Sixteen 6 years of experience in critical care including direct patient care, charge nurse, clinical nurse leader, program development and management. Currently responsible for managing and maintaining provisions necessary related to all operational issues on a 24/7 365 days a year.
South Carolina Nursing License
Christina J. Zensen- RN.67971 Expires 04-30-2014
Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification
American Heart Association Expires Healthcare Provider 04-2015
ACLS Provider certified through American Heart Association
CCRN Certification through the American Association of Critical Care Nurses Expiration 04-30-2016
Supervised 70 other practitioners and employees, led recruiting and hiring, managed employee review process and ensured compliance with state and federal regulations. Developed and maintained quality care systems and standards, including but not limited to, creating and improving medical protocols/guidelines. Actively participated in unit-based Quality Assurance Program. Disciplined, energetic employee who quickly establishes rapport with patients and colleagues. Performed all tasks with a patient-centered focus while seeking opportunities for improvement of processes and treatments.Implemented new floor assignments based on evaluation of staffing requirements. Assisted patients with healing and recovery after surgery. Monitored unit budget to ensure financial objectives were met.Provided education to patients on detox and withdrawal, medications, addiction, recovery, coping skills and community resources. Provided necessary health education training for patients. Acted as patient advocate and implemented total patient care through a team nursing process covering 8-10 high acuity patients per shift. Headed onboarding process for new nursing staff. Treated patients with strokes, head traumas, comas and intracranial hematomas. provided behavioral/emotional support and supervision for those with dementia and Alzheimer's. Assisted patients with multiple chronic diagnoses including COPD and asthma. Achieved departmental goals and objectives by instituting new processes and standards for in-patient care. Evaluated patient care needs, prioritized treatment and maintained patient flow. Accurately documented all elements of nursing assessment, treatments, medications, discharge instructions and follow-up care. Utilized strong assessment skills to determine necessary patient care. Partnered with team of Registered Nurses to ensure over all well-being of all patients. Coordinated with doctors and registered nurses to develop care plans for patients. Prepared for HIPAA and JCAHO reviews, ensuring required brochures and pamphlets were available to patients in all clinics. Created and maintained all absentee calendars, agency nurse schedules and staff meeting minutes. Tested glucose and administered injections. Assessed patients in active withdrawal and provided interventions to manage physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms. Monitored post-op vitals, set up PCA, fluids, reviewed post-op orders and orient patients to unit.
Member of the American Association of Critical Care Nurses 460828
South Carolina League of Nurses Award of Excellence 2007
South Carolina Palmetto Gold recipient 2007
Coursework Specialty in Health Care Administration (2013)
30 hours of Lean SIx Sigma Training
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