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Summary

Bachelor of Nursing Degree with 24 years experience in Mental Health, Correctional Nursing and Community Addictions & Mental Health. Mental Health Certificate obtained. One year of New Brunswick Community College experience instructing within the Licensed Practical Nurse Program. Has held lead roles in new initiatives and promotes recovery based theory. Follows best practices within the nursing scope of practice and delivers ethical and safe nursing services. Adheres to the 5 key components of standards of practice that are applicable at all levels of mental health care as outlined in The Correctional Service of Canada's Mental Health Strategy.

Highlights
  • Mental Health Certificate (post degree)
  • Mental Health Status Exam Training  
  • Suicide Vulnerability & Needs Classification Tool education
  • Pre-Hospital Trauma & Life Support (PHTLS)
  • Non-violent Intervention
  • Addiction Care and Treatment Certificate
  • National Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist (NADA) 
  • Current CPR & AED certification 
  • French Immersion 2+
  • ASIST 
  • Previous instructor  for NBCC & MH Corrections  
  • Other relevant mandatory training (CSC)
  • Laser Therapy Technician
  • Foot Care Certification
  • Audiometric Technician
  • Spirometry Technician
Accomplishments

Obtained certification in Aricular Acpuncture (NADA), an alternative way to address addiction, anxiety, insomnia and depressive symptoms. Recently obtained Addiction Care and Treatment Certification. 

Experience
07/2018 to Current
Mental Health Nurse Correctional Service Canada Renous, NB

CSC Mental Health Services position is responsible for providing offenders with mental health needs that can be accommodated by mental health teams in mainstream CSC institutions. Individual counselling, screening, assessment and treatment of incarcerated offenders, along with the coordination of referrals for Intermediate Mental Health Care and Psychiatric Hospital Care, play an integral role on the mental health team. Accountable for prioritization of services, consent, confidentiality, access to information, and information sharing, along with case documentation provide seamless continuity of care to offenders. Interventions to preserve life and prevent serious bodily harm, as it pertains to CD843, management of inmate self-injurious and suicidal behavior are key functions. Maintain alerts, flags and needs as well as termination of care with all relevant documentation as it pertains to daily assessments, release and transfers. Maintain knowledge of the Commissioner's Directives and proven proficiency in the various computer based documentation systems identified by CSC such as OSCAR, OMS, RADAR and Excel

05/2007 to 07/2018
Registered Nurse Horizon Health Network , Addictions & Mental Health Miramichi, NB

Travel within the community to assess those requiring mental health assessment and counseling services.

Provided services to individuals from varying multicultural backgrounds 

Crisis intervention and behavior modification

Suicide intervention and prevention services

Identify and make appropriate referrals to agencies

Case planning, case management and injections

Participate as a multidiscipinary team member and be responsible for an assigned caseload, preparation and management of reports and other documentation; the development and maintenance of effective working relationships with clients, coworkers, commmunity and volunteer agencies as well as other government departments

Complete assessments for in home services, placements to special care homes and nursing homes

03/1998 to 05/2007
Registered Nurse Department of Public Safety, NBYC Miramichi, NB
Duties included medical, psychiatric and public health care needs of high risk young persons within the correctional facility.
Organizing and managing weekly psychiatric and medical clinics.
Stocking, ordering and daily administration of medication
Assessment of inmates upon admission including any physical, mental and addictions protocol needs.
Immunizations, testing of communicable diseases, vision and hearing screening, phelbotomy.
Methadone maintenance, medicare billing. 
Facilitated mental health education to staff
07/1997 to Current
Registered Nurse Horizon Health Network, Psychiatry Miramichi, NB
Maintain a casual position within the psychiatric acute care unit at Miramichi Hospital.
Duties include a full range of ongoing assessment and counselling services to acutely ill inpatients while considering recovery and discharge planning.
Suicide intervention and prevention.
Crisis intervention and behavior modification.
Education
2020
University of British Columbia Addiction Care and Treatment Online Certificate
2000
Mental Health Certificate University of New Brunswick Fredericton, NB
1997
Bachelor of Nursing Degree University of New Brunswick Fredericton, NB 4 year program
1986
French Immersion Universite de Moncton Moncton, NB, Canada Studied full time in the French Immersion Program for one year
Community Service
WOMEN (Women of Miramichi Entrepreneurial Network) Former Board Member 2016-2020 and member since 2013
Volunteer for SPCA in transporting animals to be rehomed
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Professional Summary
Driven Registered Nurse passionate for Mental Health with experience in inpatient psychiatric care settings. Highly adaptive individual with supervisory experience dedicated to quality patient care.
Education
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 2016
University of Cincinnati - Cincinnati Ohio
Certifications
    • Registered Nurse-State of Ohio
    • CPI Certified
    • CPR certified through American Heart Association
Work History
Registered Nurse Supervisor, 06/2016 to Current
Blueridge Vista Health and WellnessCincinnati, Ohio, United States
  • Nurse Supervisor on Geriatric and Adult unit
  • Oversaw average of 40 patients per shift
  • Oversaw and managed 30+ clinical and support staff in patient care activities while maintaining a high level of staff morale and professionalism
  • Assigned and implemented necessary changes based on evaluation of staffing requirements and floor assignments
  • Conducted Interviews for Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses and Mental Health Technicians 
  • Orientation director for all new hires

-Conducted 3 day orientation training for all new staff

-Assigned new hires to most appropriate trainers once on the floor and oversaw  training running adequately and intervening when appropriate

  • Involved and assisted patient and patient's family (if applicable) with treatment plan, education, and as a resource for any questions/concerns.
  • Actively participated in Treatment Team daily meetings representing all patients in facility

-Initiated treatment plans for every patient 

-Performed weekly updates on each patient in collaboration with applicable  departments

  • Performed full intake/admission process for new and potential patients

-Created/maintained quality relationships with referral sources 

-Screening of potential admissions for appropriateness 

-Presented admitting physician with thorough assessment data in order to  appropriately confirm or deny the admission 

-Verifying patients insurance

-Full admission assessment

  • Code Lead for code violet and code blue
  • Deescalated, redirected patients in psychiatric emergencies effectively with use of therapeutic intervention; medication administration and use of seclusion and restraints  when needed
  • Accurately documented all elements of nursing assessment, treatments, medications, discharge instructions, and follow-up care
Registered Nurse, 01/2017 to Current
TriHealth Rehabiliation HospitalCincinnati
  • Performed excellent patient-centered care, taking assignments up to 8 patients per shift including full assessments on each patient, medication administration and various care as needed per patient
  • Performed tracheostomy care, full indwelling catheter care, and wound care
  • Starting and administering IV medications 
  • Developed patient care plans, including assessments, evaluations and nursing diagnoses
  • Evaluated patient care needs, prioritized treatment, and maintained patient flow
  • Treated patients with strokes, head traumas, comas, and intracranial hematomas
  • Accurately documented all elements of nursing assessment, treatments, medications, discharge instructions, and follow-up care
  • Ensured safety and well-being of patients
Skills
  • Emotional Support
  • Discharge Instructions
  • Patient Care Needs
  • Quality Patient Care
  • Strong clinical judgment
  • Professional bedside manner
  • Leadership
  • Intake 
  • Highly Adaptive
  • Tracheotomy care
  • Thorough physical assessments
  • Medication Administration
  • Phlebotomy
  • Paper Charting
  • Electronic Charting 
  • Epic Proficient
  •  Wound Care
  • Proper catheter insertion/removal
  • Insulin medication assistance
  • Foley catheter insertion/removal familiarity
  • High level of autonomy 
Awards

Named American Psychiatric Nurses Association 2016 Student Scholar 

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Professional Summary

Versatile Family Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of nursing experience. Adept at treating patients with a wide range of conditions. Dedicated to providing high standards of culturally competent care for patients with diverse needs. Committed and passionate to increasing the quality of and access of mental healthcare while minimizing mental health stigma.

Skills
  • Family practice professional
  • Conscientious provider
  • Strong clinical judgment
  • Dedicated to integrity
  • Excellent listener
  • Superior communication skills
  • Multidisciplinary team collaboration
  • Treatment planning
  • DEA Certified (Active)
  • Psychiatry and mental health
  • Psychotropic medications knowledge
  • Addiction treatment
Work History
07/2017 to 06/2019
APRN Brandon TMS & Psychiatry Brandon, Florida
  • Provide psychiatric services under the supervision of a licensed psychiatrist in an outpatient community health setting.
  • Provide comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, assessments, medication management, and crisis intervention as needed.
  • Collaborate and provide consultation regarding diagnosis and treatment with other treatment providers.
  • Provide holistic treatment plans using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) therapy.
  • Order, interpret and evaluate diagnostic tests to identify and assess patients' clinical problems and health care needs.
11/2016 to 06/2017
APRN Brandon Psychiatric Group Brandon, Florida
  • Provided psychiatric services in an outpatient setting under the supervision of a licensed psychiatrist in a culturally diverse community health setting.
  • Performed clinical assessment and interview, diagnosis, intervention, and treatment planning for patients ages 18 and over.
  • Monitored prescribed psychotropic medications and assessed for efficacy and side effects.
  • Referred patients to other programs and community agencies to enhance treatment process and outcomes.
  • Guided patients in understanding illnesses and treatment plans.
  • Average 20-30 patients per day.
06/2016 to 08/2016
APRN AllCare Medical Centers, P.C. Lakewood Ranch, Florida
  • Demonstrated proficiency in supporting patients with multiple chronic co-morbidities, including diagnosing, treating and initiating medication, performing diagnostic interventions, and implementing follow-ups as required.
  • Initiated treatment plans to adhere rigorous standards of care and professional practice guidelines.
  • Delivered strong clinical skills enhanced by the natural ability to build rapport with patients and families.
  • Delivered quality care and maintained open lines of communication between all members of the health care team.
  • Provided health promotion, disease prevention, health maintenance and patient education.
12/2013 to 05/2015
Registered Nurse St. Anthony's Hospital Saint Petersburg, Florida
  • Worked closely with all clinical staff including the emergency department, intensive care unit and the cardiac catheterization team to effectively achieve patient outcomes.
  • Initiated, monitored, and maintained IV drips accordingly.
  • Monitored and interpreted electrocardiogram (EKG) readings.
  • Trained physicians with the eMAR-charting system, and safely medicated patients using the eMAR-charting system.
  • Provided preceptor training for new hires and student nurses.
03/2009 to 12/2013
Registered Nurse Bayfront Health St Petersburg Saint Petersburg, Florida
  • Worked closely with trauma physicians and mid-level providers to progress care as appropriate for patient needs.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of all aspects of patient care while incorporating collaborative care modalities.
  • Obtained assessment and medical history data and incorporated collective data into the progression of patient care.
  • Managed all aspects of trauma related to wound care inclusive of (but not limited to) wound vacs, chest tubes, urostomy/ileostomy/colostomy care, tracheostomy care, invasive wound therapy, surgical incisions, amputated limbs, etc.
Education
2015
Master of Science: Family Nurse Practitioner
South University - Tampa, FL
2008
Bachelor of Science: Nursing
South University - Tampa, FL
2006
Non-Degree: Nursing
University of Central Florida - Orlando, FL
2005
Associate of Arts: Nursing
Valencia College - Orlando, FL
2003
Non-Degree: Nursing
State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota - Bradenton, FL
Certifications & Licensure

APRN-State of Florida

February 2016-Present

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RN-State of Florida

February 2009-Present

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American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Certification

February 2016-Present

FNP Certification #F0216705


DEA Controlled Substance Certification

September 2017-Present

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Basic Life Support-Health Care Provider

June 2019-Present