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Jessica Claire
Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 609 Johnson Ave., 49204, Tulsa, OK
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Professional Summary

Senior RN and outstanding performer in PACU and train new nurses to be confident within the PACU setting and function independently. I have proven my success in leadership, operational excellence and organizational development with keen understanding of elements within the PACU with 21 years experience. Recognized for inspiring team members to excel and encouraging creative work environments while keeping a positive attitude that became infectious.

Skills
  • Intravenous therapy
  • Preventative health
  • Patient and family advocacy
  • Collecting vitals
  • Patient privacy
  • Patient counseling
  • Patient check-ins
  • Direct patient care
  • High level of autonomy
  • Personal care needs
  • Administering immunizations
  • Medication Administration
  • IV setup
  • Performing EKGs
  • Patient assessments
  • Precepting
  • Confidentiality
  • Infection control and aseptic procedures
  • Charting and clinical documentation
  • Supply restocking
  • Appointment Scheduling
  • Otoscope use
  • Physical assessments
  • Indirect patient care
  • Infection control measures
  • Cerner use
  • Foley catheters
  • Patient consultation
  • Managing deadlines
  • Medical recordkeeping
  • Strong clinical judgment
  • Patient management
  • Lab result interpretation
  • Patient evaluation
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Professional bedside manner
  • Feeding assistance
  • Infant vitals monitoring
Work History
03/2002 to 01/2020
Post Operative Care Unit RN Uchealth Fountain, CO,
  • Relieved external units such as outpatient IV therapy, pre- and post-operatives, PACU and recovery, recovery and postpartum with skilled nursing services
  • Facilitated therapeutic communication, conflict resolution and crisis intervention by redirecting negative behaviors and helping patients regain or improve coping abilities to prevent further disability
  • Monitored patient condition, including interpreting and tracking EKG readings, identifying irregular telemetry readings and updating team members on changes in stability or acuity
  • Equipped patients with tools and knowledge needed for speedy and sustained recovery
  • Taught patients how to improve lifestyle choices, dramatically reducing chance of symptom reoccurrence
  • Delivered outstanding care to patients with various diagnoses and managed care from treatment initiation through to completion
  • Informed patients and families of effective treatment options and at-home care strategies, enhancing long-term outcomes
  • Educated patients, families and caregivers on diagnosis and prognosis, treatment options, disease process and management and lifestyle options
  • Collaborated with interdisciplinary healthcare personnel to meet patients' personal, physical, psychological and cognitive needs
  • Audited charts and reviewed clinical documents to verify accuracy
  • Performed ongoing assessments to evaluate mental health needs, working with multidisciplinary team to develop, initiate, manage and modify individualized plans of care
  • Orchestrated quality-driven, cost-effective care for patients each day in a mid-volume PACU setting
  • Conveyed treatment options, diagnosis information and home care techniques to patients and caregivers to continue care consistency
  • Participated in education activities, including evidence-based practice project implementation, nursing competency development and nursing simulation activities
  • Developed strategy to target nursing and patient satisfaction issues, improve response and patient care quality and suggest actionable improvements to promote hospital-wide quality and safety initiatives
  • Fostered improvement in all operational facets, including staff development, personnel training and standards of patient care
  • Kept meticulous charting notes regarding patient assessments and medications, later transferring information into records management system
  • Accurately documented all elements of nursing assessment, including treatment, medications and IVs administered, discharge instructions and follow-up care
  • Collaborated with physicians to quickly assess patients and deliver appropriate treatment while managing rapidly changing conditions
  • Provided individualized care and dedicated oversight to patients on average in post-operative recovery room
  • Secured controlled narcotics and distributed medication on schedule to meet patient needs and minimize misuse opportunities
  • Delivered medications via oral, IV and intramuscular injections, monitoring responses to address new concerns
  • Took vitals and assessed patients in recovery room following surgical procedures
  • Advised patients and caregivers of proper wound management, discharge plan objectives, safe medication use and disease management
  • Addressed disruptions in patient care, including delays in discharge, postponed procedures and discharge equipment unavailability
  • Documented patient information obtained from interviews concerning symptoms, medications and prior treatment
  • Managed care for post-operative patients from initial recovery through discharge
  • Participated in nursing simulation activities, evidence-based practice project implementation and competency development to further nursing education
  • Trained new nurses in proper techniques, care standards, operational procedures and safety protocols to optimize performance and safety
  • Implemented interventions, including medication and IV administration, catheter insertion and airway management, & extubation
  • Leveraged feedback and process improvement opportunities to create safer and healthier environment and increase patient satisfaction
  • Collaborated with leadership to devise initiatives for improving nursing satisfaction, retention and morale
  • Gathered lab specimens, ordered testing and interpreted results to diagnose patients
  • Collected blood, tissue and other laboratory specimens and prepared for lab testing
  • Reviewed post-operative orders and continuously monitored patients' post-operative vitals, set up PCA and fluids and oriented patients to unit to achieve optimal outcomes
  • Cared for patients in PACU, supporting fellow nurses in delivering outstanding treatment to patients
  • Provided didactic and clinical instructions to orient new nurses and potential student nurses to achieve training outcomes
  • Advocated for patients by communicating care preferences to practitioners, verifying interventions met treatment goals and identifying insurance coverage limitations
  • Monitored patient reactions to drugs and carefully documented progress of individuals participating in clinical trials
  • Observed and reported patient condition, progress and medication side effects to accurately document updates
  • Provided direct patient care, stabilized patients and determined next course of action
  • Diagnosed and treated patients with chronic and acute health problems such as MI, arrhythmias, asthma, COPD and pneumonia
  • Conferred with physicians to discuss diagnoses and devise well-coordinated treatment approaches
  • Quickly responded to situations impacting safety and security to unit, actualizing crisis prevention interventions to control and de-escalate situations
  • Evaluated patients' pain levels, implementing correct dosage of medication to alleviate discomfort
  • Updated patient charts using Cerner with data such as medications to keep records current and support accurate treatments
01/1998 to 08/2002
RN, PACU Kids Peace Mesabi Academies Muncie, IN,
  • Relieved external units such as outpatient IV therapy, pre- and post-operatives, PACU and recovery, and postpartum with skilled nursing services
  • Administered medications and treatment to patients and monitored responses while working with healthcare teams to adjust care plans
  • Facilitated therapeutic communication, conflict resolution and crisis intervention by redirecting negative behaviors and helping patients regain or improve coping abilities to prevent further disability
  • Taught patients how to improve lifestyle choices, dramatically reducing chance of symptom reoccurrence
  • Monitored patient condition, including interpreting and tracking EKG readings, identifying irregular telemetry readings and updating team members on changes in stability or acuity
  • Conferred with physicians to discuss diagnoses and devise well-coordinated treatment approaches
  • Took vitals and assessed patients in recovery room following surgical procedures
  • Observed and reported patient condition, progress and medication side effects to accurately document updates
  • Delivered high level of quality care to diverse populations while overseeing patient admission and triaging based on acuity and appropriate department admission
  • Reported findings to quality departments after conducting routine restraint audits and worked with team to devise corrective actions for deficiencies
  • Collected blood, tissue and other laboratory specimens and prepared for lab testing
  • Fostered improvement in all operational facets, including staff development, personnel training and standards of patient care
  • Collaborated with physicians to quickly assess patients and deliver appropriate treatment while managing rapidly changing conditions
  • Secured controlled narcotics and distributed medication on schedule to meet patient needs and minimize misuse opportunities
  • Audited charts and reviewed clinical documents to verify accuracy
  • Implemented interventions, including medication and IV administration, catheter insertion and airway management
  • Diagnosed and treated patients with chronic and acute health problems such as MI, arrhythmias, asthma, COPD and pneumonia
  • Orchestrated quality-driven, cost-effective care for as many as 2 patients at a time in high-volume PACU setting
  • Educated patients, families and caregivers on diagnosis and prognosis, treatment options, disease process and management and lifestyle options
  • Prepared patients for surgery, educating patients and family members on diverse surgical procedures
  • Advocated for patients by communicating care preferences to practitioners, verifying interventions met treatment goals and identifying insurance coverage limitations
  • Updated patient charts using paper charting and verbal communication with data such as medications to keep records current and support accurate treatments
  • Developed strategy to target nursing and patient satisfaction issues, improve response and patient care quality and suggest actionable improvements to promote hospital-wide quality and safety initiatives
  • Gathered lab specimens, ordered testing and interpreted results to diagnose patients
  • Quickly responded to situations impacting safety and security to unit, actualizing crisis prevention interventions to control and de-escalate situations
  • Performed ongoing assessments to evaluate mental health needs, working with multidisciplinary team to develop, initiate, manage and modify individualized plans of care
  • Monitored patient reactions to drugs and carefully documented progress of individuals participating in clinical trials
  • Evaluated patients' pain levels, implementing correct dosage of medication to alleviate discomfort
  • Contributed substantially to successful department JCAHO accreditation by consistently operating to highest standards of care
  • Sustained quality standards by performing routine medication audits and upholding internal and industry best practices
  • Addressed disruptions in patient care, including delays in discharge, postponed procedures and discharge equipment unavailability
  • Provided exceptional care high-acutity patients needing complex care such as extubation, extensive wound care, post c-section, IV med and pain management
  • Partnered with physicians, social workers, activity therapists, and case managers to develop and implement individualized care plans and documented all patient interactions and interventions in electronic charting systems
  • Kept meticulous charting notes regarding patient assessments and medications, later transferring information into records management system
  • Participated in nursing simulation activities, evidence-based practice project implementation and competency development to further nursing education
  • Accurately documented all elements of nursing assessment, including treatment, medications and IVs administered, discharge instructions and follow-up care
  • Provided direct patient care, stabilized patients and determined next course of action
  • Cared for patients 10-bed PACU supporting fellow nurses in delivering outstanding treatment to patients
  • Reviewed post-operative orders and continuously monitored patients' post-operative vitals, set up PCA and fluids and oriented patients to unit to achieve optimal outcomes
  • Delivered medications via oral, IV and intramuscular injections, monitoring responses to address new concerns
06/1992 to 01/1998
RN Staff Nurse Wyoming Medical Center City, STATE,
  • Adhered to strict safety measures by carefully determining proper dosages before administering medications
  • Followed all personal and health data procedures to effectively comply with HIPAA laws and prevent information breaches
  • Accurately documented all elements of nursing assessment, including treatment, medications and IVs administered, discharge instructions and follow-up care
  • Kept optimal supply levels in treatment rooms, triage and other areas to meet typical patient loads
  • Used first-hand knowledge and clinical expertise to advocate for patients under care and enacted prescribed treatment strategies
  • Quickly responded to situations impacting safety and security to unit, actualizing crisis prevention interventions to control and de-escalate situations
  • Delivered medications via oral, IV and intramuscular injections, monitoring responses to address new concerns
  • Explained course of care and medications, including side effects to patients and caregivers in easy-to-understand terms
  • Implemented care plans for patient treatment after assessing physician medical regimens
  • Provided complete care to home health patients, including physical assessments, medication and chronic disease management
  • Observed and documented patient factors such as diets, physical activity levels and behaviors to understand conditions and effectively modify treatment plans
  • Recorded details regarding all therapies to keep patient charts updated
  • Performed ongoing assessments to evaluate mental health needs, working with multidisciplinary team to develop, initiate, manage and modify individualized plans of care
  • Participated in education activities, including evidence-based practice project implementation, nursing competency development and nursing simulation activities
  • Administered different therapies and medications in line with physician orders and treatment plan
  • Promoted patient and family comfort during challenging recoveries to enhance healing and eliminate non-compliance problems
  • Provided direct patient care, stabilized patients and determined next course of action
  • Managed patients recovering from medical or surgical procedures, including facilitating wound care, pressure ulcer prevention and pain management
  • Observed and reported patient condition, progress and medication side effects to accurately document updates
  • Managed care from admission to discharge, including patient assessments, care planning, health educations and discharging support to provide comprehensive care to patients daily
  • Facilitated therapeutic communication, conflict resolution and crisis intervention by redirecting negative behaviors and helping patients regain or improve coping abilities to prevent further disability
  • Applied nursing expertise to meet needs of Pediatric patients in challenging environment
  • Educated family members and caregivers on patient care instructions
  • Administered medications and treatment to patients and monitored responses while working with healthcare teams to adjust care plans
  • Implemented interventions, including medication and IV administration, catheter insertion and airway management
  • Updated patient charts with data such as medications to keep records current and support accurate treatments
  • Reviewed post-operative orders and continuously monitored patients' post-operative vitals, set up PCA and fluids and oriented patients to unit to achieve optimal outcomes
  • Communicated with healthcare team members to plan, implement and enhance treatment strategies
  • Educated patients, families and caregivers on diagnosis and prognosis, treatment options, disease process and management and lifestyle options
  • Collaborated with physicians to quickly assess patients and deliver appropriate treatment while managing rapidly changing conditions
  • Equipped patients with tools and knowledge needed for speedy and sustained recovery
  • Delivered outstanding care to patients with various diagnoses and managed care from treatment initiation through to completion
Education
Expected in to to
Associate of Science: General Studies
Casper College - Casper Wyoming,
GPA:
Expected in to to
Bachelor of Science:
University of Wyoming - Laramie, WY
GPA:
  • Majored in Zoology
Expected in 05/1992 to to
Bachelor of Science:
University of Wyoming - Laramie, WY
GPA:
  • Majored in Nursing
  • Awarded Community Health Nursing Award
Accomplishments

I volunteered in the SMH gift shop for 8 years and managed the store for 2 years while working as an RN and taking call. I took the store from being dollar store -type to a boutique-type that gave considerable donations back to SMH at the end of the year.

I served as President to the SMH Auxillary Board for 2 years while working as an RN. I was on that board for for 6 years.

Certifications

ACLS

PALS

BLS

Additional Information

I was always told during my evaluations that I was a great and positive asset to the department. When I retired at 56 years old my managers told me there would always be a place for me if I chose to come back. Several of the staff, Surgeons and Anesthesiologists asked me to stay on as PRN. But, I was burned out and did not wish to take call any longer. My husband had retired 2 years earlier.

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School Attended

  • Casper College
  • University of Wyoming
  • University of Wyoming

Job Titles Held:

  • Post Operative Care Unit RN
  • RN, PACU
  • RN Staff Nurse

Degrees

  • Associate of Science
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Science

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