Compassionate Healthcare professional with 14 years of experience providing comprehensive support and care looking for a Registered Nurse position. Committed to increasing treatment knowledge through hands-on learning for professional development. Proven ability to solve complex problems and stay calm in emergency situations. Skilled at maintaining relationships with patients to provide quality care.
-Medical Forward Department Head (N9): Solely responsible for combat aid station outside Camp Lemmonier, Africa and its medical equipment/medical supplies worth over 200k.
-Worked directly for the Medical Officers/Surgeons of Camp Lemmonier in Djibouti, Africa role II medical facility and worked alongside departments with physicians, psychiatrist, nurses, dentists, healthcare administrators and corpsmen providing high-quality patient care, excellent customer service and support to warfighters of the Horn of Africa.
- As department head provided training for staff in hospital setting for immunizations, rendering of emergency medical treatment, and transportation of the sick and injured. Lead/supervised 10 medical personnel (HM'S) and was responsible for medical necessities of 148 forward deployed sailors in support of AFRICOM Maritime/Security operations. This included but not limited to physical health examinations/documentation (SOAP notes), sick call, appointments for dental exams, medication dispensing (malaria prophylaxis), first aid, prevention/treatment of heat injuries, provide blood pressure screenings, temperature checks, pain rating, smoking cessation, exercise, patient education and stress management/counseling.
-These direct efforts in Djibouti Africa lead to earning second Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal.
-Operationally Focused: Qualified Six Sigma Blackbelt and then streamlined Coastal Riverine Squadron Eleven (CRS-11) unit medical process. Direct efforts saved the United States Navy/Marine Corps team 7500 work-hours and a cost of over $260k of medical services normally provided by El Segundo Airforce clinicin support of unit deployment.
-Expert Trainer: Taught over 500 Active/Reserve Sailors Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) as an instructor, first aid, injury prevention and assisted in teaching of basic life support (BLS).
-Advocate for Navy Health Care Patient Programs: Surgeon General's Health Promotion and Wellness Award (Blue H) and Type Commanders Green “H” for five consecutive years! This patient centered program guides, encourages and rewards the promotion of health in Navy and Marine Corps organizations by assessing medical readiness, physical readiness and health promotions programs. The health topics assessed include responsible drinking; injury and violence-free living; healthy eating; active living; reproductive and sexual health; psychological health; tobacco free living; and weight management.
As a Licensed Vocational Nurse, I:
• monitored client's condition with Multiple Sclerosis (total care), cared for wounds (pressure ulcers/ various stages), and administered medications daily as prescribed by patients' physician.
• Was solely responsible for the management and training of the care givers. Assisted patient with bathing, skin care, bed repositioning, transfer in and out of bed/wheelchair, vital signs, dressing and personal hygiene.
• worked with the family and educated them on how to provide follow-up or preventative care to their loved one while being an advocate attending all medical appointments in the Veterans Health Administration in Long Beach, California.
• Worked with physician and multidisciplinary team to achieve main goal of treatment which was to maximize the quality of life by managing specific symptoms, shortening any exacerbation's and slowing the progression of the disease.
• assisted with fatigue management by reinforcing energy conservation techniques learned from the occupational therapist.
• assessed in the management of bowel and bladder dysfunction. This involved the use of a toileting regiment/schedule while using suppositories, educated on continence management techniques and performed indwelling urinary catheterization as prescribed using aseptic technique. No urinary tract infections while under my care.
• minimized the number of hospitalizations to zero while working with this client and family.
• properly managed and documented care to inform the interdisciplinary team of any changes in patient condition.
As an LVN for Continuity Home Health Nursing:
• I was primarily engaged in providing skilled nursing services. Under instruction directly from one physician and one registered nurse that governed the services and provided supervision of such services.
• maintained clinical records on all patients documented all care in SOAP format.
• Provided wound care for pressure sores, packed wounds, and treated surgical wounds according to physicians' instructions.
• Effectively gave patient education and reinforced care plans.
• Provided intravenous fluids, nutrition therapy, injections, blood sugar checks, and monitored serious illnesses according to doctors and hospital orders.
• Provided nursing care for a vast spectrum of cases ranging from Spinal Cord Injuries, Paraplegic, Quadriplegic to Multiple sclerosis, and ALS total care patients.
-Deployed to Afghanistan, Helmand Province directly supporting combat operations with 1st Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, Marine Expeditionary Brigade. While there was the sole medical provider to a brigade of United state Marines and established a previous non-existent Battalion Aid Station. Responsible for 250 US, British, and Danish forces operating in Lashkar Gah providing medical services, field sanitation services, and medical evacuation to the next echelon of care.
-Charge of the International Security Assistance Force Trauma Team. Personally, treated over 175 urgent, 16 priority, and 11 routine patients receiving the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal.
-While in Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton worked in a 34-bed Multi-service Ward with 8 telemetry beds. Responsible for providing quality inpatient care to 1,350 adult and pediatric patients per year. Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton is a family practice teaching hospital with 9 outlying clinics providing safe, quality care to Navy's 3rd largest enrolled population. One of the nation's “most wired” hospitals 5 years in a row.
-Trained and mentored 14 Mira Costa LVN College students in ward procedures, safety, and quality patient care. All which included proper medication administration, intravenous therapy insertion, venipuncture, patient assessment, hemorrhage control and bleeding.
-Versatile and flexible- crossed trained to various areas throughout the hospital to include Maternal Infant Unit and Emergency Department providing nursing care for critical ill patients during periods of high census.
-Senior Shift Supervisor- provided oversight to 8 LVN's and Corpsmen, assisted in orientation of 6 staff RN's to ensure all shift duties were complete and that no med errors occurred, upholding safety standards according to hospital policy.
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