registered nurse palliative care med surg resume example with 13+ years of experience

Jessica Claire
, , 100 Montgomery St. 10th Floor (555) 432-1000,
Professional Summary

CAREER SUMMARY Registered Nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. 22Yrs experience as a Certified Nursing Assistant before becoming a nurse. Skilled in teamwork with a positive attitude, solid work ethic, and excellent patient care. Observant Medical Surgical Registered Nurse with a background in preparing and administering medications, providing bedside care and monitoring patient condition. Kind and compassionate professional with expertise in end of life care and med-surg patients.

  • EMR / EHR
  • Intravenous therapy
  • Acute care expertise
  • Insulin medication assistance
  • Patient and family advocacy
  • Strong clinical judgment
  • Chronic disease management
  • Medication Administration
  • Tracheostomy Care
  • Physician communication
  • Pain control
  • Hospice Care
  • Patient care plans
Work History
04/2021 to Current Registered Nurse Palliative Care/Med-Surg Birmingham Green | Manassas, VA,
  • Managed care of 5-6 patients from admission to discharge.
  • Administered medications via oral, IV and intramuscular injections and monitored responses.
  • Provided direct patient care, stabilized patients and determined next course of action.
  • Updated patient charts with data such as medications to keep records current and support accurate treatments.
  • Evaluated healthcare needs, goals for treatment and available resources of each patient and connected to optimal providers and care.
  • Taught patients how to improve lifestyle choices, dramatically reducing chance of symptom reoccurrence.
  • Advised patients and caregivers of proper wound management, discharge plan objectives, safe medication use and disease management.
  • Organized and managed care of patients undergoing various therapies and procedures.
  • Collaborated with physicians to quickly assess patients and deliver appropriate treatment while managing rapidly changing conditions.
  • Educated patients, families and caregivers on diagnosis and prognosis, treatment options, disease process and management and lifestyle options.
  • Performed intravenous therapy procedures and monitored chest tubes.
  • Provided health education to patients and families regarding discharge instructions and plans of care.
  • Utilized EPIC to document data related to patient care such as medications, interventions and patient responses.
  • Secured controlled narcotics and distributed medication on schedule to meet patient needs and minimize misuse opportunities.
  • Oversaw delivery of care for patients on medical-surgical unit, providing direct care, delegating nursing assignments, and supervising team comprised of nurses, LPNs, technicians and unit clerks.
  • Monitored patient vital signs to perform thorough condition assessments.
  • Administered medications and treatment to patients and monitored responses while working with healthcare teams to adjust care plans.
  • Managed quality care for patients with heart failure, end-stage renal disease and coronary artery disease.
  • Maintained quality care and comfort for patients with heart failure, pulmonary hypertension and other conditions.
  • Minimized hospital stays with recovery-centered approaches, reducing average in-patient stay length.
  • Educated patients and families on medical-surgical procedures, therapeutic regimens and pain management techniques.
  • Provided high level of quality, compassionate care to patients and caregivers during each nursing shift.
  • Established and maintained successful relationships with patients, families and physicians by utilizing exemplary communication and active listening skills.
  • Offered listening ear to both patients and loved ones to meet emotional and mental, as well as physical needs.
  • Recognized and understood specific stages of dying process, providing comfort-based care during vulnerable times.
  • Advocated for and strived to protect health, safety and rights of patient.
  • Adhered to strict safety measures by carefully determining proper dosages before administering medications.
  • Used first-hand knowledge and clinical expertise to advocate for patients under care and enacted prescribed treatment strategies.
  • Accurately documented treatment, medications and IVs administered, discharge instructions and follow-up care.
  • Communicated with healthcare team members to plan, implement and enhance treatment strategies.
  • Explained course of care and medication side effects to patients and caregivers in easy-to-understand terms.
  • Carried out day-day-day duties accurately and efficiently
09/2015 to 03/2021 Certified Nursing Assistant Cook Children's Healthcare | Allen, TX,
  • Providing end-of-life care for terminally ill patients and helping family to create moments with their loved ones in their final days of life.
  • Provided support for the patient and family, educated family on how to bathe, transfer, and pull patient up in bed.
  • Collaborated with my team to ensure the patient still met the needs that Hosparus provided and gave updates on any patient decline.
  • Promoted good oral and personal hygiene by aiding patients with shaving, bathing and teeth brushing
  • Cared for clients with diagnoses such as respiratory failure, diabetes, Parkinson's disease and muscular dystrophy
  • Conferred with multidisciplinary healthcare team to help effectively manage patient symptoms
09/2007 to 06/2015 Patient Care Technician University Of Louisville Hospital | City, STATE,
  • Daily patient care to Oncology patients, checking vital signs, Accu-checks, charting, bathing, ROM, venipunctures, assisting with physical/occupational therapy, wound/ostomy, entered orders, placed patients on cardiac monitoring, post-mortem care, and practiced appropriate precautions when taking care of patients on chemotherapy.
  • Monitored, tracked and conveyed important patient information to healthcare staff to help optimize treatment planning and care delivery
  • Assisted with feeding and monitored intake to help patients achieve nutritional objectives
  • Maximized patient satisfaction by helping individuals carry out personal tasks such as dressing and walking
  • Obtained patient vital signs and reported results to staff nurse or physician, noting changes from prior measurements
  • Collected and transported specimens to prepare for lab testing
  • Responded to patient emergencies with immediate care and notified clinicians to provide comprehensive assistance
  • Offered immediate assistance in emergency and routine paging situations to evaluate needs and deliver care
  • Organized and replenished unit supplies to maintain team readiness for expected demands
  • Helped patients maintain healthy skin by checking wounds, assessing integrity and bathing bedbound individuals
  • Answered patient assistance calls, assessed needs and offered qualified support
  • Cleaned, sanitized and moved hospital equipment
Expected in 12/2020 to to Bachelor of Science | Nursing Galen College of Nursing, Louisville, KY GPA:
Basic Life Support exp. 10/2022

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School Attended

  • Galen College of Nursing

Job Titles Held:

  • Registered Nurse Palliative Care/Med-Surg
  • Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Patient Care Technician


  • Bachelor of Science

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