Professional registered nurse with experience in healthcare in area of acute care case management and utilization review, clinical care, teaching, education.Strong ability to communicate and collaborate positively and respectfully with patients, physicians and healthcare team members.
Registered Nurse in the State of California, License number 440959
California Public Health Nurse, License number 81473
American Heart Association BLS
ACLS in process
Case manager/utilization reviewer for Hoag Hospital Irvine and Hoag Orthopedic Institute. Interview clients individually and with families to determine what services would best address their needs. Provide patient assessment, coordination of care with doctors, registered nurses and other healthcare professionals, and delivery of comprehensive case management services for senior Medicare HMO patients. Assist physicians in determining appropriate level of patient care and length of stay in acute care setting through chart review and use of Interqual guidelines.
As hospice liaison for St.Joseph Hospital, provided education to prospective patients regarding hospice philosophy, benefits and services and assessed for hospice eligibility. Completed initial physical assessment and worked closely with physicians to develop comprehensive plan of care for management of symptoms. Provided referrals to other hospice disciplines based on individual and family needs. Facilitated discharges from acute care hospital to private homes, assisted living facilities, SNFs, and Board and Care homes. As case manager, directed and provided care for up to 12 patients, collaborated with hospice interdisciplinary team to create and implement plans of care for terminally ill patients.
Director of Telemetry and Medical/Surgical Units at Hoag Hospital Irvine, new facility opened under Hoag brand 9/2010. Role included oversight of the opening/functioning of two 36-bed nursing units, hiring and training of charge nurses, staff, coordination for purchase of equipment to supply units,development of policies/procedures for new hospital. Managed 6 charge nurses,approx.150 staff. Rounded regularly to maintain high patient satisfaction, safety.
Coordinated educational opportunities for 41-bed urology/gynecology/gynecologic oncology, mixed medical-surgical unit. Acted as assistant to Education Department manager on major projects, developed, managed implementation of hospital-wide teaching projects, actively involved in developing materials for/teaching nursing orientation.
Provided care for post-operative and medical patients including direct patient care, teaching, advocating, directing ancillary personnel. Sub-specialized in treatment/care of gynecologic oncology patients. Preceptor for new graduates, students from local ADN programs, new hires. Relief charge on 41-bed unit, made patient care assignments, supported patients and employees, acted as clinical resource.
ASSOCIATIONS Chairperson, Unit Practice Council, Hoag Hospital for two years; Member, Staff Nurse Advisory Council, Hoag Hospital for 2 years; Member, Choose Nursing Choose Hoag Committee- RN liaison to community members responsible for fundraising to support local nursing programs and increase nursing education opportunities within the hospital.
HONORS :Chosen as 2007 Johnson & Johnson “Dare to Care” nurse; filmed an interview shown in several major metropolitan areas in US; funded by Hoag Hospital to participate in 2-week medical mission to Kenya to establish healthcare clinics in rural areas around Nairobi
Healthcare: INTERQUAL, MEDITECH, ALLSCRIPTS, computerized charting, chart review
People skills: Enthusiastic people person, advanced problem-solving, great organizational skills
MEMBERSHIPS: National Association of Healthcare Quality, Case Management Society of America
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