Dedicated, passionate, and compassionate healthcare professional with over 30 years of
diverse specialty, clinical, and leadership experience. Adept at managing time and
resources; prioritizing tasks; and exercising the sound judgment required to improve the
quality and outcomes of patient and family experiences. Core competencies include: Patient Assessment Patient Record Content Synthesis and Interpretation Support Staff Leadership Patient Teaching Patient and Family Involvement in the Plan of Care
Specialty Staff Nurse06/2013 to Current Lafayette General Medical Center – Lafayette, LA
Provide primary bedside care of oncology patients and other conditions and surgeries per hospital census/overflow.
Currently using past infusion and oncology experience as a staff nurse on a 16-bed inpatient oncology unit.
Administer blood products, multiple push medications, piggybacks, and continuous infusions.
Infection-free care of indwelling ports and PICC lines as well as other centrally-placed catheters.
Possess in-depth knowledge of drug safety and side effects for literally hundreds of drugs and drug combinations/formulations.
Have a 100% error-free mediations administration record at current facility
Effectively prioritize tasks and organize workflow to increase efficiency and maximize patient safety outcomes.
Manager12/2001 to 06/2008 Prometheus Laboratories Inc – San Diego, CA
Responsible for the pharmacovigilence department team of 2 to 4 ancillary staff whose functions included the collection, processing, investigation, coding, and distribution of all adverse drug event (ADR) reports for investigational and marketed products.
Requested follow-up information from consumers and health care professionals as needed to ensure accurate and complete ADE reporting
Performed literature searches of all NDA's and analyzed literature hits for appropriate inclusion in periodic FDA reporting
Monitored reported side-effects across all product lines/NDA's to timely recognize any inherent safety signals or trends in order to improve company's reputation and image
Managed or facilitated CRO interactions in accurate and timely processing of clinical trials data and all safety activities for clinical protocols, clinical trials, and studies
Also fielded medical information queries from patients, and medical professionals
Managed all safety activities for clinical protocols, clinical trials, and studies, with analysis of reported side-effects for any inherent trends in order to improve company's clinical research, all within the confines of FDA Regulations and Corporate SOPs.
All activities within the entire scope of position were handled within the confines of FDA Regulations and Corporate SOPs
Resigned, personal reasons.
Manager02/1999 to 12/2001 Integrated Commercialization Solutions ICS – Dallas, TX
Managed and grew the outsource clinical support services desk utilizing RN and LPN clinicians to provide scripted responses to incoming medical, drug information, and adverse event reporting call fulfillment for client pharmaceutical and biotech companies.
Department also provided clinical trials services for the recruitment, screening, and enrollment of patients, sites, and principal investigators.
Assisted in the set-up of a large-scope Nursing Education Department program that was created for Centocor, and oversaw the set up of a program for Remicade (infliximab) after its initial U.S. launch. Over 250 contract nurses were recruited and hired nationwide to perform or train physician office staff in safe administration of Remicade. Traveled and assisted many times in regional training programs sponsored by Centocor and run by our staff
Was relocated to San Diego by a client company
TRIAGE NURSE SPECIALIST01/1997 to 04/1999 1 – Fort Worth Kansas City, TX MO
Worked within a national clinical telephonic support center for this national home health and home infusion company
Duties included twenty-four hour clinical telephonic triage and support services for Flolan® (prostacyclin) patients with pulmonary hypertension awaiting heart-lung transplantation.
Provided case-management for coordination of outpatient teaching and hospital discharge teaching during the patient's wait for lung transplantation
Triage of all incoming after-hours calls for general home infusion patients from fifty-two home infusion branches coast-to-coast.
Infusion Specialist08/1995 to 01/1997 Careline – Dallas, TX
Field staff position for a HIV home infusion company proving infusion and hospice care for a largely HIV patient population.
PICCs; ports; indwelling catheters
Nurse Manager04/1993 to 08/1995 Home Nutritional Services HNS – Oklahoma City, OK
Coordinated the ground-up creation of this home infusion branch as a satellite branch location for a national home infusion company
Oversaw the build-out and opening of a physical pharmacy/nursing infusion office
Was responsible for all aspects of branch management, and specifically the nursing staff.
Provided both supervision and hands-on care of home infusion patients as the branch grew and acquired more clients
Company purchased, position deleted
HIV/AIDS Care Program Manager05/1991 to 04/1993 Critical Care America – San Francisco, CA
Administered an HIV/AIDS case management services program for a national home infusion services company in the San Francisco Bay Area; the aim of which was to ensure consistent, high-quality patient care for this very large and potentially complicated patient population
Managed program staff that included Social Workers, Dieticians, Physician Assistants, and HIV Registered Nurses
Staff Nurse03/1989 to 02/1991 PACU, Mercy Medical Center – Oklahoma City, OK
Worked as staff nurse in a large hospital PACU full time, and part-time nights in their 12-Bed Surgical ICU
Charge Nurse01/1987 to 03/1989 Baptist Medical Center – Oklahoma City, OK
Charge nurse for a 12-bed unit in a large urban hospital with a patient population that included post-operative coronary artery bypass grafts (CABG); AAA repair, peripheral vascular grafts, lobectomy, pneumonectomy, and heart or heart/lung transplants, et.al.
Responsibilities included patient assignments, preoperative teaching for next-day surgery patients and families, as well as oversight of all unit care delivered.
Staff Nurse07/1983 to 01/1987 Mount Zion Hospital – San Francisco, CA
Began my career in this large urban teaching hospital caring for a widely diverse patient demographic and disease state population.
Unit was primarily oncology, however, soon to be joined by the HIV/AIDS epidemic population.
Administered chemotherapy and investigational HIV medications via centrally-placed catheters, ports and other access devices.
Also gained very strong peripheral IV placement skills here.
Associate of Science: Nursing1983San Francisco City College-
Bachelor of Science: Nursing (BSN)5 2012Oklahoma City University-
OKGPA: GPA: 3.96Nursing (BSN) GPA: 3.96
Associate of Science: Nursing1 1983City College of San Francisco-
Registered Nurse Licensure, Graduated July 1983:
EDUCTIONAL COURSES DESIGNED AND TAUGHT 'Pain Management in the Chronically Ill Patient' (home-care based) "It's Not About Me," a course related to ethical/moral issues in the nurse/patient relationships in terminally ill patient populations.
Specifically, a strategy to ensure that patients facing end-of-life decisions get all the information required in making those decisions and is not filtered by the nurse's personal ethics/moral beliefs/convictions.
Home Infusion Nursing Care of Socially Diverse Populations" a course assisting healthcare providers caring for an HIV populations inclusive of injection drug users, the GLBT community, and the sexually promiscuous.
Member, Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society
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PERSONAL ACHIEVEMENTS Licensed Foster Care Home/ Foster Parents Foster parents of two toddler siblings (ages 2 & 3 at time of placement); From December 9, 2004 to June 30, 2006. The children were subsequently adopted and are in a permanent 2-parent home (after the death of my life partner) 3