Registered nurse with 38 years experience in various nursing fields, including nursing management, case management, discharge planning, patient and staff education. Additional expertise includes 18 years experience providing diabetes education in inpatient and outpatient settings.
Registered Nurse in State of Georgia, #R45009
Advanced Cardiac Life Support Instructor, American Heart Association, 1982 to present
Basic Life Support Instructor, American Heart Association, 1980 to present
Advanced Life Support and Basic Life Support Regional Faculty, American Heart Association, 2009 to present
Nursing education expertise
Data analysis for performance improvement
Development of protocols, policy and procedures
Enthusiastic people person
Good organizational skills
Facilitates the educational process through assessment, development, planning, implementation and evaluation of nursing competency assessment, continuing education and leadership development. Coordinates orientation of new nursing staff and student nurses to the organization. Trains staff on all new equipment. Coordinates BLS, ACLS, PALS, PEARS, and NRP programs. Functioned as project manager for implementation of Pyxis Automated Mediation Dispensing System and Abbott Point-of-care Glucose Monitoring System. Participated in development, implementation and training of Meditech Bedside Medication Verification and electronic Medication Administration Record, Provider Order Management (CPOE) and physician order sets. Provides diabetes education to inpatients, teaches outpatient Diabetes Management Class, and coordinates bi-monthly Diabetes Support Group.
Conducted admission, concurrent and retrospective reviews for all assigned patients. Communicated with payors and physicians to facilitate appropriate admissions and discharges, and to promote a high quality of care. Conducted discharge planning activities for assigned patients. Completed data collection and quality activities.
Taught Anatomy and Physiology course for two quarters at technical college on part-time basis.
Managed and supervised 18-bed surgical/pediatric unit and 31-bed medical unit with staff of approximately 60. Areas of responsibility included staffing, performance evaluations, and performance improvement program. Served on designated committees, assisted in formulating department guidelines, policies and procedures, prepared departmental budget, developed and maintained inventory of supplies an equipment of units. Served as member of core group for implementation of Meditech computer system in the order entry and nursing modules. Developed and revised nursing forms for Medical/Surgical/Pediatric units.
Chief Nursing Administrator for staff of approximately 40. Areas of responsibility included Medical-Surgical Unit, Emergency Room, Operating Room, Post Anesthesia Care Unit, Ambulatory Surgery, Central Supply, Intensive Care Unit, Infection Control, and Utilization Review.
Coordinated and supervised nursing care on a 4-bed ICU, 2-bed Step Down Unit with a professional staff of approximately 10. Developed and implemented policies and procedures, protocols, and performance improvement program. Chair ICU Committee.
Managed and provided nursing care on 47-bed medical-surgical unit. Areas of responsibility included Emergency Room and Labor/Delivery.
Managed and provided nursing care to neurological and neurosurgical patients on a 40-bed Neuro unit. Acted as relief charge nurse.
Managed and provided nursing care on a 30-bed orthopedic unit.
MSN with focus on case management. Thesis topic: Effectiveness of Diabetes Education
BSN graduated Cum Laude
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Mu Pi Chapter Charter Member, 1990 - present
Southwest Georgia District of Nurse Leaders, 2009 to present; program chair and legislative committee chair, 2012 to present
Nursing Honor Society of Georgia Southwestern College , Secretary of Steering Committee, 1985 - 1990
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