To continue my academic and clinical growth as a surgical nurse, and to improve patient outcomes using evidence-based research. To work in a fast-paced and challenging environment that will advance my critical thinking skills as well as my practical nursing skills.
Quinnipiac University2014Bachelor of Science: NursingHamden, CTHolistic Program, Endorsed by the American Holistic Nurses' Certification Corporation
University College of Cork2012Bachelor of Science: NursingCork, IrelandSemester Abroad
VA Boston Healthcare SystemMay 2017 to CurrentPost-Anesthesia Care Unit Registered Nurse Jamaica Plain, MA
Receive patients directly from the Operating Room. Monitor vital signs, pain control and airway maintenance while patients are recovering from anesthesia.
Communication with the anesthesia team to clarify orders, to report poor pain management and abnormal vital signs.
Ensure that patients meet criteria for discharge from the PACU using the Aldrete Score.
Prepare discharge instructions for post-operative care.
Facilitate the transport of patients to an inpatient hospital when continued care is needed.
Attended the six day Intensive Care Unit Consortium and the Basics of Critical Care Course.
VA Boston Healthcare SystemAugust 2015 to May 2017Surgical Registered Nurse West Roxbury, MA
Surgery nurse specializing in cardiac, general, vascular, thoracic, neurosurgery and urology cases.
Practiced in telemetry, including monitoring and assessing heart rhythms, communicating unsafe arrhythmias to the physician and carrying out orders to intervene.
Achieved skills in physical assessments and efficient communication.
Assisted patients with achieving adequate pain management including the administration of Patient Controlled Analgesia (PCA) pumps and epidurals.
Experienced with administering alternate forms of nutrition, such as Total Parenteral Nutrition, Peripheral Parenteral Nutrition and tube feeds.
Skillful in wound care and surgical dressing changes, as well as pressure ulcer care and prevention.
Responsible for the admission, discharge and transfer of patients. Made judgments and timely decisions when a patient required a higher level of care.
Administered daily and as needed medications to patients. Facilitated order verification and clarification when needed.
Effectively collaborated with interdisciplinary team members to formulate a patient-centered plan of care.
Documented assessments and daily events comprehensively in the patient's electronic chart.
VA Boston Healthcare SystemJuly 2014 to August 2015Post- Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Resident West Roxbury, MA
Experienced working on a general medicine-telemetry floor with two hospice beds.
Provided hospice and palliative care, enhancing patients' experiences at the end of life.
In attendance at monthly topical workshops and Evidence Based Practice Curriculum workshops.
In attendance at Schwartz Rounds, Spinal Cord Injury Wound Rounds and multiple symposiums.
Trained in LEANS System Redesign, TEACH and Motivational Interviewing.
Completed an Evidence Based Practice Project and implemented on the floor.
VA Boston Healthcare SystemJune 2013 to July 2014Student Nurse Technician West Roxbury, MA
Skilled with assisting patients with activities of daily living, completing vital signs and blood glucose testing.
Provided support and assistance to nurses as needed.
Massachusetts Registered Nurse, RN2294965
Certified Nursing Assistant (expired), CNA-098385, May 2014- May 27, 2016
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) for the Healthcare Provider
Basic Life Support (BLS) for the Healthcare Provider
Suction champion: collaborated with the hospital's Nurse Educators to review nursing standards of practice for suctioning. Provided education for night staff nurses on tracheal suctioning and tracheostomy care using a simulation man.
Member of the Unit Based Council: identified areas that impacted patient care, and patient and staff satisfaction. Made evidence based decisions to improve the quality of care veterans received. Assisted to complete a bulletin board where staff and patients could submit ideas and suggestions to improve the unit. Represented the nursing service at a Partners in Performance Excellence (PiPPex) meeting to share improvements and practice on the surgical floor.
Peer Leader for Safe Patient Handling: trained on the safe patient handling equipment to better understand how to safely transfer and move patients, preventing patient and staff injuries. Provided in-services for floor staff to address best practices for use of this equipment. Served as a resource for questions or concerns.
Caring for the Hospice Patient Poster Presentation, September 2016.
Evidence Based Practice Project, The Assessment and Prevention of Delirium, July 2015.
Delirium on an Acute Medical Floor, Nurses' Week Poster Presentation, May 2015.