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Hyunju Seok, RN

Hyunju Seok, RN

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Staff Nurse
NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln

Improving patient outcomes and establishing a strong patient care team are the twin hallmarks of Hyunju Seok’s 20-year nursing career.

“I have always had a desire to help people in need and this has been the whole focus of my nursing career,” she says. “I believe in treating people with caring and empathy, caring for patients and their families as if they were my own family and friends. I also bring these characteristics to working positively with other nurses, bringing a strong work ethic and teamwork to patient care.”

Seok has been with NYC Health + Hospitals for 14 years, currently serving as a Staff Nurse in the Labor and Delivery unit at Lincoln Hospital. “It makes me happy to work together with my coworkers, giving me strength, wisdom, critical thinking and better communication to help our patients,” she points out.

Nominators praised Seok for her patient care and communications skills, noting, “Ms. Seok has demonstrated outstanding clinical competency in the area of labor and delivery, training new employees willingly and researching new evidence-based practices that will assist in achieving best outcomes for our patients and their families.”

“She takes an active part in shared governance and shared decision-making opportunities that benefit the unit,” states one nominator. “She communicates respectfully with all members of the interdisciplinary team which includes the designated family members.”

Another nominator says Seok “represents all the aspects of our shared governance qualities. She is respectful and pays close attention to her patients’ needs and advocacy.”

Seok says she was encouraged by her family to become a nurse. “My whole family – parents, husband, daughter, son and friends – have inspired me to become a good nurse. They always support me and they are so proud of my role as a nurse.”

NYC Health + Hospitals ICARE values are an important part of nursing practice, according to Seok, who says that accountability is a value that resonates strongly with her. “Accountability to me means that I strive to be successful in achieving goals and tasks, without distractions or pressures,” she explains.

Looking ahead to the future, Seok says she believes that nursing care will become more important, even as the role of technology grows. “No matter how much the Fourth Industrial Revolution comes, robots cannot replace nurses,” she asserts. “When I look ahead, I believe that nursing will be even more necessary to people’s lives.”

“Nurses are not only assisting doctors in the treatment of patients, but also care for physical, mental and social and community health based on their humanity,” she adds. “I think we need to put more efforts into investing and developing nurses in the future.”

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