CLINICAL NURSE II - CARDIOTHORACIC INTENSIVE CARE UNIT (CTICU)
03/2013 to Current
Clinical Nurse II - Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit (CTICU)Maine Medical Center – Portland, ME
Assess and manage critically ill cardiothoracic patients, primarily in the postoperative phase following chest surgery such as CABG, valve repair/replacement, and/or repair of aortic aneurysm.
Manage equipment including ventilators, chest tubes and surgical drains, pulmonary artery catheters (both with and without continuous cardiac output monitoring), intra-aortic balloon pumps and multiple vasoactive medications drips.
Participate in daily multidisciplinary rounds, and collaborate extensively with multiple disciplines.
Educate and advocate for patients and families.
10/2011 to Current
Clinical Nurse II - PACUMaine Medical Center – Portland, ME
Manage care of adult and pediatric patients from all surgical services in the immediate post-operative phase of care until safely recovered from general, regional, spinal and/or local anesthesia.
Manage patients with dysrhythmia, hemodynamic instability, acute airway management issues and complications such as malignant hyperthermia.
Manage acute and chronic pain with pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic methods including epidural and IV medications, and ketamine drip infusions.
Manage care of populations with extended recovery periods, including Abdominal Aortic Aneursym repair (endoscopic and open), Esophagogastrectomies, Whipple procedures, Craniotomies, and Ventriculostomies.
Preceptor to new employees & Epic Super User
12/2008 to 05/2011
Registered NurseCatholic Healthcare West, Community Hospital of – San Bernardino, CA
Cared for adult critically ill, ventilated patients with COPD, ARDS, sepsis/septic shock, CHF, NSTEMI, ACS, DKA, DIC, GI bleed, minor trauma, and multiorgan failure
Planned and organized care, administered and titrated vasoactive medications and blood products, maintained invasive hemodynamic lines, participated in and directed code situations, assisted with bedside procedures, participated in family meetings, patient-family education, community resource referral and in-service career development.
Nurse ExternCarilion New River Valley Medical Center – Radford, VA
Provided 128 hours of evidence based care to critically ill patients and their families with the guidance of a clinical preceptor.
Utilized research and reflective journaling to critique performance and enhance critical thinking skills gained from the experience.
Bachelor of Science: Nursing Hartwick College - Oneonta, NY
Dean's List 2006-2007
L. Nelson Scholarship 2005-2007, Donald
& Edith Bishop Scholarship 2005-2006, O'Conner
Nursing Scholarship 2007
of Student Nurses – member
women's soccer team – member, captain 2006
and presented thesis titled “Raising
Nurses: Factors influencing high school students' consideration of nursing as
a potential career path”
Designed and proposed utilization
project for incorporation
into coursework for undergraduate
nursing students at
Hartwick College to contribute to
local recruitment efforts