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Professional Summary
  • Management of post op trauma surgery patients in a level 1 trauma academic center, collaborating with the trauma team and multiple departments.
  • Conduct education in-service and orientation to new surgical interns and advanced practitioners.
  • Managed critical care patients in a 24 bed ICU/SICU under the supervision of critical care physicians, lead rapid response teams.
  • Screen and manage new critical care consults, while collaborating with various departments for better patient outcomes.
  • In-house CODE BLUE lead in collaboration with emergency department physician and multiple departments.
  • Departmental education through in-services, presentations and new employee orientation.

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, TX

  • Master of Science in Nursing  

Texas Tech University Health Science Center, TX     

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing  Summa Cum Laude

Houston Community College, Houston TX  

  • Associate of Science in Nursing  Magna Cum Laude

Licenses & Certifications
  • Registered Nurse License, Texas 2007- Present
  • Nurse Practitioner License, Texas- Acute Care Adult/Gero 2016- Present
  • AGACNP (Acute-Gero Acute Care Nurse Practitioner)- American Nurse Credentialing Center, 2016- Present
  • CCRN Certification by American Association of Critical Care Nurse, 2008 - Present
  • ACLS Certification by America Heart Association, 2007 - Present
  • BLS Certification by American Heart Association
  • FCCS Certification by Society of Critical Care Medicine, 2016 - Present
Awards and Recognition
  • Employee recognition - Certification, Houston Methodist Hospital 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Trauma Nurse Recognition, Harris Health System 2015 
  • Service First Star, Harris Health System 2015.  
  • Professional awards 2010,2012, 2013, 2014 Harris Health System.
  • Presidents List, Texas Tech University School of Nursing.          
  • National Deans List 2005.
  • Shared Governance Council, Houston Methodist Hospital.
  • Critical Care Committee, Houston Methodist Hospital.
  • Graduate Dean Committee, Texas Tech University School of Nursing.
  • Staff Nurse Council, Harris Health System.
  • Best practice committee, Harris Health System.
  • Staff Nurse Staffing committee, Harris Health System.
  • Skin Care Champion, Harris Health System.
  • American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN)
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM)
  • Houston Area Nurse Practitioners (HANP)
01/2019 - Current Trauma Surgery Nurse Practitioner University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston | Houston, TX
10/2016 - Current Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Houston Methodist Hospital | Baytown, TX

PRN beginning January 2019

07/2015 - 07/2016 Heart Transplant/LVAD ICU Charge Nurse Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center | Houston, TX
12/2013 - 07/2015 Emergency Shock Trauma Nurse Harris Health System | Houston, TX
12/2011 - 12/2013 Endoscopy Procedures Charge Nurse Harris Health System | Houston, TX Role: Help implement high risk procedures.
01/2004 - 12/2013 Cardiac ICU Charge Nurse Harris Health System | Houston, TX Note: 2011-2013 part time
  • Insertion of Arterial lines
  • Insertion of Central lines
  • Rapid sequence intubations
  • Insertion of hemodialysis catheters
  • Management of pulmonary artery catheters
  • FAST exam interpretation
  • Chest tube, IABP, pacemaker wire, JP drain removal
  • Vasopressors management
  • Inotropes management
  • Paralytics management
  • Anticoagulants management
  • Bladder ultrasound
  • 12 lead ECG interpretation
  • Ventricular assist devices management
  • IABP and pacemaker management
  • CRRT/CVVHD monitoring
  • Therapeutic Hypothermia therapy management
  • Rapid blood transfusion
  • EPIC, Care4, AllScripts EHR
  • Phillips & GE monitors
  • Mechanical ventilation management
  • Train of Four
  • Enteral nutrition management
  • Interpretation of diagnostics
  • BiSpectral Index Monitoring
  • Management of facial trauma emergencies, Memorial Hermann Hospital - TMC
  • Bispectral Index monitoring in critical care, Houston Methodist Hosp
  • Sedation and Paralysis in critical care, Houston Methodist Hosp
  • Management of DKA in critical care,Houston Methodist Hospital
  • Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography after Trauma presentation, Ben Taub General Hospital
  • Colorectal Cancer Awareness Presentation, Ben Taub General Hospital
  • Cardiovascular Symposium, Ben Taub General Hospital
  • Grade V liver laceration in Shock Trauma, LBJ General Hospital
  • New Graduate Nurse Endoscopy Manual, Ben Taub General Hospital
  • Student nurse basic ECG knowledge, Ben Taub General Hospital
  • GI Mass Endoscopy Proposal and Protocol, Ben Taub General Hospital
  • Management of Ulcerative Colitis Therapy, Ben Taub General Hospital
  • Multi-Society Guidelines on Reprocessing Endoscopes Update, Ben Taub General Hospital
  • Bile Leak after Cholecystectomy, Ben Taub General Hospital
  • Hepato- Renal Syndrome, Ben Taub General Hospital
  • Propofol Infusion Syndrome, Ben Taub General Hospital
  • Hemodynamics, Ben Taub General Hospital & Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center
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Academic Projects
  • Patient discharge workflow redesign project.
  • Does physical activity impact diabetes and obesity? A comparison between western states and southern states using statistical data analysis.
  • Universal Protocol legal issues.
  • Improving sepsis recognition in the Emergency Department.
  • Improving discharge workflow in the Emergency Department.
  • In mechanically ventilated patients does chlorhexidine mouthwash compared to regular mouthwash prevent the incidence of ventilator associated pneumonia when performed every 4 hours?
  • Childhood obesity in the fifth ward district.
  • Legal ethical issues in healthcare.
  • Hypertensive Emergencies.   
  • Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy.
  • Chikungunya Virus in the United States.