Registered Nurse with 30 years of nursing experience. The last 17 years being in young family dynamics-teaching families how their interaction with each other and with their baby affects the family outcome. Strength in talking with younger adults. Strength in starting up conversation with families I've never met- talking to them on the phone and signing them up to receive home visits. Professionally trained in infant and young child growth and development with 17 years of experience ensuring high standards of care for a wide variety of patients with diverse needs.
Family Advocacy Nurse October 1997 to August 2014United States Air Force
RAF Alconbury, RAF Lakenheath, Nellis AFB, NV and Kirtland AFB, NM Assisted with United States Air Force mission readiness by promoting and enhancing a healthy Air Force Community.
Knowledgeable in both primary and secondary prevention services related to family maltreatment.
Created and managed home visiting program with specific intervention strategies targeted at both high-risk and low risk active duty families who were expecting a child or had a child under 36-months of age.
The program was called the New Parent Support Program and services included community and home-based services with the intention of increasing knowledge and preventing family maltreatment.
Provided Primary prevention, psycho-educational services using PREP- a couples communication course and Boys and Girls Town Common Sense Parenting, 123 Magic to help with behavior management skills of young children.
Worked with community agencies such and Safer New Mixico Now to provide car safety seat clinics on Kirtland AFB.
I am a Certified Car Safety Seat Technician (since 2007) Began and Coordinate the Car Safety Seat Distribution Program for Kirtland AFB and tried to have at least 50% of Pediatric and Immunization Clinic Airmen certified as safety seat technicians.
Organized and Began the Reach Out to Read program for the Pediatric Clinic so each child from birth to 5 will get books during well visits to encourage family reading at home.
Coordinated base playgroups and interactive parties for playgroups as well as other Kirtland AFB functions.
Functioned as the project coordinator for a successful $245,000 playground renovation project getting the entire base to help prep the ground for the installation of equipment and shade shelter.
Coordinated with base agencies to provide base-wide carnivals and Family Fun Days.
Worked with the First Sergeants Council to have an annual Babies in Need drive to collect items to ensure that no baby on Kirtland would ever have to go without supplies to stay clean and dry.
Also worked with First Sergeants and Airmen's Attic by coordinating volunteer to collect donations of toys for the annual Toy Drive providing over 700 toys for 350 children on Kirtland AFB with the remainder of toys going out to Children's Inpatient Mental Health Hospital.
I constantly worked to assess how I could best use my knowledge and skills to improve the community to increase the happiness and reduce the stress of our Air Force Families.
I worked for the physical and emotional health of babies and it is my believe that the number one priority is happy health families.
The second and most important part of the New Parent Support Nurse job is home visits to the young families.
The goal was to screen as many families that were pregnant or had children under 36 months with a questionnaire, find those that screened high risk and enhance them into the home visiting program.
The goal then was to teach as much as possible about infant communication, soothing a crying baby, Shaken Baby and infant care to keep the family as safe as possible.
Another goal was to encourage families to attend the community based program to reduce isolation- one of the biggest factors with the military with some mom's even an ocean away from their mom's.
I worked in this field for 17 years.
I moved to Las Vegas because of a transfer of my husbands job and I worked in the New Parent Support position for 1 year but the environment did not fit me and I did not stay in the position.
Trauma Nurse with Charge Nurse August 1987 to April 1995ER Southwest Texas Methodist
Hospital, Arkansas Children's Hospital, St. John's Mercy Medical Center Little Rock AR － San Antonio St. Louis, TX Mo
I graduated with my diploma in Nursing in January of 1984- I have worked as a nurse with very little break in time- one move at a time with my husband Active Duty Air Force.
We both agree the plan is Henderson, NV is the last move for us.
I worked my first 2 years on 4900 and medical floor at The Jewish Hospital of St.
Then I moved to the Cardiac Care Unit/ Medical Intensive Care Unit.
I was working on my BSN with the Head Nurse at St Johns Emergency Department and after I finished my BSN in 1987 I move over to the ER at St.
John's and worked there until I married my husband and he introduced me to the life of the Air Force wife with the first of many moves.
For awhile it was easy just looked for an ER that seemed to fit my style.
Then, when we were moving every year I worked jobs like substitute teaching, substitute school nursing and I worked in a Nursing Home.
Telephone wellness nurse August 2004 to September 2008LifeMasters Inc
2nd St Albuquerque, NM Worked at a telephone center calling a list of clients who had medical conditions that as nurses we specifically worked with clients on to help educate them to enhance their desire to work on wellness.
The main disease states were Diabetes, CHF, High Blood Pressure, COPD, Weight Management, depression.
The participant knew they were getting calls but their level of desire to engage varied- motivational interviewing would be utilized in hopes of getting them excited about learning about and participating in their health.
It was a great job when you could see the changes in your clients health or even when they told you dangerous numbers and you sent them to the hospital and found that they ended up with a pacemaker and you helped them with their health or you took time with a man that only spoke broken English but were able to teach him about his blood sugar and insulin to get him on a better track to health.
I did this job after my day job on a 20 hour/ week basis.
It was a very fulfilling job.
Education and Training
Bachelor of Science : 1 1987St. Louis University － St. Louis, Missouri
diploma : Nursing, 1 1984The Jewish Hospital of St. Louis － St. Louis, MissouriNursing