Susan Brady, NP, PMHMP-BC
Susan Brady, NP, PMHMP-BC
NYC Health + Hospitals/Correctional Health Services
The adventures of a both a fictional and an actual nurse are what prompted Susan Brady to enter the nursing profession.
“I was inspired to become a registered nurse reading the Sue Barton books by Helen Dore Boylston, with her many adventures in nursing,” Brady recalls. “My mother’s best friend, Sandy Dogan, RN, also was an inspiration to me.”
Currently serving as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner for NYC Health + Hospitals/Correctional Health, Brady is committed to addressing health disparities. “In Correctional Health Services, we see adults that are at a low period in their lives,” she points out, adding, “Providing excellent nursing care shows I have the utmost respect for them as a human being first, with the idea that their current circumstance does not dictate the quality of care they should receive.”
“I have always worked with the young and disfranchised to uplift them and to show our black and brown young people they too can strive to be who they want to be,” she continues. “Mental health problems are treated differently among people of different socioeconomic groups. It is most important that all people receive the same quality of care with regard to medication management and substance use treatment.”
“I am emphatic and I have learned over the years that medical/psychiatric illness can happen to any one of us at any time in our lives,” she adds.
Brady says she prides herself on being a “good listener” and “detail oriented,” noting that “the best moment in my career was being sent to work the Emergency Department during COVID. I was grateful I was able to help others during a critical time in our city.”
Brady points out that NYC Health + Hospitals ICARE values are all important in her practice. “My personal philosophy aligns most with respect and excellence,” she remarks. “I respect myself first and therefore respect my profession; with each patient and family member I encounter, I put forth excellence in my role as a psychiatric nurse practitioner.”
Pursuit of excellence plays an important role in Brady’s plans for the future. “With the push for doctorate of nursing practice (DNP) advanced degrees and further credentialing, I see the nurses finally being recognized as leaders in primary care working alongside our physician colleagues without fear of competition but for the improvement of health care for all people,” she relates. “I plan to pursue an advanced degree in education to share my experiences and educate the nation’s youngest and brightest minds.”