Energetic and motivational Licensed Practical Nurse dedicated to providing professional and opportunistic patient care. Looking for a position as a nurse clinician with a commitment to innovative processes in within a community drive addictions and relapse prevention program specifically tailored for continuity of care to those whom seek counsel and preventative care solely to prevent relapse from addiction to those whom require a substance abuse clinical treatment plan specifically tailored with emphasis on withdrawal treatment, prescription and medical care with ongoing behavioral health counseling and continuity of care provided by an empathetic and knowledgeable and experienced staff. Additional expertise and experience in behavioral health knowledge; I have exemplary and motivational interview skills and listening skills whether in person or by phone contact..I'm capable with my ability to obtain and document patient assessments with strong emphasis on medical screening to meet clinical criteria, ongoing medical/nursing/behavioral health assessments to help and with emphasis on meeting that patients independent care goals and and measuring those goals against patient healthcare outcome. Able to work on multidisciplinary team to discuss, assess, and resolve patient problems, yet able to work independently. I am confident in substance abuse/addiction treatment; I'm able to confidently apply my nursing and clinical skills which require pharmacotherapy knowledge and ability to administer medications properly while following state and nursing guidelines and standards of practice. My nursing skills intermingle with having the ability to provide compassion, and holistic care knowledge, as addiction or any nursing I have been fortunate to experience nursing, is not the only treatment necessary and requires varying degrees of many job skills and that comes from experience and field of nursing.
Licensed Practical Nurse
Palliative Care Board Certificate LPN 2007
Numerous Continuing Education Courses for Montana Nursing Professionals www.mynursingCE.com
Provided patient diagnosis under strict time constraints and maintained patient charts and confidential files to highest standards, procedure and protocol as well as quality nursing care in accordance with resident care policies and procedures. Took and recorded patients' temperature, pulse and blood pressure, BALs; utilized tools of clinical addictions assessments .Utilized strong assessment skills to determine necessary patient care, it was per the nursing staff to determine if patient qualified for residential treatment or detoxification in an eight bed detoxification medical corridor upon admissions. Coordinated with doctors and registered nurses to develop care plans for patients. Assessed patients in active withdrawal and provided interventions to manage physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms. Provided education to patients on detox and withdrawal, medications, addiction, recovery, coping skills and community resources. Accurately documented all elements of nursing assessment, treatments, medications, discharge instructions and follow-up care.
I have had about a 10 year working relationship with Rimrock Foundation starting from 2000-2004. I worked as a Residential Technician and primarily my job was to be on the floor with the inpatient Residents; as support staff to the interdisciplinary team, mainly the counselors and nurses. My job duties were to do preadmission drug/urine screens, witness and sign with resident confidentiality forms and before rooming the Residents, I had to search both Resident and Resident belongings; first and foremost that items brought to treatment were adhered to by policy/procedural standards. I also was searching for paraphernalia related to drugs or alcohol, clothing, grooming items, or drugs and alcohol themselves. I attended most all Residential treatment programming; attending AA, NA, GA meetings, I ate with the Residents, and made sure they adhered to the rules of the facility. I would provide transportation on outings with the Recreation Coordinator as well as transport ad lib/needed. I loved the interaction between myself and the Residents, often I was sought out and was privy/welcomed to hear their life stories as well as their drug/alcohol history. I personally loved to see the growth and the commitment to regain sobriety, or much more, see them courageously embrace sobriety for the first time ever that they could recall. I found and embraced meaningful conversations; absolutely adhering to boundaries however. My most enjoyable and at times, very tiring emotionally got to see/experience familial and/or friendships rebuild through personal counsel and the Resident able to find forgiveness or offer thanks and embrace their newfound freedom from addiction. I was able to learn much about myself, as well as work with a diverse population of all ages and conditions.
I actually accepted an offered position to be an LPN during my preceptorship upon my nursing graduation. Hospice and
palliative care nursing gives respite to the incurably ill without concentrating on a cure; but on symptom control and quality of life care to help those with and incurable illness facing end of life issues to spend their remaining days as comfortably as possible, usually in their own homes. I did both homecare as well as worked for one of the only hospice homes in MT, and at the time of hire, the only hospice home. My job was to work as part of an interdisciplinary team, and often times I knowledgeably with many inservices provided by the program; played variable degrees of social work, clergy, and at times as a family member or close confidant to those whom did not have family/friend contact. My job responsibilities included; the ability to work independently with flexibility in nursing role. Daily routines required direct patient intake and assessment, nursing care, patient and family counseling, medication administration and education, and medical and progress note charting extensively. I often times had to trouble shoot equipment such as oxygen or tanks or IV's. I learned on the job variable amounts of geriatric and pediatric knowledge. I had excellent bedside manner and was extremely proud of my job and being permitted to share and learn, familial family and extended family members and kinships. I also had to be continuously knowledgeable and up to date with patients' state, and continuously sought out care/disease process knowledge from my peers and physicians. I learned to be a very good listener and become a communicative orater; patients' and families need this strong component besides just providing the basic and at times specialized nursing care. I became knowledgeably competent in pharmocotherapy and pain management. Skills and ethical and independent decision-making ability consistent with medical protocols.
I have a Education Background and History of working within the Public School sector as a Resource Coordinator; I worked for Title one Schools and the most poverty ridden student population. I was instrumental in the funding/use of the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile.What is the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile?
The St. Vincent Healthcare Ronald McDonald Care Mobile (RMCM) is one of more than 44 RMCMs worldwide. Ronald McDonald House Charities launched the global initiative in 2000 to increase access to healthcare. The RMCM is a pediatric clinic on wheels that delivers free dental care to children in the region.
I implemented and passionately made a pleaful presentation "On the"Death andDying Preamble,"making sure my fellow peers were introduced to "death and dying" in an opportunistic and desirable need by those whom are terminal and have choices to make in and how to receive their dying wish to be cared for; also in a multidisciplinary approach. Many nursed in entry level nursing, or having just graduated from nursing school have never seen a person actively dying, or how to provide post-mortem care, nor how to speak and empathetically offer themselves as nurses to family members of the dying. I started a partnership with Yellowstone County Health/Riverstone Health to have nurses complete a rotation in hospice care in 2005.
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