“It was extremely comforting and touching to know that a nurse, especially a stranger I just met, cared enough about me to take on an extra shift just so she could be there for me.”
A post-partum patient shared this feedback after Yamiley Cayemitte, BA, BSN, RN, CLC, of the Mother/Baby Float Pool, treated her with the utmost compassion while the patient experienced several health issues.
According to Nursing Director Claire Zaya, MSN, RN, NE-BC, RNC-MNN, these sentiments are felt by most of Cayemitte’s patients. “Yamiley’s genuine commitment to her patients is what makes her such an amazing nurse,” Zaya said. “She is a nurse you would want to care for your family members.”
Cayemitte, who joined the Mother/Baby Float Pool in 2019, cares for patients in the Mother/Baby newborn nursery and in the NICU’s Growth and Development Unit.
“No matter what unit she is working on, all staff are unanimous with their glowing praise of Yamiley,” said Mimi Pomerleau, DNP, professional development manager. “She is described by colleagues as a kind, caring, intelligent problem-solver who has fresh ideas and a positive influence on the unit.”
As a patient, Taneshia Camillo-Sheffey experienced this positive influence first-hand, and it made all the difference in her recovery.
“Yamiley was there every step of the way and was so comforting and beyond attentive,” Camillo-Sheffey wrote in a letter of support for Cayemitte’s nomination. “Within a week of her care, I started standing and walking again, gained control of my pain and met every milestone my doctors had given me. Yamiley was truly like a family member to me and my husband.”
Cayemitte strives to find ways to improve practice and stay up to date with the latest evidence. To do this, she joined the Association of Women’s Health Obstetrics and Neonatal Nursing (AWHONN, a nonprofit organization that aims to empower and support nurses caring for women, newborns and their families through research, education and advocacy. Cayemitte later began serving as section legislative coordinator and was honored by the organization as an emerging leader in 2020.
“After attending the AWHONN annual convention, Yamiley brought back information on postpartum acuity to the Mother/Baby Practice Council, which she co-chairs,” said Pomerleau. “She shared what she had learned and offered a new way to look at assignments with objectivity.”
In her spare time, Cayemitte is dedicated to serving the local community. She has volunteered as a grief counselor at Camp Erin, a children’s bereavement camp, for nine years, in addition to organizations including Project Bread, March of Dimes and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.
Cayemitte earned her BSN from Simmons College and her BA from Regis College. Prior to her current role, she was a nurse on the Mother/Baby postpartum unit. She joined the Brigham from Pediatra HealthCare for Kids in Brookline, where she cared primarily for NICU graduates. She also previously worked as a NICU nurse at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
Nominated by Mimi Pomerleau, DNP, with letters of support from Claire Zaya, MSN, RN, NE-BC, RNC-MNN, nursing director, and Taneshia Camillo-Sheffey