When not working full-time at my current job or continuing my education online, I like to spend my time doing things I enjoy such as photography, riding motorcycles, singing, playing the piano and spending quality time with my grandchildren.
My main objective as a Registered Nurse is to continually improve my skills and knowledge on a daily basis to become the very best RN that I can be so that I can have a positive contribution to the health and wellness of each and every patient I have in my care.
Experienced professional nurse, instructor, and supervisor with a personal committment to quality patient care, emphasizing comprehensive patient and family education, appropriate team-based medical care, and an uncompromising duty to care for those in need.
Skilled in various aspects of nursing management, supervision of medical staff, patient teaching with a strong emphasis on patient assessment, and assisting physicians with procedures, administrations and documentation of medications, and providing nursing care for adult and geriatric patients.
Specialize in care of surgical patients, geriatric and long-term care patients, observation, assessment, administering medications and injections, treatment planning, evaluation, and charting of patient treatment and progress. Experienced in development of plan of care, charting, discharge planning, post-op care, wound care, pain management, monitoring side effects, family counseling, and observing all governmental regulations.
Strong interpersonal and human relations skills demonstrated through coordinating with physicians, hospital staff and social service providers, working as a reliable team player with flexibility and accountability, attending team meetings, supervising LPNs and CNAs, serving as patient advocate, participating in treatment planning, and assisting medical staff.
Well-developed communication skills demonstrated through interaction with patients, families and physicians, production of detailed written treatment plans and reports, charting patient progress, serving as part of a multidisciplinary team, and the ability to establish and maintain professional relationships.
Apr 2009 - Present
Magnolia Regional Health Center
Serving as RN Charge on a cardiac step-down floor overseeing care of 24 patients. Managing supervision of nursing staff and CNAs, actively promoting an environment that supports teamwork and communication, and encouraging self-sufficiency and independence in staff members. Conducting assessments, evaluations and treatment planning of patients, administering medications, monitor telemetry, charting and providing education to the patients and families.
Feb 2008 - Feb 2009
Magnolia Endoscopy Center
Preparation of endoscopy suite prior to procedures, transporting patients to/from endoscopy room, preparation of patient for the endoscopy procedure such as answering questions, setting the patient at ease, administering oxygen, occasional ministering of pre-op medicines and positioning of the patient.
Assisted physician with cautery, grounding and management of devices in the endoscopy suite. Assisted CRNA with preparation of the patient and additional monitoring needs. Preparation of the patients' histories, ordering preps and pre-op meds as well as pre/post-op calls to the patients to offer assistance with any problems or questions after the procedures. Computer skills used for accurate documentation. Proper preparation of specimens obtained, logs maintained, entered into computer and sent to lab per courier.
Participated in chart auditing as needed.
2006 - 2008
Tishomingo Manor Nursing Home
Provided periodic assessments of each resident within the nursing home on a regular basis for MDS, assessing physical, emotional and mental changes in the resident whether improvements or declines. Provided wound care as needed following assessment of wounds, worked closely with other departments to provide continuum of care, and worked as floor/staff nurse as needed, administering meds, providing treatments and general resident care duties. Provided education to residents and family members and participated in personal continuing education as required.
2006 - 2006
Kirk's Tire Store
Acted as owner/manager in tire business/auto repair shop, ordering tires, parts, maintaining inventory, accounting, providing auto inspections as a Ms State Inspection station and managing employees.
2003 - 2005
Acting Charge Nurse
Tishomingo Manor Nursing Home
Served as Acting Charge Nurse and Staff RN for two of the home's four wings, overseeing care of approximately forty residents. Assisted in collaborative care between social workers, dietary managers, physical therapists and physicians for all residents. Fostered relationships with residents and their families. Reviewed prescription medications with residents and suggested changes in care based on feedback with physicians. Managed supervision of aides and nursing staff, actively promoting an environment that supports teamwork and communication, and encouraging self-sufficiency and independence in both staff members and residents. Conducted assessment, evaluation and treatment planning of new residents, administered medications, and provided education to them and families. Worked to ensure compliance with all facility policies and OSHA, federal, state, and local health and safety regulations. Additionally responsible for emergency crisis intervention, charting, medication, and general resident care duties.
Assisted DON with all duties, including dietary recommendations, pharmacy recommendations, attending daily administrative meetings and reviewing orders, obtaining photographical documentation of wounds, decubiti and scheduling of replacements for call-ins.
2001 - 2003
Corinth Surgery Center
Served as Staff RN for outpatient surgery center obtaining overall experience with preoperative assessments, preoperative preparation of patient for surgery, circulation duties during surgeries to maintain sterility of the operating room, performing and maintaining accurate counts in the surgery suite, transport of patients to and from stretch to tables in OR, maintaining environment conducive to optimum outcome for each patient during surgery, assisting physicians and anesthesiologists, recovery of patients, patient and family teaching and preparation for discharge. Actively searched for ways to accomplish the same outcomes for less expense, where this was accomplished in the endoscopy area where a product was researched and found to be less expensive and required less replacement frequency thus saving the facility an added expense. Responsible for active assistance in emergency crisis intervention, charting, administering medications, and general patient care duties.
1997 - 1999
Gilbert's Home Health Agency
Served as Visiting RN in patient's homes, assessments of patients, medicine administrations, medication teaching to patients and families and preparations for discharge. Assisted in collaborative care of patients with physicians, social workers, physical therapists, respiratory therapists, psychiatric nurses, and enterostomal nurses regarding continuum of patient care. Managed supervision of aides and actively promoted an environment that supports team work and communication. Responsible for all charting, teaching, wound care, medication administration at times and general patient duties in the home setting.
Obtained Certification in Gerontology through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
1995 - 1997
Circulating RN/Utilization Review Nurse
Served as Circulating Nurse in surgery department, assessing pre-surgical patients, preparing for surgery in preoperative setting, assisting physician, tech, anesthetist in providing optimum care of patient during surgery and recovery time. Also worked in the clinic setting with surgeon on staff at hospital, seeing new patients for assessment, in-office procedures, following through with patient in surgery setting and following up at postoperative visit in the office. Responsible for ordering supplies for surgery suite, pre-op area, recovery and endoscopy, charting, medications and general patient care duties.
When case load was low, worked as Utilization Review nurse for inpatients in the hospital. Worked closely with Medicare guidelines and with the patients' needs for care in the facility to provide patient with adequate number of days approved for optimum condition upon discharge.
Jan 2010 - Present
Northeast Mississippi Community College
I am currently working on my Bachelor of Science degree with plans to continue my education acquiring my Masters and becoming a Nurse Practitioner.