Keisha Amazan, RN
Keisha Amazan, RN
Head Nurse, Behavioral Health
NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County
Caring for vulnerable patients and embracing a cross-disciplinary approach to patient care are the hallmarks of Keisha Amazan’s seven-year nursing career.
Currently serving as Head Nurse in the Behavioral Health unit at NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County, Amazan prides herself on being “attentive, hard working, and compassionate.”
“My mother inspired me to pursue a career in nursing,” she relates. “I felt that it was important because I wanted to make a difference in the lives of those in need.”
Nominators praise Amazan for teamwork and leadership, saying she regularly goes above and beyond in her dealings with patients and staff. “Ms. Amazan leads this unit with intelligence and grace. She knows what is going on with all the patients and directs her staff with confident yet compassionate authority,” notes one nominator.
“Ms. Amazan is always striving to make sure our patients receive the best quality of care possible,” comments another nominator. “She displays this in her attempts to work better as an interdisciplinary team to ensure that our patients’ needs are being met efficiently.”
Another nominator pointed out, “Ms. Amazan is not only a great nurse, but a great human being as well, which makes her even better at her job. She engages with staff and patients with care and patience. She does not just view her position as a ‘job’ and actually puts care into her work. She is selfless, helpful, willing, and communicates well. What stands out for me is she does not look for commendation; she does her job because she cares for the patients and her coworkers.”
Amazan says she strives to make each patient feel empowered and secure. “When I had a patient that felt that there was no way out of their situation, my listening ear and encouraging words gave them a little bit of hope to hold on and keep trying,” she recalls. “We as nurses have the power to make an impact.”
Looking ahead, Amazan says she would like to “give back” to the nursing profession. “In the future I see myself going into nursing education.”
NYC Health + Hospitals ICARE values are all essential to nursing practice, according to Amazan. “I find it difficult to choose just one of the values because I believe that what encompasses good nursing is holding myself to the standard of what ICARE truly means.”