Experienced registered nurse with diverse experience and strong clinical skills. Motivated to expand and enrich my nursing career by servicing the United States Veteran population.
Current and unencumbered RN license in Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado and California
Proficient with various computerized medical documentation systems, including MediTech and Cerner
Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN)
Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN)
Basic Life Support (BLS)
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
Trauma Nurse Core Course (TNCC)
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter (PICC)
American Association of Critical Care Nurses member (AACN)
Emergency Nurses Association member (ENA)
Emergency Nurses Association of Central Kansas member (ENACK)
RN, BSN, CCRN, CEN, 05/2009 to Current Wesley Medical Center – Wichita, KS
Facilitate direct admissions from local and out-of-town physicians. Triage incoming calls to appropriate physicians based on specialty needed.
Dispatch and assist with arranging transportation of incoming patients via fixed wing, helicopter or ground ambulance units.
Assess and appropriately order beds for special need patient populations.
Triage patient acuity and provide appropriate bed placement for patients throughout the entire facility.
RN, BSN, CCRN, CEN, 04/2008 to Current Kansas Medical Center – Andover, KS
Emergency Department: triage, stabilization and care of patients.
Intensive Care Unit: critical care of surgical and post-open heart patients using IV fluids/medications, TPN, blood products and ventilators.
PICC Team: placement of peripherally inserted central catheters as needed for patients throughout the hospital. Frequently called for difficult IV starts.
PACU: pre and post operative care of patients including IV insertion, obtaining patient history, pre-op patient assessments, airway maintenance and observation of post-op patients.
RN, BSN, CCRN, 10/2004 to 06/2008 Via Christi Hospital – Wichita, KS
St Francis Campus: Surgical Intensive Care Unit - cared for critical post-operative, post open heart and trauma patients.
St Joseph Campus: Surgical Intensive Care Unit - cared for critical post-operative and post open heart patients. Assumed relief charge nurse duties. Preceptor for capstone nursing students. RN educator for open heart patient nursing care.
e-Care: Virtual ICU staff nurse and full-time charge nurse. Monitored and acted as resource for approximately 155 critical care patients within the Via Christi hospital system and rural Kansas ICU facilities.
RN, BSN, CCRN, 06/2001 to 10/2004 Lawrence Memorial Hospital – Lawrence, KS
Emergency Department: PRN status providing urgent patient care while attending University of Kansas and University of Kansas School of Medicine.
RN, BSN, CCRN, 05/1982 to 09/2004 Wesley Medical Center – Wichita, KS
Worked on various units of this Level I Trauma center, which is also a 750 bed hospital. Staff RN in Critical Care Float Pool, Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Medical Intensive Care Unit, PACU, IV Team, Emergency Department, Pediatric and Adult Trauma Teams.
Travel Nurse Assignment, 02/2009 to 04/2009 St John's Hospital – Tulsa, OK
Travel Nurse assignment in the Adult Intensive Care Unit.
Travel Nurse Assignment, 06/2008 to 08/2008 Howard University Hospital – Washington DC
Travel Nurse assignment in the Emergency Department of an inner city Level I Trauma Center with large indigent population. Provided appropriate nursing care that also encompassed the social challenges of their patient demographics, including homelessness, alcohol/drug abuse, gang violence and prevalence of HIV.
Completed coursework towards MD degree: University of Kansas School of Medicine - Kansas City, KS
President of Medical Ethics Committee, chairman of annual "Willed Body" Memorial Service, member of Orr Society and student physician volunteer at the Jay-Doc Clinic.
Recipient of the Sedgwick County Medical Society Scholarship.
Completed 1 year prerequisites at KU-Lawrence and 1.5 years prerequisites at KUSM-Kansas City. Did not complete medical school, resigning my position for personal reasons.
Bachelor of Science: Nursing, 1981 St Mary of the Plains College - Wichita, KS
Student Body President
Member of Kansas Association of Student Nurses
Kansas Nurse Scholarship Recipient
Student Nurse Delegate for the National Convention of Nursing Students in San Antonio, Texas.
Participant in medical group mission to the Dominican Republic and Haiti