Patient-focused Registered Nurse who Works well with kaleidoscope of different personalities. Two and a half years experience as a Pre-Operative/PACU RN, BSN at Canyon View Surgery Center, two years as Military Combat Lifesaver, eight years as civilian EMT-Basic including 3 years in St. Mary's Emergency Room, and 1 year working in detox and outreach in Portland, OR. Compassionate, friendly personality with moral compass and strong passion for patient advocacy. Competent and calm in both high and low stress situations. Highly motivated, effective communicator and problem solver who successfully completed one year long combat tour to Iraq as well as an eight-year contract with the Army Reserve/National Guard. Leadership roles awarded and maintained in multiple military and civilian positions. Seeks constant growth in both personal and professional life. Quickly establishes rapport with patients and colleagues, willing to work in any and all facets of direct patient care. Desires to be an employee in the Hope West family where the feeling that ethics and values will be mutually aligned and strengthened on a daily basis.
Emergency Room experience
Strong moral and medical ethics
Punctual and prepared
Excellent communication skills
Fast learner and culturally sensitive
Honest, positive attitude
Pre-Operative and PACU RN12/2014 to CurrentCanyon View Surgery CenterGrand Junction, CO
Accurately documents all elements of nursing assessment, treatments, medications, discharge instructions and follow-up care
Utilizes strong assessment skills to determine necessary patient care
Coordinates with doctors and registered nurses to develop care plans for patients
Interviews patients to obtain medical history
Tests glucose and administers oral, IV, subcutaneous, intramuscular medications, obtains IV access on all surgical patients
Responsible for reporting par levels on all medications, completing monthly out-dates on medications, and depleting expired medications and supplies from inventory
Emergency Room Technician02/2008 to 07/2010St. Mary's HospitalGrand Junction, CO
Accurately and timely documented patient care data such as chief
complaint, past medical history, current medications, allergies,
immunization status, vital signs including assisting
nurses with triage.
Received reports of incoming EMS vehicles and Care Flight, conveyed pertinent information to charge nurse.
Proficiently obtained IV access, bloods and specimens.
Labeled and transported patient specimens within established standards;
obtained 12 lead EKGs, bladder scans, and ultrasounds; completed suture removal, and wound care (including Ortho-glass splinting).
Provided patient and family with education on home care.
Assisted with pelvic exams, specialty doctors, and cervical spine clearance.
Developed and enhanced the job skills necessary to maintain
department quality, including continuing education, in-service, skill
building and participation in local EMS drills.
Familiarity with prevention and intervention techniques for interaction
with violent, mentally disturbed, head injured and intoxicated patients.
Productively utilized time when not actively involved in patient care by
maintaining Environment of Care, supply and room stocking and
preparation, and equipment checks.
Surgery Scheduler/Clerk02/2007 to 02/2008Community HospitalGrand Junction, CO
Provided clerical support and scheduling support to the surgery
department by coordinating pre-op exams, surgical procedures and all
associated operations in scheduling and the front office.
Assisted department director and OR manager with any administrative
and organizational work.
Answered, screened, and forwarded all phone traffic to appropriate staff in
pre-op, OR, and PACU departments.
Sobering Station EMT/Shift Leader08/2006 to 02/2007Central City Concern Hooper Detox Center
Evaluated drug and alcohol intoxication level of clients based on initial
and ongoing physical and visual assessments.
Treated any and all medical interventions per protocol and scope of
Responded to police and emergency calls regarding incapacitated
subjects, transporting them to sobering station if necessary.
Worked in close team environment; monitoring clients during their
sobering process and educating them on the benefits of the inpatient
detox program when appropriate.
Provided support for the Nursing staff in caring for and monitoring of
patients during the sub-acute detoxification process.
Education and Training
Bachelor of Science: Nursing2014Colorado Christian UniversityGrand Junction, CO
Graduated Cum Laude
850 Clinical hours
Senior Specialty Course - Introduction to Critical Care Nursing
Capstone Course - 225 Hours on Intensive Care Unit at Grand Junction VA
Dean's List GPA
General Education2010Colorado Mesa UniversityGrand Junction, CO
Emergency Medical Technician - Basic2004Portland Community CollegePortland, OR
General Education2004Portland State UniversityPortland, OR
Certifications and Licenses
Registered Nurse in the State of CO, License number 1629747
Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification [2006 to present]
Pediatric Life Support (PALS) Certification [2015 to present]
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Certification [2015 to present]
CPR certified through American Heart Association
I believe that I would be an excellent addition to Hope West. My favorite aspects of nursing are human connection and patient advocacy, and I have always felt a strong pull towards hospice. I have been exposed to terminal illness and death in my personal, professional, and military experiences. I feel that death can be sad AND beautiful in the pain that it leaves behind and the pain that it sets one free from.