Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP): Nursing Administration, 08/2020 University of Alabama School of Nursing - Birmingham, AL
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN): Nursing, 2016 Walden University - Minneapolis, MN
Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN): Nursing, 1995 Athens Area Technical College - Athens, GA
Stroke Program Coordinator, 07/2019 to Current University of Alabama Medical Center – Birmingham, AL
Oversees and facilitates Disease-Specific Care Certification review process of Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification (CSC).
Collaborates with Stroke Center Medical Director and Multidisciplinary Stroke Care Quality Improvement Committee to ensure that all policies and procedures necessary to care for stroke patients are within established Clinical Practice Guidelines.
Develops and implements plans for quality and outcomes data measurement for stroke care.
Oversees and assists with training and development of staff and ensures competency standards are met for care of patients with stroke.
Collaborates with Medical Director to provide performance measurement feedback reports to Medical Staff office and appropriate Medical Directors regarding physician compliance with quality metrics in care of stroke patients.
Mentors staff in fostering use of evidence-based tools to improve care of stroke patients (stroke order sets, nursing care resource guide, patient educational tools). Facilitates neurological assessment skills for caregivers across continuum of stroke care. Maintains hospital-wide/system-wide communication regarding Stroke Program outcomes.
Develops and facilitates ongoing community and professional education programs. Assist with in-patient stroke education. Assists in EMS pre-hospital stroke education as needed.
Demonstrates motivation for continued growth as educator through active review of current literature, professional networking, and attendance at relevant seminars/conference.
Stroke Program Consultant, 05/2017 to 12/2017 Brookwood Baptist Medical Center – Birmingham, AL
Supported organizational leadership team to ensure quality and regulatory compliance for Stroke Program were maintained.
Collaborated with Medical Director and Nursing Unit Directors in carrying out educational, clinical, research, administrative, and outreach activities.
Mentored and supported interdisciplinary team for regulatory readiness, clinical performance, quality improvement, and education requirements of Primary Stroke Center.
Director - Neurology/Neurosurgery Unit and Stroke Program, 11/2012 to 06/2017 Brookwood Baptist Medical Center – Birmingham, AL
Directed daily operations and management of Neurology/Neurosurgery Unit to ensure provision of personalized and coordinated quality nursing care practices. Maintained energy and enthusiasm in fast-paced environment.
Executed program development of Primary Stroke Center (PSC) and facilitated compliance with The Joint Commission (TJC) standards for successful accreditation and re-accreditations. Responsible for management of Accredited PSC and Stroke Program.
Developed appropriate infrastructure to support continual readiness for TJC survey process. Facilitated organizational, physician, and employee education to promote knowledge of clinical standards.
Drove operational improvements which resulted in positive clinical outcomes, savings, and improved profit margins. Coached and educated providers and management as needed to ensure successful outcomes. Coordinated and implemented evidence-based nursing practices.
Coordinated implementation of performance improvement initiatives resulting in recognition by American Heart/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) and Get With The Guidelines (GWTG) Gold Performance Achievement Award in 2015, Gold Plus and Target Stroke Awards in 2016 and 2017.
Refined processes and facilitated implementation a "Code Stroke Response Team" to meet door-to-needle (DTN) target of <>60 minutes (decreased from a median DTN of 73 minutes to 24 minutes in 2017).
Reduced Foley utilization on Neuroscience Unit from 18% in 2014 to 6.6% in 2016 and 4.5% in 2017.
Consistently worked with frontline staff to improve patient outcomes resulting in "ZERO" central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) in over three years with 1465 central line days.
Led unit bedside medication barcode scanning initiative resulting in a consistent compliance rate of > 97%.
Director - NCCU, NSU, Orthopedics, and Surgery Unit, 06/1990 to 10/2012 St. Mary's Health Care System – Athens, GA
Managed, directed and coordinated daily operations of Neuroscience, Neuro Critical Care, Orthopedic, and General Surgery Units.
Led various Task Force and facilitated compliance of TJC standards to achieve Disease-Specific Care (DSC) accreditation for Knee, Spine, and Stroke.
Co-chair of Palliative Care Program Steering Committee (2010 - 2012).
Assisted with start-up of Palliative Care Program that was recognized as Circle of Life Award Honoree for Palliative and Hospice Care in 2011 (only seven organizations in the United States were recognized, three as award winners and four as recipients of citations of honor).
Directed re-organization of "One Call" to "Transfer Center" to include 24/7 Registered Nurse coverage.
Successfully led multidisciplinary stroke team to achieve AHA/ASA GWTG Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award for Stroke (highest level possible three consecutive years).
Implemented and managed stroke care processes and protocols to promote consistent adherence to latest scientific treatment guidelines. Program's success in achieving measurable patient outcome improvements was recognized by Georgia Trend Magazine as No. 1 hospital in Georgia for treatment of Stroke Care in 2011.
Facilitated and implemented emergency medical technician (EMT) and community stroke education programs resulting in 46% growth in stroke admissions over four years.
Promoted and supported frontline nurses to achieve speciality certification through American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Taught monthly review courses resulting in 65% of NCCU and 42% of NSU registered nursing staff earning Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse (CNRN) certification.
Established performance goals for each department and provided feedback on methods for reaching those milestones.
Alabama Stroke Alliance of Professionals (ASAP) - 2021 President
American Association of Neuroscience Nursing (AANN)
American Heart/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA)
Association of Neurovascular Clinicians (ANVC)
Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing (CVSN)
Certifications and Honors
Advanced Stroke Coordinator (ASC-BC)
Phi Kappa Phi, Honor Society
Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing
2015 Nurse Leader of the Year, Brookwood Medical Center
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Companies Worked For:
University of Alabama Medical Center
Brookwood Baptist Medical Center
St. Mary's Health Care System
University of Alabama School of Nursing
Athens Area Technical College
Job Titles Held:
Stroke Program Coordinator
Stroke Program Consultant
Director - Neurology/Neurosurgery Unit and Stroke Program
Director - NCCU, NSU, Orthopedics, and Surgery Unit
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) : Nursing Administration , 08/2020 Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) : Nursing , 2016 Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) : Nursing , 1995
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