Six years experience as a registered nurse. Experience primarily rests in cardiac/telemetry, ICU stepdown and ICU. Work experience includes both military and civilian patient exposure and varying patient types. Additional experience includes 6 months of trauma experience in an austere environment in a combat zone.
Registered Nurse License, Utah expires 2015. Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification 2012 to current. Pediatric Life Support (PALS) Certification 2011 to current. Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Certification 2011 to current. Trauma Nurse Core Course (TNCC). Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course (ENPC) Certification 2010 to current. CCRN certification 2012 to current.
Provided intensive trauma patient care to a multinational, multi-force patient population over 6 months. Also provided intensive medical patient care to soldiers and contractors in a deployed environment. Provided ICU nursing care to very seriously injured soldiers and local nationals. Participated in daily care of trauma patients and also transition to evacuation back to home medical facilities. Cross trained in ER trauma nursing in order to aid across departments during periods of high patient volume. Maintained high standards of nursing practice despite working with new hospital standards as the facility was run by the United Kingdom's military.
ICU staff nurse in the Army's flagship hospital in San Antonio, TX. Provided high quality nursing care to soldiers, retirees and their families in the hospital's cardiovascular ICU. Maintained proficiency in cardiovascular care including nursing patients with, but not limited to, hypertensive crisis, MI, Arrythmia care, life threatening arrytmia care, Congestive heart failure care, Pre and Post cardiac intervention care. Also practiced as part of the post-operative cardiovascular surgery care team. Maintained proficiency in caring for patients in the dynamic phase of care immediately after cardiac surgery including use of PA catheters, vasoactive drips, inotropes, and implanted pacemakers. Aided the organization in implementation of ultrafiltration, a new CHF treatment modality by training and acting as superuser for this treatment option. Also during this time served as the hospital's chair for the inpatient documentation committee which included over 35 staff members from >20 inpatient departments and provided over 75 new initiatives in the hospital's documentation system.
Provided cardiac/telemetry and progressive care nursing in a 28 bed medical/surgical and progressive care unit. During my time there this hospital had been identified as the busiest inpatient medical/surgical ward in the hospital. Provided care to patients with varying diagnoses including neurological, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal and urological. Worked hand-in hand with nearly every service in the hospital including neurosurgery, surgery, orthopedics, medicine, cardiology and urology. Provided high quality nursing care to between 4 and 8 patients from all different medical services daily. Maintained expertise in provision of care for patients of all medical backgrounds and ages. Maintained organizational and managerial skills as charge nurse to 5-9 staff nurses on a daily basis.
Provided high quality nursing care on the Medical/Renal progressive care unit as a staff nurse. The MRPC was a 16 bed medical and surgical unit which provided care to a wide variety of medical and surgical patients. Patients included but were not limited to neurological (stroke and TIA care), Renal (dialysis care, medication management, metabolic disorder care), Cardiac (MI, CHF, Arrythmia's, PE/DVT care), Medical (infections, failure to thrive, DKA etc). Vascular surgery (AAA repair, fem-pop bypass, amputations etc). Provided quality nursing care on an independent basis despite being a brand new nurse to 4 progressive care/ICU step-down patients. Also served as part of the critical care float pool which included interdepartment floats to other step-down ICUs and the medical/surgical ICU when appropriate.
Completed 9 week intensive army course in intensive care and emergency nursing. Completed projects in spinal cord injuries. Earned a high GPA and honor graduate.
Graduated with BS in nursing with high honors. Was on deans list for all full time semesters and earned a 3.84 GPA. Completed senior projects in adolescent health promotion, inpatient foley catheter management and ICU patient care.
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