Compassionate Registered Nurse with over 20 years of experience in offering comprehensive patient care in fast-pace high acute & high volume environments. Work well with diverse patient population and foster trusting relationships to improve outcomes. Efficiently coordinate with healthcare professionals to advance patient care.
Supplemental Detentions Nurse providing care for trauma injuries to influenza to chronic health problems, like AIDS, TB, Substance abuse, & mental illness . Record, interpret & report conditions requiring further treatment. Administer prescribed medications per MD & initiating Standard Nursing Protocols. Blood draws, Initiate IV insertion with IV therapy, obtain sputum/stool/urine samples, drug screens, wound care, assist ADL's. Make effective, reasonable, & responsible decisions in emergency & take appropriate action. Deal firmly & fairly with inmates while demonstrating tact & diplomacy. Deal effectively with manipulative, hostile, & antisocial behaviors. Maintain accurate & well documented inmate medical records. Establish & maintain effective working relationships with others.
Preceptor for new nurses in medical observation unit caring for 18 patients & preparing case management as needed.
Work as Charge & Staff Nurse in overflow Emergency Unit ( 18 bed) Responsible for multitasking & prioritizing in fast pace high volume setting, average 20-30 admits per day.
Perform completing admission history & obtain and initiate orders from MD. complete full assessment, Start peripheral IV or access pics/ports, draw labs, initiate IV antibiotics, critical care drips, blood products, insert Foley catheters, NG tubes, supplemental oxygen, cardiac monitoring, chart via CERNER, call report to receiving unit & transport if critical care unit, discuss POC with patient & family after patient consent.
Utilized as Float Nurse throughout hospital as warranted.
Worked as Charge & Staff Nurse on 32 bed unit providing care for critical & complex patients including ventilator management, initiate & manage critical care drips, initiate peripheral access, PICC line, med port or central lines & initiate IV therapy per MD including blood transfusions. Obtain lab draw, insert Foley catheter, NG tube, rectal tube, manage peg tubes with enteral feed, TPN titrates, Ostomy care, chest tubes, surgical drains, extensive wound care applying wound vacs & assist MD with bedside debridements/ procedures, assess & document care/findings, interpret & monitor lab results, isolate per infectious disease protocols, teach & counsel, patients & families, collaborate with interdisciplinary team members for best possible outcome.
Charge Nurse duties include guiding, directing the coordination of services, supervise all staff, rapid responder for medical emergencies, schedule staffing & assess agency needs, professionally resolve staff/patient/ family issues & directly report to Nursing Director & CEO.
2003-2007 ER Staff Registered Nurse
1999-2003 ER LPN Staff Nurse
1987-1998 ER Health Unit Coordinator Worked twenty years in Emergency Department in above roles.
Working as a team player by maintaining a positive & calm attitude to create a consistent & productive working environment, to value & encourage each coworker as an integral part of achieving the best possible outcomes for our patients.
Providing initial assessment & safe care to stabilize patients in a fast-pace 63 Bed Level II Trauma Center. Assisted in care of multiple traumas, cardiac arrests, stroke codes, sexual assaults exams, conscious sedation, spinal taps, intubations, critical care lines & titrations critical care drips, utilizing Rapid infuser to administer large fluid volumes quickly as Lifesaving measure, start IV & obtain blood draw, place cardiac monitor & interpret rhythm, verbal report to RN accepting admit.
Broad experience from infant to geriatric population, using critical thinking skills to quickly determine & prioritize level of urgency in triage setting. Able to interpret Vital Signs, test results & anticipate diagnosis and treatment plan while collaborating with ER team members. Perform & document focused assessment, multitasking calming & confidently, carrying out all MD Orders, updating & educating patient & families.
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