Kenneth Chavez

Kenneth Chavez

Education

Education
Sep 1996 - May 2000

ASSOCIATE OF NURSING/ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE

RANCHO SANTIAGO COLLEGE

At Rancho Santiago, along with my 50 hour work schedule, I was enrolled in the Honors Program and maintained a 3.6 GPA throughout my studies in Nursing.   My hard work was awarded with graduating with honors, with an Associate of Science in Nursing. 

Sep 1988 - Aug 1990

ASSOCIATE OF ARTS

CALIFORNIA PARAMEDICAL AND TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Surgical Technologist provides services for medical practitioners providing surgical care to patients. Expertise in theory and human anatomy, as well as the tools and technologies found in the operating room, to facilitate a physician's performance of invasive, therapeutic and diagnostic procedures is the main role for Surgical Techs.  The 13 years spent in the operating room provided me with valuable experience and helped with the pursuit for becoming a Registered Nurse. 

Work History

Work History
Jan 2006 - Dec 2009

CHARGE NURSE/NURSING SUPERVISOR

OASIS REHABILITATION

~Responsible for the management and daily operations for A.C.E.S. 

~Supervised staff and directed as required for the needs of the unit.

~Responsible for writing 5150's for clients meeting criteria.

~Participated in treatment teams for the development of individual care plans.

[Was also employed from 2002-2005 working on the PHF unit, as supervisor for this same facility.]

Nov 2005 - Mar 2006

REGISTERED NURSE

INDIO NURSING REHABILITATION

Worked for a short period at INDIO NURSING REHAB prior to being offered the full-time position on OCS at Oasis in Indio. 

Dec 2002 - Nov 2005

TELEMETRY NURSE/2 NORTH

JFK MEMORIAL CENTER

~ACLS certified for management of cardiac patients in acute care setting.

~Fine tuning of bed side nursing skills and standards of practices for nursing.

~Frequently called to other units to insert difficult IVs.

~Attended all codes, and provided support as needed. 

Mar 2002 - May 2004

CHARGE NURSE

OASIS REHABILITATION

Evaluates or assists in evaluating the performance of subordinate personnel; assists in the scheduling of personnel and approving their time cards; assists in the coordination of in-service educational programs and staff meetings; assists preceptors in developing unit orientation programs for new nurses or program staff.

Responsible for writing 5150's for clients who meet the criteria, and protecting the rights of patients who are placed on holds.

Sep 2000 - Apr 2003

RN/CHEMO NURSE

EISENHOWER MEDICAL CENTER

From 2000-2003 I worked at Eisenhower Medical Center.  As a new grad, I seemed to have fallen through the gaps, floating from the ER, TELE, ORTHO and MED SURG, until finding a home on ONCOLOGY.  During these years I was able to fine tuned nursing skills through the implementation of the nursing process. 

OBJECTIVE

TO BECOME A VALUABLE MEMBER TO YOUR NURSING STAFF.

SUMARY

I bring the experience that comes with 20+ years working in the health care industry.  I have had the opportunity to care for not only medical needs as seen from trauma, disease and illness, but for those who suffer from disorders affecting ones mental health as well. 

By recongnizing the early warning signs which may affect either the physical or mental health needs of the client, and through the implementation of the nursing process, allows me to provide nursing services at its highest standard.

The past couple of years I was made to take a close look on what it means to be a nurse.  Somewhere, somehow, I forgot the most basic of rules; "IF IT WASNT CHARTED, IT WASNT DONE".  I somehow began to minimize the importance of charting, focusing more on the bedside nursing and the direct services I provided.  It wasnt until an investigator who was auditing charts on another matter, that he came across what he believed to be inconsistencies in my charting, years after I had left the facility.  Though these have all been resolved, I continue to take steps to assure my charting, or the lack of it, will never be an issue again.  The embarasment this has caused my family and I are one thing, but to know my practices in charting could have lead to patient injury, will be a constant reminder whenever making any entry of record. 

By taking ownership to the problem,  and by not making excuses, was by far the hardest for me to do.  No healthcare provider wants to admit that his or her actions could of compromised patient safety.  It wasnt until i attempted to read my own charts did I realize just how bad it was.  I am greatful that my charting never lead to any patient injury and I was made aware that a serious deficiency existed.  With the support from the BRN and that of my family, I have made the changes and taken the steps to move forward, with assurance this will never be an issue for me again.