An educated and exceptionally reliable nurse that brings forth over 35 years of vast experience managing everything from patients to managing multiple departments. Afforded the opportunity to expand my skills and grow as a leader. A strong knowledge base to share with others and have worked in many areas within the nursing field. Worked with as few as 6 and as many as 120 employees. Nurtured and grown many nurses during my nursing career. Organized and dependable with excellent verbal and written communication skills. Worked to improve processes, managed talented team members, and embraced challenges to make a positive impact within nursing. Team player and encouraged teams to be engaged and bring forth their innovative ideas. Very approachable with an open-door policy.
July 2019- Present
Assistant Director of Nursing/Manager
April 2017- July 2019
· In that role, I was responsible for evaluation of patients for Swing Beds, discharge plans, insurance authorizations/updates, and completion of CMS requirements for those Swing Bed patients.
· During 2008 thru 2010, I was also responsible for Case Management duties.
· In May of 2010, I took on the position of Manager for the Surgical/Pediatric Unit.
· In addition to my Swing Bed responsibilities, I was responsible for approximately 50 employees, evaluations, discipline, budgetary processes, and managing to productivity.
· During my employment at Clearfield Hospital I co-chaired the QM Committee.
· I was chair of the Policy/Procedure Committee, and just prior to the end of my employment there, I was part of the ”Committed To Caring” Committee.
· Participated in management team meetings.
· Evaluated work performance of 20 plus nursing staff on a yearly basis in the ED and SPU departments.
· Recruited and developed quality individuals to develop accountable top quality staff.
· Worked with staff to Identify department issues and aid in the correction of those issues.
· Collaborated with staff, management and outside agencies to coordinate and improve patient care.
· Implemented the use of pledgets for eye surgeries.
· Resurrected the Medical Command program and Emergency Department Committee.
· Encouraged respectful and team-oriented units.
· Worked closely with the charge nurses to develop their respective unit schedules and provide the resources needed to perform in their charge roles.
· Responsible for to budgets for the departments.
· Assisted the CNO with projects and sought guidance to improve my management skills.
· Collaborated with the Senior Leadership team.
· Assisted with Emergency Preparedness exercises.
Unit Manager, Swing Bed Coordinator
August 2005- November 2010
January 2001-January 2005
· Oversaw delivery of care for all patients on 34 Bed Medical/Telemetry Unit and the 33 bed Surgical/Pediatric Unit providing direct care to up to 67 patients, delegating nursing assignments and supervising team comprised of RN's, LPNs, CNA's and unit clerks.
· Overall management of these units, approximately 100 employees and evaluations, discipline, and budgetary processes.
· Collaboration with all members of the Healthcare team.
· Handled complaints from patients and families and immediately took steps for quick resolution and to prevent reoccurrence.
· Budgetary processes.
· Quality improvement projects.
Case Management/Discharge Planning
January 1996-January 2001
· I worked in the Discharge Planning Department which evolved into Case Management.
· I was responsible for discharge planning and also had some Utilization Review responsibilities.
· Arranged Home Care services and assisted patients in acquiring needed DME.
· Arranged transfer and admission to Assisted Living, Personal Care Homes, and skilled Nursing facilities.
· Assisted in setting patients up and determining insurance coverage for outpatient antibiotic therapy.
· Gained knowledge about insurances and obtaining insurance authorizations.
· Collaboration with outside agencies and the interdisciplinary team to ensure the best possible discharge plan.
August 1985-January 1996
· Collaborated with physicians to quickly assess patients and deliver appropriate treatment while managing rapidly changing conditions.
· Educated patients, families and caregivers on diagnosis and prognosis, treatment options, disease process and management and lifestyle options.
· Reported patients' status and delegated nurse assignments to achieve optimal outcomes.
· Mentored new nurses.
· Audited charts and reviewed clinical documents to verify accuracy and quality.
· Accurately documented all elements of nursing assessment, including treatment, medications and IVs administered, discharge instructions and follow-up care.
· Provided direct patient care, stabilized patients and determined next course of action.
· Monitored patient condition, including interpreting and tracking EKG readings, identifying irregular telemetry readings and updating team members on changes in stability or acuity.
· Explained course of care and medications, including side effects to patients and caregivers in easy-to-understand terms.
· Administered medications and treatment to patients and monitored responses while working with healthcare teams to adjust care plans.
I am a very dedicated and involved member of the Sanborn Church of God and my community. My church family is as important to me as my immediate family. They are very supportive caring. I enjoy spending time with them on our community projects.
I enjoy camping with my husband and family. It is very relaxing and provides time to interact more with extended family as well.
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