Work History

Work History
Jul 2011 - Present

Hospice RN

Lehigh Valley Hospital Home Care and Hospice
  • Performed comprehensive subjective and objective admission and ongoing assessment of patient status that included physical, psychosocial, and environmental parameters.
  • Formulated individualized plan of care that incorporated analysis of assessment data and current scientific findings.
  • Provided skilled interventions aimed at achieving realistic outcomes within a specific time period.
  • Modified and updated patient's plan of care to reflect progress towards outcomes.
  • Used professional nursing judgement to delegate selected nursing tasks when determined safe and appropriate.
  • Supervised those whom nursing functions had been delegated on an ongoing basis and in accordance with regulatory requirements and agency policy.
  • Implemented teaching appropriate to the patient's needs and within the context of his or her environment and value systems based on assessment of knowledge level and identified learning needs.
  • Promoted patient/family autonomy.
  • Relayed significant changes in staus to physician and other members of the team in a time period consistent with patient need and agency policy.
Mar 2009 - Jul 2011

Clinical Information Services Coordinator

Lehigh Valley Hospital Home Care and Hospice
  • Works with Software Systems Specialist to provide education to Home Care/  Hospice staff.
  • Provides coordination and training in the development and implementation of all information systems.
  • Trains staff in software applications specific to thier job.
  • Reports individual performance to the appropriate manager in a timely manner.
  • Evaluates I/S training curriculum.
  • Maintains accurate training records.
  • Provides operational support to all Home Health staff for all Home Health computer related issues.
  • Oversees hardware and software maintanance.
  • Assists in planning and implementation of software updated.
  • Maintains inventories per I/S Policy, assists in distributions of laptop computers as needed and maintaining accurate record of laptops assigned to staff.
  • Communicates problems/complaints to the Director of Clinical Information Services promptly seeking assistance and/or clarification as necessary.
  • Performs and completes PI projects as related to Information Services activities.
  • Works with Clinical Educators and assists with orientation process of new employees as needed.
  • Assists with in service/educational offerings for existing staff.
  • Active member Home Health committee's including the Performance Improvement Committee, HC/HO Documentation Committee, Patient Safety Committe, HC/HO Quality Council, Clinical Practice Council, and the HC/HO Employee Reward and Recognition Committee.
  • Active member of a Network wide Value Stream 1/ SPPI project on Discharge Improvement, Metrix Works Project, and Patient Centered Experience Council.
Jul 2007 - Mar 2009

Home Care Nurse

Lehigh Valley Hospital Home Care and Hospice
  • Performed comprehensive subjective and objective admission and ongoing assessment of patient status that included physical, psychosocial, and environmental parameters.
  • Formulated individualized plan of care that incorporated analysis of assessment data and current scientific findings.
  • Provided skilled interventions aimed at achieving realistic outcomes within a specific time period.
  • Modified and updated patient's plan of care to reflect progress towards outcomes.
  • Used professional nursing judgement to delegate selected nursing tasks when determined safe and appropriate.
  • Supervised those whom nursing functions had been delegated on an ongoing basis and in accordance with regulatory requirements and agency policy.
  • Implemented teaching appropriate to the patient's needs and within the context of his or her environment and value systems based on assessment of knowledge level and identified learning needs.
  • Promoted patient/family autonomy.
  • Relayed significant changes in staus to physician and other members of the team in a time period consistent with patient need and agency policy.
Dec 2006 - Jul 2007

Medical Surgical Nurse/Home Care Nurse Internship

Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network
  • Assessed, planned, implemented, and evaluated the care for designated patients.
  • Delivered patient care based on the medical plan of treatment and protocols using a patient family centered approach.
  • Recognized the need for and initiated collaboration/communication with physicians, interdiciplinary team members, taking action to proactively resolve patient needs.
  • Coordinated and provided discharge planning and patient family education throughout thier hospital course.
  • Effective communication styles with patients, significant others, visitors, staff, and professional colleagues.
  • Effective listener and advocate with patients, families, and colleagues.
  • Effective leadership and team building skills.
  • Functioned as a department team member to support unit and hospital goals and objectives.
  • Participates in and applies research in nursing practice.
Dec 2005 - Dec 2006

PSNA-Float Pool

Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network
  • Provided care and related activities for designated patients.
  • Delivered care as directed by the RN using a patient/family centered approach.
  • Observed and properly communicated changes in patient findings to the RN.
  • Organized and prioritized assignments in the delivery of patient care.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of problem solving process in the identification and resolution of patient care.
  • Used effective and appropriate communication styles with patients, significant others, visitors, staff, and professional colleagues.
  • Functioned as a department team member to support unit and hospital goals and objectives.
  • Demonstrated leadership and team building skills.

Education

Education
Dec 2008 - Jun 2011

Master's of Science in Nursing

DeSales University

I have completed over 750 hours of clinicals in a Family Nurse Practitioner Program through DeSales University. Clinical areas of study/practice include Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Women's Health and Pediatrics.

Summary

I have a Post Master's Graduate Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner and plan to practice sometime in the late fall of 2011. I continually seek for ways to improve myself personally as well as professionally taking on challenges and opportunities to strengthen my skills as a direct care patient provider.

I am currently working with Lehigh Valley Hospital Hospice & Home Health Services as a Hospice RN. I also serve as a per diem Home Care Nurse for the Southwest area of Lehigh County. I am involved in many committee' s at an agency and network-wide level that initiate positive changes for our clinicians and that facilitate the way they deliver excellent patient care.

Memberships and Inductions

Memberships and Inductions

  • Inducted into Sigma Theta Tau-Honors Society of Nursing 2010
  • Inducted into Cambridge's Who's Who 2011: An honor limited to individuals who have demonstrated leadership and achievement in their industry and occupation.
  • Member of the Pennsylvania Coalition of Nurse Practitioners, Lehigh County Chapter 2011.
  • Member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners 2011.

Certifications

Certifications
Feb 2011 - Feb 2013

BLS for Healthcare Providers (CPR & AED)

American Heart Association

References

References

Darla Stephens BSN, RN