Compassionate Parish Nurse with experience providing in-home care to terminal patients.
RN, State of Illinois. License Number 041239513.
End of Life Patient Care
Health/wellness and diabetes expertise
Skilled in conducting physical assessments
Psych and mental health care proficiency
Familiarity with disease management programs
Management and Budgeting experience
Effective policy and program development
Computerized charting experience
03/2006 to 02/2015
RN Diabetes EducatorAdvocate Healthcare (formerly BroMenn Healthcare/Eureka Community Hospital) － Eureka, IL
Redesigned, organized, and implemented a multidisciplinary population specific outpatient diabetes program including client assessments, and individual and group teaching in all aspects of diabetes care including diet, exercise, medication, and stress management.
Additionally, designed and implemented disease specific group education for patients participating in cardiac rehab.
05/2005 to Current
RN Parish NurseSt. Mark's Lutheran Church － Washington, Illinois
Promote the integration of faith and health in a 1800 member congregation in a variety of ways including health advocacy, counseling, and education.
Provide resource and referrals to patients needing hospice care services including coordinating with agencies in development and implementation of care plans.
Design and implement
health fairs and other educational programs.
Coordinate volunteer ministries.
Implemented and continue to facilitate a grief ministry in response to an elderly congregation and numerous deaths.
Developed and continue to facilitate a monthly ongoing diabetes support group after identifying a local need for one.
03/2004 to 05/2005
RN / Family Case ManagerBroMenn Healthcare Woodford County Health Department － Eureka, Illinois
Provided case management services to individuals and families in the WIC program,
DCFS HealthWorks program, and Teen Parent Services, including admissions, agency referrals, treatment
planning and program home visits.
Coordinated and managed Communicable Disease Program.
08/1997 to 08/1999
RN Parish NurseOSF Saint Francis Medical Center Community Care Systems St. Mark's Lutheran Church － Washington, IllinoisDesigned, organized, and implemented a Parish Nurse Ministry.
10/1991 to 03/2004
RN and Interim Practice ManagerBroMenn Behavioral Health Services and BroMenn Town and Country Healthcare (now Advocate Healthcare) － Bloomington and Eureka, Illinois
Worked in all levels of behavioral health including outpatient and inpatient locked psychiatric intensive care as well as inpatient and outpatient chemical dependency unit.
Promoted to Interim Practice Manager in the outpatient behavioral health practice that included licensed counselors, psychologists and psychiatrists. Fully designed and updated the practice's chart forms, including developing and maintaining quality care systems. Identified a need for case management/insurance reviews and designed and implemented a system that resulted in recouped revenue.
After completing above interim role, was asked to be the Interim Practice Manager in a family practice office. Supervised 40 staff members including scheduling, hiring and budget management.
Developed and maintained quality care systems and standards, including but not limited to, improving and standardizing medical exam rooms to maintain patient flow.
12/1989 to 08/1991
RNRN White Oaks Companies Whitman Medical Unit and New Leaf Retreat for Women － Peoria, Illinois
Provided education to patients on detox and withdrawal, medications, addiction, recovery, coping skills and community resources.
Carried pager and provided 24 hour call for New Leaf.
10/1988 to 12/1989
RNProctor Community Hospital Addiction Recovery Services Unity Point Methodist － Peoria, Illinois
Assessed patients in active withdrawal and provided interventions to manage physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms.
Conducted patient screenings, assigned DSM diagnosis and levels of care, and initiated treatment plan
nutrition and A.I.D.S. classes.
10/1986 to 09/1988
RN and Assistant Nurse CoordinatorWhite Oaks Companies Whitman Medical Unit － Peoria, Illinois
Managed a 10 bed detoxification unit for patients in acute withdrawal from
Interviewed, hired, and trained new staff.
Supervised staff that included nurses, aides, and support staff.
Provided 24 hour on call coverage.
Education and Training
Bachelor of Science: NursingMennonite College of Nursing － Bloomington, IllinoisNursing 3.30
Bachelor of Science: NursingEureka College － Eureka, IllinoisCompleted 64 hours toward Nursing 3.72
Advanced assessment and problem-solving skills, budget management, cardiac rehab. and diabetes education, case management, computerized charting and documentation, counseling, crisis management, end of life care, group and individual health teaching/presentations, group facilitation, hiring, insurance verification, pre-certification, and review, management/supervisor, marketing, excellent organizational skills, scheduling, policy and procedure and form development, treatment planning