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   Albertonia Woods MSN, RN

Charge Nurse -U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Birmingham

Summary

I am a dedicated Masters prepared registered nurse (RN) with a specialty in population health and  eight years experience in critical care, emergency settings. I possess strong assessment, psychiatric, and treatment-planning skills. I have developed dependable leadership abilities and  am an avid promoter and advocate of health education and health promotion for American Veterans.

I am a reliable and ethical healthcare provider with the ability to stay calm and intervene during crises, facilitate educational seminars for patients & staff members, and actively collaborate on multidisciplinary teams. I am able to build positive relationships with patients, family members, physicians, other medical professionals and colleagues.

 Currently, I am pursuing sound opportunities to enhance critical-thinking as well as professionalism, leadership, patient & health advocacy, in order to utilize these skills with a progressive healthcare organization.

Work Experience

Jan 2017 - Present

Registered Nurse- Charge Nurse BRC

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Birmingham

Registered Nurse at (Less than 1 year)

Blind Rehabilitation Center - Charge Nurse

Work Hours: 80 hours Bi-Weekly

-Manages the overall patient flow and bed assignments within the Birmingham VA Blind Rehabilitation Center (admissions, discharges, & transfers)-Plan, organize, lead, implement, and evaluate the quality of nursing care on all patient within the BRC. Analyze problems in the delivery of patient care, develop corrective actions to expedite care
-Assures optimum utilization of available resources and maintain a climate conducive to high quality patient care and employee's/ patient satisfaction
-Supports appropriate referral and discharge planning, and knowledge of legal implications.
-Demonstrates competence in management and utilization of the nursing process, interpersonal skills, resource utilization, sound decision-making, and functions with high degree of self-direction 
-Puts processes in place to ensure safe staffing levels for patients in the ED during times of unplanned leave request (i.e. sick leave)
-Improve patient outcomes by utilizing performance measures to ensure quality of care
-Monitor and evaluate unit practices and application of policies and procedures to ensuring standards of care are followed.
-Works with the interdisciplinary team to promote integrated care for veterans.

-Refines unit policies and procedures in the area

Jun 2008Jan 2017

Registered Nurse- Emergency Department

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Birmingham

Registered Nurse at (7 years 7 months)

Emergency Department Nurse/ Relief Charge Nurse

Work Hours:  72-80 hours Bi-Weekly

-Manages the overall patient flow and bed assignments within the Emergency Department (admissions, discharges, & transfers) -Plan, organize, lead, implement, and evaluate the quality of nursing care on all patient within the ED. Analyze problems in the delivery of patient care, develop corrective actions to expedite care
-Assures optimum utilization of available resources and maintain a climate conducive to high quality patient care and employee's/ patient satisfaction
-Monitors hospital resources and will determine when conditions in the ED reflect the need to place the facility on diversion status and communicate with the ED Attending, ED Nurse Manager and Hospital Flow Coordinator to ensure the optimal care of the veteran.
-Supports appropriate referral and discharge planning, and knowledge of legal implications.
-Demonstrates competence in management and utilization of the nursing process, interpersonal skills, resource utilization, sound decision-making, and functions with high degree of self-direction 
-Puts processes in place to ensure safe staffing levels for patients in the ED during times of unplanned leave request (i.e. sick leave)
-Improve patient outcomes by utilizing performance measures to ensure quality of care
-Monitor and evaluate unit practices and application of policies and procedures to ensuring standards of care are followed.
-Works with the interdisciplinary team to promote integrated care for veterans.

-Helped refine unit policies and procedures in the areas of sexual assault cases, data, evidence collection, and documentation.

- SANE - Trained liaison  in the Birmingham VA Medical Center Emergency Department and Women's Health Clinic.

-SANE - Trained Educator and collaborator with the Birmingham VA Medical Center and the Birmingham Crisis Center to bring annual Sexual Assault education to the Emergency Department Nursing and physician staff.

19992008

Licensed Practical Nurse

U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs- Birmingham

Licensed Practical Nurse/Surgical Technician (8 years 11months)

Work Hours:  40 hours per Week 

 LPN in Ambulatory Surgery environment, caring for a diverse veteran population.
-Worked under the supervision of an RN providing bedside care, treatment and clinical documentation for patients on cardiac, Gastroenterology as well as Urological and same day and minor surgical clients.
- Handled medication administration, dressing changes, IVs and all other aspects of nursing care within my scope of practice.
- Facilitated admissions, discharges and transfers; prepared chart notes and other documentation; and participated on interdisciplinary team.

Education

Feb 2016Present

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Chamberlain College of Nursing- Chicago, Illinois

Chamberlain College of Nursing DNP program is a practice focused-curriculum that assists the student to develop and advance their practice at new levels. As a graduate, the APN will be prepared to work in leadership roles in a variety of healthcare delivery settings leading patient care services that result in quality improvement and patient safety. I am currently entering my fourth semester of the eight semester program with a GPA of 3.7 and an anticipated graduation date of 12/2017

Aug 2016Present

Post Masters Certificate-Family Nurse Practitioner

University of Alabama in Huntsville - Huntsville, Alabama

Students already possessing a Masters degree in nursing have the opportunity to pursue a family nurse practitioner certificate. After completing coursework, students are eligible to sit for national certification examinations. This program is distance based requiring 672 total Clinical practicum hours. I am currently entering my second semester of the four semester program with a GPA of 4.0 and an anticipated graduation date of 12/17/2017

20132015

Masters of Science in Nursing

Jacksonville State University- Jacksonville, Alabama

The Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program, which is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE),  is designed to prepare advanced community health nurses to address the health needs of vulnerable populations and communities as they currently exist and as they will evolve in the future. Students acquire advanced knowledge and skills in community needs assessment, analysis of aggregate data, health planning, as well as program development, implementation, and evaluation. I am an Nursing Honors Society Graduate with a 3.8 GPA

20102012

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Jacksonville State University - Jacksonville, Alabama

Completed the STEP (Strategic Teaching for Enhanced Professional Preparation)which is a RN-BSN program online baccalaureate completion program for students currently licensed as Registered Nurses.

20062008

Associates Degree Nursing

Jefferson State Community College - Birmingham, Alabama

Two year Nursing program in which the graduate earns an Associate in Applied Science degree and take the national licensure examination for registered nurses. Graduates may seek employment in various patient care settings as registered nurses or further their education to obtain a higher degree in nursing.