I have been a Registered Nurse since 1987. I have worked in the Perioperative area of nursing and also in homecare/hospice. I have held the position of circulator in the operating room and also provided direct patient care in the pre and postoperative unit. I held the position of the evening/night coordinator and provided in home care to terminal patients. I also was the night triage nurse for hospice/homecare covering patients from 4 counties.
Registered Nurse - State of Washington
Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification - current
ACLS - recently expired as it was not required at my present job - in the process of renewing
Experience in care of pre and post operative patients
Medical clinical procedures comprehension
Skilled at starting IV lines
Strong assessment skills
Strong skills in providing post operative care
Possess strong critical thinking skills
Experienced in the care and management of hospice patients and their families
Wound cleaning/care expertise
IV drug therapy management
Colostomy care familiarity
Diabetes, Hospice and Stroke Patient Care
Computerized charting specialist
ELNEC training (End-Of-Life-Care)
Registered nurse - Pre Admission Clinic August 2013 to CurrentProvidence St. Peter Hospital - Olympia, WARecorded patients' medical history, vital statistics and test results in medical records. Perform pre-admission calls to medical and surgical patients scheduled for procedures or surgery. Obtain comprehensive history - providing medication teaching and instructions to follow before scheduled procedure or surgery including open heart surgery patients. Actively participated in unit-based Quality Assurance Program.
Registered nurse April 2007 to August 2013South Sound Surgery Center - Olympia, WA
Worked in the operating room as a circulator - floated to pre op area as well as PACU when needed. Functioned in the charge nurse role in the O.R.
(Worked at this facility during the time I was working in hospice/home health as I was scheduled in a 7 day on/7 day off rotation at hospice - worked during my "7 days off")
Registered nurse April 2007 to April 2013Providence Soundhomecare and Hospice - Olympia, WAI made home visits to hospice patients - assessed the needs of patients and their families. Provided nighttime phone triage for patients in 4 counties. I also made visits to home health patients during my time with the agency. (I worked Per Diem for some of the listed time but was full time for the last 3 years listed)
Registered Nurse October 1993 to April 2007Providence St. Peter Hospital - Olympia, WA
Performed as a circulator in the operating room in all specialties also floated to the pre-op area and admitted patients for surgery. I scrubbed cases in my specialty (General) and set-up cases for the other specialties. Also held the position of assistant nurse manager/educator for the Operating Room and Pre/Post op area staff. Accepted role of preceptor yearly for nursing students from Pacific Lutheran University and South Puget Sound Community College.
(This department was in the process of closing as it became privately owned and renamed "South Sound Surgery Center".No longer a Providence facility.)
Education and Training
Nursing, 1987Tacoma Community College - Tacoma, WA, USAGraduated with "High Honors" with Associates Degree in Nursing.