Ginny Stanley To Retire after Thirty-one Years at Stony Brook

Virginia (Ginny) Stanley, RN, MS, CS, will retire on December 30, 2010 after working as a Clinical Nurse Specialist with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science for thirty-one years.

Ms. Stanley arrived at University Hospital on June 21, 1979, eight months before the hospital opened. For the first seven years, she worked in the Adult Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic and the Psychiatric Emergency Room, until she moved to a half-time position in Child and Adolescent Outpatient Services in July 1986.  

She has played many roles during her career at Stony Brook. At the beginning she was responsible for hiring and training staff, writing policies and procedures, and preparing the OPD and Psychiatric ER to receive patients. Once the hospital opened she spent her time caring for patients and making sure her units ran smoothly.

In the Child and Adolescent clinic, she is an important member of the clinic team - educating child fellows, participating in research projects, working with families and children. She was responsible for organizing the clinic’s medical records and designing a treatment plan which includes rating scales for behavioral measurements and guidelines for continued treatment.

Deborah Weisbrot, MD, Director of the Child and Adolescent Outpatient Clinic, said of Ms. Stanley: “It is difficult for me to imagine our child and adolescent psychiatry division without Virginia Stanley-Taub. Ginny has always been an integral part of our team and a key to the excellence of our clinical program over the years.  We have laughed and cried together and it’s always gone without question that we could depend upon her to be there when we needed her. Ginny’s perspectives on families and children have been invaluable to our training program and generations of fellows have benefited from her teaching and supervision on these subjects. Most importantly, Ginny is a truly kind and empathic person with great clinical wisdom.  I feel greatly privileged to have worked with her.”

Ms. Stanley plans to continue her private practice after she retires from Stony Brook.