Over the past 33 years of psychiatric nursing service. I strive to provide exceptional, compassionate nursing care to ensure a holistic approach in managing and preventing mental/ behavioral and chemical illnesses in all ages.
Management of resources from staff to supplies
Management of the environment to provide for the safety and well being of the client's and staff.
Development of policies/ procedures that assist in the management of resources and the safety of client's and staff.
Coordinating with other team members to make for the best possible discharge outcome for the client.
Fulfilled a wide range of nursing duties from managing direct care staff, to providing a therapeutic, safe environment for both forensic and voluntarily committed clients. These duties included but were not limited to the following, admitting, discharging, managing behavioral crisis, participating in treatment planning and implementation, medication administration, education and monitoring effectiveness and for adverse effects.
Director of Nursing: Served as part of the multidisciplinary administrative team for the agency in developing, implementing and evaluating agency policies and procedures. Thus, ensuring compliance with all national and state regulatory, licensing standards for residential, out-patient, day treatment, school based, foster care in Ohio and Ky, in-patient sex offenders program as well as a med-somatic clinic, transitional and independent living. Served as a resource person to the agency as a representative of the medical department providing mental health education, understanding of pharmacological management as well as the clinical liaison to assist with multi agency coordination of complex medical/ psychiatric clients.
Medical coordinator: Hired, trained, evaluated disciplined and provided supervision of nursing staff to maintain required nursing coverage for all of the above listed programs. Managed the entire medical departments budget including but not limited to nursing, physician's contracts and salaries, administrative assistance, medical/ therapeutic supplies. Coordinated with vendors to provide service such as pharmacy, phlebotomy services, to hazardous waste. As well as brought other volunteer organizations to provide services such as lenscrafters for vision screenings, children's hospital to provided hearing evaluations, as well as had the health department to assist in getting client's vaccinated on site.
Psychiatric Nurse case manager: Managed the med/som clinic for out-patient clients by completing individualized care plans, providing case management services by making referrals to appropriate community resources, facilitating level of care changes based on the client's current functioning . Completed Ohio scales, facilitated prior authorization through managed care entities for prescriptions and utilized Central pharmacy resources as appropriate.
Psychiatric Nurse: Provided direct hands on care administering medication, admitting, discharging, transferring, as well as assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating treatment standards to achieve the best possible outcome upon discharge.
I spent these five years working in the psychiatric intensive care unit, the adult psychiatric unit and the geriatric psychiatric unit. Providing hands on care to address physical and mental health conditions, preventing them from harming themselves and others. Facilitated group therapy for inpatient and out patient clients. As well as chemically dependent client receiving in-patient treatment for detoxification. Provided nursing care for client recovering after electroconvulsive therapy.
Provided nursing services to adolescent boys ages 13 to 17 requiring long term psychiatric care. Provided for their medical and psychiatric needs. Including medication management, behavioral management and milieu management. As well as their education, development of a treatment plan beyond inpatient services and facilitating discharge through a multidisciplinary team.
I have started to pursue my BSN by completing a statistic's class and literary class. I need a history and an elective to have all the academic credits to qualify for an RN to BSN online course.
I am also interested in becoming a certified psychiatric nurse and will be looking into those qualifications.
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