Loyal, collaborative Nurse with a steadfast commitment to quality care of patients/Caregiver and staff members. 30 years experience in Oncology with 10 of those years as an Advanced Practice Nurse. Additional experience includes management and staff supervision in acute, outpatient, hospice and long term care.
Experience with presentations development and speaking at the local and National Level.
Peer nominated National Committee Chair at ONS
Experienced with Computerized charting 1) AOD, 2) Allscripts and 3) Cerner
Authored/co-authored books and journal articles that were published.
Effective policy and program development.
Trained in 1) Lean Thinking; 2) Crucial Conversations and 3) Crucial Confrontations.
MDS Coordinator/Assistant Director of Nursing June 2014 to June 2015Holland Home-Fulton Manor － Grand Rapids, Michigan
Assured the MDS reflected an accurate representation of the residents clinical status which included the data from the Interdisciplinary Team (IDT).
Responsible for data which affected the billing process, financial health of the facility as well as quality reporting for CMS. Error rate 0-2%, but corrections were accepted with second transmission.
Assisted the Director of Nursing with assigned responsibilities i.e, quality monitoring data collection and unit coverage.
Team Manager February 2011 to June 2015Faith Hospice － Grand Rapids, Michigan
Coordination of day-to-day staffing of RN, Social Work, Chaplain and Aide's.
Fiscal accountability of staffing ratio based on cenus.
Multidisciplinary team discussion facilitator and documentation review for hospice eligability.
Assist in the hiring, recruitment, retention, performance monitoring and counseling of 20-22 team members with collaboration with the executive director.
Clinical Nurse Specialist January 2007 to October 2010Spectrum Health － Grand Rapids, Michigan
In collaboration with other members of the healthcare team, provides, enhances and improves health care delivery by evaluation nursing practices, developing methodologies, implementing standards of care and providing consultative services.
Assess patient and staff educational needs and implements educational programs to meet these needs.
Manages, supervises, and coordinates the operational effectiveness and efficiency of the nursing services within radiation oncology services.
Collaborates with the leadership team to develop site and service goals providing input related to the development and management of the budget.
Develop policies and procedures in coordination with other leaders to support services in the provision of excellent clinical services.
Nurse Manager/Clinical Nurse Specialist February 1993 to January 2007Spectrum Health/Butterworth Hospital － Grand Rapids, Michigan
Functions in the role of advanced practitioner to promote/support/provide comprehensive nursing care delivery using the nursing process.
Monitored high risk radiation patients to ensure decrease hospitalization rate with proactive symptom management.
Assumes accountability for the assessment of educational needs, development, implementation, evaluation, and revision of educational programs/educational materials for healthcare providers, educators, patients, and/or the community.
Communicates, collaborates, networks with and acts as a consultant with other members of the health care team.
Develops/manages/controls budget for the nursing personnel under the direction of the department manager.
Interim Oncology Staff Development Instructor January 1989 to February 1983Butterworth Hospital － Grand Rapids, Michigan
Responsibilities included curriculum development for the oncology unit; coordinated and manage unit-based orientation for new RN and nurse extern staff; Developed and facilitated oncology/hospital-wide in-services and continuing education programs.
Presented in-services to promote nursing practice.
Provided direct patient care periodically to retain clinical skills and knowledge.
Clinical Coordinator February 1983 to February 1993Butterworth Hospital－ Grand Rapids, Michigan
Maintains a work environment conducive to effective communication, collaboration, team building and professionalism.
Assumes shift accountability for maintenance of quality services.
Monitors compliance with policies, procedures, and protocols.
Role models comprehensive nursing care addressing the physiological, psychological, socio-cultural and spiritual needs of patient and significant other.
Acts as patient advocate crossing multi-disciplinary lines to meet patient needs.
Assist in the hiring, recruitment, retention, performance monitoring and counseling of staff members on unit/shift in collaboration with the unit director.
Clinical Oncology Staff Nurse/Charge Nurse and Nurse Clinician June 1981 to August 1986William Beaumont Hospital － Royal Oak, Michigan
Education and Training
Master of Science : Nursing Adult Education, 1999Grand Valley State University － Allendale, Michigan
Oncology Certified Nurse, 1991
Bachelor of Science : Nursing, 1981Grand Valley State College － Allendale, Michigan
Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing
Oncology Nursing Society and Greater Grand Rapids Chapter
West Michigan Hospice and Palliative Care
Articles and Publications
Numerous local and national presentations which are available upon request.
Published in Journals and Text Books which are availabe upon requet.
Amature Radio N8IMR; Girl Scouting; North Kent Presbyterian Church