UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA SCHOOL OF NURSING1986Charlottesville, VA
WHEATON COLLEGE1980Bachelor of Arts: English Literature/BiologyNorton, MA
Twelve years experience in psychiatric mental health nursing as a Registered Nurse licensed in Virginia. Skilled care of child, adolescent, and adult patients with chronic and acute psychiatric conditions. Additional experience as a clinical supervisor and administrator.
Licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Nursing, 1986.
Riverside Behavioral Health SystemApril 2016 to CurrentNursing Supervisor Hampton, VAResponsible for managing staff, overseeing patient care and ensuring adherence to established policies and procedures on all units of the hospital. Responsible for assessing patient care requirements on each unit and assigning staff to units. Act as a resource in identifying and solving clinical/administrative/operational problems. Serve as an interface between staff, their patients, and the patients' families, as well as between staff and the hospital's physicians. Provide support, guidance and feedback to staff. Assist physicians and admission staff in admission criteria for assigning admission status to patients.
Riverside Health SystemJanuary 2015 to CurrentSubject Matter Expert-Epic Conversion Newport News, VAPlay an integral role in the design, validation, and re-engineering of the Electronic Health Record conversion from Meditech to Epic. Participate in design sessions for workflows and to make operational decisions that drive system build. Participate in validation sessions to ensure that the system is built appropriately and will support the organization's needs. Provide operational expertise to the training team to ensure the training program is relevant to the staff. Act as “secondary trainer” during end user training to provide learners with operational insight from a familiar, respected colleague. Provide go-live support in for Riverside Behavior Health Center as a Super User. In addition to participating in design, validation, and re-engineering sessions, assist with other implementation processes that are fundamental to a successful go-live.
Riverside Behavioral Health CenterOctober 2012 to CurrentPsychiatric Nurse Hampton, VA
Provide psychiatric nursing care to patients on four acute units, serving children, adolescents and adults, and an adolescent residential unit. Roles include charge nurse supervising up to seven staff members, support nurse for the charge nurse and preceptor for new orientees. Serve on the RBHC Care Council.
Riverside Regional Medical CenterAugust 1992 to June 1996Psychiatric Nurse Newport News, VAResponsible for managing, supervising and assisting the nursing staff, as well as providing administrative support and patient care on an adolescent acute care unit.
Western State HospitalMay 1988 to July 1991Nurse Clinician Staunton, VAAdult psychiatric admission unit. Provided nursing care and a safe therapeutic environment for adult psychiatric patients on an admission unit as a member of multidisciplinary team. Supervised other nursing staff in administering patient care. Administrative duties included performance evaluations and scheduling employees for unit coverage as needed. Served as nursing supervisor to provide administrative coverage for the hospital on a rotating basis. Monitored Patients' charts, collecting data for quality assurance when needed. Facilitated patient groups dealing with family issues, assertiveness training, stress management, and discharge from the hospital. Organized and presented lectures to patients on subjects of mental and physical health. Presented a variety of clinical in-services to staff, topics including ethical dilemmas in nursing, the pregnant psychiatric patient, personality disorders, alcohol detoxification, and schizophrenia.
UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA HEALTH SYSTEMMay 1986 to May 1988Nurse Clinician II Charlottesville, VAProvided psychiatric nursing care to patients on a 20 bed adult acute care psychiatric care unit. Supervised other nursing personnel with clinical care issues. Served on the University of Virginia Policy and Procedure Committee, evaluating and updating hospital policies. Assistant Psychiatric Nurse, January 1986-May 1986.