I am an RN, MS and hold a dual degree from Columbia University as an adult NP and a geriatric NP. I am currently licensed as an RN in both NY and NJ, and have NP licensure as an adult NP in NYS. I am 45 years old and have many years of experience as an RN in primary care. My past experience was at Columbia Presbyterian medical center where for 10 years I worked in neurology/neurosurgery, then per diem as a Medical/Surgical nurse for several more years. I graduated with my masters degrees in 2003. I was an assistant head nurse for 10 years on the neurology floor which gained me some management experience as I was in charge of a 36 bed acute care unit, which also contained within it a 4 bed epilepsy monitoring unit.I have a strong background in neurology and medical/surgical and concentrated on internal medicine during my master's studies and currently work for a neurologist. ..I am a compassionate person, a fast learner, and graduated from CU with a 4.2 cumulative average. I am currently looking to expand my position and explore my passion for nursing.
The American Nurses Association
Columbia Chapter of SIgma Theta Tau Honor Society
Former member of New York Chapter of the American Neuroscience Nurses Association
In February of 2010 I attended a seminar created to be a "brush up" course in basic health assessment for those re-entering the work force.
Mar 2009 - Present
3 credit course taken as a personal refresher for myself
I took this comprehensive pharmacology course, worth 3 graduate degree credits in pharmacology, to refresh myself as I have been home caring for my children for the last several years. It was much like the course I took at Columbia in NP school. Now I am up to par on the latest in pharmacology as I re-enter the work force and prepare for the certification exam.
Sep 1999 - May 2003
Dual degree, MS to be both an Adult NP and a Geriatric NP
These MS degrees were tailored specifically to prepare baccalaureate degree nurses with nursing experience to become advanced practice nurses. My program was a dual degree for both Adult and Geriatric Nursing. Laws governing licensure vary from state to state. I chose these programs as I had worked mostly with an adult and geriatric population in the neuro institute and followed them as they moved into the Milstein building where the 8th floor was all neuro/ neurosurgery. While working as a perdiem nurse for four years I was on every floor of the building and gained experience in medical/surgical work, leading to my certification as a Medical/Surgical nurse from the ANCC.
Sep 1983 - May 1987
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Dominican College of Blauvelt
Sep 1979 - Jun 1983
Albertus Magnus High School
Jul 2007 - Present
RN, Adult Nurse Practitioner
Rosario Trifiletti, MD, PhD
Dr Trifiletti is both my husband and a neurologist specializing in child neurology. We also see many adult neurological problems with many internal medicine co-morbidities. He sees the children and I see the adultls. I work as his right hand Nurse Practitioner office duties that include but are not limited to counseling patients and their families struggling with neurological disease which are often chronic in nature, evaluating lab results, collaborating with other physicians on referral.
This job also gives me experience with budgets and managing one in an office setting. I see a fairly high volume of patients and evaluate their needs and continue their care as an NP would.
He can be reached by phone at 201-236-3876 or email email@example.com
Sep 1999 - Jun 2001
The Village School for Children
I was asked to take this job part time as I was always waiting in the parking for my children. The school was too far to drive back and forth to get my children there and back so I waited and read. Once they found out I was a nurse they convinced me to come in and help out 2-3 days/wk even though they knew I had very little experience with children except my own. It turned out to be a good experience and challenging as well. Children with autism, ADD, and Type 1 diabetes with insulin pumps was all new to me. I was in school at night at Columbia to become a nurse practitioner, so this was a fun way to be with my children in the school and work with children. I still prefer my neurology/neurosurgery to school nursing any day.
Aug 1987 - Mar 1998
RN staff nurse, then assistant head nurse
This was my first job as an RN. I went to the recruiter wanting a day shift and was shown neurology. Of course I only knew what was taught to me in school but I quickly studied and picked up what the patients needs were. I often listened in on rounds with the doctors and residents and learned any way I could how to care for Neurology and Neurosurgical patients. After two years I was promoted to assistant head nurse and stayed in that position for six more years. This was in the NI or Neurological Institute of New York which eventually merged with the rest of the hospital in a new building called the Milstein Building and the NI became the 8th floor. I loved this job. I left when my first daughter was born and they dissolved my position as the hospital was in a state of downsizing at this time. Units were being closed and jobs eliminated. This was not the end for me, as in a few years I returned for four more years as a per diem nurse where I continued to often work in neurosurgery and neurology as well as medical/surgical. Overall it was a great learning experience and where I honed in on my skills and became a mentor for newer nurses. My responsibilities included being the charge nurse for a 36 bed unit and overseeing the care provided as well as all the nurses providing it. It was a huge responsibility as the patients were acute in their needs and I had to make sure each nurse knew how to handle it. I loved this job!! Each July when new residents came in doe eyed and a little scared of neurology I often had to help them know the protocols most doctors used for diffferent diseases. I felt at this point I was functioning almost as a Nurse Practitioner, which is what propelled me to return to school after spending some more time at home with my children.
It is worth mentioning that during my tenure at Columbia part of the Neurology unit was dedicated to epilepsy monitoring, and I have extensive experience taking care of stroke patients with neurological deficits some needing neurosurgical intervention.
May 1986 - May 1990
LPN and then RN
Full Care, inc
I took this position as a new nurse. First as an LPN and then as an RN. This was a home care company where I would take shifts to people needing acute care who were homebound. They were mostly an elderly population, adding to my decision to become an adult and geriatric NP. I feel it was a great experience to have home care under my belt as working in an acute care setting you need to be aware of what happens when the patient returns home. Many times the end of life process was viewed from a nursing standpoint.