Over 21 years of successful nursing experience which most recently included 8+ years in a quick paced sub acute and orthopedic rehab center where critical experience and individual competence were highly developed. Experience includes 4 years in acute care and 10+ years in long term care, Experienced RN certified in Rehabilitation nursing.
Strong clinical judgment
Chest pain management expert
Patient and family advocacy
Excellent attention to detail
Adept at prioritizing/managing deadlines
Professional bedside manner
01/2008 to Current
Charge nurse/ Fill in supervisorHealthsouth Reading Rehabilitation Hospital – Reading, PA Supervises the provision of nursing care, treatment and services on assigned shift and unit insuring all patient care activities are completed as required. Collaborates with others to coordinate care, resolve concerns/complaints, and address the needs of patients, families, staff, and physicians. Communicates professionally and appropriately and listens objectively. Respects and considers patient/family preference, goals, and privacy when planning/delivering care/services. Identifies, analyzes and solves problems. Adheres to regulatory, company, hospital and departmental policies and procedures. Takes advantage of learning opportunities, structured and unstructured, to improve effectiveness in all aspects of job performance. Implements physician orders, conducting or delegating tasks to include medication administration, nutrition care, hygiene care, respiratory care, wound care, bowel and bladder management. Assesses and reassesses the patients condition and progress toward goals. Documents care and changes in patient condition. Takes appropriate actions when needed. Attends interdisciplinary team conference, representing other nursing staff members, communicating nursing observation. Considers patient safety and takes initiative to identify and eliminate risks for the patient.
10/2003 to 11/2007
Charge nurse/ Resource nurseSt. Joseph Medical Center – Reading, PA Supervised nursing staff, collaborated with doctors, assessed post op surgical patients, directed patient care, wound care and rehabilitation in the transitional level of care. Worked with post surgical patients in progression of recovery assisting in both physical and occupational therapy. Managed patients who required long term antibiotics via central line and PICC lines. Collaborated with a wound care team in staging and effectiveness of treatment. Worked with hospice based centers to provide comfort care to respite patients. Oversaw LPN and clinical associates. Worked independently in assignment using critical thinking skills as well as assessment skills to provide care to post surgical patients in the acute care setting.
01/2003 to 09/2003
Visiting nurse (part time/per diem)Caring Hospice – Fort Washington, PA Provided physical and emotional assistance in home and in facilities to terminally ill patients and family caregivers who cared for the patient. Pain management and end of life care and support. Provided emotional, spiritual, social and physical support to terminally ill patients and their families. Patient and family education in disease process.
08/1995 to 10/2003
Supervisor/Charge nurse/Resident care coordinatorSpringhouse Estates – Springhouse, PA Oversaw LPN\'s and CNA\'s and coordinated nursing assignments and work schedules. Assured proper documentation and chart audits, wrote care plans and collaborated with doctors daily. Received deficiency free surveys by maintaining accurate resident records and supervising staff. Assisted D.O.N in job performance evaluation, counseling and discipline. Maintained a clean and safe environment for residents by making nursing rounds, providing direct care, observing for changes in residents or environment conditions. Participated in resident care meetings, staff meetings and mandated in-services. Ensured compliance with state, federal, corporate and facility regulations and standards. Care planning and knowledge of PPS and MDS with accurate documentation. Response team member with working knowledge of infection control, safety hazards, MSDS and OSHA guidelines. Experience with PPS, MDS, Medicare compliance and 3rd payer compliance. Chart reviews to ensure proper documentation and care planning. Coordinated restorative nursing program.
Bachelor of Science: Nursing Gwynedd Mercy College - Lower Gwynedd, PA