40 years nursing experience in Critical Care Nursing with specialty focus in Cardiovascular Surgery with patient requiring cardiac assist devices, including LVAD and ECMO. 33 years experience managing care of Trauma patients in a Level II trauma center. 25 years of experience in Leadership positions with excellent supervisory and communication skills.
Skilled cardiac care nurse
Cardiac Surgery specialty
ECMO specialty trained for 25 years
Trained on multiple Cardiac Assist Devices including HeartMate LVAD, HeartWare, IABP ,
Computerized charting specialist
Skilled in Trauma Care
Orthopedic care specialty
Exceptional problem solver
Skilled in Delegation.
Advocate for Evidenced Based practice
Collaborates well with multidisciplinary team members.
Skilled in Conflict management strategies
Quality outcome focused
Experience staffing and scheduling specialist
10/1984 to Current
Clinical Lead SICU and Clinical RNSharp Memorial Hospital － San Diego, CA
Clinical Lead RN in a highly specialized Surgical Intensive Care unit.
Responsible for the supervision of clinical nurses and ancillary staff including ongoing staff development and evaluations.
Influential leader who coordinates day to day shift operations.
Overseeing the care of 24 patients.
Patient population includes post cardiac surgery including mechanical circulatory support (ie.
LVAD,RVAD, IABP, ECMO), cardiac transplants, Level II Trauma center, Neurological patients with ICP monitoring, complex general surgical, and patient requiring dialysis or CRRT/SLED, SICU provides quality patient-centered care.
Throughout my 28 year career in SICU I have had the opportunity to perform in a variety of roles.
Respected as a highly skilled clinician and leader.
I was been instrumental in the implementation of a self scheduling process for staff in our department that meets the staffing needs of our unit while allowing flexibility and autonomy has increased staff satisfaction and retention.
I have had the unique opportunity to assist with the design and implementation of a new EMR serving as a clinical expert to meet the needs of end-users for a new documentation system, while providing support during go-live for this EMR across 6 hospital health care system.
Promote quality outcome initiatives for prevention of hospital acquired infections.
Developed and implemented numerous process improvement Projects.
Recent successful implementation of Nurse Lab draw project in the SICU to improve work flow and turnaround times for ICU patient lab results.
Contributed to Poster board Presentation for AACN NTI 2011 on the implementation of TeamSTEPPS in SICU.
Developed a computerized tracking tool for Productivity in 2011 to simplify the review and management of ongoing unit data.
Responsible for ongoing orientation and staff development of clinical nurses to expand clinical knowledge and skills to care for the patient population.
Interface with Physician teams to update patient care order sets with evidenced based changes when necessary.
12/1980 to 09/1984
Staff NurseMetropolitan Medical Center － Minneapolis, Minnesota
Provided care for critical care patients in a medical-surgical intensive care unit requiring Open Heart Surgery, Neurosurgery, Vascular and Thoracic surgery along with managing the care of patients with chronic medical conditions requiring mechanical ventilation and dialysis.
Responsible for coordinating care, evaluating patient care needs, prioritizing treatment to promote positive patient outcomes.
Responsible for orientation of nurses caring for Open Heart Surgery patients.
Charge Nurse Experience overseeing the care provided and placement of patients in 16 bed department.
12/1978 to 12/1980
Primary Clinical NurseOrthopedic Specialty Unit Metropolitan Medical Center － Minneapolis, Minnesota
Primary nurse responsible for coordinating and delivering care to patient with orthopedic problems and injuries, including traumatic injuries requiring various type of skeletal traction.
Specialized care and training for patients with Total joint replacements.
Trained in traction set-up, limb casting and removal.
Responsible for training new staff to the department in a primary nursing setting.
Staff nurse in a Locked Psychiatric unit providing care to variety of patient types, including maniac depressive, depressive and schizoid diagnoses.
Consulted with psychiatrists about client medication changes, issues with medicine compliance and efficacy of medications.
Organized treatment projects that focused on problem solving skills and creative thinking.
Referred clients to other programs and community agencies to enhance treatment processes.
Administered medication to patients presenting serious risk of danger to themselves and others.
Provided ongoing monitoring for patient that were suicidal.
Provided supervision of client during planned group activities in the community.
Responsible for post ECT recovery patient management, monitoring sedation and vital signs.
Education and Training
Associate of Arts: NursingNorth Dakota State University － Fargo, NDDrama Minor
Credentials and Interests
Registered Nurse License in the state of California from 1984 to present current until 03/31/2020 Advanced Cardiac Life Support certified through the American Heart Association for 36 years current until 10/31/2019 Basic Life Support certified through the American Heart Association for 36 years current until 10/31/2019 Trauma Nurse Certified through the ENA for 20 years.
Member of American Association of Critical Care Nurses for 20 years current until 1/31/2020
go-live, Conflict management, draw, creative thinking, critical care, client, clients, dialysis, documentation, ie, managing, mechanical, Mentor, communicator, nursing, patient care, evaluating patient, presenting, problem solving
skills, problem solver, processes, process improvement, Quality, scheduling, staff development, staffing, supervision, Surgery, Trauma, type, unique, ventilation, vital signs
Licenses Registered Nurse License in the state of California from 1984 to present current until 03/31/2018 Advanced Cardiac Life Support certified through the American Heart Association for 30+ years current until 10/31/2019 Basic Life Support certified through the American Heart Association for 30+ year current until 10/31/2019 Trauma Nurse Certified through the ENA for 20 years current until 8/31/2019 Member of American Association of Critical Care Nurses for 19years current until 1/31/2019