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Tayyaba Mughal, RN, CCRN

Tayyaba Mughal, RN, CCRN

Staff Nurse
NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Vanderbilt
13 years of service

“Some of the best moments of my career happen when the interdisciplinary team works together to produce positive patient outcomes and improve the patient’s condition; there is nothing more rewarding.”

As the opioid epidemic continues to impact families on Staten Island, Tayyaba Mughal offers a lifeline to care.

“As the Buprenorphine nurse case manager and director of the Opioid Overdose Prevention Program, I raise public and provider awareness of the population affected by this health disparity. I help to expand health insurance coverage and work with the prescribers at my clinic to obtain waivers for Buprenorphine, so that we can increase access to care in the underserved communities of Staten Island.”

“The nursing profession takes the lead in advancing and enhancing health equity,” she continues. “Our patients are so individualized and we, as nurses, will continue to assess social determinants and reduce health disparities with individualized treatment plans and intervention to improve patient outcomes.”

Mughal says she was inspired to become a nurse by her mother who suffered chronic kidney failure at 25 and began hemodialysis treatments. “She was always my number one supporter,” Mughal said.

“My focus has always been the patient because I see what is experienced on the other side of the bed, with our patients, their loved ones and their concerns about health. Delivering quality patient-centered care that is culturally and generationally competent is the most important aspect of nursing.”

Mughal also organizes events to educate the community on opioid use disorder and incidents of drug overdose deaths in Staten Island.

“Often, I am speaking to a person who may be suffering silently with these health issues that affect them socially, physiologically, psychologically, and financially. I let the community know that health equity is available, accessible, and affordable at NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Vanderbilt,” she said.

“I provide Narcan training and dispense free kits in efforts to reduce drug overdose death rates on Staten Island. I let patients know the services we offer and address their social determinants. When I speak to a patient or member of the community, I spend as much time as they need to answer their questions and offer access to health care regardless of immigration status, income, insurance status, LGBTQ status, preferred language, culture, and religion to name a few.”

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