Natisha Pitter, BSN, RN
Natisha Pitter, BSN, RN
Supervisor of Nurses
NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, East New York
Caring for vulnerable patients has been a hallmark of Natisha Pitter’s 11-year nursing career. Currently serving as Supervisor of Nurses for NYC Health + Hospitals/ Gotham Health, East New York, Pitter was inspired by her family to pursue a career in nursing.
“I have several family members who are either nurses or are involved in the health care field,” she notes. “I’ve always been passionate about tending to the needs of, and caring for people, in their most vulnerable times.”
She points to her experiences working in maternal/child health nursing as an example. “I have worked with mothers-to-be, who are at their most vulnerable, especially patients who are in labor,” she points out. “Then, once they have given birth, they are just so grateful for the nurse to be a part of such a remarkable milestone. I have cared for newborns that at birth are clinging to life and to be around to see the progress upon discharge is a rewarding feeling.
“I’ve cared for patients with psychiatric/ mental health needs and have also found it to be rewarding to see their progress after hospitalization, especially when patients tell you they appreciate the empathy and care you showed them during a vulnerable time in their lives,” she adds, noting that she has worked in several specialty areas and has gained many skills and great experiences that she will keep throughout her career.
Pitter prides herself on being “compassionate, easygoing and paying strict attention to details,” and says NYC Health + Hospitals ICARE values are important to her, particularly compassion. “Understanding that all patients have to be treated as individuals, that they do not necessarily ‘fit in the box,’ and each person requires a plan of care that is tailored specifically to their needs are what I believe promotes the care and compassion in nursing,” she remarks.
Looking to the future, Pitter said she is a strong believer in staying current with evidence-based best practices. “The research evidence that influences our best practices and drives our profession are always changing. Therefore, I believe the future of nursing will rely heavily on nurses advancing their careers with post-graduate studies,” she explains. “This will allow our profession to practice more as independent clinical practitioners.”
“The nursing profession promotes lifelong learning,” she adds. “I believe it is important for career advancement in order to maintain the ability to be an effective nurse.”