Compassionate, Licensed Practical Nurse dedicated to providing holistic patient centered care while educating patients and caregivers on disease management and prevention
Coordinated with PACT provider and registered nurse to identify at risk patients on panel and develop care plans to reduce disease outcome.
Evaluated health education needs of patients and provided necessary training and instruction utilizing the teach-back method to empower patient\\'s self-management of Diabetes and Hypertension.
Contributed to reduction in patient wait time 90% by scrubbing schedule, evaluating patient care needs, prioritizing treatment and maintaining patient flow.
Efficiently, communicated to patients through secure messaging, promptly followed up on PACT alerts and two-day hospital discharge calls.
Prepared for HIPAA and JCAHO reviews, maintaining privacy of patient health information, ensuring required brochures and pamphlets were available to patients in the clinic and all expired medication was properly disposed.
Interviewed patients to obtain medical information and measure their vital signs, weight, and height, assessed need for ordered, obtained, and interpreted appropriate lab tests.
Utilized strong assessment skills to determine pertinent changes in patient condition and alerting PACT RN and Provider.
Assisted physicians examine and treat patients by assisting with set up of instruments, injections, suture removal and wound care.
Served as a liaison between patients and physicians to assist patients in understanding their treatment plans.
Skillfully performed rapid strep, urinalysis, and venipuncture and sent specimens for laboratory testing in addition to performing EKG\\'s and bladder scans.
Designated Rapid Response team, participated in emergency situations to stabilize and medicate patients under direction of first responder and Provider
Lead Wellness Nurse directing outcome-focused care in coordination with 3 Physicians, 2 Nurse Practitioners for new 100 bed Assisted Living Facility.
Attended daily staff meetings to review potential admissions, discharges, safety issues, patient change in condition and care plans with Wellness Director, and Executive Director
Strong oral and written communication skills enhancing ability to quickly build rapport with staff, patients, families and ancillary team members in the community
Supervisor for E-MAR system responsible for quality assurance of medication/treatment orders, patient profiles, documentation, and user accessibility
Trained all Nurses and Med-Techs on utilization of system including, patient profiles, physician's orders, med administration, medication inventory, cycle fill and destruction of discontinued meds
Effective Leader, supervised and delegated shift assignments to 6 Caregivers/ 2 Med-Techs based on resident acuity level and facility census, ability to motivate care team to provide patient care in compassionate, professional manner
Provided additional in-service training to staff on colostomy care, Foley catheter care, utilization of Hoyer lift, safe lifting and transfers
Responsible for assessing patient statuses, vital signs and lab results while communicating abnormalities to physician in a prompt manner
Completed all required in-service training, staff meetings and continued education programs to instruct patients, families and staff members on disease processes, treatments, medications and methods of positive health maintenance/regulations
Ensured compliance with established nursing standards of practice and state laws
Responsible for initial admission assessments and developing, implementing, evaluating and revising care plans based on individual diagnosis and priorities
Commended for being calm under pressure, and the ability to act quickly during emergencies. Provided CPR and First Aid until Paramedics Arrived
Strong knowledge of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics enhancing ability to safely administer medications, assess for effectiveness and need for intervention, in addition to educating patients and family members on individual medication management
16 years of personal experience and 5 years of clinical experience with Insulin Injections and Insulin Pump Therapy, Sliding Scales, Blood Glucose Trending, Insulin to Carb ratios, Exercise, Nutrition, Illness and Stress management of Diabetic patients
Skilled in providing care to patients with; Cardiac, COPD, Emphysema, Asthma, Diabetic, Stroke, Hemiplegia, Paraplegia, Urinary and Gastroenterology, Dialysis, Renal, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Alzheimer's, Dementia, Cancer, Hospice, MS, and Parkinson's disease
Coordinated with Hospice team, care staff and families to provide comfort and support for terminally ill patients, including postmortem care, in a compassionate professional manner
Collaborated with ancillary Psychologist in plan of care for patients with mental health concerns, Experience with medication and cognitive therapy treatment of the following mental health issues; OCD, Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, Depression and PTSD
Skilled with treatment and prevention of Pressure sores and stasis ulcers, treatment and prevention of infection of surgical wounds, applying wound vac, nephrostomy tube care, lacerations, and abrasions
Collaborated with the Nurse Case manager in the Development and implementation of nursing care plans.
Proficient in assessing, staging, documenting, and treating wounds as ordered by physician.
Knowledgeable in types of wound treatments, dressings and justification for utilization for each in the healing process
Responsible for providing notification to physicians regarding changes in wound, physical condition and need for reassessing plan of care
Participated in wound/ostomy seminars and continued education to enhance nursing knowledge
Experienced in venipucture and obtaining specimens for lab evaluation following medical protocols
Obtained Vital Signs, to maintain an accurate baseline for patient and assess for changes in condition.
Maintained Infection Control Standards, while providing treatment
Provided emotional support to patients and family members
Strong assessment skills, with ability to recognize emergent needs and notify physician, case manager and emergency contact
Educated patients, families and nursing staff on proper wound care technique
Accurate documentation of patient care,vital signs, medications, and head to toe assessments.
Reconciled current medications and notified physicians of any contraindications
High level of Autonomy required to manage schedule of multiple patients homes, group homes and assisted living communities.
Recruited and Mentored by owner/operator of company who specialized in wound/ostomy nursing.
Covered on-call shifts several times a month, including urgent assessments
Commended for excellent communication, reliability and patient care
Direct Supervisor of 5 staff members for a 50-bed memory care facility. Delegated shift assignments by patient acuity level and facility census
Worked with Adults and Geriatrics with emphasis on behavioral management utilizing redirection, behavioral modification, non-violent crisis intervention, non-verbal communication, therapeutic touch utilizing hand on hand technique, skill building, and retention to assist with maintaining or improving quality of life.
Experienced with dementia; Alzheimer\'s, Pick\'s disease Lewey body syndrome, Huntington\'s, Parkinson\'s, Multiple Sclerosis, Vascular, Traumatic Brain Injuries.
Collaborated closely with doctors, care staff, health resources and patient families to ensure continuation of care and positive goal oriented outcomes.
Efficient communication to HSD, physicians, and families regarding mental/physical changes and need for intervention or change in plan of care.
Accuracy in reviewing and maintaining all medications and medical records, completed weekly inventory and audits.
Assisted with admissions by obtaining vital signs and weight, assessed patients and documented patient medical histories obtained from interviews with patient and family members.
Skilled with preparing and administering the following medications; Intramuscular, Subcutaneous, Intradermal, injections, Transdermal patches, Oral, Sublingual, Rectal, Topical,eye, ear and nasal medications, Nebulizer Treatments
Provided wound care, medication and diabetic management, and Foley cath care.
Consistently commended by residents families and staff for providing superior care.
Recognized for having perfect attendance and excellent work ethics.
Venipuncture, EKG, Bladder Scan, Venous Doppler, Glucometer, Calibration and Utilization of Clinitech, Urinalysis, Rapid Strep, Foley Catherization, Straight Catherization, Bladder Irrigation, Bowel Care, Ostomy Care, Suture Removal, Staple Removal, Wound Care , Wound Vacs, Intramuscular,Subcutaneous, Intradermal injections, Oral, Sublingual, Rectal, Eye, Ear, Nasal and Transdermal Patch medication administration, Nebulizer Treatments, Oxygen Therapy, Ear lavage, Ordering and Assessing Labs, Secure Messaging, CPRS, Vista, EMAR, Primary Care Almanac, Ordering of Supplies and Medications, Medication Audits and Reconciliation, Hover Mat, Hoyer lift, CPR, First Aid, Hospice Care, Diabetic Care, Non-Violent Crisis Intervention
Nurse Block I-III Clinical Rotations Med-Surg, Thunderbird Hospital, Glendale, AZ, Maricopa County Hospital, Phoenix, AZ Peds, Cardon Children's Hospital Phoenix, AZ, Roosevelt Elementary School, Phoenix, AZ OB,Thunderbird Hospital, Glendale, AZ, Good Samaritan Hospital, Phoenix, AZ
CPR/AED BLS for Healthcare Professionals AHA, April,2016- April, 2018
Retention & Recruitment Committee, Nurse Week 2017 Committee
Donate Life AZ Organization, Phoenix Philanthropist
Project C.U.R.E, Saint Mary\'s Food Bank Volunteer
Juvenile Diabetes Association Volunteer-Walk for a Cure
MSTC Continuing Education Scholarship, 3.8 GPA Wisconsin Rapids, WI 2006
Banner Health Nurse Fellows Scholarship, Banner Hospital, Phoenix, AZ 2010
You Make A Difference Award, recognized for exceptional patient care Brookdale, Sun City, AZ 2013
Employee of the Month, recognized for positive leadership Parkwood Assisted Living, Surprise, AZ 2015
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