Nurse Practitioner focused on providing quality care and maintaining direct lines of communication with patients and the entire health-care team. Superb interpersonal and leadership skills with 16 years experience managing acute, chronic and cancer pain.
Registered Nurse Advanced Practice in State of Georgia, RN058026, expires 1/31/2016
American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Adult Nurse Practitioner, December 1, 2012 - November 30, 2017, A1297003
American Nurses Credentialing Center, Adult Nurse Practitioner, December 1, 2012 - November 30, 2017, #0294678-21
Chairman of system wide Pain Committee
Prescribes and manages pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments in patients with acute, chronic and cancer pain.
Obtains complete histories, performs comprehensive physical examination, compiles patient medical data to determine appropriate pain management alternatives for the patient with acute, chronic and cancer pain.
Routinely assesses patients with both invasive (epidural, intrathecal, peripheral nerve blocks, etc) and noninvasive pain regimens, documents assessments in electronic medical record, initiates changes per protocol.
Instructs and counsels patients regarding goals of pain management treatments, compliance with prescribed therapeutic regimens, medication side effects, and opioid tapering schedules.
Regularly evaluates the impact of standards of care, policies, procedures, protocols and recommends changes to improve the quality of care as related to pain management.
Facilitates resident, nursing staff, and patient education on pain topics by developing educational tools and providing power point presentations.
Collaborate with multidisciplinary teams to develop protocols which include specific pain management treatments.
Expert witness in pain related cases.
Provide leadership and direction for all staff on both inpatient units (orthopedics, urology/gynecology) and Outpatient Continence Center.
Plan capital expenses and monitor monthly expenses for each clinical area.
Supervise approximately 65 + full time equivalent positions.
Determine appropriate staffing levels based on patient acuity, census and budgetary restrictions.
Provide leadership, direction, and patient care.
Plan capital budget and review monthly expenses.
Educate nursing staff on orthopedic related topics.
Collaborated with a multidisciplinary team to develop clinical pathways specific to common orthopedic procedures.
Assessed and provided nursing care to patients on orthopedic surgical unit.
Acted as preceptor to new RNs.
Collaborated with physicians to make changes in care plan as patients' condition changed.
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