Licensed nurse currently working the emergency department at Advent Health Waterford Lakes with a 8 year background of paramedic experience in the Emergency Department and the Post Anesthesia Care Unit. Committed to patient care, team work, and continuing to learn about my profession everyday. Highly motivated and driven to learning more about health care, to fulfill my duty as a nurse.
Currently working at the free standing emergency room at Advent Health Waterford Lakes. Being in a free standing emergency room, your duties and responsibilities become more broad. Patient care, critical care, connecting with patients and working with interdisciplinary team to save and care for patients is a everyday task. One thing I have learned in healthcare is that caring for patients does not end with their ER visit. Being at a freestanding ER we are on a island and must take on different titles within healthcare. One day I may be a critical care nurse and the next day we are helping patients with social problems and other barriers that may stop them from getting the help they need. Follow ups, making sure patients know all their resources and coordinating care within and out of our hospital network is a task I have embraced while being an ER nurse. Learning over time what type of help is available for patients has been a valuable piece of knowledge. We may not have all the resources that a main hospital ER may have but at Advent Health Waterford Lakes we make sure the patients are taken care of during their visit, after they leave and always exceeding both the patients and communities expectations.
Started my nursing career in the emergency department at Memorial Hospital Miramar. I completed Memorial Healthcare system's new graduate program and began working independently on the floor. I have acquired much knowledge and skill during my time as a RN in the emergency department. Having a deeper connection with my patients is something that I have taken on and definitely embraced. I see how this connection helps the patient get through the hard times of coming to a ER. Time management, stroke alerts, code hearts, triage, and septic alerts are some of the concepts I have embraced in my transition from paramedic to RN. My experience as a paramedic in the ER for 6 years has definitely helped my transition to RN. Everyday is a day for learning in healthcare, learning from your experiences and getting through tough days as a team will always help me become a better RN, this is something I will always believe in and something that has been a big part of my life since becoming a RN. My time in the ER has shown me how teamwork not only helps you as a RN work but patients see this comradery and it can only be taken as a token of comfort and good feelings for a patient.
Worked in the Emergency Department for 6 years. My duties were to provide patient care, initiate IV access, phlebotomy, transport patients and to assist the nurses and physicians in the care of patients. One of the more important responsibilities I was assigned was that of Walk Back Medic. This position entails triaging patients, initially assessed by the RN, to decide the order in which they are to be received onto the unit. This includes assigning the nurse and physician to the case while taking many contributing factors into consideration. With this duty I feel my assessment and observation skills developed immensely. I was able to take general impressions of how critically a patient was presenting and be able to determine urgency and need for expedition. I learned how to work in a stressful environment and maintain a great level of productivity and safety. The skills I acquired in the ER were paramount for me being successful in nursing school. I had the opportunity to work in the PACU. My duties were to help with patient care, prepare patients for surgery, transport patients to and from the operating room, transfer post-op patients to their rooms after the surgeries and work with nurses to ensure that patients were stable for transport to their welcoming unit. I was able to learn about different surgeries by working side-by-side with physicians and nurses of varying specialties. I observed on a daily basis the vigorous preparation of patients preoperatively, how patients may present post-operatively, the care and assessment necessary to desirable patient outcomes and how to work to expedite care safely. I attained knowledge in the care of patients through a different perspective than that of a paramedic in the ER. This perspective not only helped me in nursing school but allowed me to become much more well rounded as a paramedic and now as a nurse.
Worked at California Pizza Kitchen for 6 years as a host, busser, server, and prep cook. I was the jack of all trades at the restaurant. This job helped me learn how to organize my time and priorities to give the best experience to my customers. I was also assigned to clean and help in the kitchen which helped me learn how a team moves together in the work environment. My time with California Pizza Kitchen helped me become a hard and dedicated worker.
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