registerd nurse resume example with 20+ years of experience

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Professional Summary

Dedicated and compassionate Registered Nurse (RN) with progressive career history in direct patient care, triage and care coordination in fast-paced environment. Proven ability to remain calm under pressure and skillfully handle difficult patients and high-stress situations. Consistently developing strong relationships with patients and families through empathetic communication, respectful attitude and excellent customer service.

Tawas Area Schools Tawas City, Expected in High School Diploma : - GPA :
Kirtland Community College Roscommon, Expected in 05/2015 Associate of Science : Nursing - GPA :
  • BLS - Basic Life Support
  • PALS - Pediatric Advanced Life Support
  • ACLS - Advanced Cardiac Life Support
Work History
Five Star Quality Care, Inc. - Registerd Nurse
Albany, NY, 07/2015 - Current
  • Conferred with physicians to discuss diagnoses and devise well-coordinated treatment approaches.
  • Contributed substantially to successful department JCAHO accreditation by consistently operating to highest standards of care.
  • Observed and reported patient condition, progress and medication side effects to accurately document updates.
  • Maintained quality care and comfort for patients with acute and chronic conditions.
  • Provided exceptional care to high-acute patients needing complex care.
  • Collaborated with physicians to quickly assess patients and deliver appropriate treatment while managing rapidly changing conditions.
  • Documented patient information obtained from interviews concerning symptoms, medications and prior treatment.
  • Collaborated with interdisciplinary healthcare personnel to meet patients' personal, physical, psychological and cognitive needs.
  • Implemented interventions, including medication and IV administration, catheter insertion and airway management.
  • Performed ongoing assessments to evaluate mental health needs, working with multidisciplinary team to develop, initiate, manage and modify individualized plans of care.
  • Gathered lab specimens, ordered testing and interpreted results to diagnose patients.
  • Delivered medications via oral, IV and intramuscular injections, monitoring responses to address new concerns.
  • Educated patients, families and caregivers on diagnosis and prognosis, treatment options, disease process and management and lifestyle options.
  • Monitored patient condition, including interpreting and tracking EKG readings, identifying irregular telemetry readings and updating team members on changes in stability or acuity.
  • Collected blood, tissue and other laboratory specimens and prepared for lab testing.
  • Provided direct patient care, stabilized patients and determined next course of action.
  • Participated in nursing simulation activities, evidence-based practice project implementation and competency development to further nursing education.
  • Kept optimal supply levels in treatment rooms, triage and other areas to meet typical patient loads.
Saint Francis Health System - Lead Histology Technician
Sand Springs, OK, 02/2005 - 07/2021
  • Cut, mounted and stained samples from hospital patients suffering from acute and chronic concerns.
  • Completed complex histological procedures to prepare slides for analysis.
  • Operated instrumentation for tissue dehydration and section clearing.
  • Dictated and grossed tissue samples obtained from multiple physicians' offices and Operating Room.
  • Conducted tests correctly to obtain accurate results used to support patients' needs and diagnose conditions.
  • Monitored inventory levels of supplies, equipment and reagents used and placed orders for replacements.
  • Reviewed slides for quality control prior to sending to pathologists.
  • Kept grossing room fully stocked with necessary supplies and equipment ready for use.
  • Sorted specimens according to priority and difficulty of procedures and recorded all processes in pathology log.
  • Logged over 4500 samples on average, handling each expertly to prevent contamination.
  • Troubleshot inconsistencies and identified errors to trace root causes and implement corrective actions.
  • Entered data accurately on computer, including demographics, grossing descriptions and clinical diagnosis.
  • Prepared solutions, stains, and reagents in accordance with standards.
  • Minimized infection risk by regularly cleaning and disinfecting work areas and equipment.
  • Retrieved pathological data and delivered pathologist's dictation tapes and surgical pathology requisitions to medical transcriptionists.
  • Stayed current on changing procedures to offer expert support for histology laboratory activities.
  • Documented routine laboratory instrument maintenance and corrective actions.
  • Cut body tissue sections for microscopic examination using microtomes.
  • Embedded tissue specimens into paraffin wax blocks or infiltrated tissue specimens with wax.
  • Compiled and maintained preventive maintenance and instrument performance check records according to schedule and regulations.
  • Compiled materials to distribute to pathologists such as surgical working drafts, requisitions and slides.
  • Mentored high school and college students.
  • Sat on interview committee and trained new employees.
Ascension St. Joseph Tawas - Phlebotomist
City, STATE, 09/1996 - 02/2005
  • Drew blood from veins by vacuum tube, syringe or butterfly venipuncture methods.
  • Protected patients by following infection control, sharps disposal and biohazardous waste disposal procedures.
  • Spoke with patient to gather information for lab records, reduce fear or anxiety and optimize cooperation.
  • Performed bedside tests like bleeding time tests and entered results into patient charts.
  • Collected blood samples using vacutainer tubes, tourniquets, syringes, butterfly needles, and straight needles.
  • Validated blood and specimen collection orders, alerting nurses or physicians of discrepancies between order and nursing station logs.
  • Accurately labeled vacutainer tubes with patient name, date and time of collection.
  • Followed physician orders when administering therapeutic phlebotomy.
  • Organized daily work based on collection priority.
  • Collected venous and capillary samples on patients from all ages.
  • Assisted with office procedures by monitoring patient flow, performing telephone screening and maintaining sample drug lists.
  • Assembled tourniquets, needles and blood collection devices to prepare work trays.
  • Resolved unusual test orders by contacting physicians, nursing stations or reference laboratories.
  • Stocked phlebotomy cart or carrier with appropriate supplies.
  • Maintained exam rooms by ordering supplies, transporting specimens, washing and packing instruments and changing solutions.
  • Mentored high school students.
  • Assisted in new hire process and training new hires.
  • Performed drug screens and breathalyzer tests.

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School Attended

  • Tawas Area Schools
  • Kirtland Community College

Job Titles Held:

  • Registerd Nurse
  • Lead Histology Technician
  • Phlebotomist


  • High School Diploma
  • Associate of Science

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