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Professional Summary

Energetic and experienced nurse leader with 15 years of progressive experience in health-care. Strong clinical and management background in academic teaching hospitals, assisted living facilities and long term care facilities. Active team player who responds quickly to emergency situations while maintaining a calm and reassuring demeanor.

Education and Training
Master of Business Administration 2018 Dominician College New York, New York
Bachelor of Science: Nursing 2013 Goshen College Goshen, IN
Licenses

Registered Nurse in the State of Indiana, Michigan,Texas, New York and New Jersey.

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification 2001-2018
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Certified 2001- 2018
  • CPR certified through American Heart Association 1
  • National Institute of Health Stroke Scale (NIH) Certified 2014-2018
  • Advance Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Certified 2014-2018
Skill Highlights
  • Experienced in Long Term Care, Rehabilitation, Med-Surgical, Orthopedics/Neurology, Progressive Cardiac Care (PCU) /Telemetry, Intensive Critical Care (ICU) Units
  • Intra Aortic Balloon Pump (IABP)
  • ELNEC training (End-Of-Life-Care)
  • Ventilation/tracheotomy experienced
  •  Experienced manager
Relevant Professional Experience
Nurse Administrator 05/2016 to Current New York Presbyterian New York, New York
  • Responsible for clinical operations in a 196 bed teaching hospital.
  • Assist in hiring and overseeing nursing staff ( RN's) and ancillary staffing (patient care assistants, nursing aids) for the hospital. 
  • Communicate with an interdisciplinary team of providers to ensure the safety and health of all individuals served
  • Assess staffing needs according to workload and staff competency; Re- assigns and adjusts staffing based upon patient care needs.
  • Collaborate with different departments (pharmacy, radiology, lab, registration) to resolve issues and improve work flow processes throughout the department. Designed and implemented a communication strategy for reporting and escalating these issues.
  • Work with senior leadership to engage staff for magnet initiative.
  • Serve as a member of  Multidisciplinary System Ulcer Committee, and the night staff advisors committee 
Clinical Nurse Coordinator/ Assistant Nurse Manager 06/2015 to 05/2016 New York Presbyterian New York, NY
  • Responsible for managing and overseeing 8 clinical in-patient units; General Medicine, Emergency Department, L&D, Psychiatry, Geriatrics, Surgical, ICU and Step Down Units.
  • Coordinated and participated in the development of the performance evaluation program for functions within the unit; monitors and documents performance; provides on-going feedback regarding levels of performance; and formally evaluates employees in relation to performance.
  • Assisted in developing, recommending, and coordinating new procedures for assigned functions or units. Provides immediate support, and education on policy, procedures, equipment and supplies.
  • Participated on the Coding and Readiness committee.  Improved patient fatality by 3%.
Charge/Staff Nurse 07/2010 to 04/2015 St Joseph Regional Medical Center South Bend, IN
  • Delivered high-quality patient care in a 256 bed teaching hospital on Med-Surgical, Orthopedics / Neurology, Progressive Cardiac Care (PCU) /Telemetry, Intensive Critical Care (ICU) Units.
  • Assisted physicians to perform a broad scope of procedures and treatment utilizing various invasive equipment.
  • Obtain and interpret appropriate lab tests including observing and reading telemetry, obtaining electrocardiograms, reporting symptoms and changes in testing.
  • Responsible for patient assignments and unit operations
  • Serve as a member of Unit Council, Skin Care Council, and Sepsis Task force.
  • Developed sepsis protocol resulting in reduction on septic deaths by 5% within first 3 months.
Assistant Director of Nursing 02/2009 to 07/2010 Silverbrook Manor South Bend, IN
  • Overhauled an under performing 100-bed skilled nursing facility at risk of being shut down. Over saw 3 clinical supervisors and 32 nursing and CNA staff; managed a budget of $580,000.
  • Improved employee retention by instituting employee of the month and achievement awards. increased retention of staff from 15% to 33% in the course of a year.
  • Evaluated and reformulated job descriptions; hired 7 new employees to improve patient staff ratios.
  • Instituted biannual appraisal tool; performed quarterly coaching to monitor and measure professional development, and conducted annual assessments.
  • Developed a more concise inventory system that helped save $15,000 in one year.Responsible for hiring, in-servicing all nursing personnel, and implementing disciplinary actions as needed.
Charge Nurse 08/2004 to 01/2009 Regency Place South Bend, IN
  • Responsible for 20 residents in the Sub-Acute rehab unit of 150 bed long term care facility.
  • Responsible for total patient care including, dispensing of medications, taking vital signs, intravenous therapy, oxygen therapy, application of dressings, tracheotomy care, wound V.A.C therapy, insertions of catheters, nasopharyngeal and oral suctioning and peritoneal dialysis, peg tubes, TPN's.
  • Collaborated effectively with interdisciplinary team members of medical and healthcare professionals comprised of physicians, nurse managers, dietitian, social workers, case manager and physical therapist
Clinical Coordinator/Registered Nurse 04/2003 to 06/2005 Dungarvin Health Care Services South Bend, IN
  • Provided clinical oversight for 60 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities; Assured care plans were complete, accurate, and followed by 100 day/night staff members.
  • Responsible for scheduling and supervising medical appointments, client intake, and physician communications.Organized, updated and maintained patient charts.
  • Planned and implemented staff development plans and coordinated staff training activities; Conducted staff performance evaluations.Ensured compliance with federal, state and local regulations
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Professional Summary
Director of Nursing driven to achieve the highest levels of client satisfaction through comprehensive client care and emotional support. RN DON experienced at directing administrative and personnel matters in a 24/7 care facility for elderly clients. Strong problem-solver with excellent time management skills.
Skills
  • Patient chart auditing ability
  • Familiar with commercial and private insurance carriers
  • ICD-10 (International Classification of Disease Systems)
  • Budgeting proficiency
  • Talented interviewer
  • Strategic planning capability
  • Recruiting and hiring expert
  • Savvy negotiator
  • Supervisory training
  • Knowledge of Medicaid statutes and regulations
  • Patient referrals expert
  • Records maintenance professional
  • Hospital inpatient and outpatient records
  • Records management professional
  • Planning and development
  • Analytical thinker
  • Accomplished leader
  • Quality improvement competency
Work History
09/1999 to Current
Assistant Director Of Nursing Genesis Healthcare Silver Spring , MD
  • Conducted mandated health screenings, physicals and special education assessments in Number schools with Number students. Ensured external follow-up where required.
  • Primary care, assessment and evaluation of neonatal and pediatric patients.
  • Chronic patient care in med-surg unit, adeptly handling all aspects of treatment from medication to wound care to monitoring for Number patients per shift.

  • Directed the new hire LPN program. Recruited, hired, led training and managed budget for class of Number students annually.
  • Examined patients and dispensed contraceptives and other medications as needed.
02/1999 to 07/2005
Admission Nurse, Infection Control Nurse, And Evening Rn Supervisor Clinton Nursing Home Clinton, MD
  • Self-directed with astute judgment skills. High level of personal accountability.
  • Pharmacological and non-pharmacological management and treatment of various disorders and diseases.
  • Effectively supervised Number LVNs, NAs and non-clinical staff. Improved annual employee retention rate from Number to Number percent.
  • Directed the new hire LPN program. Recruited, hired, led training and managed budget for class of Number students annually.
  • Oversaw and managed Number clinical and support staff in patient care activities while maintaining a high level of staff morale and professionalism.
  • Led CNA training program and conducted classes for prospective CNAs. Oversaw the training of Number students annually.
Education
1999
Bachelor of Science: Nursing
Bowie State University & Marlin Luther King Jr Center - 14000 Jericho Park Rd, Bowie, MD 20715
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Summary
Assistant Director of Nursing driven to achieve the highest levels of client satisfaction through comprehensive client care and emotional support, experienced at directing administrative and personnel matters in a 24/7 care facility for elderly clients. Strong problem-solver with excellent time management skills.
Skills
  • Staffing management ability
  • Conflict resolution
  • Patient-oriented
  • Personal and professional integrity
  • Relationship and team building
  • Certified BLS, First-aid, and AED Instructor
  • Sound decision making
  • Staff training and development
  • Effectively influences others
  • Critical thinking proficiency​
  • Proven patience and self-discipline
  • Certified Nursing Assistant Instructor
Experience
Assistant Director of Nursing Aug 2013 to Current
Brookdale Senior Living Birmingham, Alabama
  • Carefully selected, developed and retained qualified staff, as well as trained new staff annually.
  • Directed the installation of improved work methods and procedures to achieve organizational objectives.
  • Implemented standards and methods to measure the effectiveness of organizational activities.
  • Actively maintained up-to-date knowledge of applicable state and Federal laws and regulations.
  • Provided thorough supervision for day-to-day operations of facility in accordance with set policies and guidelines.
  • Jumped in to fill gaps for on call rotation when necessary.
  • Regularly evaluated employee performance, provided feedback and assisted, coached and disciplined staff as needed.
  • Minimized staff turnover through appropriate selection, orientation, training, staff education and development.


Registered Nurse Cardiac Unit Jul 2012 to Jul 2013
North Mississippi Medical Center Tupelo, Mississippi
  • Identify patient care requirements by establishing personal rapport with potential and actual patients and other persons in a position to understand care requirements.
  • Establish a compassionate environment by providing emotional, psychological, and spiritual support to patients, friends, and families.
  • Promote patient's independence by establishing patient care goals; teaching patient, friends, and family to understand condition, medications, and self-care skills; answering questions.
  • Assure quality of care by adhering to therapeutic standards; measuring health outcomes against patient care goals and standards; making or recommending necessary adjustments; following hospital and nursing division's philosophies and standards of care set by state board of nursing, state nurse practice act, and other governing agency regulations.
  • Resolve patient problems and needs by utilizing multidisciplinary team strategies.
  • Maintain safe and clean working environment by complying with procedures, rules, and regulations; calling for assistance from health care support personnel.
  • Protect patients and employees by adhering to infection-control policies and protocols, medication administration and storage procedures, and controlled substance regulations.
Education and Training
Associate of Science, Nursing 2011 Northwest Shoals Community College Phil Campbell, Alabama, U.S.
High School Diploma, General 2007 Hamilton High School Hamilton, Alabama, U.S.
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Professional Background

Experienced Registered nurse with 20 years in nursing, Demonstrates strong clinical and people skills. Skilled in providing care to patients in all age groups in various settings.

Skill Highlights
  • Clinical experience
  • Patient evaluation/intervention
  • Strong clinical judgment
  • Computerized charting
  • Problem resolution
  • Enthusiastic caregiver
  • Professional bedside manner
  • Wound care specialist
  • Management/Leadership skills
  • Organized
  • DependablePoint-Click-Care EMR
  • Clinical leadership and supervision
  • Team leader
Accomplishments

Collaboration

  • Collaborated with physicians to plan and implement patient care in various settings.

Patient Care

  • Delivered compassionate care that exceeded hospital and home health requirements.
  • Successfully provided quality care to patients in home health settings, and hospital settings.
  • Surgical Preparation-Assisted in patient surgery preparation by administering proper medication, monitoring patients' conditions and charting abnormalities.
  • Provided care to Psychiatric and chemical dependent clients in a acute care setting.

Family Support

  • Provided support to families through education on procedures, regimens prevention and care.

Documentation

  • Documented patient information obtained from intake interviews.
  • Ensured charting accuracy through precise documentation.

Training

  • Trained team of staff nurses in medical office procedures to ensure consistent quality of care.

Nursing Supervision

  • Supervised other Registered nurses, LPNS, Home Health, and Aides/CNA/MHT's .

Professional Experience
River Region Medical Center March 2013 to April 2016 Nursing Supervisor/Staff nurse
Vicksburg, Miss

Provided treatment within scope of practice as defined by state law. Supervised clinical staff of 32 RN's, 8 LPN's and 19 PCT's. Managed daily staffing and scheduling. Provided quality nursing care in accordance with Merit Health River Region Behavioral Health policies and procedures. Delegated staff duties. Coordinated with physician's, therapists, and registered nurses to develop care plans for patients. Ensured efficacy of treatments through monitoring of treatment regimens. Ensured the safety of patients and staff. Coordinated Quality Improvement Activities (QIA's) to identify performance areas for improvement. Trained new staff.

Promise Specialty Hospital September 2013 to March 2018 PRN STAFF NURSE
Vidalia, LA
Managed caseload of 6-7 clients, providing education, treatments, IV therapy, venipuncture and wound care. Provided quality nursing care in accordance with resident care policies and procedures. Utilized strong assessment skills to determine necessary patient care. provide care to patients with multiple chronic diagnoses including COPD and asthma.
Central Mississippi Medical Center June 2012 to February 2013 Resource Manager
Jackson, MS

Ensured that clients received appropriate care, ensured that admission status was appropriate for the appropriate level of care. start discharge planning process, made appropriate referrals for after care.

Allegiance Healthcare January 2011 to August 2012 Staff Nurse
Natchez, MS

Documented patient information obtained from interviews.Provided behavioral/emotional support and supervision for those with dementia and Alzheimer's. Provide patient education. Evaluated patient care needs, prioritized treatment, and maintained patient flow.

Natchez Regional Medical Center June 2010 to January 2011 Staff Nurse
Natchez, MS

Performed admission assessments, monitored acute conditions. Provided care to patients recovering from orthopedic surgeries. Assisted patients with bathing, dressing, hygiene and grooming.

Medgar Evers Home Health May 2008 to July 2010 Branch Manager
Meadville, Ms

Managed and supervised clinical and non clinical staff. Motivated and monitored team performance. Recruited and trained new staff. Marketed. Performed patient admissions, utilized OASIS, managed office budget. Provided patient care and wound care.

Natchez Regional Medical Center December 2002 to April 2008 Staff Nurse
Natchez, MS

Provided basic nursing care and performed wound care to medical-surgical patients, from birth to geriatrics. Managed PCA's and supervised LPN's. Developed patient care plans, including assessments, evaluations, and nursing diagnoses. Assisted patients with multiple chronic diagnoses, including COPD and asthma. Educated patients about their treatments. Provided necessary health education training for patients. Instructed patients and family members on proper discharge care.

Mississippi Home Care August 2003 to September 2005 Staff Nurse/Field nurse
Port Gibson, MS

Performed home health admissions and assessments. Provided patient care to clients in home, performed wound care. Utilized OASIS forms, performed recertification's. Supervised LPN's and HHA's. Operated new computer software MYSIS.

St. Dominic Hospital June 2000 to March 2004 Staff Nurse
Jackson, MS

Monitored patients with acute conditions. Developed patient care plans, including assessments, evaluations, and nursing diagnoses.Provided nursing care to Medical-Surgical patients recovering from surgery. Performed wound care. Charge nurse, preceptor to new nurses. Instructed patients and family members on proper discharge care.

Medgar Evers Home Health October 1997 to July 2000 Staff/Field Nurse
Natchez, MS

Performed home health assessments and admissions. provided personal care to patients in their homes. prepared OASIS forms, recertification's. Supervised LPN and HHA's, performed wound care and venipunctures. Supported patients with customized patient teaching tools. Developed patient care plans, including assessments, evaluations, and nursing diagnoses.

Sunrise Health Care March 1997 to October 1997 Assistant Director of Nursing
Fayette, Ms

Managed, recruited and trained nursing staff. Managed staffing. Monitored patients psychiatric needs, performed assessments for inpatient admissions, and marketing. Managed staff of 15-20 persons

Serv-U-Home Health April 1996 to February 1997 Staff/Field Nurse
Fayette, MS

Performed home health assessments and admissions, supervised LPN's and HHA's, performed wound care and venipunctures. Served as a liaison between patients and physicians to assist patients in understanding their treatment plans. Provided diagnoses and treated patients with chronic and acute health problems, including MI, arrhythmias, asthma, COPD, pneumonia.

Natchez Regional Medical Center July 1995 to May 1996 Staff Nurse
Natchez, MS

Monitored patients with acute conditions. Developed patient care plans, including assessments, evaluations, and nursing diagnoses. Provided quality nursing care in accordance with institutions care policies and procedures.Worked as part of team to execute proper care of body mechanics and safety of patient. Provided necessary health education training for patients and available family members. Instructed patients and family members on proper discharge care.

Merit Health Central April 2016 to September 2017 Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialist
Jackson, MS
Reviewed provider clinical documentation, analyzing accuracy and completeness to coordinate addressing of findings at time of service.
Kept patient information confidential in accordance with data integrity and privacy regulations. Collaborated extensively with appropriate members of healthcare team such physicians to make corrections to clinical documents.
Merit Health Central September 2017 to Current Staff Registered Nurse Burn Step Down Unit
Jackson, MS
Assessed patients burns or traumatic wounds and other conditions and followed the appropriate treatment protocol. Reviewed physician orders and dispensed medication and treatment, participating in medication management to promote patient safety and effectiveness. Educated patients about health condition information and management, answering questions and providing informational materials. Mentored new nurses on practices and procedures to drive patient outcome goals.
Education and Training
Grand Canyon University 2011 Masters: Nursing Pheonix, Arizona

Masters of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis on Leadership in Nursing

Alcorn State University 2008 Bachelors of Science in Nursing Lorman, Ms

BSN

SouthWest Mississippi Community College 1995 Nursing Sumitt, Miss

Associate's Degree in nursing. Coursework includes: Nursing I-IV,

Jefferson County High 1982 Basic course Fayette, Ms

High school diploma

Certifications

Registered Nurse - State of Mississippi. BLS - Basic Life Support, ACLS and PALS certified

 TB certified
Affiliations

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