To utilize and enhance my skills and experience in nursing while maintaining the autonomy of and respect for all clients and their families, coworkers, and interdisciplinary team members.
East Orange Veteran's Hospital - East Orange, NJ.
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital - New Brunswick, NJ.
St. Peters Medical Center, New Brunswick NJ.
11/2014 to Current
Visiting Nurse Case ManagerVISITING NURSE ASSOCIATION OF CENTRAL NEW JERSEY － Holmdel, NJ
Sound, ethical and independent decision-making ability consistent with medical protocols. Skillfully performed suture removals for patients of all ages. Utilized strong assessment skills to determine necessary patient care. Accurately documented all elements of nursing assessment, treatments, medications, discharge instructions and follow-up care. Responsible for primary care, case management and medication management. Managed caseload of 20 clients, providing education, treatments, IV therapy, venipuncture and wound care. Provide behavioral/emotional support and supervision for those with dementia and Alzheimer's. Performed all tasks with a patient-centered focus while seeking opportunities for improvement of processes and treatments. I create, adjust, and carry out plans of care in the home environment with goals of preventing hospitalization/re-hospitalization while collaborating with interdisciplinary team members.
I provide ongoing teaching related to reducing or eliminating pain, maintaining and improving skin integrity, increasing mobility, and independance to the highest possible level.
I provide extensive education and teaching to the client and their caregivers, related to acute/chronic disease/illness management such as congestive heart failure, other heart disease, diabetes, vascular conditions, copd and other respiratory conditions.
Many of my clients are status post joint replacement.
I also communicate with the client as a whole person and work to improve quality of everyday life in clients with neuromuscular diseases such as multiple sclerosis.
While continuing to provide extensive education to clients and their families in an effort to prevent, recognize and address complications of decreased mobility, IE: dvt, pe, pneumonia, pressure ulcers, I make the necessary reccommendations, to the clients' family, physicians and other caregivers for modalities including but not limited to physical therapy, nutritional counseling, long term care management.
My clinical skills includebut are not limited to, pleural catheter draining, wound vac application and management, tracheostomy care, indwelling urinary catheter management and changes, g-tube management, a broad spectrum of wound care from surgical incisions to stage four ulcerations, unna boot application, venipuncture, injections, ostomy management and teaching including gastric and renal.
I provide extensive, ongoing education related to medication management.
12/2005 to 10/2014
Staff NurseJFK JOHNSON REHABILITATION INSTITUTE - ACUTE INPATIENT REHABILITATION － Edison, NJ
I am a patient/family liaison for clients during complicated periods in their life Develop and carry out care plans for patients from time of admission to discharge.
I worked each day to commit to the goals of nursing including but not limited to increasing the patient's knowledge of their illness, medications, safety, independence, need for community resources and how to obtain them, methods of managing pain, infection, illness, and other complications, and increasing their awareness of how to prevent injuries.
Establish and maintain a safe and comfortable environment for clients who have neurological, cardiac, pulmonary and/or physically and mentally based acute and chronic conditions while educating them in safe and timely medication administration, and all activities of daily living.
Wound prevention, assessment, management and care.
I work diligently to improve outcomes and avoid infection.
Maintain an acute awareness of signs and symptoms of emergent conditions resulting from spinal cord injury, brain trauma, and joint replacement.
Diligently work to prevent complications by increasing the patient and their family's knowledge and encouraging participation in mobility, proper nutrition, medication compliance and other avenues.
Assess and address alterations in health status such as UTI, dehydration and constipation while carrying out all necessary interventions with the interdisciplinary team.
Extensive Diabetic Teaching and Management Medication administration, IV therapies, urinary catheterization, dressing changes, TPN, wound care, PICC line use and care, etc.
Develop and carry out bowel and bladder programs.
Assess the needs of all levels of patients with regard to ADL'S, mobility, and other skills while maintaining patient autonomy and safety.
Float to brain trauma unit, acute care/med surgical units as needed.
06/1995 to 12/2005
Medical Assisting Program Director/InstructorSanford Brown Institute － Iselin, NJ
Manage and organize a 450+ student population Developed program curriculum Hire, train, and supervise a faculty of 25+ instructors.
Prepare and implement lessons for all Medical Assisting procedures Maintain state and national regulatory standards for certifications (accreditation, CMA, RMA eligibility) Instruct all aspects of the Medical Assisting Program to groups of up to 32 students Obtained and maintained clinical sites for student externships.
08/1987 to 06/1995
Certified Medical AssistantMenlo Park Medical Group, P.A － Edison, NJ
Responsibilities included all aspects of front and back office procedures.
Most frequently assisting with endoscopic procedures and biopsies.
Venipuncture, injections, employment physicals and testing, vital signs, holter monitor set-up and scanning.
Ekg and stress testing.
Scheduling and follow-up of hospital procedures and communications.
Assisting in minor surgery and sterile procedures.
Education and Training
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Nursing and Middlesex County College
Bachelor's Degree: NursingThomas Edison State College － Trenton, NJ.Nursing Completed 45 continuing education credits from
Activities and Honors
Member of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses, Secretary - A Volunteer position at the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, Post #65 Metuchen, NJ - Developing and participating in fund raisers for Veteran's and active military for twenty years. I have received several positive Press Ganey surveys.
acute care, catheterization, diabetes, Diabetic, Ekg, injections, Medical Assisting, Medication administration, medication management, managing pain, physical therapy, Scheduling, surgery, trauma, Venipuncture, vital signs, wound care