I am a professionally trained registered nurse with experience ensuring high standards of culturally competent care for wide variety of patients with diverse psychiatric diagnoses and social needs. In my first year at Vera French, I feel I've proven my ability to adapt quickly, delivering a high standard of care. I am confident, my knowledge and experience in the area of behavioral health will benefit the Integrated Health Program. My establish relationship and solid rapport with our current Physicians and Advanced Nurse Practitioners would help bridge the gap between Vera French departments, perhaps providing congruency for our patients.
From my diverse work experiences I feel these are some of my top skills and focus areas.
Team Management Skills
Strong Organizational Skills
Excellent Communication Skills
Emotional Coping Skills
Client Care Services
Functional Living Skills
Clients Anger Management
Exceptional Problem Solver
Methadone Dispensing NurseCenter for Alcohol and Drug Services - Rock Island, Illinois
I was responsible for dispensing methadone daily to heroin addicted patients seeking freedom from their drug dependency. Along with the staff physicians, I help conduct mandated health screenings, physicals and special education assessments. I was responsible for weekly reporting to the Drug Enforcement Agency, which included providing them with weekly totals of the methadone we dispensed and stored in our safe.
Psychiatric Registered Nurse, Level IIIGenesis West Medical Center - Davenport, IowaOn the Genesis West BehavioralHealth Unit I was responsible for treating, caring for and educating children and adults with a wide range of psychiatric diagnoses. I functioned as charge nurse, PSA admitting nurse, ECTmedication nurse, preceptor, and our unit based committee chair person. I also did the following duties:
Assessed need for, ordered, obtained and interpreted appropriate lab tests.
Organized and led support groups in subjects related to physical and emotional health to ensure long-term patient well-being.
Oversaw and managed clinical and support staff in patient care activities while maintaining a high level of staff morale and professionalism.
Examined patients and dispensed medications as needed.
Pharmacological and non-pharmacological management and treatment of various disorders and diseases.
Self-directed with astute judgment skills. High level of personal accountability.
Effective counseling in health maintenance and disease management.
Liaised between patients and physicians to ensure patient comprehension of treatment plans.
Instructed patients and family members on proper discharge care.
Ensured HIPAA compliance.
Provided DHS (Department of Health Services) with corrective action plans.
Delegated staff nurse duties.
Assisted patients with daily functions.
Specialized in the nursing care of patients with chemical dependency.
Owner and Operator of Ganson's Neighborhood Bakery & CafeSelf - Rock Island, Illinois01/2009 - 03/2015
I redesigned a 1920's farmhouse into a local neighborhood bakery and café which was rated #1 in the Quad Cities for seven years.
Carefully interviewed, selected, trained and supervised staff.
Clearly and promptly communicated pertinent information to staff, such as large reservations or last minute menu changes.
Interacted positively with customers.
Organized special events in the restaurant, including receptions, promotions and corporate luncheons.
Developed a lucrative annual food and beverage marketing plan and strict budget to maximize profits.
Correctly calculated inventory and ordered appropriate supplies.
Strategically developed effective marketing plans to increase sales and profits while managing costs.
Actively participated in ongoing customer service programs to build sales and rapport in the community.
Promoted a positive atmosphere and went above and beyond to guarantee each customer received exceptional food and service.
Led and directed team members on effective methods, operations and procedures.
Oversaw front of house personnel to maintain adequate staffing and minimize overtime.
Maintained a safe working and guest environment to reduce the risk of injury and accidents.
Developed, implemented and managed business plans to promote profitable food and beverage sales.
Prepared daily food items, and cooked simple foods and beverages
Ensured food was stored and cooked at correct temperature
Shopped for and ordered food and kitchen supplies and equipment
Routinely supported other areas of the restaurant as requested, including answering telephones and completing financial transactions for other staff members.
Trained kitchen staff on proper use of equipment, food handling, and portion sizing.
Estimated amounts and costs of required supplies, such as food and ingredients
Stored food in designated containers and storage areas to prevent spoilage
Communicated with other kitchen team members to ensure food was prepared on time and correctly
Monitored food preparation and serving techniques to ensure that proper procedures were followed
Followed all safety and sanitation policies when handling food and beverage to uphold proper health standards.
Ensured freshness of food and ingredients by checking for quality, keeping track of old and new items, and rotating stock
Assisted in maintaining preparation and service areas in a sanitary condition
Cleaned and organized eating, service, and kitchen areas
Helped with preparation, set-up, and service for catering events
Provided excellent customer service
Verified proper portion sizes and consistently attained high food quality standards.
Developed menus, pricing and special food offerings to increase revenue and customer satisfaction.
Comprehensive knowledge of food and catering trends
Owner and Operator of Ganson's Simply Gluen Free MFGSelf - Milan, Illinois03/2013 - 02/2015
I, along with my baker developed a product line of 18 gluten free bakery and bread products. Our products were in 24 Hy-Vee stores, Schnucks, Whole Foods, and Woodman's. We baked, packaged, marketed, and delivered our products on a daily basis.
Staff Registered NurseVera French Community Mental Health Center - Davenport, Iowa05/2016 - Current
I work with Dr. Henry Emerle and Martin Mika, ARNP in caring for people with various psychiatric diagnoses. I assist with crisis intervention, medication management, assessments, and mental health education. I've listed my attributes.
Strong Assessment Skills
Drug Therapy Management
Customized Patient Teaching
Medical Terminology Knowledge
Geriatric Treatment Knowledge
Patient Care Needs
Chronic Care Experience
Direct Patient Care
Associate of Applied Science: NursingBlack Hawk College - 1994