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Chandrapattie Singh-Reddy RN

Chandrapattie Singh-Reddy RN

RN Perioperative Services/Operating Room
NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County
41 years of service

“I treat all patients as my family members – with dignity, compassion and respect.”

As the eldest of 10 siblings, Chandrapattie Singh-Reddy grew up caring for others, and she says it felt like a natural step to pursue a career in nursing.

“I always had the tendency to be caring and to help those in need,” she says. “I began my nursing journey at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Guyana, South America and from then on knew this would be my lifelong dream.”

Singh-Reddy says she was inspired to apply to nursing school in Guyana by a friend in the nursing program. She graduated in 1980 and then migrated three years later to the U.S., where she also became a wife and mother of two children.

When she isn’t taking care of patients, she is an animal activist – educating others and caring for animals in need. She also is a strong believer in the healing powers of meditation, exercise and rest.

These personal traits extend beyond the day-to-day work environment, leading to numerous rewarding interactions with patients, families and co-workers. “Patients remember me by my name on follow-up phone calls,” she says. “I make them relax prior to surgery and sometimes make them laugh. They introduce me to their family members. Surgeons thank me at the end of the day for my service. Management and leadership are very supportive and encouraging with the OR staff.

“Patients and families should know that I am honest and genuine. I believe in building trust between my patients and myself so that they will feel comfortable communicating with me regarding their care and understanding their needs.”

Singh-Reddy also notes that it is important to continue to grow as a nurse.

“As my generation grows older and needs more care, there will be a demand for more nurses,” she says. “The younger generation must be encouraged to join the health care profession especially in nursing.”

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