Ø RN offering over 15 years of Staff and Charge Nursing experience across broad sectors ranging from clinical to institutional and within wide-scope medical disciplines.
Ø Excel in head-to-toe assessments, diagnostics, treatment planning/implementation, monitoring, multi-disciplinary team collaboration, and patient relations/education.
Ø Dynamic leader highly effective in precepting, coordinating and directing nursing and ancillary staff.
Ø Strategically develop and implement policies and procedures to ensure critical regulatory compliance as well as boost efficiency, productivity and quality of care.
Ø Strong administrative, documentation/charting/reporting and auditing.
Ø Credentials include: Licensed RN, active; BCLS, active; ACLS, active; PALS, prior; TNCC, prior
Ö In response to strong performance, twice-selected to serve as Charge Nurse for 3-month time frames as well as allocated 25% of the time.
Ö Noted by Supervisor in performance appraisal for excelling in effectively managing patient flow, thoroughly completing detailed paperwork, including incident reports, to meet stringent timelines, excelling in documenting patient care, exhibiting decisive leadership, and collaborating as a team player.
Ö Strategically developed and implemented streamlined system for simultaneously performing majority of initial assessments as well as updating vital signs in Essentris, substantially boosting efficiencies and use of human resources.
Dwight David Eisenhower Memorial Hospital (DDEAMC) 11/99 - Present
Clinical Staff/Charge Nurse, Army Regional Medical Center ER-Ft. Gordon GA; 2001-present
Deliver quality nursing in a 25-bed Level II ER servicing approximately 3.8K patients monthly; includes newborn through geriatric and spans acutely ill, injured and trauma patients.
Demonstrating dynamic leadership, successfully coordinate/supervise team of as many as 10 professional/ paraprofessional nursing staff as Charge Nurse; additionally precept LPN students and new hires.
Offer exceptional patient and family teaching instrumental to maximizing outcomes.
Conduct approximately 10 chart audits monthly.
Proficiently perform narcotics and crash cart checks and assign for oncoming shift, increasing operational efficiencies by ensuring each nurse is informed of patient they are receiving concurrent with outgoing shift being aware of who to report to.
In capacity of Triage Nurse, proficiently use Emergency Severity Index (ESI) levels 1-5 as well as wide-scope nursing skills in defining and facilitating optimal action and treatment; promptly initiate basic and advanced life support as well as notify appropriate personnel of code events.
Efficiently administer medications including conscious sedation, and coordinate inter/intra hospital emergency care, admissions and transfers; adeptly perform venipunctures and initiate IV therapy, including difficult draws/starts and heplock insertions.
Expertly manage cardiac monitoring and identify basic as well as life-threatening cardiac dysrhythmias.
Have additionally worked with psychiatric patients including MPD, BPD and SI/HI, among others.
Clinical Staff Nurse, Saratoga Medical Center ER; 2000-2001
Contracted with Saratoga Medical Center ER with similar responsibilities excluding Charge duties.
Senior Staff Nurse, Sterling Medical Center CCU/IMCU; 1999-2000
Contracted to 16-bed IMCU/Telemetry unit, with a personal primary load of 3 patients.
Effectively managed care of pre/post MI, post CABG, stent placement, catheterization, and epidural patients.
Efficiently administered emergency medications in response to vagal maneuvers/bradycardia/ tachycardia, etc. as well as cardiac medications and blood/blood products.
Actively initiated basic/advanced life support and notified appropriate personnel in event of code.
Proficiently prepped patients for surgical procedures, including IV fluid/medication administration and pre-op checklist completion; additionally transcribed and implemented VO/TO/written orders.
As a collaborative team player, assumed
additional care of overflow medical, surgical and telemetry patients.
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Senior Staff/Charge Nurse; Allendale Correctional Institute-Fairfax, SC 06/98 -09/99
Contributed wide-range nursing skills and decisive leadership abilities toward independently overseeing 8-bed Infirmary, Emergency Stabilization Room, Pharmacy, and Mental Health Observation Room; worked in autonomous setting with no MD/PA on site; oversaw all LPNs, CNAs, inmate orderlies and related ancillary staff, including signature authority for all paperwork and narrative charting.
Facilitated head-to-toe assessments of all Infirmary patients and provided broad-scope nursing including colostomy and decubitis/wound care.
Subsequent to stabilizing asthmatic, stabbing, burn, and CP patients, notified MD/PA for further instruction.
Managed care of IDDM patients including administering insulin, maintaining glucometers log, performing controls, accuchecks, site rotation, and diabetic teaching.
Entrusted with accountability for all narcotics and sharps prior to and at end of shift; dispensed medication to most violent offenders and gang-affiliated prisoners in 23-hour locked-down dorm.
Applied solid administrative skills toward maintaining Infirmary census, auditing medical charts, preparing admission/discharge paperwork, and coordinating transfers to external hospital or ER.
Senior Staff Nurse, IMCU; Providence Hospital-Columbia, SC 09/97-02/98
Closely monitored pre/post MI/PTCA, post CABG/catheterization and epidural patients in a 20-bed unit, with direct accountability for a 4-7 patient load; took initiative to assist in managing overflow by additionally caring for medical, surgical, ventilator, and AIDS patients.
Proficiently initiated venipuncture/IV therapy/blood draws from sheaths for ACT results for labwork and managed removal of sheaths.
Effectively administered emergency/cardiac medications as well as thrombolytic therapeutic agents including Alteplase, t-PA, Streptokinase, etc.
Prepared patients for surgical procedures, including IV fluids/medications administration, pre-op medications coordination and pre-op checklists.
Traveling Nurse; American Mobile Nurses-Multiple Locations 01/96-12/96
NICU/Nursery/ER/Trauma Nurse, Roy Schneider Hospital, St. Thomas, VI; 1996
As Charge Nurse, effectively prepared staff assignments, reviewed/signed all staff paperwork and maintained narcotic keys; additional ER/Trauma responsibilities included triage of patients including MVCs, GSWs, stabbings, fish poisoning, etc.
Assisted in UAC and UVC inserts/removals as well as intubations, including care of intubated infants.
Proficiently used syringe pumps/cardiopulmonary monitors, radiant warmers, phototherapy, and isolettes to include transport; monitored premature infants and administered surfactant supporting immature lungs.
Pediatric Nurse, University of New Mexico Hospital, Albuquerque, NM; 1996
Delivered direct nursing care for patients in an 18-bed Pediatric Subacute Unit.
Charge Nurse; Augusta Correctional Medical Institute (Hospital)-Grovetown, GA 05/95-11/95
With accountability for adult patients in three separate units of 20 beds each within an autonomous setting, effectively assigned and managed personnel, including disciplinary and administrative reporting, as well as held accountability for narcotic count.
Effectively performed head-to-toe assessments as well as ongoing monitoring of medical/surgical patients across wide areas of medicine ranging from cardiovascular/renal/endocrine disorders to minor trauma, respiratory crisis and AIDS; efficiently prepared and managed pre-operative patients.
Provided chronic care of quadriplegics/paraplegics, including bowel programs, as well as cancer patients.
Applied splints/braces, managed total ADLs and administered chemotherapeutic agents/narcotics/routine medications; initiated venipuncture/IV therapies.
Applied SOAP charting toward managing care of psychiatric patients.
Senior Staff Nurse, PICU; Medical College of Georgia-Augusta, GA 05/93-02/95
Monitored pediatric patients in a 12-bed ICU, requiring extensive skills and knowledge across wide areas of intensive care; cross trained in NICU/nursery/pediatric psychiatric/pediatric floor as well as shock trauma.
Responsibilities ranged from hemodynamics, airway management, dysrhythmia recognition, CPR, I&Os, ICP monitoring, ventilator dependent patients, and utilization of neuro-muscular blockade to invasive monitoring, cardiac monitoring, neurological assessments utilizing Glasgow Coma Scale, trauma, and orthopedic.
Effectively monitored cardiac catheterizations, open heart surgical patients, ASDs, VSDs, transposition of the great aorta, and other congenital defects.
Developed and maintained thorough documentation using flowsheets and focus charting.
Associates Degree in Nursing, University of South Carolina at Aiken; 1993
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