MRSA/MDRO PREVENTION COORDINATOR, INFECTION CONTROL
Senior-level nursing professional with 28 years of progressive experience in: Intensive Care, Telemetry, Hematology, Oncology, Case Management, and Infection Control. Level-headed, confident and organized leader able to work independently or within interdisciplinary teams to manage multifaceted programs and initiatives. Strong aptitude for accurate data analysis, information management and effective communication to medical professionals and agency representatives within varying levels of hierarchy.
Patient Management/Treatment Plans
Performance Analysis /Case Management
Regulatory Compliance/Program Audits
MRSA/MDRO Prevention Coordinator, Infection ControlJan 2010 to Current CAPTAIN JAMES A. LOVELL FEDERAL HEALTH CARE CENTER - North Chicago, IL
Community Living Center Organized nationwide Veteran's Health Administration initiative to reduce MRSA transmission - achieved 17% decline in ICU's (intensive care unit) and 21% in non-ICU's.
Oversaw 24% improvement in "hand hygiene" compliance within Community Living Center of 140 residents through innovative Targeted Solutions Tool (TST) ® application.
Provided tactical guidance quantifying organization's performance, identifying risk areas and developing custom solutions Secured "citation-free" infection control operations for three consecutive years with successful Long-Term Care Survey Coordinated Joint Commission Survey in first year of position - required ongoing and diligent communication with several department heads, accurate statistical data analysis and transparent, concise reports for multiple agencies and public stakeholders.
Information Management: Coordinated national-level administrative campaign to reduce MRSA transmission requiring accurate and intuitive data collection, analysis and reporting through automated national database.
Technical Expert: Translated critical procedural information for nursing and medical staff related to patient care, administrative processes and regulatory guidelines.
Program Management/Communication: Facilitated TeamSTEPPS initiative - led monthly trainings to promote program's core objectives of improved patient safety, communication and teamwork to entire facility by the end of 2013.
Staff Nurse/Case Manager/Nursing Supervisor/Infection Control CoordinatorJan 1991 to Jan 2010 LAKE FOREST HOSPITAL - Lake Forest, IL
Designed CarePath for CHF (Congestive Heart Failure) patients to educate nursing staff on identifying subtle warning signs and critical follow-up protocol to reduce acute symptoms.
Mentored all new employees, as assigned preceptor to nurses in training - entrusted with role based on advanced knowledge of operational procedures, ethical awareness and professionalism.
Supervised staff of 100 as Charge nurse for evening shift - provided expertise on administrative protocol for new patients, individualized care management and addressing special care needs of patients.
Held concurrent leadership roles as Infection Control Coordinator (3 years), Case Manager (10 years) and Nursing Supervisor (10 years) - elevated patient safety performance and administrative process measures.
Improvements: Contributed to hospital's top-rating for Nursing Workforce in 2013 Leapfrog Hospital Survey through
consistent leadership in developing and maintaining performance improvement
systems within nursing staff and administrative policies.
Successfully coordinated information collection, analysis and reporting to
several regulatory agencies including Lake County Health Department (LCHD),
Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Centers for Disease
Control's National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN).
Staff NurseJan 1990 to Jan 1993 SWEDISH COVENANT HOSPITAL - Chicago, IL
Supported Telemetry Unit serving as Charge Nurse of evening shift, supervising 8-member staff.
Managed staffing schedules, training and established technical guidelines on patient care routines and other administrative procedures.
Personnel Management/Leadership: Cultivated critical organizational and time management skills as preceptor. Mentor to new graduates.
Staff NurseJan 1989 to Jan 1990 CEDARS-SINAI Medical Center - Beverly Hills, CA
Worked in Hematology-Oncology Unit.
Frequently earned positive reviews from acutely ill patients and family members on above-average bedside manner, administrative knowledge and process improvements.
Innovation: Delivered technical expertise as part of medical team on first bone marrow transplant at facility in 1989 - consulted on full-scale patient management plan to maximize patient success during and after treatment.
Staff NurseJan 1987 to Jan 1989 LOYOLA UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER - Chicago, IL
Served as staff nurse at 40-bed facility in Hematology-Oncology Unit.
Designated preceptor for all new employees due to superior internal knowledge of hospital procedures and industry best-practices, outstanding communication skills and consistent work ethic.
Cross-Functional Teams: Recognized leader able to communicate across multiple departments to facilitate seamless functioning of medical-surgical and oncology units.
Education and Training
Master of Science in Nursing, (MSN), Infection Prevention and Control2016American Sentinel University - Aurora, CO, United States
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)1987Loyola University of Chicago - Chicago, IL
Certification, Infection Control, Certification Board of Infection Control and
Epidemiology, Inc., 2013
TeamSTEPPS Facilitator, 2013
Certification, Basic Life Support (BLS), American Heart Association, 2015
Communications Committee Member, Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC), 2015
for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, 2007
APIC Chicago Chapter, 2008
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, 2016