Registered nurse with more than 17 years experience in a variety of nursing environments, acute care, sub acute care, home health, hospice and community health. Most recent experience in home care with a focus on prevention of re-hospitalization of heart failure and respiratory disease patients.
Maine State Board of Nursing, license number R052271.
CPR certified through November 2014
Manage up to 80 patients daily with diagnosis of heart failure, hypertension and COPD through telemonitoring.
Coordinate appropriate patients to have telehealth units set up in their home and educate the patients and their family in proper use of the equipment to ensure accurate data. Educate patient and family on medications,recognition of early signs and symptoms and lifestyle changes that need to occur in order to prevent re-hospitalization. Enable patients and family members to self manage their disease process so that upon discharge from Home Health they are able to recognize changes in their health and maintain a healthier lifestyle. Along with daily monitoring of patients, I am responsible for maintaining the equipment and managing the initial set up of equipment in the home, trouble shooting and inventory.
I am responsible for management and implementation of the Home Diuretic Protocol, developed by Maine Health Cardiologists and Healing Hearts Work Group. This is a protocol specific for heart failure patients whom have frequent readmissions to the hospital. By following the Home Diuretic Protocol algorithm, I am able to safely quickly and aggressively respond to an increase in fluid retention, thus decreasing trips to the ER and readmissions to the hospital.
I am an active member of the Healing Hearts Work Group at Maine Health. The focus of this work group is management of heart failure patients from hospital to home to decrease re-hospitalization of this population. This work group consists of home health nurses representing several home care agencies, acute and sub-acute care nurses, cardiologists and a program manager. Over the past 2 years we have developed the Home Diuretic Protocol. I have successfully implemented the Protocol in my home care agency, decreasing re-hospitalization and improving the quality of life for heart failure patients. As a member of this group, I have done several in-services at physician offices and nursing homes to educate providers on the Home Diuretic Protocol and its success.
I worked on a task force with 4 other nurses from home care agencies within the Maine Health system to develop a nursing care plan specific to heart failure patients in the home care setting.
I provided an in-service at the Trafton Center in Sanford, Maine, for senior citizens on heart failure. I educated the seniors on signs and symptoms, symptom management, diet and life style changes. I answered specific questions from the seniors, provided blood pressure checks with education on blood pressure readings and when to notify their physician.
Responsible for remote monitoring of cardiac and respiratory patients. Monitored vital signs and disease specific questions answered daily by patients. Communicated with patient/family/physicians and home care nurses to make necessary changes in medications or lifestyle to maintain these patients safely at home.
Worked with a team of community health nurses conducting foot-care clinics at senior centers, assisted living facilities and home care office. We offered care to seniors who needed routine foot assessment and nail care due to diabetes or peripheral vascular disease.
Administered flu and pneumonia vaccines to the community throughout Southern Maine during flu season, traveling to schools, community centers, police and fire departments and businesses.
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