Eighteen years experienced RN in Surgical Services, providing excellent care safety management, creative thinking and team
collaboration skills. I am innovative and have proven problem solving skills
and the ability to focus very well under pressure. Detail oriented and yet
able to tackle multiple tasks. I am compassionate, goal oriented and
determined. Whether I am one on one with patients, teaching new caregivers,
collecting and analyzing data, and/or setting guidelines and enforcing
protocol; my focus is always safe, efficient and impressionable top quality
care for patients. Strife for perfection while encouraging a comfortable, team oriented
working environment that promotes well- being for the staff, the patients and
Director of Surgical ServicesSep 2014 to Jun 2016 CHS － Gaffney, SC
Sustained an environment supporting excellence and innovation, with a focus on Safety in clinical nursing practice and patient care through assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating programs and standards for positive patient care outcomes.
Performed a variety of staff management functions including the interviewing, hiring, evaluating, counseling and terminating of assigned management and support staff.
Facilitated, reviewed, and approved the budget, including estimates of future personnel and equipment needs; to ensure that hospital resources were optimally utilized.
This included and development of practices that achieve specific objectives and resolution of unfavorable performance variances.
Delegated authority and accountability to nursing staff for clinical nursing practice and for decisions regarding patient care consistent with professional standards, regulatory agencies and organizational policies and procedures
Collaborated with administration and physicians to identify future opportunities, and define the direction of Perioperative Services; developed plans to achieve identified goals, including OR efficiency, productivity and patient throughput targets across Perioperative continuum.
Established an ongoing departmental Quality Improvement Plan and process consistent with the organizational Quality Management Plan; developed and implemented unit specific standards, policies and procedures to guide and support the provision of care and services; made continuous assessments and improvements to assigned departments improving performance while enhancing service.
Participated in and/or chaired committees, work groups, and meetings
Ensured interdisciplinary performance improvement programs were active, maintained and ongoing.
Provided follow up to ensure that complaints were satisfactorily handled.
Collaborated with team members and colleagues to maintain a focus on providing excellent quality clinical services with focus and #1 priority on safety.
Organized professional growth and development seminars, workshops, in-services, current literature and professional affiliations to keep abreast of latest trends in fields of expertise; supported and promoted education and research to facilitate evidence based practice.
Other accomplishments as Director: Directly responsible for implementing the Surgical Services Project: Streamlining Surgical Services This included: collaboration with Physicians and office staff to achieve a uniform scheduling process to ultimately increase volume and decrease same day cancellations.
implementation of Caretracker/NextGen EMR to flow throughout Surgical Services, including collaborating with MEC to simplify documentation and improve productivity in regard to freeing more time spent providing direct patient care.
led the implementation of SurgiCount, Stryker's Barcoding technology, as a back up system for sponge counts; proven to eliminate retention of surgical sponges during surgical procedures.
was instrumental in the formation of a Total Joint Team that included members of the Operating Room and Pre-op, to reinstate and improve processes for patient throughput.
This team collaborated to establish guidelines to decrease surgical site infections and blood transfusions post-operatively, as well as to improve post -operative pain management and transition of care.
Clinical Coordinator / Risk ManagerJan 2013 to Jun 2014 GA Pain and Spine － Newnan, GA
Collaborated with Nurse Administrator to set in place and implement policy and procedures for an Outpatient Surgery Center/Pain Management Clinic.
I was responsible for improving processes for patient throughput in regards to the Pre-Op; Procedural; and Recovery phases of care.
Delivered direct patient care in all phases, instrumental in Utilization of EMR, Chart audits, Patient follow up calls, and plan of care coordinator.
Also responsible for collaborating with Contracted Anesthesia Providers, to improve patient experience with sedation and positioning, as well as Medication storage and reconciliation.
Patient Care Coordinator Orthopedic Resource Nurse/ Team LeaderFeb 2002 to Sep 2012 HARIS REGIONAL HOSPITAL － Sylva, NC
Managed care of surgical patients Served as the Orthopedic Resource Nurse for 3 years Provided on-call care at all times of day.
Strong leader for nursing personnel as Orthopedic Facilitator.
Staff RN Operating Room- Resource RN and Team Leader Orthopedics/PlasticsSep 1995 to Feb 2002 WELLSTAR COBB HOSPITAL － MARIETTA, GA
Entered into Operating Room Training Program offered for new Nursing Graduates.
Six- month training program with a 2 -year commitment.
We were trained and obtained the skills necessary to provide care in the role of Circulator and as a Scrub Nurse.
I fulfilled my role as a staff nurse for 1 ½ years, then joined the Orthopedic Specialty and Total Joint Replacement team.
I was the resource RN for Ortho and Plastics for the rest of my 6+ year with Wellstar Cobb.
I was responsible for each team, kept track of supplies and Physician preference cards and communicated daily with each of the Physician's office staff, to ensure proper scheduling and allocation of resources including staff and Materials for all cases scheduled.
BACHELOR'S Degree of Science, Nursing1995MERCER UNIVERSITY － Atlanta, GANursing
Willing to relocate: Anywhere
Anesthesia, budget, counseling, creative thinking, customer service, detail oriented, direction, documentation, focus, hiring, innovation, Director, Materials, meetings, office, Nursing, organizational, Pain Management, patient care, patient
care, direct patient, Perioperative, personnel, policies, positioning, problem solving skills, improving processes, improve processes, quality, Quality Improvement, Quality
Management, research, Safety, scheduling, seminars, staff management, Surgery, Surgical
Services, Surgical Services, teaching, plan of care, workshops
Eighteen years Nursing Experience/Computer Skills; Detail oriented/Dedicated to patient safety/Member AORN & AORN
Willing to relocate: Anywhere
Authorized to work in the US for any employer
CERTIFICATIONS: CNOR Certified in Operating Room Nursing Care since 09/2014 Issued: September 4, 2014 Expires: September 30, 2018 ACLS; BLS Advanced Cardiopulmonary Life Support; Expires: February 01, 2018 Basic Life Support for Healthcare providers; Expires: May 30, 2017 LICENSURE: Registered Nurse in South Carolina - # 226911 Expiration: April/ 2018 GROUPS AORN; AORN Executives