Jessica Claire
, , 100 Montgomery St. 10th Floor
Home: (555) 432-1000 - Cell: - - -

Dedicated Registered Nurse with 14+ years experience on both a surgical floor and surgical stepdown unit at a Level 1 Trauma Center with primary expertise in cardiac surgery. Patient-focused and compassionate caregiver with strong clinical abilities, critical thinking skills and leadership qualities looking to expand knowledge base and advance career with position in nursing leadership/management.


Management of:

  • Left ventricular assist devices (Heartmate and Heartware)
  • Pacemakers (permanent, external, ICD and transvenous)
  • Epicardial wires
  • Arrhythmias
  • Invasive and non invasive respiratory equipment (BiPAP, CPAP, hiflow oxygen, laryngectomies, tracheostomies, nasal cannula, oxymasks, partial rebreather masks)
  • Peripheral and central lines (PICC, cordis, central venous catheters, arterial lines, tunneled lines, ports)
  • Invasive tubes and catheters (JP drains, chest tubes, hemovacs, G/J tubes, Dobhoff tubes, foleys, flexiseals, CAPD/hemodialysis catheters, suprapubic/nephrostomy tubes, nerve blocks, epidurals, wound vacs, Pleurx catheters)
  • Ostomies

Other Skills:

  • Hemodynamic monitoring (arterial lines, CVPs)
  • Starting and maintaining IV drips (i.e. Heparin, Argatroban, Nitroglycerin, Amiodarone, Cardizem, Milrinone, Dobutamine, Lasix, Ativan, Insulin, patient controlled analgesia)
  • Suctioning (tracheostomies, naso tracheal, oral)
  • Wound care and measurement
  • Blood product administration (RBCs, platelets, FFP, DDAVP)
  • EPIC and SCM experience
  • Use of EKG machine, Zoll defribrillator, travel monitor
  • Heart rhythm interpretation
03/2022 to Current
Interim Assistant Nurse Manager- Cardiac Surgery Hartford Hospital City, STATE,
  • Leads daily huddle on the unit and keeps staff informed of hospital-wide and unit announcements
  • Develops unit drivers and performs audits to evaluate outcomes
  • Facilitates throughput by initiating and participating in progression rounds with providers, nurses and case management
  • Strives to improve quality and productivity by identifying improvement opportunities and implementing change
  • Ensures efficient operation of the unit by scheduling and assigning work, resolving staff and patient/family issues and taking an assignment as necessary to meet the needs of the unit
  • Supervises staff and workflow of unit to ensure that high quality care is delivered in accordance with hospital policies and procedures
  • Provides leadership and direction to unit staff through teaching, coaching and mentoring
  • Assists Nurse Manager with hiring, training, directing and evaluating staff
  • Supports Nurse Manager with employee development and care quality management/initiatives
09/2007 to 03/2022
Registered Nurse- Cardiac Surgery Hartford Hospital City, STATE,
  • Responded to emergency situations and initiated life-saving responses including airway management, medications, IV fluids, defibrillation and CPR.
  • Performed comprehensive physical assessments using sound clinical judgement and monitored and responded to/reported changes in patient condition.
  • Provided in-depth education and medication teaching to heart transplant patients, VAD patients, and high risk populations (diabetic patients, heart failure patients, etc).
  • Documented/charted in electronic medical record including assessments, interventions, careplan, MAR, education, and progress/significant event notes.
  • Worked collaboratively with members of the interdisciplinary healthcare team including doctors, nurses, advanced practitioners, rehab therapy (PT/OT/SLP), case coordination and social work to achieve optimal comprehensive patient care.
  • Managed various tasks with competing priorities with ease while fostering an environment of exceptional patient care experience.
  • Admitted, transferred and discharged patients
  • Presented information regarding diagnoses, conditions, illnesses, treatments and outcomes to patients and families in clear, easy-to-understand terminology.
  • Managed flow of unit, throughput, made nursing patient assignments, resolved conflict and served as a resource for all staff in both charge nurse and clinical nurse leader roles
06/2006 to 09/2007
Patient Care Assistant- Cardiac Surgery Hartford Hospital City, STATE,
  • Assisted patients with ADLs.
  • Documented patient intake and output and aided with feeding and monitoring.
  • Obtained patient vital signs and reported results to RN if outside normal values.
  • Documented information in patient charts and communicated status updates to interdisciplinary care team.
  • Looked for physical, emotional, and symptomatic changes in patient condition and notified RN
  • Ambulated patients with appropriate assistive devices and used Sara/Hoyer lifts for out of bed utilizing proper body mechanics.
  • Obtained EKGs, fingersticks, labwork, daily weights
  • Collected and labeled specimens such as stool and urine samples and sent to laboratory
  • Responded call bells/fall alarms to assist patients with needs.
  • Assisted RNs and providers with turning and repositioning patients.
  • Removed telemetry monitors, IVs, foley catheters when instructed to do so by RN.
Education and Training
Expected in 05/2007
Bachelor of Science: Nursing
University of Connecticut - Storrs, CT
  • Magna Cum Laude graduate
  • Dean's List Honoree (Multiple semesters)
  • New England Scholar Award Recipient (April 2007)
  • Sigma Theta Tau International, Mu Chapter (Nursing National Honor Society) Inductee (May 2007)
Expected in 05/2007
Minor : Psychology
University of Connecticut - Storrs, CT
  • Clinical Nurse Leader (10+ years)
  • Resource Nurse & Preceptor (12+ years)
  • "Excellence in Precepting" Award (September 2020)
  • Unit based Skin Champ
  • Unit based VTE Champ
  • Nursing Leadership Council Member
  • Clinical Practice Council Member

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