Teaching Experience

Preceptor in the Emergency Department for Registered Nurse students:

2007

2008

2009

Preceptor in the Emergency Department for Basic EMT and paramedic students:

2007

2008

Mentor for new graduate RN students in the Emergency Department:

2007

2008

2009

Preceptor for Nurse Practitioner Students:

Spring 2011

Summer 2011

Fall 2011

Spring 2012

Summer 2012

Spring 2013

Summer 2013

Fall 2013

Scholarly Papers

Healthy People 2010: Tobacco Cessation Issues and Techniques

  University of Alabama at Birmingham: Summer, 2008 

Management of a Health Problem: Migraine Headache

  University of Alabama at Birmingham: Spring, 2009

Deslattes, E., Hamilton, J., Hood, K., Johnson, A., Thompson, L.

Investigation of Pharmacologic and Non-pharmacologic Interventions for the Treatment of Essential Hypertension

  University of Alabama at Birmingham: Spring, 2009

Community Assessment Paper: Accident and Injury Prevention in the Workplace

  University of Alabama at Birmingham: Summer, 2009

Comparison of Healthcare Roles

  University of Alabama at Birmingham: Summer, 2009

Family Culture

  University of Alabama at Birmingham: Summer, 2009

Theory of Nursing

  University of Alabama at Birmingham: Summer, 2009

Application of Nursing Theory: Addressing Smoking Cessation Using the Commitment to Health Theory

  University of Alabama: Fall, 2011

Issue Analysis Paper: Exploring Possible Tobacco Control Initiatives

  University of Alabama: Fall, 2011

Tobacco Abuse in Adults: Exploring the Problem and a Cessation Plan

  University of Alabama: Fall, 2011

Application of the Vulnerable Populations Conceptual Model to the Seriously Mentally Ill

  University of Alabama: Spring, 2012

Empowering Staff

  University of Alabama: Summer, 2012

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership

  University of Alabama: Fall, 2012

Theory Evaluation Paper: Poke the Box

  University of Alabama: Fall, 2012

Do women know the risk? The Potentially Deadly Mix of Combined Hormonal Contraceptives and Obesity

  University of Alabama: Spring/Summer, 2013

Interest

After school tutor for elementary and middle school students in three local schools

One-on-one mentor to at-risk child for 3 years

Volunteer for community events for a Tuscaloosa resource center

Volunteer for West Alabama Humane Society

Presentations

“Dental Health Hygiene”

 to Verner Elementary School students Spring, 2006

“Diagnostic Testing: Epstein-Barr Viral Titer and Mono Spot”

 to UAB FNP students June, 2009

“Accident and Injury Prevention in the Workplace”

to UAB FNP students June, 2009

“Weight Loss Medications: What You Need to Tell Your Patients”

to Middle Creek Medical Center management staff February, 2011

“Health Talk and Tips”

to Curves Weight Loss and Health Maintenance members March, 2011

"Evaluation of Patient Knowledge and Perception of Risk Related to Combined Hormonal Contraceptives and Obesity" Poster Presentation

to UA, UAB, and UAH students at the DNP Intensive Spring, 2013

Academic and Professional Activities

Central Alabama Nurse Practitioner Association, Member

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Member

Electronic Medical Records Implementation Team for Docutap

Middle Creek Medical Center Management Team

DCH ED H.E.A.R.T. Committee to improve patient satisfaction

DCH ED Pneumonia Committee

Capstone College of Nursing committee to assess student grievances

Assisted with medical assessment and resource utilization for hurricane Katrina survivors with Red Cross

Awards and Honors

University of Alabama President’s and Dean’s List

UAB Presidential Honor List for GPA 4.0

Golden Key Honor Society

Lamda Sigma Honor Society

University Honors Program

Outstanding Mentor Award

Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society

Emerging Leaders Organization

Nursing Requirements

Work History

Work History
Aug 2009 - Present

Senior Nurse Practitioner

Middle Creek Medical Center

Manage acute illnesses, chronic disease exacerbations, and chronic, complex, multi-system disease processes for infant, children, adolescent, adult and geriatric populations. Perform detailed history and physical exams. Routinely order and interpret in-house and send-out lab work and x-rays. Develop diagnoses and implement plans of care. Provide well-woman care including pelvic examinations, breast exams, family planning, contraception counseling, and management of STDs. Routinely perform minor procedures including suturing and stapling lacerations, removal of ingrown toenails and incision and drainage of abscesses. Provide well-child care including immunizations, anticipatory guidance, and health promotion education. Counsel clients regarding health risk factors, smoking cessation, stress management, physical activity, and disease management. Emphasize health maintenance, health promotion, and risk reduction through counseling on nutrition, exercise, and medication. Provide referrals for clients with special or complex needs.

Supervise nine midlevel providers and perform duties including chart reviews, quality assurance reviews, job performance evaluations, staffing and scheduling for two locations, officiating regular staff meetings with midlevel providers, performing disciplinary actions as necessary, interviewing new employees and participating in hiring process, training and orienting new employees, participating in weekly management team meetings to review clinic business and goals.

Oversee operations of a Nurse Practitioner managed satellite clinicand function as the sole healthcare provider. Provide care for acute and chronic illnesses; developed, implemented and maintain weight loss program; perform pre-employment physical exams and DOT regulated physical exams. Contract and communicate with multiple companies to establish specific pre-employment physical requirements and standards. Review human performance evaluations as part of the pre-employment process. Perform hair follicle and urine drug screens (DOT and nonDOT), including e-Screen protocols. Perform breath alcohol testing and TITMUS eye examinations.

Implemented and customized Docutap electronic medical records system. Underwent extensive training to become a Docutap super user. Extensive customization of chart components including chief complaint, history of presenting illness, past medical and surgical history, current medications, and family and social history. Customized all physical examination templates, common order sets, and commonly prescribed medication dosages and regimens. Trained receptionists, nurses, midlevel providers and physicians on use and full capabilities of software. Implemented e-prescribing system and meaningful use requirements.

Dec 2011 - Present

Nurse Practitoner in the Emergency Department prn

St. Vincent's St. Clair Hospital

Provide as-needed services in the Emergency Department as a Nurse Practitioner. Perform thorough patient histories, physical exams, order and interpret appropriate lab and imaging studies, perform procedures including sutures, pelvic exam, and incision and drainage of abscesses. Formulate plans of care including necessary prescriptions and/or referral for follow up evaluation. Determine if inpatient care is needed based on patient acuity status, and arrange for admission with primary care provider or hospitalist.

Mar 2006 - Jan 2010

Registered Nurse

DCH Hospital

Provide professional care for a variety of critically ill clients including trauma, burn, cardiac, stroke, pediatric, psychiatric, and obstetric needs at a level two trauma center. Manage care for 9-11 patients using team nursing in collaboration with physicians, LPNs, and respiratory therapists. Triage, assess and administer medications to clients according to nursing protocols and physician orders. Order and schedule diagnostic tests. Lead and participate in Trauma Teams to care for substantially injured patients. Obtain IV and central line skills, phlebotomy skills, and knowledge of hemodynamics. Identify and manage life-sustaining physiologic functions in unstable patients. Arrange admissions and discharges of clients.

Education

Education

Certifications

Certifications

Triage Certified

DCH Emergency Department

Trauma Team Leader, Trauma Nursing Core Course

Emergency Nurses Association

DOT Drug Screen and Breath Alcohol Technician

Middle Creek Medical Center
Feb 2010 - Feb 2015

Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
May 2006 - Dec 2014

Registered Nurse

Alabama Board of Nursing
Apr 2012 - Apr 2014

Cardiac Life Support for Health Care Providers

American Heart Association