In the 54 years during which Irmatrude Grant, RN, worked at NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation (NYCH+H), she witnessed the evolution of the city’s public health system. She retired in December, but this extraordinary RN has no plans to sit back.
Ms. Grant’s nursing experience encompassed pediatrics as well as obstetrics and gynecology. She began as a Nurse’s Aide at Kings County Hospital in 1961, went on to earn LPN, RN and two Masters degrees.
A dedicated teacher
She spent many years providing invaluable lessons to new nurses in her role as an adjunct professor at NYC Technical College and with the NYS Board of Nursing in Albany. “To be a good nurse today, one needs the same things I needed when I started out: the interest in the subject, the intellect to learn the science, the right temperament, and a nurturing disposition.”
Ms. Grant tells new nurses and students: “The union is very important, especially in today’s healthcare environment. It is so necessary to have a support system and to know that someone has your back. That’s what NYSNA is all about.”