I have been a dedicated and compassionate registered nurse for 18 years. My nursing career began in Cardiac Intensive Care, though for the past 12 years, my primary focus has been on surgical nursing including preoperative and post anesthesia care unit nursing.
Registered Nurse, Florida
BLS, recertified January 2015
Critical Care Course completion, February 1998
Computerized charting specialist: EPIC
Meditech Computer charting
Strong Airway Management skills
Strong advocate of Patient-Family centered care
IV drug therapy management care
Strong IV skills, invasive and hemodynamic
05/2012 to Current
Registered Nurse - Post Anesthesia Care UnitMt. Sinai Medical Center － Miami Beach, FL
Began in a
per-diem position that transitioned into a full-time position in April
Care for patients in the
immediate post-operative period, monitor/record vital signs, do pain assessment
and treatment, review and carry out physician orders as ordered in EPIC.
Cases range from craniotomies, carotid
endarterectomies/vascular, knee/hip arthroscopy/replacement, gynecologic,
mastectomies, breast excisional biopsies, prostatectomies, video assisted
thoracoscopies and chest tube management, as well as ventilator management, and
IV drip management in the recovery room.
11/2013 to 05/2014
Registered Nurse, Post Anesthesia Care UnitCleveland Clinic － Cleveland, Ohio
Worked in four fast-paced, adult post anesthesia care units.
Cases included orthopedic, gastric bypass, bowel resections, kidney transplants, craniotomies, carotid, gynecologic, urologic, and vascular
Recovered post catheterization lab patients including ablations and stenting.
Duties included managing IV pumps, drips, venipuncture, vital signs, cardiac monitoring, surgical site assessment, lumbar/subdural drains, diep flap assessment, assisting doctors at the bedside with procedures, EPIC computer charting, and notifying doctors of all lab and testing results post operatively.
08/2012 to 04/2013
Registered NurseMemorial Regional Hospital South － Hollywood, Florida
Worked in a local, fulltime contract position through Cross Country Travcorps.
Duties in preoperative phase included recording medical histories, vital signs and lab/test results into EPIC system.
Also started intravenous lines and gave preoperative medications as ordered by physician.
I assisted anesthesiologists with nerve blocks and central and radial artery invasive line placement.
Duties in the Post Anesthesia Phase included monitoring and recording patients' vital signs, managing pain through pharmacological as well as non-pharmacological means, setting up PCA pumps, and reviewing postoperative orders.
Surgical cases performed at this facility included breast biopsies/excisions, mastectomies, deep tram flaps, thyroidectomies, knee/hip replacements, total abdominal hysterectomies, cystoscopy, Transurethral Prostatectomies, Laminectomies.
01/2012 to 04/2012
Registered NurseOhio State University Medical Center, James Cancer Hospital － Columbus, Ohio
Worked while on 13-week travel assignment through Cross Country Travcorps.
All cases were cancer related at this facility.
Duties included monitoring/recording vital signs, pain management, PCA pump set up and patient education, blood administration, chest tube management, invasive line management, deep tram flap assessment and monitoring using Vioptex.
I learned EPIC computerized charting on this assignment.
An extension of the assignment was also offered by management.
Though brief, this was an excellent assignment and learning opportunity.
02/2008 to 01/2012
Registered NurseAventura Hospital and Medical Center － Aventura, Florida
Performed multiple roles and duties that included monitoring vital signs, EKG, pain management and treatment, setting up PCA pumps, venipuncture, chest tube management, ventilator management, sedation administration/titration as ordered by anesthesia/critical care physician and Meditech computerized charting system.
Cases in this facility included craniotomies, carotid endarcterectomies, lung lobectomies, orthopedic (knee and hip), bowel resections, cystoscopies and prostatectomies.
02/2006 to 12/2007
Registered NurseBaptist Hospital － Miami, Florida
Began work via travel assignment through Clinical One, which led to permanent residency in the State of Florida and staff position.
I maintained two positions at Baptist in the Critical Care Unit and PACU.
Education and Training
Associate DegreeWallace State College － Hanceville, Alabama
University of Alabama － Alabama
Anesthesia, cancer, caregiver, catheterization, Critical Care, EKG, fast, Management skills, managing IV, Meditech, managing pain, pain management, PACU, recording, Team Player, therapy, venipuncture, video, vital signs, recording vital signs, record vital signs