Louisa Morrison provides exceptional care at Mt. Sinai Hospital to New York congressman though unaware of his position of importance
When he was discharged, the patient returned to personally thank Louisa Morrison, Certified Nursing Assistant/Nurse Technician, and to express how very much her kindness had meant to him during his stay at Mt. Sinai Hospital. All she had done, she explained humbly, was try to do her best.
Louisa, an Allen School Jamaica campus graduate, has been working at Mt. Sinai of Queens since her graduation in 2005. She had no way of knowing that this particular patient was a prominent New York congressman. It would not have mattered. Nor did Louisa know that her name had been featured in a front page article in the hospital’s nursing department newsletter. A co-worker pointed out the article that announced that Louisa had received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for the excellent care she had provided to a patient. Subsequent hand-written notes of acknowledgement were given to her from the Vice President of Nursing and the Executive Director of the hospital. Allen School administration and faculty noted with admiration Louisa’s return to campus in January 2008 for twelve successive six-hour Saturday classes in Phlebotomy and EKG in order to add Nurse Tech to her credentials. While she was completing the Nurse Tech program, the special congressional recognition was awarded. Married for 12 years to Scott Morrison, an RN whom she met at the ER of St. John’s Hospital in Queens while she was having an asthma attack, Louisa credits her husband’s “exceptional dedication and skill,” the mentoring of her nurse manager at Mt. Sinai, another RN, and her training at Allen School, with her decision to become an RN herself. She is now taking the prerequisites for the RN program. “I am so very grateful to my wonderful manager at Mt. Sinai, Anne Pisciotta,” said Louisa. “She is an angel without wings, so very gentle. She always finds a way to make even difficult people feel good and happy and that is what I learned from her. My inspiration comes from her, my husband and from my very special teachers at Allen School, especially Miss Persaud.” Allen School is proud of Louisa Morrison and honored to have played a part in launching the career of an individual whose respect for and devotion to patients comes from a true place in her heart, unrelated to their status or station in life.