Dedicated and talented nurse practitioner with several years of experience working as a practitioner and over 12 years as a registered nurse. Extensively developed diagnostic expertise and a long-time commitment to helping patients. Holds excellent communication and active listening abilities, as well as critical thinking, evaluation, attention to small details, and strong analytical skills. I have a diverse background in health promotion, disease prevention, acute and chronic care management. Successfully prioritize tasks and manage time effectively.
Provide pain management services to patients with various chronic pain conditions (i.e. neck and lower back pain due to spinal stenosis and degenerative disc disease; joint pain due to osteoarthritis; musculoskeletal disorders, rheumatoid disorders, peripheral neuropathies, and myofascial pain.
Offer a full range of ultrasound guided, minimally invasive procedures to relieve neck, back and joint related pain, as well as trigger point injections for myofascial pain.
Provided follow up visits, and triaged patients who may be procedural candidates for interventional pain management.
Managed patients who did not benefit from procedural treatment by exploring other pain management modalities.
Evaluated patient's health status through the interview process, physical examination, patient history, diagnostic procedures, and tests as indicated to arrive at a diagnosis and tailor pain management needs.
Interacted with other medical professionals to promote maintenance of chronic pain management.
Assess patients, check for illnesses and diseases effectively, and confidently create a diagnosis.
Recommend therapy and different treatments to patients and oversee the application of treatment to ensure patients receive the care they need to improve.
Review patients' medical history and information from previous visits to better diagnose them.
Create patient reports including detailed information about all aspects of a patient's condition and treatment received.
Maintain patient success rating of 90 percent. Held case load of 20-30 patients daily.
Coordinate with physicians, specialists, nutritionists, and other medical staff to develop treatment plans for chronic conditions, including diabetes and heart disease.
Provide patient education on lifestyle changes for preventing and/or treating chronic conditions.
Professional Utilization Review Nurse responsible for ensuring inpatient admissions meeting established admission and continued stay criteria.
Provided oversight of required insurance policy coordination, concurrent and retrospective reviews, and collaboration with the interdisciplinary care team to ensure the delivery of high quality cost-effective care.
Effective collaboration with hospital discharge planners to make all transfers seamless upon discharge. Perform regular communication with the facility and medical director regarding appropriate placement.
Developed and maintained quality care systems and standards, including creating and improving medical protocols and guidelines.
A registered professional nurse, qualified by education and experience to provide direct staff support to service chiefs, and others in healthcare team.
Proficiency in planning, designing, integrating, implementing, modifying, and evaluating the effectiveness of program components and/ or services to improve the quality of patient care and the appropriateness and timeliness of services provided.
Quality Management specialist
JAMES A HALEY VETERANS HOSPITAL– Tampa, FL 2009-2011
Utilize sound clinical judgment to assist with the ongoing monitoring and evaluation of patient care per Joint Commission and VHA guidelines.
Initiates corrective measures in quality improvement in collaboration with the interdisciplinary team identifying problems, collecting and analyzing data and resolving care problem of individual groups of patients.
Medical/Oncology Registered Nurse
JAMES A HALEY VETERANS HOSPITAL-TAMPA, FL 2007-2009
Implemented the nursing process in a critical setting, providing management of patients, utilizing critical assessment skills and providing to be a resource for patients, staff and families.
Monitored blood glucose, labs, therapeutic drug levels and equipment, performed assessments, treatments, and documentation organized staff/patient assignments and patient care. Educate patients/families on health care needs, conditions.
Performed all tasks with patient-centered focus while seeking opportunities for improvement of processes and treatments.
Recorded patients' medical history, vital statistics and test results in electronic medical records.
Evaluated health education needs of patients and provided necessary training and instruction.
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