Pediatric Advanced Life Support certified Registered Nurse with over thirteen years experience in an acute care hospital setting serving patients with a wide range of acuity and diagnoses. Previously APHON certified with two years in hematology/oncology including bone marrow transplant and hospice. Compassionate care provider with excellent reputation for strong work ethic, patient advocacy, and positive relationships with patients, families, and healthcare team.
•Pediatric Advanced Life Support
•Imaging procedure expertise
•Anesthesia prep and monitoring assistance
•Organization of multidisciplinary teams, procedures, and therapies
•Intravenous therapy, IV starts, Port access
•Bone marrow transplant
•Strong critical thinking and clinical judgement
Pediatric Advanced Life Support
Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses
•Asses patients to determine individual needs and develop care plans in coordination with multidisciplinary healthcare professionals, including physicians, case managers and social workers.
•Collaborate with multidisciplinary team including technologists, radiologists, anesthesia team, and other RNs to coordinate imaging procedures which deliver appropriate treatment while also managing rapidly changing conditions with assisting in the monitoring of anesthetized patients.
•Communicate with healthcare team members to plan, implement and enhance appropriate plan of care strategies for patients at all acuity levels for their interventional procedures or imaging exams under anesthesia.
•Train new nurses in proper techniques, care standards, operational procedures and safety protocols to optimize performance and safety.
•Collect blood, tissue, cerebrospinal fluid, and other laboratory specimens for lab testing.
•Apply nursing expertise to meet needs of pediatric patients of various acuity levels in challenging environment.
•Observe and report patient condition, progress, and medication side effects to accurately document updates during administration of minimal sedation for procedures.
•Document vitals and medical histories in patient charts when assessing patients and communicate patient information to physicians and other nurses for care continuity.
•Support nursing team in exceeding patient care goals and fostering continuous improvement.
• Follow proper procedure for placement of urinary catheters, IV starts, Port-a-cath access/deaccess, central line dressing changes, and NG tube securement and placement.
•Educate family members and caregivers on patient care instructions during hospitalization as well as for discharge.
•Worked as a resource nurse floating between various areas of pediatric hematology/oncology including inpatient floor, bone marrow transplant, and clinic.
•Offered exceptional care and support to individuals recovering from acute incidents and dealing with chronic diseases.
•Accurately documented all elements of nursing assessment, including treatment, medications and IVs administered, discharge instructions and follow-up care.
•Educated patients, families and caregivers on diagnosis and prognosis, treatment options, disease process and management and lifestyle options.
•Organized and managed care of patients undergoing various therapies and procedures, including chemotherapy administration, transport with patients to radiation therapy, bone marrow transplant, intrathecal chemotherapy administration, and bone marrow aspiration.
•Provided skilled, timely and level-headed emergency response to critically-ill patients.
•Delivered medications via oral, IV and intramuscular injections, monitoring responses to address new concerns.
•Managed patients recovering from medical or surgical procedures, including facilitating wound care, ostomy care, pressure ulcer prevention and pain management.
•Supported patients, families, and other staff members with inpatient hospice and end of life.
•Performed ongoing assessments to evaluate mental health needs, working with multidisciplinary team to develop, initiate, manage and modify individualized plans of care.
•Adhered to strict safety measures by carefully determining proper dosages, timing, and PPE before administering medications.
•Organized and managed 3-5 patients each shift with the resource of an assigned staff RN when needed.
•Administered oral, NG/NJ/G-tube, and IV medications to patients.
•Organized care for patients ages up to one year old with various congenital deficits including gastroschisis, encephalopathy, failure to thrive, cleft lip and palate, and anencephaly.
•Fully assessed patients and accurately charted as well as creating care plans and working with nurse preceptors and medical staff to achieve quality patient outcome goals.
•Collaborated with nurse preceptors and other medical staff to achieve quality patient outcome goals.
•Monitored each patient to meet appropriate care and document status changes.
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