Patient-focused registered nurse with 38 years experience in healthcare. Skilled in providing competent, compassionate care in cardiac, telemetry, PACU, preop, medical surgical, urology, and orthopedic. Experienced Spanish speaker. Seeking a position in a facility with a commitment to safety, compassion and quality care to patients.
Alaska Nursing License
Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification
Pediatric Life Support (PALS) Certification
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certified through American Heart
Nurse Refresher Course in 2003 (after returning from working internationally)
SuperUser in Epic Medical Charting
Skilled cardiac care nurse
Skilled preoperative nurse
Skilled PACU nurse
Skilled Med/Surg nurse
Geriatric treatment knowledge
Bi-lingual in English and Spanish
Strong medical ethic
Wound cleaning/care expertise
Infection control standards
Flow sheet charting
Skilled in cardiac sheath care
Good communication skills
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification
Computerized charting specialist
Familiarity with disease management programs
Trained in in- and out-patient care
Acute and rehabilitative care
IV drug therapy management
Colostomy care familiarity
Body mechanics knowledge
PACU and Preoperative Charge Nurse/Nurse ManagerOct 2008 to May 2016 The Outer Banks Hospital － Nags Head, North Carolina
Charge nurse, manager, and staff nurse in Preoperative and PACU (outpatient and inpatient) unit managing nursing staff of 8 nurses.
Supervised ancillary staff of 4 on-call nurses.
Staff nurse in addition to administrative duties and charge nurse.
Provided patient care in fast-paced preoperative and postoperative environment.
Implemented preoperative assessments, oriented to unit, history, medication reconciliation, diabetic management preoperative and postoperative, starting IVs, fluid management, maintaining patient safety and preoperative teaching.
Developed and maintained quality care systems and standards, including but not limited to, creating and improving medical protocols/guidelines.
Implemented safety procedures and protocols in the preoperative area to assure correct patient, correct operative site and correct procedure.
Provided post-anesthesia care.
Postoperative care given for general surgery (exploratory laparotomy and laparoscopy, appendectomy, ventral hernia, inguinal hernia), joint replacements (total hips and knees, shoulder), urology, ENT, plastic surgery, OB/GYN (hysterectomy, A&P repair, D&C), colonoscopies, cystoscopies, cataract removal and any emergency surgery. Monitored post-op vitals, set up PCA, fluids, reviewed post-op orders and orient patients to unit. Post op teaching and follow up.
Sound, ethical and independent decision-making ability consistent with medical protocols.
Performed all tasks with a patient-centered focus while seeking opportunities for improvement of processes and treatments.
Assisted patients with healing and recovery after surgery.
Provided necessary health education training for patients.
Evaluated patient care needs, prioritized treatment and maintained patient flow.
Utilized strong assessment skills to determine necessary patient care.
Worked as part of team to ensure proper care of and safety of patient.
SUPERUSER in EPIC: Electronic charting, teaching personnel to use system and maintaining ongoing education of personnel in new updates and changes to system.
Prepared for HIPAA and JCAHO reviews.
Actively participated in unit-based Quality Assurance Program
Served on hospital employee Grievance Committee for 8 years.
RN staff nurse Progressive Care Unit Step down from ICU, CCUJul 2007 to Aug 2008 Trident Medical Center － Goose Creek, South Carolina
Maintained care of 4-6 high acuity patients, VATS, post op CABG, Cardiac sheath pull post cardiac catheterization, maintain cardiac IV drug administration and IV drips.
Conducted screening, diagnostic treatment and rehabilitative and supportive services as the senior nurse on a primary health care team.
Charge Nurse, staff nurseOct 2004 to Jul 2007 Northeast Medical Center, Carolinas Medical Center － Concord, North Carolina
Provided care as administrative charge nurse and staff nurse on a Progressive Cardiac Care Unit of 45 patients (telemetry, cardiac surgery, CABG, cardiac catheterization sheath pull)
Account Manager and Medical ConsultantOct 1996 to Jun 2003 PRN Transcription － Charlotte, NC
Provided quality transcription for a busy cardiology practice.
Acted as consultant to transcription company for quality and accuracy of medical terminology and final transcription draft
Clinic Manager and Missionary NurseJan 1989 to Jan 1996 Clinica de Lomalinda － Lomalinda, Meta, Colombia, South America
Maintained and operated a regional clinic in the jungle of Colombia for six years working with indigenous peoples and remote tribes.
Emergency medical flights
Administered testing and care of tropical diseases
Fluent in Spanish
Education and Training
Nursing, MissionsJohnson University － Kimberlin Heights, TennesseeA combined program with East Tennessee Baptist School of Nursing and University of Tennessee
Nursing1978East Tennessee Baptist School of Nursing － Knoxville, Tennessee, USAGraduated with diploma in nursing concurrently graduating from Johnson University.
Spanish as second language1989La Escula de Idiomas － San Jose, Costa Rica, Central AmericaCertified in Spanish