Nely Amaral, RN, BSCN, IBCLC

Nely is currently the Director of Nursing Quality and Practice for Sinai Health System and the Magnet Program Director for Mount Sinai Hospital. Mount Sinai Hospital is currently the only hospital in all of Canada to achieve Magnet designation and distinction. Nely is the Magnet Program Director for this site. Magnet is a voluntary recognition process, similar to accreditation, for excellence in patient care. It is conducted by the American Nurses Credentialing Centre (ANCC) and is one of the highest achievements a healthcare organization can attain. Nely has extensive experience in leading Quality, project management, patient safety and risk review in the organization, specifically, the Women’s and Infants Health Programs. Nely’s clinical background and expertise in nursing is the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, where she has worked for over 24 years. Nely has a special interest in neonatal outcomes, in particular, reduction of neonatal infections. Nely has just handed over her 5 year term as the EPIQ (Evidence based Practice for Improving Quality) Co-Chair for the Nosocomial Infection outcome group for Canada. Nely was a graduate to the Veterans Affairs Quality Scholar (VAQS) Fellowship program in 2016, successfully being the first nurse in Canada to graduate from the course and she is currently Co-Director and Faculty for the program through the Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (C-QuIPPS).