Ken Austin

Ken Austin

Work History

Work History
Aug 2009 - Present

RN

Wernersville State Hospital-DPW

In charge of a lock-down unit with 32 co-ed patients. Other duties include medications, accountability, ADLs and patient control.

Jan 2006 - Jan 2009

RN

York Memorial Hospital

OR Circulator and ocassional scrub nurse.

Team leader for Urology, ENT and Plastic Surgery.

Pre-op Holding Nurse

2 Committees- Performance Improvement and Retention/Recruitment

Interviewed for new staff.

Use of Universal Precautions.

Feb 1999 - Aug 2005

RN

Carolinas Hospital System

OR Circulator for all services.

Night-shift charge nurse.

Jun 1995 - Jul 1997

RN

Susquehanna Health System

RN in Outpatient dialysis center-FV Costello Center

Inpatient coverage for dialysis and CAPD.

Aug 1992 - May 1995

RN

RN Medical/Surgical staff nurse.

RN for acute/chronic dialysis.

Jan 1986 - Aug 1992

Nursing Assistant

NA for Operating Room, Medical/Surgical Floors. Direct patient care doing vital signs, transferring, ADLs, patient teaching and charting.

Education

Education
Aug 1990 - Aug 1992

RN-Diploma

Geisinger Medical Center School of Nursing

Objective

I want to use my skills to make patients glad they used our services. A happy customer is a repeat customer. I am open to many positions that can take advantage of my strengths.

Summary

 I have a great foundation but I know that in this field, you never stop learning. There is always new equipment or ways to do something, which makes this career stimulating and rarely boring. The majority of my skills are in Surgery and Dialysis. In the OR, I taught myself to scrub by simply observing and asking questions. While in the OR, I did the financial audit for patient charges, computer input for the CDC of surgical infections, statistical data for administration, direct patient care in the pre-op holding and the OR. I was the night shift charge nurse for the OR for 2 years. Currently, I am working in Psyche nursing for the state.

Interest

Outside of nursing, I enjoy woodworking/carving, nature photography, and reading.

Skills

Skills

Communication Skills

There is no better skill in a service oriented business. I am able to communicate with any age group or education level. I also inservice staff on new products or techniques.

CAPD/CCPD

Setup and delivery of CAPD/CCPD. Patient teaching, Aseptic technique (extreme clean),

Hemodialysis

Fresenius and Cobe equipment, RO filtration systems, reuse dialyzers, hemoperfusion of neonates, Dialysis of drug overdoses, primary care modalities, assessment skills, teaching, dialysis accessing via multiple catheters, AV graft/fistulas, teamwork.

Surgical Dressings

Simple to complex dressings including Wound Vacs, Casting.

Aseptic Technique

Surgical preps of all kinds- Technicare, Duraprep, Chloroprep, Chlorhexadine, Betadine

Computer Skills

MS Office, Paragon, Alpha, PACS, Meditech, internet and intranet.

Assist with Anesthesia Nerve Blocks

Assist with insertion of Nerve Blocks, Epidurals, Spinals.

IVs

Starting IVs in pre-op holding.