Dedicated and hardworking registered nurse with more than 12 years of experience caring for patients in various settings throughout the VA system. Demonstrates ability to foster relationships and coordinate with healthcare professionals to advance patient care. Passionate about driving positive outcomes for our nation's Veterans. Dedicated to enhancing quality of care, safety and efficiency. Skilled at building trusting relationships with Veterans and their families by providing patient-centered care and compassion. Dedicated to providing top quality care within multidisciplinary team environment.
Review medical records for services provided by community providers to confirm the requested services were rendered
Update VA providers and care team with significant findings found in community care medical records
Triage and evaluate all consults placed for care in the community for services that need to be expedited
Collaborate with community care ancillary staff, Veterans and their care team as well as community providers to ensure the correct services for care are delivered
Assist Veterans with concerns about community providers and their scheduled appointments
Work with coworkers on creating a pain scale that is documented in the electronic record
Gather data for a hospital improvement project
Streamline document review guidelines for accurate and timely reporting
Maintain compliance with the Mission Act and adhere to frequent updates
Provide clinical leadership to assist non-medical staff with navigating community care consults received
Provide reassurance and listen to Veteran concerns regarding community care
Continuously act as a patient advocate by ensuring they receive quality care and in a timely manner as well as assist with conflict resolution
Cultivate working partnerships with community providers and their staff
Create and implement training for new RN team members to the Office of Community Care
Responsible for running RN Urology Clinic which included treatments for bladder cancer, medication and prosthesis use teaching, Foley catheter changes and others
Administered and followed Veterans undergoing BCG treatment for bladder cancer the 1-3 years of treatments required
First point of contact for Veterans contacting the urology clinic
Provided urological care to inpatient and emergency room patients on an as needed basis
Prepared for and met with JCAHO representatives regarding the safety and storage of urological medical equipment
Assisted providers with urological procedures including TRUS and cystoscopy
Collaborated with with VA providers, pharmacy and Veterans to ensure BCG orders were entered correctly and medication available for bladder cancer treatment at specific times
Coordinated BCG administration schedule with VA pharmacy
Assessed Veterans for urinary tract infections, appropriate usage of medication and urological supplies, problems post outpatient urologic procedures and side effects of medications
Provided care to Veterans on medical surgical care unit
Monitored and recorded Veterans condition, vital signs and tracked recovery progress
Administered medications and offered non-medicinal pain relief suggestions and documented/assessed their effects
Worked as part of a team and collaborated with all those involved in Veteran's care including their family members
Provided palliative and end of life support and care
Have been honored with being awarded The Daisy Award, ICare award, Great Catch award and Employee of the Quarter and was nominated for the DAV Nurse of the Year award.
Active member in the Women Veterans Health Committee and the Intimate Partner Violence committee.
Ongoing volunteer for the Kent County Adopt a Family program assisting the co-chairs by contacting agencies to procure and vet families in need and obtain adopters and match them with adoptees.
Rhode Island Nursing License #RN46084
Resumes, and other information uploaded or provided by the user, are considered User Content governed by our Terms & Conditions. As such, it is not owned by us, and it is the user who retains ownership over such content.
Job Titles Held: