Interim President Michael Bernstein with Cindyann Beck, Lesley Pronesti and Alison Rowe
Stony Brook Medicine’s nurses have been on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic from the beginning. Since the first outbreak of cases in February, Stony Brook University Hospital has admitted nearly 2,000 individuals showing symptoms and signs of the Coronavirus, with more than half testing positive.
In Stony Brook University’s newest podcast, “Beyond the Expected: The Coronavirus Effect: Nursing Response,” Interim President Michael Bernstein talks to three dedicated Stony Brook nurses who will share their experiences, their stories, and what it has meant to be on the frontline of the surge both professionally and personally
- Cindyann Beck, BS, RN, Nursing Policy Coordinator, Department of Regulatory Affairs. With a background in Neonatal Intensive Care, Beck’s COVID-related responsibilities have included making rapid adjustments to policies and procedures in response to the unique care environment as well as disruptions to the supply chain brought on by the pandemic.
- Lesley Pronesti, RN, T&R (Teaching & Resource) Center Nurse III, Surgical Oncology. Currently, Pronesti serves in a supervisory role, where she trains other nurses while continuing to provide care directly. Pronesti also helped to launch Stony Brook Medicine’s #InThisTogether movement via social media, inspiring others to share their positive views on how Stony Brook University Hospital has supported its staff and cared for patients.
- Alison L. Rowe, MS, RN, NEA-BC, CEN, Associate Director of Nursing, Department of Emergency and Cardiac Services. Rowe has been a key member of the Hospital Incident Command Structure, known as “HICS.” She is on the leadership team that established a critically needed triage and treatment area outside the Hospital’s Emergency Department.
This episode originally aired on Facebook Live on Wednesday, April 15, 2020.