Expert registered nurse with more than 15 years of hospital critical care and emergency medical services (EMS) experience with a special interest in air-medical, trauma and cardiac care services. Accountable, efficient, and productive team member always striving to deliver excellent and emergent critical care with a focus on patient and family satisfaction. Best suited for a dynamic and fast paced critical care area. Looking forward to becoming a valuable member of a patient focused team dedicated to excellence in care.
-Registered Nurse (BSN) New York License number
-Commonwealth of PA RN license issued 01/12/1998 to 04/30/2014; License number RN520739L and registration number v1562111
-Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN) certificate number 100000940 2001-October 30, 2015
-Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course (ENPC) March 2011-March 2015
-Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification 1996-March 2013
-Pediatric Life Support (PALS) Instructor and Provider Certification 1999-May 2015
-Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Instructor and Provider Certification 1998-May 2015
-International Trauma Life Support (ITLS) Provider April 2000-April 2014
-Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) May 2007-May 2014
-Pennsylvania Pre-Hospital RN (PHRN) issued June 2008- no expiration date as long as yearly continuing education requirements are fulfilled
-NY State Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)- 2005-January 2015
-pre-hospital RN partnered with a paramedic autonomously yet compliant with NYS paramedic and flight program protocols rapidly triaging and performing advanced pre-hospital critical care to Level 1 Trauma patients (ages 0-100) and transporting them to the nearest Level 1 Trauma Center.
-Rapidly assessing and implementing STEMI and/or acute CVA care on scene (landing in patient's backyard, factory parking lot, highway) and transferring the patients to the nearest appropriate health care facility capable of providing definitive care
-Collecting high risk pre-term labor OB, critically ill or acutely injured patients (age 2-100) from non-trauma or tertiary care centers and transporting them to the nearest accepting and appropriate health care center
-volunteering for community outreach and education functions
-effectively and diplomatically interacting on the patients' behalf with family members, pre-hospital and health care center personnel
-maintaining advanced critical care certifications and completing continuing education credits
-As an ED RN effectively and fiercely advocated on behalf of all of my patients
-Effectively and independently functioned as Team Leader in CODE situations (neonatal, pediatric, adult, trauma)
-effectively and pro-actively collaborated with ED physicians to facilitate appropriate emergent care and discharge planning
-energetic and enthusiastic team-player allows supporting and educating new staff or assisting overwhelmed experienced staff
-prior to assuming my flight RN position, I frequently assumed the ED charge RN role
-frequently volunteered for unit specific projects
-Unit Clinical Ladder Head from 2006-2013
-Assessed patients in active withdrawal and provided interventions to manage physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms.
-Maintained patient charts and confidential files.
Coordinated with doctors and registered nurses to develop care plans for patients.
-Often commended for maintaining the safety, respect and dignity of patients and family members.
-Partnered with team of Registered Nurses to ensure over all well-being of all patients.
Utilized strong assessment skills to determine necessary patient care.
Accurately documented all elements of nursing assessment, treatments, medications, discharge instructions and follow-up care.
Evaluated patient care needs, prioritized treatment and maintained patient flow.
Improved ED administration by compiling and analyzing data and identifying areas of improvement.
Treated patients with strokes, head traumas, comas and intracranial hematomas.
Provided education to patients on detox and withdrawal, medications, addiction, recovery, coping skills and community resources.
Performed all tasks with a patient-centered focus while seeking opportunities for improvement of processes and treatments.
Disciplined, energetic employee who quickly establishes rapport with patients and colleagues.
Sound, ethical and independent decision-making ability consistent with medical protocols.
Monitored post-op vitals, set up PCA, fluids, reviewed post-op orders and orient patients to unit.
Actively participated in unit-based Quality Assurance Program.
-Cared for infants age 31 days through 18 years old requiring general medical and post-op surgical care
-frequently responded to interfacility rapid response or CODE events
-frequently requested to establish vascular access on other nursing units
-cared for freshly extubated post-op cardiothoracic patients and ensured that they progressed along the clinical pathway. All were still on cardiac drips, had chest tubes, and some had pacer wires still positioned on their chest wall requiring management
-Patient populations included CABG, aortic/mitral valve replacement, carotid endarterectomies, lung resections and occasionally I floated to the adjacent general surgery and medical overflow wing
-in addition to managing drips, chest tubes, wound care and other co-morbidities, I was responsible for initiating ACLS care, admitting patients, and overseeing care provided by LPN (essentially responsible for care of 10-12 patients)
Completed my BSN within 13 months and graduated summa cum laude while carrying a 26 college credit load during my last semester and while working full time
Graduated 8/33 from a hospital based nursing program
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