Highly skilled and dedicated Registered Nurse with over fourteen years relevant experience providing superior nursing
care in long term and acute care environments. Performs professional nursing work of considerable difficulty including care of clients and families and supervision over licensed and non-licensed healthcare professionals. Proven abilities in developing, evaluating, and implementing performance improvement initiatives as well as individualized plans of care.
Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification - 1998 to present
Performance Improvement Coordinator03/2012 to CurrentMemorial Hermann Health Care SystemHouston, TX
Registered Nurse12/2010 to 03/2012
Coordinates, oversees, and monitors day-to-day operations of the quality assurance performance improvement program for transplant services for a 1000-bed academic hospital.
Promoted from Registered Nurse II to Performance Improvement Coordinator within a short period of time by exhibiting superior organizational, analytical, and critical thinking skills.
Coordinates meetings and reports outcomes of performance improvement initiatives to hospital leadership, medical executive committees, steering councils, and at strategic planning meetings.
Abstracts and analyzes quality assurance data to identify trends and to develop and implement corrective action plans.
Took on responsibility of developing and initiating the quality assurance and performance improvement program for heart transplant and mechanical circulatory support implant services in addition to the responsibility of the abdominal transplant program.
Cares for inpatient and outpatients utilizing a multitude of diagnostic.
Registered Professional Nurse III03/2003 to 11/2010Albany Medical CenterAlbany, NY
Accountable for responding to emergency situations in an efficient and effective manner at a 650-bed Trauma I academic institution.
Interpreted and reported results of complex monitoring devices such as a-lines, PA Catheters, ICP monitors, Vigileo monitors, and ventilators.
Expertly performed additional responsibilities of charge nurse and orienting and mentoring new members of the critical care team.
Actively participated in family centered patient care committee.
Regularly floated to neurological intensive care unit and surgical intensive care unit.
Travel Nurse08/2001 to 03/2003Christine Gilson, RN TravMed USACharlotte, N C
Handled the assessment, planning, prioritizing, organizing, and evaluation of patient care in various specialties, including orthopedics, nephrology, rehabilitation and general medical-surgical.
Exhibited flexibility and adaptability by willingly taking on assignments in various locations, specialties, and shifts.
Carried out medical and nursing treatment and documented medications and nursing care in a timely and accurate manner.
Maintained knowledge of the patient's status during hospitalization and work with health care team to adjust and improve approach to recovery.
Evening Nursing Supervisor05/2000 to 08/2001Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation- RoBowling Green, KY
Managed the evening operations of 186-bed transitional care and rehabilitation center.
Established rapport and gained trust of residents and families through honest communication and compassionate care.
Supervised, energized, and motivated a staff of 20 licensed and unlicensed personnel to provide the highest level of quality care to the residents at the facility.
Charge Nurse08/1999 to 05/2000Medco Center of Bowling GreenBowling Green, KY
Directed the management of a 46-bed long term care facility, while providing direct nursing care to 23 residents of the facility.
Administered and documented medications and other medical therapies as ordered and observed and documented resident reactions.
Developed and updated the nursing care plan.
Met with an interdisciplinary team on regular basis to review the plan of care on residents.
Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse01/1999 to 08/1999Greenview Regional HospitalBowling Green, KY
Handled direct patient care in an efficient, safe, and compassionate manner to oncology, general medical-surgical, and pediatric populations.
Assessed and coordinated patients' discharge planning needs with members of the health care team.
Monitored, recorded and communicated patient condition as appropriate, utilizing computerized documentation systems.
Education and Training
Master of Science: Nursing2012Walden UniversityMinneapolis, MN
Bachelor of Science: Nursing2001Western Kentucky UniversityBowling Green, KY
Associate of Science: Nursing1997Western Kentucky UniversityBowling Green, KY
Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification - 1998 to present Legal Nurse Consultant Certification - 2001 Registered Nurse licensed in the State of Texas Registered Nurse licensed in the State of New York Skill Highlights Effective policy and program development Excellent communication skills Strong patient advocate Quality conscious Relationship builder Critical thinker Computer literate Strong nursing ethic.