|Moftia Aujero, RN, MA, Deputy Executive Director of Nursing and Patient Care Services at Bellevue Hospital
As a mock Joint Commission surveyor, Moftia Aujero, RN, MA, becomes an improvisational performer to help fellow nurses prepare for the tri-annual surveys that determine whether the hospital's national accreditation will be renewed. The pretend role of surveyor comes naturally to Aujero, Deputy Executive Director of Nursing and Patient Care Services at Bellevue Hospital. She believes nursing is more than dedication and professionalism -- one also has to be an artist.
"I see nursing as an unending work of art: one never knows the kind of day one will experience when dealing with issues and people," Aujero says. "Every day is new, full of both opportunities and challenges. No day is the same, and that is why I love what I do."
When she is in character as a mock surveyor, Aujero, holds leadership meetings with all the units around the clock, makes rounds to observe the nurses and answer questions, and encourages staff to pay particular attention to the Joint Commission’s National Patient Safety Goals.
"When I came to Bellevue, I found nurses who were extremely intelligent and dedicated, but who would benefit from learning more about the Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goals," said Aujero. "These principles are key to both quality of care and patient safety. My challenge as head of the Nursing Department was to help them understand the goals and put them into practice."
Aujero’s career and journey of accomplishment was recently recognized by Nursing Spectrum Magazine, one of the top nursing magazines in the country, when she was named as one of the outstanding nursing leaders in the New York/New Jersey area. She was chosen as one of five finalists for the category of Advancing & Leading the Profession.
"With the collaboration of my colleagues, I have been able to implement evidence-based nursing practices. Bellevue Hospital administrators and department heads reinforce patient safety goals, and I'm very fortunate to have their support," Aujero says.
Aujero has worked at HHC for 37 years in different roles including staff nurse, a manager and Nurse Executive. She was the Chief Nursing Officer for nearly 11 years at Metropolitan Hospital and has been at Bellevue for 18 months. Aujero received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing at Saint Paul’s College in Manila. She went on to get a Masters in Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University, and was a Wharton Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. She is married and has 2 children. Her hobbies include gardening, traveling, and reading.