To be a change agent who influences and produces positive outcomes for patients and their families by utilizing a transformational style leadership to incorporate evidence-based practice strategies to guide nursing practice and to achieve organizational strategic goals.
March 2014, Speaker at the Ohio Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates Regional conference "Ups and Downs of the Esophagus"
May 2014, speaker at the Barbara Wells Marshall Clinical Conference "Decompensated Liver Disease"
May 2014, presented a poster at the Barbara Wells Marshall Clinical Conference about "Implementing Evidence-Based Practice."
July 2013 passed the certification exam for Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist
2012 joined the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS)
2007 became a member of the local chapter of the AACN
workshop committee, which included responsibilities to create, plan and
implement educational workshops for critical-care and telemetry nurses
In the spring 2007, spoke at the Cincinnati AACN
Trends Conference regarding moral distress experienced by critical care nurses
and interventions to prevent and treat moral distress
2003 Volunteer member of the Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) and included deployment to New York to assist the community of Malone in recovery from a severe ice storm by helping staff a local hospital and perform house to house checks.
2004 Also deployed to Fort Dix to assist with incoming refugees from Kosovo by completing health assessments and providing health teaching and vaccinations
2000 became a Member of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) and CCRN
ICU Clinical Nurse Manager October 2014 to CurrentThe Jewish Hospital － Cincinnati, Ohio
Responsible for the management of 46 FTEs with multiple levels of personnel, payroll, scheduling, budget, and physician relationships
Organize and direct daily operations within budgetary limits
Launched a successful plan to open a new 26 bed ICU
Conducted performance improvement projects, such as, education plans to increase ICU nurse competencies, CAUTI prevention, HAPU project, patient experience, and staff satisfaction
Hardwired bedside report and shift huddles
Developed ICU Quality Team to meet biweekly. Team consists of Infection Preventionist, Respiratory Therapy, Quality Review, Manager, Nurse Educator, and Bedside Nurses
Partner with Intensivist to create a plan to lower VAEs
Increased nurse retention and lowered turn over
Coached and mentored nurses to develop/keep a strong team atmosphere on the unit
Led meetings and coached staff in leading meetings: Critical Care Committee, Unit Meetings, Code Review Committee, Research Council Meeting, Hospital Sepsis Committee
Promoted the value of professional nursing practice including use of standards, membership to nursing organizations, use of nursing process and patient advocacy
Hospital domain leader for "Explain about Medications"
Advisor for Research Shared Leadership Council - 3 Studies: CHG bathing Effects on med-surg tele units to lower CLABSI, Delirium: Nurse Education using Simulation, Pain Assessment in the Nonverbal Dying Patient
Liaison for Fresenius Dialysis Unit at Jewish Hospital
Clinical Nurse Educator September 2008 to October 2014The Jewish Hospital Mercy Health － Cincinnati, Ohio
Responsible for unit-based competencies and hospital wide education initiatives, such as planning annual unit competencies for the Progressive Care Unit (PCU) and 5-South Telemetry Ortho-Surgical Unit
Conducted learning needs assessments and evaluated gaps in knowledge
Developed Skills Day for telemetry/med-surg new nurse hires
Assist the nursing staff in the acquisition of practice skills and knowledge
Mentor nurses in evidence-based practice projects for achievement of higher academic degrees and clinical ladder projects
Promoted national certifications and clinical ladder programs
Contributed to the revision of the regional Mercy Health clinical ladder program
Project manager for the development of The Jewish Hospital-Mercy Health Liver Center
Worked to expand the scientific base of nursing practice by utilizing, facilitating and conducting nursing research
Achieved IRB approval as principle investigator to implement CHG bath protocol on all patients with a central line outside the critical area to decrease risks of central-line blood stream infections
Through the use of evidence-based practice facilitate the implementation of collaborative best practices to improve patient outcomes
As chair of the evidence-based practice council, instrumental in the development of tracking unplanned extubations in critical care and creation of the Patient Family Advisory Council
Developed a process of tracking the number of status post cardiac catheter sheaths pulled on PCU to identify and determine exact percentage of groin complications
Implementing CHG bath protocol for all colorectal surgeries on 5-South to decrease risk of superficial wound infections Accountable for educating hospital staff regarding Joint Commission Preparedness, enhancing clinical practice, and evaluating system processes
Successfully work in unison with multi-level hospital staff, directors, physicians, and administrators
ICU Clinical Nurse Manger February 2006 to September 2008The Jewish Hospital － Cincinnati, Ohio
Responsible for the overall unit operations, including, but not limited to performance improvement, quality control, forming and leading teams, scheduling, monthly staff meetings, and mentoring of staff
Evaluated nursing care of staff members, tracked time and attendance, and completed annual staff performance reviews
Encouraged caring practices and influential in developing family presence during codes in the ICU and hospital wide
Devised and implemented a progressive mobility protocol for critically ill patients in attempts to prevent de-conditioning, decrease ventilator days, prevent ventilator associated pneumonia and delirium Implemented bedside reporting and morning huddle
Modified the Jewish Hospital suicide precaution policy, which involved forming committees, leading teams, developing forms, and implementing an education plan for hospital staff that included developing a computerize base teaching module
Participated on Health Alliance Facility Planning Committee for West Chester Medical Center critical care unit
Act as hospital supervisor/patient flow coordinator: Alternating schedule to function as day shift nursing supervisor and responsible for ensuring effective patient flow, addressing overall nursing staff shortages and overage, and act as resource Medical response nurse with responsibilities including responding to code situations and rapid responses, controlling environment of the room, collaboratively working to ensure ACLS guidelines are followed, support family members and staff, and complete quality review
ICU Clinical Coordinator February 2000 to February 2006The Jewish Hospital － Cincinnati, Ohio
Front line leader, responsible for patient flow, creating a balanced schedule, payroll, coordination of new staff orientation
Leader in the implementation of the central line bundle in ICU
The ICU department was a recipient of multi-hospital JCAHO Codman Award for AHRQ for the central line bundle study
Assist with the roll out of Jewish Hospital PICC team and assisted with PICC line insertions by use of ultrasound
Critical Care Nurse August 1994 to February 2000The Jewish Hospital － Cincinnati, Ohio
Clinical Nurse III, charge nurse, preceptor, and floated to open-heart recovery as needed.
Achieved CCRN status.
Critical Care Nurse February 1991 to August 1994Buchanan General Hospital － Grundy, Va
Charge nurse and preceptor
Master of Science : Nursing, June 2012University of Cincinnati － Cincinnati, OhioNursing Sigma Theta Tau international Honor Society of Nursing
Completed course work for the BSN program : December 2008Sigma Theta Tau international Honor Society of Nursing
Associate Degree : Nursing, 1991Southwest Virginia Community College － Richlands, VaNursing Cum Laude
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Companies Worked For:
The Jewish Hospital
The Jewish Hospital Mercy Health
Buchanan General Hospital
University of Cincinnati
Southwest Virginia Community College
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ICU Clinical Nurse Manager
Clinical Nurse Educator
ICU Clinical Nurse Manger
ICU Clinical Coordinator
Critical Care Nurse
Master of Science : Nursing , June 2012 Completed course work for the BSN program : December 2008 Associate Degree : Nursing , 1991
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