Title: School Nurse
Company: New York City Office of School Health
Location: Staten Island, New York, United States
Neal J. Costigan, School Nurse at New York City Office of School Health, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Nurses for dedication, achievements, and leadership in emergency medicine.
Passionate and caring, Mr. Costigan has been involved in the health care industry for as long as he can remember. He comes from a family of emergency and funeral services professionals, and he always dreamed of following in their footsteps. To achieve his goals, he obtained an Associate of Science in funeral services from the New England Institute of Technology and an associate degree in nursing from Rhode Island Junior College (now the Community College of Rhode Island), as well as certification as an emergency nurse and emergency medical technician/paramedic and in ACLS. He also joined prominent organizations like the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians, the American Ambulance Association, and the Massachusetts Ambulance Association.
Mr. Costigan’s first job in the field was emergency medical technician at Costigan Ambulance Service in Rhode Island, followed by critical care registered nurse at the Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, critical care nurse in the Cardiac Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, and registered nurse in the Emergency Department of Boston City Hospital. As his reputation for excellence grew, he began to advance more rapidly through the industry. One of the things that set Mr. Costigan apart was his ability to make criticism constructive; he strove to ensure none of his peers felt attacked or diminished. This earned him numerous positions with institutions like Rhode Island Hospital, Boston City Hospital, Brewster Ambulance Service, American Medical Response, Fallon Ambulance Service, Armstrong Ambulance Service, New England Ambulance Service, and the Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. He currently lends his expertise to his role as a school nurse at the New York City Office of School Health.
One of the highlights of Mr. Costigan’s career was taking care of pediatric open heart surgery patients at Massachusetts General Hospital. Seeing them go from critical condition to better enough to go home was extremely rewarding. He is most proud, however, of how well his children have done. His two daughters are both school teachers, and his son is a firefighter, paramedic, registered nurse, and Army veteran.
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