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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.
Obtained certification in Aricular Acpuncture (NADA), an alternative way to address addiction, anxiety, insomnia and depressive symptoms. Recently obtained Addiction Care and Treatment Certification.
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
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
-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
-Initiated treatment plans for every patient
-Performed weekly updates on each patient in collaboration with applicable departments
-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
Named American Psychiatric Nurses Association 2016 Student Scholar
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.
APRN-State of Florida
RN-State of Florida
American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Certification
FNP Certification #F0216705
DEA Controlled Substance Certification
Basic Life Support-Health Care Provider