Joseph Lhota, NYU Langone Medical Center’s senior vice president, vice dean and chief of staff, will be the evening’s civic leadership honoree. Photos courtesy of NYU Lutheran

NYU Lutheran and its Board of Trustees will host its 132nd Annual Dinner Dance on May 16 at 6:30 p.m. The Venetian Carnival-themed gala will be held at Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers in Manhattan.

As Lutheran Health Care’s primary fundraiser, the annual event celebrates Lutheran’s 132-year legacy of providing quality care to the communities of Brooklyn and highlights special individuals who have made contributions to Lutheran and the patients we serve. This year’s honorees are Joe Lhota and Michael Giasullo, M.D.

Lhota, NYU Langone Medical Center’s senior vice president, vice dean and chief of staff, will be the evening’s civic leadership honoree. Lhota has a long history of service to New York City, most recently serving as the chairman and CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority before resigning to run for mayor of New York City in 2013.

Lhota will provide valued oversight and direction as NYU Langone and Lutheran forge ahead in their integration, officials said.

Michael Giasullo, M.D., chief of urology, is the gala’s physician honoree. He has been a member of the Lutheran family since 1986, is active in the community and serves as a member of a number of medical societies.

The event’s emcee will be NBC 4 New York’s Gus Rosendale.

For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit www.lutheranhealthcare.org.

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Michael Giasullo, M.D., chief of urology, is the gala’s physician honoree.

Ethical practice, quality care the emphasis of National Nurses Week

The American Nurses Association (ANA) continues its yearlong focus on ethics in nursing and its connection to the health care work environment and the quality of patient care as the nation celebrates National Nurses Week, May 6-12.

For the past 13 years, nurses have held the top spot as the public’s most honest and ethical profession in America in an annual Gallup poll. That recognition of nurses’ adherence to the obligations, values and ideals of the profession is reflected in the 2015 National Nurses Week theme, “Ethical Practice. Quality Care.”

“Nurses make ethical decisions every day and help patients do the same,” said ANA President Pamela F. Cipriano, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN. “As nurses make decisions, they are practicing at the highest ethical standard, both for the work they do and how they actually support patients and families in the right to self-determination and the care they receive.”

Cipriano added,  “Also, nurses must assume greater leadership roles to achieve the goal of a transformed health care system that results in better health, better care and reduced cost. Nurses Week is a great opportunity to educate policymakers and the public about nurses’ contributions and their expertise.”

In recognition of the importance of ethical practice, ANA has designated 2015 as the “Year of Ethics,” highlighted by the revised Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements, the first update since 2001. The code calls on nurses to improve “the ethical environment of the work setting and conditions of employment that are conducive to safe, quality health care.”

ANA is working on issues to improve nurses’ work environments, including:

• Advocacy for the Registered Nurse Safe Staffing Act of 2015 to ensure optimal staffing to meet patient care needs, introduced April 29.

• Dissemination of a new position statement and recommendations for nurses and employers to prevent and reduce nurse fatigue.

• Promotion of ANA’s Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Interprofessional National Standards, and support of a federal bill to prevent health care worker injuries planned for introduction on May 12.

• Engagement of a Professional Issues Panel on Workplace Violence, Bullying and Incivility to develop a position statement and make recommendations on preventing and reducing dangerous and disruptive behaviors.

National Nurses Week activities include the May 6 (National Nurses Day) screening of the documentary, “The American Nurse: Healing America,” at 150 theatres and a free webinar for nurses titled “My Patient, My Code, My Practice: Ethical Decision-making and Action,” to be held at 1 p.m. on May 7.

— Information from the American Nurses Association


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