Oklahoma licensed Registered Nursewith 23 years experience in various healthcare settings, including hospital, Long term acute care (LTACH), long term care (skilled and residential) and home health care. Skilled in delivering both bedside care for diverse patient populations as well as providing leadership. Experienced in wound care, admissions, MDS assessments, QA/QI, infection control, employee health and staff education. Excellent team player.
Registered Nurse - Oklahoma
Excel at team work
Superior communication skills
Strong work ethic
Skilled in conducting comprehensive physical assessments
Strong documentation skills
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
Stroke Patient Care
Wound care expertise
IV drug therapy management
Colostomy care familiarity
Body mechanics knowledge
Medical clinical procedures comprehension
Specimen collection/processing proficiency
Experience in management and leadership
Infection control experience
Experience with MDS assessments
Experience with staff education
02/2008 to Current
RN II - High Observation UnitNorman Specialty Hospital － Norman, OKResponsible for direct patient care primarily on HIGH OBSERVATION UNIT serving high acuity patients. Patient population included ventilator patients, medically complex patients, those requiring drips to maintain cardiovascular stability. Served as clinical resource for charge nurses and staff as needed. Excelled at preparing for admissions and conducting admission assessments, as well as establishing initial nursing care plans. Worked with wound care team to meet patient needs one day a week for quite some time. Functioned as nursing preceptor. Participated in orientation of new staff to CPSI medical documentation on the computer. Participated in annual skills fair providing educational materials, and assisting Employee Health Nurse to keep staff current with respirator mask fittings and current on PPD testing. Participated in Care Plan committee and worked with nurse educator to improve our clinical documentation by modification of current program.
10/2003 to 02/2008
RN staff nurse/Relief Charge Nurse - Ortho/Neuro UnitNorman Regional Hospital － Norman, OKServed as RN/Relief Charge Nurse on busy Ortho/Neuro (and med-surg overflow) unit. Received training and functioned as a preceptor as needed for new employees. Actively participated in annual skills fair representing the unit, demonstrating cast cutting, discussing compartment syndrome, etc. Active member of the hospital's Care Committee and Healthy Youth Program conducting health screening in public schools. Received unit's Peer Award in 2007, NRH employee of the year nominee the same year.
07/2003 to 10/2003
Assistant Director of NursingManor Care － Norman, OKServed as ADON over Alzheimer Unit and 1 Residential unit in this Skilled Nursing Facility. Supervised nursing staff, particpated in staff education, participated in MDS data collection. Left after a brief time because of incompatible value systems.
04/2002 to 07/2003
MDS CoordinatorFrances Streitel Villa － Collinsville, OKServed as MDS Coordinator for long term care facility in rural community. Duties included data collection, electronic submission of records, nursing care plan development and maintenance (by hand!), assisted DON/ADON with infection control and other quality indicators. Served as a floor nurse when needed.
09/2000 to 10/2001
QA/Infection control nurse, Staff NurseMidland Villa － Falls City, NEBeing flexible in assignments, served this long term care facility as QA/Infection Control nurse 2-3 days per week, balance of the work week was spent as RN charge Nurse or Staff Nurse to meet staffing needs. Assisted DON with various data collection and monitoring of information pertinent to the State's Quality Indicators for long term care settings. Moved back to OKlahoma for husband's new job.
08/1999 to 08/2000
Director of NursingFalls City Care Center － Falls City, NEServed as Director of Nursing in 90 bed long term care facility which provided both skilled nursing services and residential level of care. The facility had the Eden Alternative in place. Left the facility because it was a very dysfunctional work place where I had little to no support to be able to make the needed changes.
02/1998 to 05/1999
ADON, then served as temporary DONSkiatook Nursing Home － Skiatook, OKServed this small residential long term care facility as ADON through Nov 98, then as temporary DON until a permanent replacement could be acquired. Assisted in providing ADvantage Program re-certifications in the community when needed. Care and conditions improved dramatically with committed leadership, which was subsequently reflected in the State Survey. Chose to stay several months after husband's relocation to see them through upcoming state survey, then joined my husband in Kansas.
10/1996 to 01/1998
RN Case ManagerTRMC Home Health Care － Hominy, OKTulsa Regional Medical Center purchased Columbia Home Health Care during the course of my employment. As RN Case Manager, provided direct patient care, patient education, wound care, placed and replaced PEG tubes and Foley catheters, Accessed/de-accessed ports, provided IV infusion therapy to a diverse population of home bound adult patients, drew labs in the field. Additionally, was active in assisting patients and families to access public resources (such as the ADvantage program, access to food commodities) that facilitated healthier and safer living.Coordinated care with PT/OT, participated in Peer Chart Reviews to ensure compliance with regulations was clearly established in the record.
06/1993 to 08/1996
RN STAFF NURSE/RN CHARGE NURSEVA MEDICAL CENTER － Oklahoma City, OKProvided direct patient care on a busy 30 bed + med-surg unit providing care to a diverse population of Veteran's. Became a preceptor and night charge nurse on the unit, and was involved in committees. Recipient of nationally awarded Health Professionals Scholarship from the federal Dept. of Veteran's Affairs. Left this position to relocate for husband's job.
06/1992 to 08/1993
Nurse Extern - Oncology Unit (temporary position)Norman Regional Hospital － Norman, OKWhile still in nursing school, endeavored to continue to develop and enhance nursing skills through hands on direct patient care under the supervision of an excellent RN Preceptor. At the end of the program, was asked by manager to stay on in a full time position. Was unable to accept due to obligation to the VA as a federally awarded scholarship recipient. The "buy out" for NRH would have been an exorbitant amount of money. During this time, was also serving as Health for Friends free clinic volunteer.
Education and Training
Associate of Applied Science: NursingRose State College － Midwest City, OKCompleted over 120 credit hours with an emphasis in science, psychology and sociology. Honor Roll throughout educational experience.