing for a long time, not just at Baystate Medical Center.
“I am from a large family of seven children and we took care of each other,” said Seidell, noting she became a nurse because she has always enjoyed helping others.
“I have always wanted to make a difference in someone’s life, and being a nurse has allowed me this opportunity,” she added.
So, Seidell, of West Springfield, pursued her dream by attending Elms College, earning a bachelor’s degree in Nursing in 2008, and continuing on to earn a master’s degree in Nursing Education from the college.
Learning alongside experienced nurses
“While a senior at the Elms, I participated in the SNAP program, which offered students an additional learning experience alongside nurses at Baystate Medical Center. Being a part of that special program helped me to become more comfortable and confident as a nurse. The nurses at the hospital helped me a great deal and taught me many valuable things to take on to my own nursing career,” said Seidell.
During National Nurses Week, May 6-12, nurses around the country like Seidell, including others at Baystate Health facilities throughout the area, are being honored for the important role they play in delivering the highest level of safe, quality care to their patients. Today’s nearly 3.4 million registered nurses in the United States constitute our nation’s largest health care profession. Nurses practice in diverse roles, such as clinicians, administrators, researchers, educators and policymakers.
“During National Nurses Week, we extend a special thank you to all of our nurses as they continue to deliver a higher state of caring to their patients. These talented registered nurses deserve special recognition for their efforts in delivering compassionate care, while encompassing the principles of safety and quality so ingrained in the nursing profession,” said Nancy Shendell-Falik, RN, MA, president of Baystate Medical Center and senior vice president for Hospital Operations.
Sponsored by the American Nurses Association, National Nurses Week has as its 2016 theme, “Culture of Safety – It starts with You,” recognizing registered nurses as an indispensable component of the safety and quality of care of hospitalized patients.
Today, Seidell brings her compassionate care to new mothers, babies and their families at Baystate’s Wesson Women and Infants’ Unit.
The most memorable experience
“There are many things that I enjoy about working on our LDRP (Labor, Delivery, Recovery and Postpartum) Unit. First, it’s the people. I work with an amazing team. I also love being part of something special in people’s lives. LDRP nurses are there at one of the most memorable experiences a family can have,” said Seidell.
Seidell noted she often feels exhausted at the end of one of her shifts.
“But, it’s a good exhausted. And, when I am able to clear my head and think about my day, I hope that I was a positive influence on the patients and families I took care of,” she said.
Would Seidell recommend nursing to someone considering it as a career?
Nursing is very rewarding
“Absolutely. I would also tell someone to stay strong when they enter nursing school and to stay true to themselves. Nursing can be a challenging field, but it can also be very rewarding. Sometimes, it’s just a smile that a patient might need. Believe in yourself, you can do it,” she said.
Baystate Medical Center’s high quality nursing care recently earned its third designation in a row as a Magnet Hospital for Nursing Excellence – one of only nine hospitals in Massachusetts – a distinction that places the hospital’s nursing staff among the finest in the nation. Nationally, only about 7% of all health care organizations carry this prestigious Magnet designation.
Learn more about nursing careers at Baystate Health.