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Suja Mohan, MSN, CCRN, CEN

Suja Mohan, MSN, CCRN, CEN

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Director of Nursing, Emergency Department
NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens

Helping people and education have been twin hallmarks of Suja Mohan’s life and have served her in good stead during her 38-year nursing career.

“I always enjoyed helping people; I like challenges and love to learn new things,” she declares. “I like to connect with people and make a difference even if it is in small scale.”

Currently serving as Director of Nursing in the Department of Emergency Medicine and Radiology at NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens, where she has worked for 12 years, Mohan was inspired to become a nurse as a child. “My grandfather lost his sight when I was in middle school,” she recalls. “I did everything for him and I enjoyed that role. I also had a passion for knowledge in the field of medicine, giving me the opportunity to help people in their most vulnerable and worst day of their lives.”

Mohan says she values working with patients, especially “the satisfaction of making them feel safe, well and cared for.” She also is passionate about education, and working with young nurses. She says some of her most rewarding career moments include “the impact and the influence I had as an educator and leader on young nurses, motivating, inspiring and igniting passion in this noble profession. Many of them are doing exceptionally well as bedside nurses and in all other roles.”

Indeed, Mohan is having a major impact on nursing education. Nominators called her “an extraordinary educator and leader,” who “works tirelessly to educate her nurses” and “believes in shoulder-to-shoulder teaching.” Other nominators credit her with helping other nurses pursue advanced practice certification and for developing a “sepsis alert” to empower nurses to recognize septic patients, and ensure they receive rapid assessment and treatment.”

Education will play an increasing important role in the future of health care, as will new technologies, according to Mohan. “Health care as a whole is going through challenges post-COVID,” she explains. “The leadership in nursing must be ready to adapt to the changes we are facing – the nursing curriculum needs to be revised to meet current demands of global health issues and the skill set to match. Tech-driven competencies must be incorporated to meet the health delivery trends.”

Mohan is a big believer in all of the NYC Health + Hospitals ICARE values, incorporating them into her daily routine. “All of them are important because they are interconnected and highly vital in terms of caring for each person – whether it is your patients, family or colleagues. With these values in place each and every time, you are setting a standard that is the foundation to good relationships.”

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