The Coronavirus Effect: Nursing Response
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Stony Brook University Hospital has cared for more than 5,000 potential coronavirus patients. For 59 days, and counting, the Hospital has drawn on the full force of its resources and expertise to battle this disease. In this edition of 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.

About the Guests

Cindyann Beck, BS, RN, Nursing Policy Coordinator, Department of Regulatory Affairs

Cindyann Beck has been with the Hospital for 15 years, originally as a Neonatal Intensive Care Registered Nurse (RN). For the past 10 years, she has been responsible for the oversight of nursing policies and standards of care, and more recently joined the Department of Regulatory Affairs to help the Hospital maintain regulatory readiness and compliance. Some of her 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. She has also taken on special projects and tasks as needed to support the nursing staff during these difficult and uncertain times.

Lesley Pronesti, RN, Teaching &Research Center Nurse III, Surgical Oncology
Lesley Pronesti is a Registered Nurse in Stony Brook University Hospital’s Surgical Oncology unit. She has been with the Hospital for 10 years. Currently she serves in a supervisory role, where she trains other nurses, while continuing to provide patient care. Lesley helped to launch the Stony Brook Medicine #InThisTogether movement on 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

Board certified in Nursing Administration, Alison Rowe has held a leadership position at Stony Brook University Hospital for more than 10 years, serving as the Associate Director of Nursing for Emergency and Cardiac Services for the past five years. She manages more than 500 staff members caring for patients in inpatient and outpatient departments. Her expertise includes nursing administration, regulatory requirements and nursing across diverse patient populations.

Production Credits

Guest Host: Michael Bernstein
Executive Producer: Nicholas Scibetta
Producer: Lauren Sheprow
Art Director: Karen Leibowitz
Assistant producer: Ellen Cooke
Facebook Live and Social Media: Meryl Altuch, Emily Cappiello, Casey Borchick, Veronica Brown
Production assistant: Joan Behan-Duncan
YouTube Technician: Dennis Murray
Vodcast Director: Jan Diskin-Zimmerman
Engineer/Technical Director: Phil Altiere
Production Manager: Tony Fabrizio
Camera/Lighting Director: Jim Oderwald
Camera: Brian DiLeo
Editor: Tony Fabrizio
Original score: “Mutti Bug” provided by Professor Tom Manuel

Special thanks to the Stony Brook University School of Journalism for use of its podcast studio.

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