Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing

Alumni Spotlight: Nely Amaral

Bloomberg Nursing alumni do extraordinary things in the communities in which they work and live, and we take great pride in the work they do. To date, there are nearly 6,000 Bloomberg Nursing alumni, all of whom have made or continue to make a positive impact in the world of nursing.

Nely Amaral

Director Quality and Performance and Magnet Program Director

Mount Sinai Hospital, Sinai Health System

Year of graduation:  1993

Interests, activities, clubs and professional organizations:

Walks on the beach with friends and family outside my home in Portugal

What was the most valuable lesson — inside or outside the classroom — you learned as a student the University of Toronto?

I learned early to “get involved”. Looking for opportunities to always learn and ask questions.

Greatest professional accomplishment:

Working in the same organization since graduation (27 years). I was a bedside nurse in Mount Sinai Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for approximately 20 years and then transitioned to leadership roles for the hospital and health care system. I’m proud that I now get to mentor and coach nurses to assist them in their own professional growth and development.

Favourite Nursing professor:

Gail Donner

What is/was your favourite thing about nursing?

It is a job that makes a difference. The quiet “thank yous” are what keeps us going. It’s about going home after your shift knowing that you tucked your patient (in my case babies) in just perfectly and that they had a good day. It’s about the nod that a parent gives you once you know that they finally understand their baby’s plan of care because you took the time to explain it. It’s about knowing that you have made a small difference in your shift to help heal and offer hope.  Nursing is a profession you can be proud of.

What advice do you have for current Bloomberg Nursing students?

Don’t wait for an opportunity – go out and find it. You got this!

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