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Professional Summary

Expert PICU RN and Clinical Nurse Specialist offering 30 years of pediatric nursing experience. Highly adept in working closely with physicians to achieve optimal patient outcomes. Proven leader focused on developing clinically competent, patient-focused teams. Accomplished in improving delivery of care, patient outcomes and nursing staff performance. Proficient in effectively using Microsoft Office and EPIC electronic health record to manage patient care.

  • Indirect and Direct Patient Care
  • Patient Management and Advocacy
  • Staff education, training and mentorship
  • TeamSTEPPs Master Trainer
  • EBP, Research and QI Leadership
  • Project management
  • Implementation specialist
  • Policy and guideline development
  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • Data Analysis
  • Presentation skills
University of Central Florida Orlando, FL, Expected in 05/2022 Doctor of Nursing Practice : Advance Practice - GPA :
University of Central Florida Orlando, FL, Expected in 05/2005 Master of Science : Nursing Clinical Nurse Specialist - GPA :
University of Central Florida Orlando, FL, Expected in 05/1997 Bachelor of Science : Nursing - GPA :
St. Petersburg College Clearwater, FL Expected in 12/1991 Associate of Science : Nursing - GPA :




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Work History
Kaiser Permanente - Clinical Nurse Specialist
Pleasanton, CA, 04/2006 - Current


  • Recognizes and utilizes opportunities to function as change agent by introducing nursing practice innovations, refining nursing techniques and procedures, and conceptualizing new formats of nursing practice
  • Develops criteria for and evaluates quality and effectiveness of nursing practice at unit, department, and systems level
  • Develops, revises, supports, models, and interprets policies, protocols, and procedures using evidence-based information to achieve outcomes for indicators that are nursing sensitive
  • Develops, implements, and maintains Joint Commission readiness for nursing and clinical areas as identified
  • Leads clinical practice and quality improvement initiatives for unit or program

Clinical Expertise:

  • Investigation and identification of harmful and near miss events affecting patients in collaboration with Risk Management and Quality and Safety
  • Develop and implement training, education, and process changes to mitigate harmful and near miss events affecting patient care
  • Analyzes quality and safety reports from systems level providing trends and raising areas of concern to nursing leadership
  • Identifies, researches, and implements appropriate new technologies in collaboration with nurses, physicians, and healthcare specialists. Promotes and enlists involvement of direct-care nurses and others to organize and implement planned change
  • Identifies and researches need for and works with appropriate resources to develop education related to new technologies, procedures, equipment and patient specific needs


  • Participates in planning and implementation of educational programs related to nursing care
  • Participates in planning and implementation of interdisciplinary education


  • Collaborates with corporate and department educators on content and operational design of orientation, clinical competency, and other clinical educational program development
  • Collaborates with nursing leadership in monitoring and evaluation of quality, safety, and appropriateness of patient care within organization
  • Works with interdisciplinary team to develop practice environments that support shared decision making
  • Works as liaison with interdisciplinary team to aid with identification of barriers affecting patient outcomes. Facilitates discussions of barriers


  • Participates in hospital programs for quality assessment and improvement, identifying opportunities to improve services, making recommendations and implementing actions as appropriate


  • Seeks opportunities for research, publication, and presentations at local and national conferences
  • Utilizes research to promote evidence-based practice


  • Mentors nurses to acquire new skills, develop their careers and effectively incorporate evidence into practice
  • Assists staff in developing critical thinking and clinical judgment
  • Creates nursing care environment that stimulates continuous self-learning, reflective practice, feeling of ownership and demonstration of responsibility and accountability
  • Acts as mentor for Nurse Practice Council Quality and Safety Committee
Harvard University - Clinical Instructor
Jamaica Plain, MA, 01/2018 - 05/2018
  • Successfully educated 40 BSN students through their pediatric clinical rotation
  • Actively coached and engaged students throughout clinical day
  • Provided clinical instruction using various instructional strategies
  • Handled conflicts with professionalism and discretion
  • Conducted debriefing/post conference
  • Prepared and graded assignments
  • Maintained and submitted necessary records
Jackson Nurse Professionals - Registered Nurse, PICU
Weymouth, MA, 07/1997 - 04/2006
  • Provided age appropriate and culturally sensitive care for medically complex children and adolescents with life-threatening or high-acuity conditions to team and unit of patients
  • Monitored specialized equipment including advanced cardiac monitoring, ventilators, CRRT, ICP, cerebral oximetry, bedside point of care, lab results
  • Maintained professional relationships, collaborated with interdisciplinary teams, developed, implemented and evaluated individualized plans of care
  • Provided evidence based nursing care including physical examination, dressing changes, started IVs, administered infusion therapy, including vasoactive medications
  • Assisted with insertion or discontinuation of central venous catheters, arterial lines, external ventricular drains, epidural catheters and endotracheal tubes, urinary catheters
  • Provided compassionate and respectful education, information and emotional support to patient’s family and caregivers
  • Precepted and mentored new employees
  • Provided exemplary customer service and patient satisfaction.
Matrix Medical Network - Pediatric Hematology Oncology Registered Nurse
Westbrook, ME, 02/1996 - 07/1997
  • Provided compassionate and dignified nursing care to children with cancer and disorders of hematologic system.
  • Managed team of 4 patients.
  • Functioned as charge nurse and preceptor.
  • Participated in nurse practice council
  • Educated peers on hemolytic anemia and blood product administration.
  • Provided exemplary customer service and patient satisfaction.
Mission Health System, Inc - Pediatric Registered Nurse
Waynesville, NC, 11/1992 - 02/1996
  • Provided compassionate expert nursing care to team of 5-10 acutely ill children.
  • Provided exemplary customer service and patient satisfaction.
  • Functioned as charge nurse and preceptor.
  • Served as Nurse Practice Council Chair and developed charter and by-laws for council structure and operation.
Tampa General Hospital - NICU Registered Nurse
City, STATE, 01/1992 - 10/1992
  • Graduate nurse in level III NICU.
  • Provided nursing care to team of 2-4 critically ill neonates
  • Responded to high risk deliveries.

Noble Knight Award for Clinical Practice - 2020

Nominated - AACN Circle of Excellence Award

Nominated - Magnet Nursing Excellence Award

Visionary - Implemented 8 nursing sensitive outcomes teams and deployed outcomes boards in 2009 (VAP, CLABSI, CAUTI, Falls, Pressure Injury, Pain management, PIV Safety, and surgical site infections)

High-reliability focused - developed measurement framework for nursing quality for healthcare system using EXCEL and RCA & PDSA process

Creative and innovative -Developed "Shunt Bundle" (ZIPS- Zero Infections in Pediatric Shunts) for prevention of ventricular peritoneal shunt infections

Collaborative - Lead collaborative practice teams for the implementation of the ICU Liberation Bundle, Stroke Alert, Sepsis, Alarm Fatigue management

Outcomes driven - essentially eradicated hospital acquired infections, inspired over 50 nurses to submit abstracts and poster presentations, drive achievement AACN Beacon Award for PICU

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School Attended

  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Central Florida
  • St. Petersburg College

Job Titles Held:

  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Clinical Instructor
  • Registered Nurse, PICU
  • Pediatric Hematology Oncology Registered Nurse
  • Pediatric Registered Nurse
  • NICU Registered Nurse


  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Associate of Science

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