To elevate the profession of nursing through clinical instruction of MSN students
Registered Professional Nurse, State of Illinois Clinical Nurse Leader certified, American Association of Colleges of Nursing Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers certified National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale certified Safe Patient Handling certified Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint
Elmhurst Memorial HospitalAugust 2013 to CurrentClinical Nurse Leader Elmhurst, IL
Designed, coordinated, and evaluated plans of care for 24-bed 3 West cardiovascular microsystem, ensuring care is consistent with evidence-based guidelines, quality care standards, and goals of the organization Led daily CV unit team rounds, supervising caregivers, delegating and utilizing the nursing team resources, and serving as a leader and partner in the interdisciplinary health care team and ensuring lateral integration of care Identified clinical and cost outcomes that improve safety, effectiveness, timeliness, quality, and the degree to which they are client-centered and uses information systems and technology at the point of care to improve health care outcomes Participated in systems review to critically evaluate and anticipate risk to client safety to improve quality of client care delivery Assumed accountability for healthcare outcomes of the clients within the 3 West microsystem, assimilating and applying research-based information to design, implement and evaluate client plans of care, helping unit to consistently maintain nursing-sensitive NDNQI outcomes at or above benchmark for past 8 quarters Actively participated in Shared Governance Practice and Quality Councils, CV Unit Practice Council, VTE Task Force Committee, Heart Failure and Acute MI Committees Utilized appropriate teaching/learning principles and strategies to facilitate the learning of clients, groups, and other healthcare professionals.
Elmhurst Memorial HospitalOctober 2011 to August 2013Staff Nurse Elmhurst, IL
Planned, coordinated, and delivered care for patients in a fast-paced, 48-bed cardiovascular/telemetry unit.
Skilled in care of patients post-AICD and pacemaker placements, cardiac catheterizations, cardiovascular drips, heart failure, acute stroke, and rule out myocardial infarctions.
Member of Fall Team, CV.
Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital Cardiology Central - Outpatient Intervention Lab ClinicAugust 2009 to October 2011RN Nurse Resident/Staff Nurse Hines, IL
Planned, coordinated, and delivered care for patients in a fast-paced, 23-bed telemetry unit.
Skilled in telemetry monitoring, 12-EKG monitoring, continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) care, NG-/G-tube care, woundVAC care, chest tube care, and admission and discharge assessments and documentation Skilled in pre- and post-care of outpatients undergoing cardiac angiograms, AICD and pacemaker placement, cardiac ablations, cardioversions, and CT angiograms, as well as care of patients on inotropic infusions Fulfills the role of Unit Peer leader of the Safe Patient Handling Committee, providing teaching to staff regarding the safe use of lift equipment.
Attended the 2010 West Coast Safe Patient Handling Conference in San Diego, CA Member of the Evidence-Based Practice Council.
Initiated and implemented an evidence-based practice journal club on the unit Participated in the 9th Annual Performance Improvement Fair, presenting poster "Smoothing the Discharge Process on 10W: A Systems Redesign Initiative" Volunteered as Key Worker in the 2010 Combined Federal Campaign.
Spinal Cord Injury/DisordersJune 2008 to August 2009VALOR Student/Nurse Extern
Assisted with total care of patients rehabilitating from TBI, paraplegic, quadriplegic, and ventilator-dependent injuries and disorders.
Demonstrated evidence-based practice through cost-effective, patient-centered care.
Participated in patient home visits with SCI Home Health Nurse and provided care in SCI outpatient clinic.
Communicated and collaborated with members of the interdisciplinary team.
Experienced with patient transfers, ceiling lifts, catheter care, and prevention and management of wounds and pressure ulcers, including pressure relief, management of incontinence, patient/caregiver education, staging of pressure ulcers, and use of various types of dressings.
Education and Training
Elmhurst College6 2013Master of Science: Nursing/Clinical Nurse LeaderGPA: GPA: 4.00/4.00Nursing/Clinical Nurse Leader GPA: 4.00/4.00 Clinical Residency at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, implemented C.A.R.E. to Prevent Patient Falls on 4 West Project
5 2009Bachelor of Science: NursingGPA: Summa Cum Laude GPA: 3.90/4.00 Dean's ListNursing Summa Cum Laude GPA: 3.90/4.00 Dean's List
Basic, C, CA, Council, client, clients, delivery, documentation, fast, information systems, Excel, PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Nursing, presenting, Quality, research, safety, San, supervising, teaching, telemetry
Activities and Honors
Elmhurst College Sigma Theta Tau Zeta Beta Chapter Clinical Leadership Award, April 2013
Sigma Theta Tau International Society of Nursing, inducted into Zeta Beta chapter April 2009