Work History

Work History
Oct 2007 - Present

Emergency Department Registered Nurse

Community Health Systems-Oro Valley Hospital/Northwest Medical Center

All aspects of the nursing process including, but not limited to:

  • To provide superior patient care, in cooperation with other disciplines, to the community.
  • Assessment using a systematic and structured data collection system to obtain information from clients including physiology, sociocultural, economic, spiritual, and psychological systems. This includes the initial client assessment, specific re-assessments, and focused client assessments based upon need or condition.
  • Clinical judgment regarding clinical responses to treatment including beneficial and harmful conditional responses.
  • The development of short-term and long-term care plans, or goals, including family as necessary, with measurable outcomes.
  • Documentation of the care plan, treatments provided, and accurate data collection so as to provide an accurate record of assessment, care, and responses for other disciplines to reference.
  • The implementation of nursing care for acute and critically ill patients in accordance with the plan of care, throughout the process of treatment from emergency stabilization, to admitted patient care, to eventual discharge or transfer to different level of care.
  • Coordination of a safe environment for both clients and family through environmental, medication, education, and documentation safety initiatives.
  • Ensure evaluation of treatment and needs of the client and family on a continual basis throughout the process of care.
  • The appropriate coordination of care through prioritization, delegation, and supervision of other care team members.
  • Education in advanced hemodynamic lines including, but not limited to, ports, central lines, CVP monitoring, arterial lines/monitoring, and other critical care skills.

Ensuring organizational growth and development:

  • Supporting the mission of the institution and their vision with regards to client and associates alike.
  • Continual personal educational ambitions to ensure current, up-to-date practice in accordance with professional organizational standards.
  • Educated on privacy practice, ethics, and corporate compliance.
  • Educated regarding evidence-based practice, safety, and other advanced skills to motivate clinical excellence.
  • Champion of safety and selection of behavioral health equipment and process design to ensure the quality of care for mental health clients.

Supervisory experience at Oro Valley Hospital as charge nurse:

  • Direct supervision of 6-9 licensed employees per shift.
  • Provision of patient throughput through bedboard and admit patient assignments.
  • Telecommunication with field Emergency Medical Services (EMS) as a base hospital for field client treatment.
  • Staffing assessment.
  • Ensurement of associate compliance with policies and procedures for safe nursing practice.
Dec 2010 - Present

Adjunct Clinical Instructor-Nursing

Pima Community College

Clinical Nursing Instructor for NUR 202 (fourth semester clinical rotation) for Associate's of Science in Nursing program for Pima Community College, Tucson West Campus. Areas of instruction include Medical/Surgical Intensive Care, Cardiac Intensive Care, Emergency Services, Medical/Oncology, and Telemetry/Acute Care Telemetry. Received Administrative Appointment for full-time faculty in February, 2012.

Courses Taught:

NRS 202    Nursing Processes IV: Clinical Laboratory          January, 2011 - March, 2011

NRS 202    Nursing Processes IV: Clinical Laboratory          August, 2011 - October, 2011

NRS 105    Nursing Processes II: Clinical Laboratory          January, 2012-May, 2012

NRS 202    Nursing Processes IV: Clinical Laboratory          January, 2012-March, 2012

Feb 2011 - Present

Nursing Faculty

University of Phoenix

Instructor in mentorship process to end on March 28, 2011 for faculty position in College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Currently teaching NUR426: Pathophysiology and Disease Processes for the University of Phoenix.

Courses Taught:

NUR 426            Pathophysiology                                  February 28, 2011-March 28, 2011

NUR 345            Clinical-Med/Surg Critical Care          August 3, 2011-August 28, 2011

Feb 2011 - Present

Associate Instructor

Ashford University

Instructor for online modality health science courses including:

HHS 201          Introduction to Human Services                            May, 2011

HHS 201          Introduction to Human Services                            July, 2011

HCA 305          The Health Care System of the United States.    August, 2011

HCA 305          The Health Care System of the United States.    January, 2012

Mar 2005 - Aug 2009

Advanced Registered Nurse-Emergency Services

Carondelet Health Network-St. Mary's Hospital

All aspects of the nursing process including, but not limited to:

  • To provide superior patient care, in cooperation with other disciplines, to the population community.
  • Assessment using a systematic and structured data collection system to obtain information from clients including physiology, sociocultural, economic, spiritual, and psychological systems. This includes the initial client assessment, specific re-assessments, and focused client assessments based upon need or condition.
  • Clinical judgment regarding clinical responses to treatment including beneficial and harmful conditional responses.
  • The development of short-term and long-term care plans, or goals, including family as necessary, with measurable outcomes.
  • Documentation of the care plan, treatments provided, and accurate data collection so as to provide an accurate record of assessment, care, and responses for other disciplines to reference.
  • The implementation of nursing care for acute and critically ill patients in accordance with the plan of care, throughout the process of treatment from emergency stabilization, to admitted patient care, to eventual discharge or transfer to different level of care.
  • Coordination of a safe environment for both clients and family through environmental, medication, education, and documentation safety initiatives.
  • Ensure evaluation of treatment and needs of the client and family on a continual basis throughout the process of care.
  • The appropriate coordination of care through prioritization, delegation, and supervision of other care team members.
  • Education in advanced hemodynamic lines including, but not limited to, ports, central lines, CVP monitoring, arterial lines/monitoring, and other critical care skills.

Ensuring organizational growth and development:

  • Supporting the mission of the institution and their vision with regards to client and associates alike.
  • Clinical educator for emergency services in areas of triage processes, patient throughput and flow design, Emergency Severity Index triage process, and trauma education. Educator for new graduate nurses in emergency services using a face-to-face teaching environment with written and visual mediums.
  • Continual personal educational ambitions to ensure current, up-to-date practice in accordance with professional organizational standards.
  • Educated on privacy practice, ethics, and corporate compliance.
  • Educated regarding evidence-based practice, safety, and other advanced skills to motivate clinical excellence.
Nov 1996 - Mar 2005

Advanced Patient Care Technician

Carondelet Health Network-St. Mary's Hospital

Patient care duties including:

  • Provide the client with specified nursing care under the direction of licensed associates involving activities of daily living.
  • Obtaining and documenting of patient data including vital signs, input and output, daily weights, pulse oximetry, and the reporting of pain to the licensed associate.
  • Reporting any patient changes to licensed associate.
  • Ensure patient safety in accordance with safety practices.
  • The collection and identification of laboratory specimens using skills as phlebotomy for all ages of the lifespan, including glucose fingerstick monitoring.
  • Insertion of single, double, and triple lumen urinary catheters using sterile technique and monitor continous bladder irrigation as indicated.
  • Application of cardiac monitoring equipment including continous blood pressure and pulse oximetry.
  • Assist with physician procedures including lumbar punctures, positioning, and simple surgical procedures.
  • Application of dressings as indicated by licensed associates using clean and sterile technique.
  • Transportation of clients using cardiac equipment.
  • Certification as monitor technician for rhythm recognition.
  • Service as a preceptor for other Patient Care Technicians and Nursing Assistants.
  • Preceptor and skilled in orthoglass splinting techniques and applications.

Education

Education
Aug 2009 - Present

Doctorate of Education

Grand Canyon University

The study of organizational leadership development. Research interests in organizational commitment, intent to leave, perceived opportunity, RN retention, and social capital. Actively completing a dissertation in the study of new graduate registered nurses and their intent to leave their entry employment within the first year of hire and the correlation of social capital, organizational commitment, and perceived opportunity. Expected completion is July, 2012.

May 2007 - Dec 2008

Master's of Science in Nursing

Grand Canyon University

Detailed program utilizing expertise in an online experience to educate in the principles of leadership, management, and the unique needs of the healthcare system of today and tomorrow.  This program also places a great amount of didactic instruction into the master's level of nursing (MSN) combination program.  A master's level research project was completed, unpublished, involving research into the culture and change process regarding triage nurses and the implementation of the Emergency Severity Index, Version 4 into a level 2 trauma center; served as primary investigator.

Graduated with honors: GPA 3.9.

Sep 2005 - Dec 2006

Bachelor's of Science

Grand Canyon University

Didactic instruction on leadership qualities and management techniques in the growing needs of the healthcare environment.  Introduction into the practice of research and the enhancement of clinical nursing skills.  A capstone project was initiated regarding the triage process and change initiatives.

Graduated with GPA: 3.8

Jun 2002 - Jan 2005

Associate's of Applied Science

http://www.excelsior.edu

The fundamentals of nursing and their applications to the patient care environment.

Aug 1995 - May 1997

Associate's of Applied Science

http://www.pima.edu

Didactic and hands-on training regarding hydraulics, fire suppression tactics and strategy, public safety, emergency management, hazardous materials, arson investigation, and fire protection systems.  Certification in Emergency Medical Technology, basic, was achieved.

Professional Projects

  • Principal Investigator- Emergency Severity Index, Version 4 Research Project-St. Mary's Hospital (2006-2008)
  • Project Leader-Reduced School Week Research Committee-Red Rock School District, Red Rock, Arizona (November, 2009-March, 2010). Presented to public forum in Red Rock, Arizona on at February, 2010 Red Rock School Board Meeting.
  • Principal Investigator - Social Capital and New Graduate RNs' Intent to Leave. Quantitative, correlational study focused on the relationship between new graduate registered nurses' intent to leave their entry employment and social capital, perceived occupational opportunity, and organizational commitment. (October, 2011-July, 2012 anticipated).

Professional Organizations

National League for Nursing-Member since 2011.

Alpha Chi Honor Society-Member (Arizona Alpha Chapter) since 2012.

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Beta Mu Chapter) since 2012.

Certifications

Certifications

Crisis Prevention and Intervention

Northwest Medical Center
Mar 1995 - Present

Structural Firefighter II

AZ State Fire Marshal
Mar 1995 - Present

Wildland Firefigher

AZ State Fire Marshal
Oct 2010 - Present

Faculty Standards Teaching Certificate

Pima Community College
Nov 2011 - Nov 2013

Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)

American Heart Association
Nov 2011 - Nov 2013

Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)

American Heart Association
Nov 2011 - Nov 2013

Healthcare Provider (CPR)

American Heart Association
Mar 2009 - Mar 2013

Registered Nurse

AZ State Board of Nursing
Sep 2011 - Nov 2011

Faculty Adult Education

University of Phoenix

References

References

Linda Fatula, RN, BSN

"Joseph Gaw has demonstrated strong leadership skills and exceptional ambition. His organizational skills, reliability, and self-directed motivation are most impressive and serve as a model for others within the department. Joseph possesses a high level of project commitment and will see a project through to his maximum capability. He is dedicated to the staff members that he is working with as well as to patient safety and quality of care."

Rhonda Campbell

"A consummate professional, Joe cares for his patients with compassion and a wealth of knowledge. He is a skilled educator and shares his knowledge and experience with grace and humility to the betterment of the staff and/or organization fortunate enough to be associated with him. I have personally found him to be an encouraging leader, an excellent resource, and a dedicated healthcare professional."

Jennifer Bellah, MS.ED.

"Joseph Gaw has been a leader in this community and it's school...is a natural leader but is willing to take direction and work as a member of a group...his level of integrity is matched by none."

Jennifer Iwig

"Joseph is exceptional nurse...knowledgable and compassionate...I would let him take care of myself or family. He is exceptional to work with and a good source of information. He is an asset to his employer."

Ronny Baams, RN, MSN

“Joseph is an exceptional registered nurse who fully understands and utilizes evidenced-based practice, especially as it relates to ESI triage processes. He demonstrates a sound knowledge and practice of advanced management principles and techniques.”

David Leeson

"...dedicated to the profession of nursing and to providing the best possible outcome for the patients we serve. The compassion for others coupled with his broad education and knowledge is evident...I know that he would pursue it with the dedication and professionalism that is at his core."

Barry McCulley, RN, CEN, BS, MA

"My observations of Joe find him to be a consistently excellent nurse...he has two amazing qualities...adaptability and perseverance...Joe is without a question a solid leader, incredible resource."