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Soosy Joseph, RN, BSN

Soosy Joseph, RN, BSN
Staff Nurse, Intensive Care Unit
NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx

Over a career of nearly 35 years, Soosy Joseph has been a nurse in India, Saudi Arabia, St. Louis and, for the past 17 years, in the ICU and Emergency Department of NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx.

It’s made her not only multicultural but also a master of multitasking who embraces the challenges of working calmly under stress. “I enjoy working in a fast-paced environment where each decision could be life or death,” she says.

Joseph’s colleagues laud her ability to prepare residents and nursing teams for high-stress situations. She organizes mock codes in the middle of regular shifts, and as a preceptor, she has a knack for noticing both the skills and deficiencies of new nurses and nursing students who rotate through the ICU. “She is a powerful charge nurse in a busy unit who gets her nursing staff to understand the impact of teamwork,” says the hospital’s chief nursing officer. “She gains their trust, she’s consistent in her face-to-face dealings, she divides and conquers the checklist we prepare early in the day and she’s always on her feet.”

Joseph brings the same qualities to her interactions with patients and their families, spending time to educate them to prevent readmissions. Her excellence has been recognized with the Daisy Award for extraordinary nurses in 2017 and the Clinical Practice Award in 2016. She’s a role model in every way – including her ability to both perform at a high level in a stressful job and know how to decompress from it. “We always know what is growing in her garden in her backyard,” said her colleague.

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