Nursing at Jersey City Medical Center

At Jersey City Medical Center, nursing is not just a profession, it is a passion. A dedication to superior patient care, a commitment to quality and a quest for clinical knowledge are the key values shared by Jersey City nurses. These values allowed Jersey City Medical Center to earn the prestigious Magnet Recognition Award for nursing excellence.

Margaret Ames

Message from Margaret Ames, DNP, MPA, RN, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services

To my colleagues,

Recently the International Union for the Conversation of Nature undertook a study in the Kutai National Park in Indonesia to evaluate the threats to the orangutan population due to climate change. The study reviewed the plants and trees in that rainforest and identified the hardiest and most resilient species were those with a high capacity to adapt to changing conditions.

In this past pandemic year, nurses have had to adapt. We adapted to incredible changes in our personal lives while simultaneously adjusting our practice to respond to a global crisis and care for Covid patients. You worked in different settings, provided new treatments, compassionately connected, remotely, with patients support persons and rallied together in an incredible display of teamwork. In this Year of the Nurse, you are recognized as heroes!

As you displayed your capacity to adapt, please also know that resilience is not necessarily innate it can be fostered. It starts with taking care of yourself, something nurses don’t always do well! Reconnecting to your sense of purpose, reframing your situation, making an optimistic mantra, exercising, journaling, seeking therapy and developing a supportive social network are some steps you can take to build your resilience.

Remember, the tree that does not bend in the wind, breaks, while the pliable reed thrives!

With great sincerity and humble thanks,
Margaret Ames DNP, MPA, RN, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services

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