The NYS Psychiatric Institute Department of Nursing firmly believes that safe health care is a human right. The Department promotes an environment where nurses are an integral part of an interdisciplinary, collaborative process that creates a caring, healing, and patient- and family-centered environment where patients actively participate in their treatment. We demonstrate excellence in clinical care by our commitment to evidence-based practice, and delivery of culturally competent patient care in a caring, healing environment. Our clinicians strive to: provide the highest quality care/treatments in the least restrictive environment possible; generate, support and participate in research protocols. Health promotion, maintenance, and rehabilitation are viewed as essential in meeting the needs of patients, their families, and significant others. Nursing staff provides parents with interactive education and incorporates this throughout all phases of treatment.

Continuous Quality Assessment and Improvement Program

The NYSPI Nursing Department has an active Continuous Quality Improvement Program to ensure quality care for patients and research subjects and foster the professional development of nursing staff. Activities include careful risk assessment and risk reduction programs.

Staff Development

Education and training of nursing personnel (i.e., registered nurses and mental health therapy aides): Nursing Staff Development has core responsibilities involving: orientation of new employees; provision of a Basic Life Support Course, first aid and Preventing and Managing Crisis Situations; Mock Codes (Medical and Cardiac Emergencies); competency assessment of skills; and identification of training needs at unit-based in-services in-services and other forums. The Nursing Department continues to train a new generation of healthcare providers in both traditional and novel therapies.