Professionally trained Registered Nurse with 9 years of experience ensuring high standards of care in a critical care and trauma setting for a wide variety of patients with diverse needs. Primary current focus in critical care education, critical care and cardiovascular intensive care, past focus in planned and trauma surgical orthopedics, microsurgeries, as well as general neurosurgical floors.
In the ICU/CVICU setting, we provide direct and indirect patient care services that meet the psychological, physical and general aspect of care while utilizing the nursing process in planning care. We must meet the communication and education needs of the patient and family, and provide care that reflects initiative and responsibility indicative of professional expectations. We are also required to maintain regulatory agency requirements; nursing and hospital policies, procedures and standards, as well as communicate with physicians and other team members about changes in a patient's condition. We must be able to respond quickly and accurately to changes in condition with the appropriate response to treatment. Additionally, we must perform general nursing duties in all departments with adequate supervision of licensed practical nurses, technicians, and other support staff.
The primary goal is timely response and treatment of the critically ill patient. This includes medication administration, critical equipment management and continuous monitoring of vital signs and patient status to determine the outcome of the patient in what often is a life and death situation. With continuing improvements in protocols such as our sepsis protocol, for example, we are able to quickly reverse what may have started out as a grave situation into an amazing recovery time with excellent outcomes for the patient. This also requires excellent communication between the nurses and physicians to best coordinate and facilitate the most quick, safe, and efficient transition for the patient from the admit process and critical time until discharge.
I am currently the clinical educator over ICU and CVICU. I am responsible for assuring all nurses are up to date on current practices, required hospital and unit-specific education, tracking certifications, and assistance onboarding new co-workers. I teach all of the critical care classes and assist other educators throughout the building with any critical care knowledge or equipment questions and brainstorming. I also collaborate with management on special projects related to education enhancement not only in ICU, but throughout the hospital. This is a highly self-paced, independent role that not only requires critical thinking, but good time management skills and a deep knowledge of with critical care and excellent people skills.
Registered nurse II at HMC the only Trauma I Center covering Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho and is a state owned teaching hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. The nurses' priority is treating the following patients: King County Jail, mentally ill, sexual assault, substance abuse, non-English speaking poor, homeless, trauma, burns, and domestic violence, as well as a variety of others. Our floor specialized in trauma Orthopedics and transplant/replant/micro surgeries as well as the aforementioned patient populous. Our floor and hospital is a highly culturally diverse population in the staff and patient setting. As a registered nurse, we are required to educate, medicate, treat, provide resources, assist with discharge planning, communicate, translate, and prepare patients with the knowledge and strength necessary to return to a pre-injured/hospitalized state. We specialize in the treatment of pre and post-surgical trauma orthopedic as well as micro surgical and flap transplant patients.
Primarily planned and unplanned Orthopedic and Neurological surgeries as well as stroke, altered mental status, , and many other patient conditions to be evaluated, treated, educated, and conditioned to return (if possible) to a pre-injured state of functioning. Total patient care in the pre and post-surgical setting. Management of a variety of orthopedic equipment and post-surgical wound care and pain management. Neurological symptom treatment and monitoring in the trauma, post-surgical, and stroke patient. In addition, nurses treat patients from other floors with a variety of cardiac, general surgical, gynecological, and other medical needs.
Certifications: ECMO, CCRN, ACLS, BLS
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