Director of Nursing with eight years experience in healthcare. Qualified in providing skilled and compassionate care. For the past eight years I have cared with compassion for a variety of residents both physically and mentally handicapped. I have worked with a number of residents with dementia, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, paranoid delusions, eating disorders, as well as physical disorders including but not limited to amputation, fusions of both knee and spine, COPD, renal and liver failure, dialysis patients, obesity CHF, post CABG, and diabetic. I have worked closely with several hospice services to ensure that residents were cared for with the utmost compassion during final years, days and active passing. I have had charge nurse and management experience in the long term and rehabilitation setting, as well as, hospital ICU. I have performed duties of wound nurse performing assessments, writing orders and communicating with physician on plan of care for all open areas and pressure ulcers, as well as, implementing pressure reducing programs. As Director of Clinical Education I worked closely with my DNS (DON) as a team in an effort to provide a caring, compassionate and successful environment. As a Director of Nursing, I have supervised a 146 bed facility and over 100 nursing employees.
License Practical Nurse
Supervising nursing staff in a 146 bed facility.
Supervising infection control and perform tracking and trending to prevent future acquired infections
Supervising policy and program development
Providing clinical education to nursing staff
Communicating effectively with residents, their families, physicians, and state representatives
Providing and monitoring wound care and implement wound prevention measures
Hiring and orientating new staff
Providing immunizations and supervising immunization compliance
Ensuring adequate staffing to meet resident needs and remain in state compliance
Perform all duties of Registered Nurse
Monitor falls and perform tracking and trending to decrease future falls
Aided in development of a Quality Assurance program to decrease falls, weight loss, etc.
Effective policy and program development
Diagnostic tools experience
Health and wellness expertise
Medication administration expert
Skilled in conducting physical examinations
Vascular care understanding
Geriatric treatment knowledge
Psych and mental health care proficiency
Broad medical terminology knowledge
Committed to compliance reporting
Effective policy and program development
Strong medical ethic
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification
Computerized charting specialist
Diabetes, Hospice and Stroke Patient Care
Familiarity with disease management programs
Infection control standards expert
Flow sheet charting
Acute and rehabilitative care
IV drug therapy management
Colostomy care familiarity
Gastroenteral nutrition education
Body mechanics knowledge
Medical clinical procedures comprehension
Specimen collection/processing proficiency
Sterilization techniques mastery
Wound care specialist
Director of Nursing07/2015 to CurrentHeartsworth Nursing and RehabilitationVinita, OKDirected facility's nursing program including recruitment, enrollment, budgeting and instruction. Delivered high-quality and compassionate treatment to indigent and low-income patient community. Developed and maintained quality care systems and standards, including but not limited to, creating and improving medical protocols/guidelines. Actively participated in unit-based Quality Assurance Program. Sound, ethical and independent decision-making ability consistent with medical protocols. Disciplined, energetic employee who quickly establishes rapport with patients and colleagues. Performed all tasks with a patient-centered focus while seeking opportunities for improvement of processes and treatments. Implemented new floor assignments based on evaluation of staffing requirements. Monitored unit budget to ensure financial objectives were met. Provided necessary health education training for patients, their families and staff.Trained Provided behavioral/emotional support and supervision for those with dementia and Alzheimer's. Coordinated the review, revision and creation of Operational Policies within nursing departments.Supported patients with customized patient teaching tools. Improved nursing policies and protocols by compiling and analyzing data and identifying areas of improvement. Achieved departmental goals and objectives by instituting new processes and standards for in-patient care. Evaluated patient care needs, prioritized treatment and maintained patient flow. Worked as part of team to ensure proper care of body mechanics and safety of patient. Partnered with team of Registered Nurses to ensure over all well-being of all patients. Often commended for maintaining the safety, respect and dignity of residents. Coordinated with doctors and registered nurses to develop care plans for patients. Created and maintained all absentee calendars, agency nurse schedules and staff meeting minutes.
Staff ICU RN01/2015 to 07/2015Integris Grove General HospitalGrove, OKProvided necessary health education training for patients. Acted as patient advocate and implemented total patient care through a team nursing process covering 2-6 high acuity patients per shift.Assisted patients with multiple chronic diagnoses including COPD and asthma. Supported patients with customized patient teaching tools. Responsible for primary care, case management and medication management. Evaluated patient care needs, prioritized treatment and maintained patient flow. Accurately documented all elements of nursing assessment, treatments, medications, discharge instructions and follow-up care. Utilized strong assessment skills to determine necessary patient care. Provided quality nursing care in accordance with resident care policies and procedures. Worked as part of team to ensure proper care of body mechanics and safety of patient. Partnered with team of Registered Nurses to ensure over all well-being of all patients. Coordinated with doctors and registered nurses to develop care plans for patients. Cleaned and sterilized instruments and disposed of contaminated supplies. Tested glucose and administered injections. Skillfully performed suture removals for patients of all ages. Assessed patients in active withdrawal and provided interventions to manage physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms. Recorded patients' medical history, vital statistics and test results in medical records. I aided in the development and maintained quality care systems and standards, including but not limited to, creating and improving medical protocols/guidelines. I am a disciplined, energetic employee who quickly establishes rapport with patients and colleagues. In the ICU, I provided care to an array of different patients with numerous ailments. Administered IV, IM SQ and oral medications. Obtained and maintained resident vital signs. Documented in resident health record. Communicated and coordinated with physicians. Assisted in central line and PICC line insertions. Performed IO insertion. Performed catheter insertion.
Assistant Director of nursing10/2014 to 01/2015Windridge Nursing and RehabilitationMiami, OK
Recorded patients' medical history, vital statistics and test results in medical records. Supervised [number] other practitioners and employees, led recruiting and hiring, managed employee review process and ensured compliance with state and federal regulations. Developed and maintained quality care systems and standards, including but not limited to, creating and improving medical protocols/guidelines. Actively participated in unit-based Quality Assurance Program. Performed all tasks with a patient-centered focus while seeking opportunities for improvement of processes and treatments. Create staffing schedules for all areas of nursing. Schedule and conduct interviews for prospective applicants, as well as initial hiring of all applicants in all areas of nursing Perform and record immunizations for all residents Perform all initial and ongoing education for nurses and cna's. Attend medicare and care plan meetings. Quarterly assessments on all resident.s Pain assessments on all residents (Quarterly and prn) Skin assessments weekly on all resident Assess, treat, and consult physicians on all wounds. Prepare in-services on wound intervention and prevention. Assisted in medication destruction and donation. Track CNA documentation on bathing, personal care and adl's. Supervise all nursing staff and implement itinerary to aide in time management and efficiency.
Director of Clinical Education12/2012 to 07/2014Golden Living CenterEldorado, KS
Create staffing schedules for all areas of nursing. Schedule and conduct interviews for prospective applicants, as well as initial hiring of applicants in all areas of nursing.g Perform and record immunizations for all facility staff and residents. Perform all initial and ongoing education of nurses and CNA's. Educate all facility staff regarding infection control policy and procedure.s Schedule and conduct monthly in-services for all staff. Wound nurse for all open areas and pressure ulcers. Track all infections through nursing progress notes and nursing documentation. Supervised and assisted nurses and CNA's on nursing floor to ensure quality and efficient care.
Charge nurse/RN10/2011 to 12/2012Golden Living CenterEl Dorado, KS
Provide care with compassion to long term and rehabilitation residents. Keep open communication with physicians regarding new orders and ongoing care of residents. Pass medication with accuracy following paper and electronic MAR/TAR systems. Catheterization of male and female residents. Perform weekly skin assessments. Chart on skilled residents (paper and electronic). Give IM, SQ, and intradermal injections. Give medications orally and via j-tube and g-tube as well as check patency, flush, check placement, and utilize specialty tools for unclogging.
Work closely with physical therapist to ensure all measures are taken for residents to reach full potential.
Perform wound vac administration to residents with multiple stages of pressure ulcers and surgical wounds.
CNA/LPN/RN04/2010 to 10/2011Cascade Health ServicesWichita, KS
Agency staffing- Working alongside other professionals in a variety of settings.
Staffed 10+ facilities as a CNA/LPN/RN.
Perform all duties as allowed by each facility for the positions being filled.
Performed charge nurse duties for night shift.
CNA10/2009 to 04/2010Life Care of AndoverAndover, KS
Performed duties in long term care and rehabilitation facility.
Including but not limited to basic adl's, feeding, bathing, dressing, perineal care.
One on one with dementia residents
Provided effective communication with nursing staff
Obtained vital signs
Provided passive ROM for patients with contractures and debilitating illness
Provided support and care for patients who were actively passing
Performed all tasks with a patient-centered focus while seeking opportunities for improvement of processes and treatments.
Education and Training
Bachelor of Science: Nurisng2016South UniversitySavannah, GA, USAOnline
2014 to 2016
Associate of Applied Science: Nursing2010Butler County Community CollegeEldorado, KS, USAObtained CNA/LPN/RN Coursework in Acute Care Nursing-Coursework in Women's Health-Coursework in Diabetes Management-Coursework in Adult and Family Health-Member of Nursing Student Council, Membership Chair.
High School Diploma2000Bluestem High SchoolLeon, KS, USA
Healthcare: intravenous therapy, computerized charting, admit and discharge to home patient counseling, breastfeeding educator, medication pass, documentation in patient medical record, wound education, staff and patient education, staffing, interviewing, hiring, management skills, tracking and trending infection control, tracking and trending falls, tracking and trending patient weight loss, supervising 100+ employees in 146 bed facility. People skills: great bedside manner, enthusiastic people person, advanced problem-solving, great organizational skills, computer skills, experience with numerous computer and paper documentation programs.