Experienced and dedicated nurse with years of experience in a variety of settings. I have worked in acute care but have always enjoyed focusing on promoting wellness and self management whenever possible. I am passionate about patient education; be it working with children living with chronic conditions or individuals with mental illness or cognitive impairments. I am a strong patient advocate and always take a whole-person approach in my practice. I believe that treating others with compassion, respect, and dignity are non-negotiable. I strive to always meet patients where they are and take into account the culture, experiences, and backgrounds so that I maintain judgement free care. I enjoy complex challenges and appreciate the value of exploring creative ways to find positive outcomes. I hold myself a high standard with regards to adhering to nursing standards and evidence based best practices. I am a team player with a strong desire to support others in being successful. I enjoy teaching others in areas in which I excell and am always eager to learn and be open to new ideas and opportunities for growth.
Effective and respectful communication
Teamwork: conflict resolution, accountability and adaptability
Approaches problems using critical thinking and creativity
Patient education and empowerment
Strong documentation, attention to detail and accuracy
Patient Care and Assessment
Prioritizing tasks and collaborative care
Trauma informed care, cultural awareness
Dependable leadership and willingness to be flexible and learn
Community case management for Medicaid members. Care coordination for clients, working with a variety of medical providers and community agencies. Developing person-centered action plans to address member's goals and barriers and provide health literacy and guidance for clients to make informed decisions and effectively utilize their Medicaid benefits. Medication reconciliation. Addressing social and emotional needs and providing support and assistance navigating a wide array of public benefits and assistance. Attending creative solutions meetings, at local and state level to advocate for clients and develop care coordination agreements to prevent gaps in care or duplication of services. Participating in goal-specific programs in the community such as covid 19 vaccination clinics, flu vaccine clinics, housing navigation, and cold weather shelters for those experiencing homelessness. In home case management for the refugee population, promoting wellness and integration into community with respect to various backgrounds and cultures.
Provided routine and emergent medical care for a student body and staff of 800. Developed care plans for students and ensured that staff were instructed how to ensure the safety of students with chronic and acute conditions. Administered medications and maintained accurate documentation and records on students. Maintained vaccination records and provided immunization information to families. Trained staff and students in Hands-Only CPR and Heimlich Hero program. Worked in the special education classrooms as a mentor/advocate and communicated needs and barriers to the BOE. Routinely developed programs to educate staff and students about various medical conditions to empower individuals and reduce fears and social stigmas.
Was responsible for day to day operations of a memory care unit within an assisted living facility. Hired, trained, and retained direct care staff and directed job specific learning modules to staff. Intake assessments and managed admissions and discharges. Attended corporate seminars and trainings, incorporated programs in the facility. Coordinated care with outside agencies for residents. Attended marketing events and served as a liaison to resident's families; addressing concerns and working to solve issues. Maintaining patient records in compliance with state and federal law. Ensuring that residents were treated with dignity and respect at all times and holding myself and staff to a high level of integrity so that residents and families felt safe and cared for.
Unit nurse; worked in admissions, forensic, long term, and adolescent units. Administered routine and emergency medications. Served on the medication reconciliation board, addressing medication errors and implementing systems to prevent potential errors and incidents. Was a member of the ACT team, to respond to psychiatric and medical emergencies and high risk situations. Oversaw therapeutic classes within the hospital treatment mall, focusing on self-regulation, coping skills, health literacy, conflict resolution, and meaningful recreational activities for patients. Participated in treatment team meetings with providers and clinicians on a weekly basis. Transported patients to outside medical facilities and placements after discharge. Maintained accurate documentation and adherence to healthcare laws and policies.
Worked as a teacher/leader with the F.R.I.E.N.D.S. summer camp for children with autism
Member of the GA Association of School Nurses for 7 years and attended yearly conferences with continuing education classes
Regularly participate in disease specific charity events and fundraisers
Operate an independent parrot rescue and advocate for humane treatment of animals
Mentor nursing students from local university during their community nursing clinicals
I enjoy hiking, camping, and exploring my new home state of Colorado
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