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David Cleveland

Thoracic / General Surgery Nurse Practitioner at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs


Board Certified as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner by the ANCC

Current NPI, DPS and DEA numbers

Proven ability to work independently

Proven ability to generate RVU's

Broad range of experience (Acute care, Hospital care, Primary care, Correctional care)

2002 University of Texas A&M Corpus Christi Masters of Science Nursing


Masters of Science Nursing

University of Texas A&M Corpus Christi

Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program


Bachelor of Science Nursing

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

BSN Nursing program

Interests / Activities

Mountain/trial biking , running, HIIT, Hiking with my Lab.


Outstanding Nurse Practitioner Student (Cash Reward) University of Texas A&M Corpus Christi.

Air Force Achievement Medal, Air Force Meritorious Service Award.

Work experience

Jun 2010Jan 2017

Thoracic Surgery / General Surgery Acute Care NP

Central Texas Veterans Health Care System

Performing clinical consultations / History and physical and preoperative examinations for the Thoracic and General surgery clinic. 

Post-Operative management of Thoracic and General surgery patients

Independently perform minor surgical procedures including excision and biopsies of soft tissue masses/lipomas, excision of epidermal inclusion cysts, pilar cysts, skin lesions (skin cancers, keratosis, dermatofibromas,skin tags) removal of tunneled venous access devices,  chemotherapy ports and implantable loop recorders.

Jan 2010Jun 2010

Nurse Practitioner Correctional Medicine

Dona Ana County Detention Center Las Cruses, NM

Primary care of the adult inmate population including the treatment of minor injuries (suturing, splinting, casting), managing complex chronic health problems (HIV,Hepatitis) and seeing daily sick call patients. Provided direct healthcare within my scope of practice to patients , including performing physical examinations and ordering and interpreting lab and diagnostic studies. Referred patients with abnormal findings to appropriate medical/psychological specialists for care.

2003Jan 2010

Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Cardiothoracic Surgery

Baylor- Scott&White Hospital Temple, TX

Worked for 3 Cardiothoracic surgeons and 3 Thoracic Oncology surgeons in clinic and in-patient setting.

Performed clinical consultations, history and physical examinations. Ordered appropriate preoperative tests/imaging. Responsible for post operative care including ICU and Floor rounds, daily patient management (managing and removing mediastinal drains, chest tubes and pacing wires), coordinating and implementing discharges and clinic follow up appointments including medication reconciliation. Monitoring patients anticoagulation and adjusting Coumadin dose as necessary.


Nurse Practitioner Correctional Medicine

University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) Correctional Medicine

Primary care of the adult inmate population including the treatment of minor injuries (suturing, splinting, casting), managing complex chronic health problems (HIV,Hepatitis) and seeing daily sick call patients. Averaged 30-40 patients per day.


Home Health Nurse (part time)

Scott&White Hospital Home Care, Temple TX

Performed in home assessments, wound management, diabetic management, medication reconciliation and patient/family education.


Medical Surgical ICU Nurse

Central Texas Veterans Health Care System, Temple TX

Nursing care and management of the adult critically ill patient including ventilator, central line, swan ganz catheter monitoring and management. Mentored and trained new employees, helped to develop critical skill competences for ICU nurses. 


Air Force Medic , Air Force Reserve

924th Medical Squadron, Bergstrom AFB, Austin TX

Responsible for unit readiness, performed annual physical evaluations and flight physicals.


Adult Psychiatric / Mental Health Technician

Travis County MHMR, Austin TX

Responsible for patient safety at The Travis County Crisis Stabilization Unit. Assisted the RN with medication administration. Coordinated and supervised group therapy sessions for patients with a wide range of mental / psychiatric disorders.


United States Air Force, Airman.

 91st Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron,  Bergstrom AFB, Austin TX