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Stephanie M. Fields, BSN, RN

Stephanie M. Fields, BSN, RN

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Staff Nurse
NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull

Watching someone close to you suffer from a chronic illness can be devastating, and when that person is your mother, the experience can be life-changing, as Stephanie M. Fields discovered at a young age. “I have always aspired to be a nurse and teacher; and my mother was the driving force,” she recollects. “She was diagnosed with colon cancer when I was young and this drove me to become a nurse.”

Fields also credits her mother for sparking her passion for addressing health disparities at an early age. “My mother always told me as a child, ‘You have three strikes against you: you’re black, you’re a woman, and you’re overweight; you have to work three times as hard,’” she recalls. “Unfortunately we are not treated equally in health care, even as health professionals. My hope is that everyone – despite their ethnic background, financial or physical appearance – receives proper health care.”

Fields has been a nurse for 10 years, and currently serves as a Staff Nurse on the ACT team (Assertive Community Treatment team) at NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull. “While serving in this short time as an ACT team nurse, I have assisted the team to provide our mentally-ill patients with a voice,” she says. “They are not treated as third-class citizens. They are provided with their medications, and their needs are being met.

“I have compassion for the patients,” she continues. “I treat everyone as individuals despite their current condition or illness. I truly believe this is my purpose in life and I follow the ‘golden rule,’ treating others as I wish to be treated…everyone is treated equally and fairly.”

Fields says her goal is to treat each patient with a personal touch. “I treat each patient as an individual and not just a number,” she explains, adding, “I am an all-or-nothing type of nurse, because I was raised that if you do anything, make sure you do it properly. I know that my reputation will precede me, and I value that.”

Faith plays an important role in her life and nursing career, Fields discloses. “I want to thank God for allowing me to make it thus far; without Him this would not be possible,” she says. “It has not been an easy road but I remain faithful.”

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