It was in Trinidad where Angela Edwards made her career choice after spending her early childhood with Aunt Dol, a nurse who lost her sight. “I read and wrote letters for her and she shared her nursing stories and experiences with me. From then, I knew that I wanted to be a nurse to care for people.”
With more than two decades of leadership positions in local New York hospitals, Angela Edwards is chief nurse executive / deputy executive director at the NYC Health + Hospital / Woodhull where she leads nursing teams and provides care for 334 acute beds, and 12 health clinics.
Ms. Edwards started her 33-year nursing career at Port of Spain General Hospital in Trinidad where she received her nursing diploma. After migrating to the United States, she earned a bachelor’s degree at St. Joseph College and a Master Degree in Nursing from Teachers College, Columbia University.
“My mother ensured that I receive an education,” she attests. She also recognizes Nurse Executive Dr. Miriam Carasa at Woodhull Hospital whose vision provided her with “the mentorship, direction and leadership qualities required to spearhead the many challenges in the healthcare arena.”
At Woodhull, Ms. Edwards has implemented several initiatives to improve nursing care and the hospital’s ability to respond to patient’s needs. These initiatives culminated with the implementation of a Primary Nursing Model that is a system of optimal nursing care delivery.
As a coach in the HHC Leadership Development Program, Ms. Edwards helped the development of aspiring NYC Health + Hospital leaders. Additionally, to ensure mentoring for further nurses, Ms. Edwards assisted in the selection of nurse leaders as mentors for the Senior Nursing Student Leadership Program in collaboration with The College of New Rochelle.