Nurse Practitioner Maria Farrow Attends the First Spine Symposium at NYP’s Och Spine Hospital

Jul. 10, 2018

Maria Farrow, MSN, APRN–BC, nurse practitioner, at the first spine symposium at the Daniel and Jane Och Spine Hospital at NewYork-Presbyterian.

The Daniel and Jane Och Spine Hospital at NewYork-Presbyterian hosted its first symposium on spinal care, and New York Presbyterian nurse practitioner Maria Farrow was able to attend the event, held in May during Nurses Week.

“It was especially wonderful that nurses and nurse practitioners were well represented among the presenters,” says Farrow. The Spine Symposium brought together spine nurses, physical therapists and other healthcare professionals that make up the multidisciplinary teams used to take care of patients at the Spine Hospital.

Participants learned the latest in spine care, including techniques for managing pain after surgery and the benefits of exercise during recovery. Farrow also says she was able to interact with the speakers and get hands-on experience with a variety of new devices, all while earning continuing education credits.

Attending educational events is one of the ways the nurses here at Columbia Neurosurgery and The Spine Hospital at the Neurological Institute of New York stay current and provide great patient care.

Nurses are an integral part of a healthcare team. At the Spine Hospital, our nurses are trained to assess, diagnose and treat medical conditions and see patients in conjunction with our doctors and physical therapists. They also educate patients about treatments, answer questions that come up between appointments and call patients to check up after surgery.

And their role can make all the difference. Here’s what a couple of our patients have had to say about our nurses:

Candace praised Jane Kostadinov, the nurse practitioner who monitored her recovery from surgery. “She was on call for every question I had: What should I do about these side effects? May I shower yet? When does the bandage come off?” says Candace. “She was a welcome, sage and very professional voice that led me through everything in the recovery period. She was just wonderful.”

During the weeks before her operation, Carol came to know nurse coordinator Rosemary McGill. “She was an angel, such a patient and fine practitioner,” says Carol. “She was my support system.”

Our nurses are truly exceptional, earning honors and awards, even participating in research. Take a few minutes to learn a little bit more about our wonderful nursing staff:

  • Maria Farrow graduated from St. Vincent’s Hospital School of Nursing and earned her MSN degree at Columbia University School of Nursing. In 2003 she became a board-certified acute care nurse practitioner and has been the nurse practitioner for the Department of Neurological Surgery at Columbia since.
  • Jane Kostadinov, nurse coordinator for spine neurosurgeon Dr. Paul McCormick, is certified as a Neuroscience Nurse from the American Nurses Credentialing Center of the American Nurses Association. Before joining the The Spine Hospital, she worked as a nurse practitioner in neurosurgery at Mount Sinai hospital for 15 years.
  • Rosemary McGill, nurse coordinator for spine neurosurgeon Dr. Michael Kaiser, started her career working at NewYork-Presbyterian as a staff nurse with neurosurgical patients and as the nurse manager of the Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit before transitioning to her current role with Dr. Kaiser.
  • Martha R. Rivera, nurse coordinator for spine neurosurgeon Dr. Alfred Ogden, graduated from Ramapo College of New Jersey. She became interested in nursing after working many years as a clinical coordinator in the Department of Neurology in the Memory Disorders Clinic.
  • Nicole Ayala earned her bachelor’s degree at Northeastern University in Boston and her master’s at Pace University in New York City. She worked as a registered nurse for five years on the inpatient neurosurgical unit at Columbia University Medical Center before joining the practice of Dr. Peter Angevine and Dr. Christopher Mandigo as a board-certified family nurse practitioner.

Learn more about the Spine Hospital team here.

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