Award-winning author and project manager with valuable experience leveraging outstanding organizational, communication and managerial skills to ensure seamless business operations. Expertise in developing and implementing systems that enhance productivity and reduce employee turnover. Excel in managing multiple projects concurrently with strong detail, problem solving and follow-through capabilities. Demonstrated ability to manage, train and motivate cohesive teams that accomplish goals. Highly adaptable and resilient, thriving in challenging environments.
Authored “Enhancing Staff Retention in
Person-Centered Care Environments for Older Adults: How to Create and
Implement a Comprehensive Orientation Program”
Received the 2016 National
Health Information Merit Award and American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year award for above
Author of educational
and instructional clinical reference tools
National speaker at clinical
conferences and seminars
Senior Director of Care Excellence, 03/2016 to CurrentAscension Senior Living － St. Louis, MO
Accountable for adherence to Federal, State and Local regulations for 31 long term care communities in 18 states.
Served as liaison between management, clinical staff and communities.
Launched effective change management programs to increase productivity and reduce excessive costs and spending.
Designed and executed Clinical Care Systems that resulted in improved resident outcomes and decreased return to hospital rate by 47%.
Strengthened presence in Long Term Care market by leading cross-functional initiative to improve 5 star ratings by 45 %.
Spearheaded research to identify care trends and implement programs that reduced state survey tags by 37%.
Director of Clinical Education, 02/2013 to 06/2016Lutheran Senior Services － Webster Groves, MO
Developed customized Associate Orientation program for 11 locations that increased employee retention by 55%.
Implemented standards and performance expectations resulting in a reduction in state deficiency tags by 78%.
Evaluated staff performance to identify potential barriers to success and provided necessary education.
Expertly planned education to meet the collegiate ACPE Accreditation requirements for Clinical Pastoral Education
Partnered with Center for Disease Control (CDC) to reduce Healthcare Acquired Infections (HAI) by 47%.
Director of Nursing, 06/2012 to CurrentStearns Health & Rehab － Granite City, IL
Devised marketing strategy for facility services, enhancing profitability and census retention.
Regularly liaised with physicians, hospice agencies, hospitals, dialysis and psychiatric facilities.
Increased efficiency of nursing documentation from 30% to 98% compliance.
Evaluated resident care procedural changes for effectiveness.
Assistant Director, 03/2011 to 05/2012Friendship Village Sunset Hills － St. Louis, MO
Coordinated risk management and acted as resident liaison between Assisted Living and Health Center.
Developed Clinical Policy & Procedure Manual.
Served as Electronic Health Records (EHR) educator and super-user while educating staff in preparation for survey readiness.
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Assistant Director of Nursing, 12/2010 to 04/2011Communicare Health Services － St. Louis, MO
Directed the implementation of improved work methods and procedures to maximize workforce and eliminate use of agency staff.
Actively maintained knowledge of current Federal,state and local regulations.
Created annual goals, objectives and budget recommendations resulting in annual cost reductions of 25%.
Generated weekly reports on monthly Medicare A data for Utilization Review to increase reimbursement rates.
Provide thorough supervision for day-to-day operations in accordance with community's policies and procedures.
Hospice Case Manager, 02/2009 to 12/2010Jefferson Regional Medical Center － Crystal City, MO
Developed patient care plans, including assessments, evaluations, and nursing diagnoses.
Played a key role in the Interdisciplinary Team and monitored patient's progress in response to treatment.
Managed pain and coordinated various therapies.
Supported patients and families with teaching tools and bereavement services.
MSN:Nursing Leadership & ManagementWestern Governors University － Salt Lake City, UTNursing Leadership & Management
Bachelor of Science:NursingCentral Methodist University － Fayette, MONursing
Association for Nursing Professional Development
*American Association of Long Term Care Nurses
*National and Missouri Leading Age
*Western Governors University Alumni Ambassador's Club
*Nurses Improving Care for Health System Elders (NICHE)
*American Medical Directors Association (AMDA)
*Association for Professionals in Infection Control & Epidemiology (APIC)