Compassionate patient- focused RN with 8+ years of in- hospital experience, including staff resources, ER and stress testing. All of my work history, including pre-nursing, has been in health care. I am ACLS certified and I thrive on excellent communication and patient education.
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) 2006- present
Registered Nurse (RN) 2004- present, License number RN.314603
Working in cardiac diagnostic testing, I am primarily responsible for performing treadmill and pharmacologic nuclear stress tests and stress echo's. Other primary jobs have included placing and reading event and holter monitors, assisting with pacemaker clinics and telemetry pacemaker checks.In this role, I am responsible for pre-screening in and outpatients for cardiac risk and appropriateness including lab values, medications, health status, baseline EKG abnormalities and current symptoms, prior to testing. I monitor vital signs, telemetry and cardiac monitors for arrhythmias and EKG changes during their time in our department. While working in this department, I have become involved in our department unit council and RING (our nursing government) and am currently our practice council co-chair.
As an ER nurse, I was responsible for recognizing and rapidly responding to emergent health problems for patients of all ages, whether at triage, in the patient room or the trauma bay. With starting this position, I obtained my ACLS and PALS certifications and attended other ER nursing classes. I broadened my experience in many areas since we rotated to all ER pods. Here I improved my IV skills, lab draws and all types of specimen collection, urinary catheter and NG insertion and CPR skills. I increased my understanding of the diagnostic process, trauma process, and psychiatric process. I learned how to assist with intubation, conscious sedation, spinal taps and vaginal exams and how to apply temporary soft casts. In this position, it was imperative to recognize and respond to rapidly changing situations and communicate with physicians as well as anxious and scared patients, family and friends. It was also necessary to recognize and respond appropriately and immediately to signs and symptoms of life and death situations that could "walk in the door" including (but not limited to) heart attack, stroke, respiratory distress, anaphylaxis, hypo/hyperglycemia.
In this position I gained a wide base of experience, including med-surg, pediatric/geriatric, telemetry and ER departments. I was responsible for primary patient care including health history assessments, head to toe assessments, hospital admissions and discharges, coordinating care around lab and diagnostic results and other testing, dispensing and teaching about medicine and disease processes, communicating with physicians to obtain new orders for appropriate patient care. Keen assessment skills were necessary to prevent patient deterioration and appropriate transfer of care when necessary. Here I gained experience with Heparin, Nitro and insulin drips and telemetry monitoring. In this position, I also had to be prepared to transfer between units even during a single shift.
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