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Kia Renee Padgett, RN BSN

  • 7311 Chastain Drive NE, Atlanta, GA 30342
  • 404-218-4204

Hypertension and Diabetes Nurse Consultant


Baccalaureate prepared and professionally trained registered nurse with fourteen years of experience in the healthcare industry.

Proven ability to provide high standards of evidence-based, compassionate, and culturally competent nursing care to patients across the lifespan.

Expert knowledge in critical care, chronic disease management, public health consulting, lifestyle modification coaching, and telephonic medical advice.  

Exceptional written and verbal communication skills to promote learning, facilitate understanding, and resolve conflict.

High level of adaptability to rapid organizational changes with strong experience in building and maintaining professional relationships.

Work History

Feb 2016Present

Hypertension and Diabetes Nurse Consultant 

Georgia Department of Public Health

Professional duties  

  • Assists the cardiovascular program manager and the diabetes and vision program manager with activities aligned with performance measures of Cooperative Agreement 1305: State Public Health Actions to Prevent and Control Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity and Associated Risk Factors and Promote School Health, CDC-RFA-DP13-1305.
  • Develops clinical protocols, quality improvement measures, and quality assurance guidelines for hypertension and diabetes management in public health districts across Georgia.
  • Collaborates with the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University to provide public health nurse training prior to implementation of the hypertension and diabetes nurse protocols.
  • Identifies medical equipment needs and provides resource allocation through a procurement process.
  • Develops a fee-schedule for diabetes management based on Medicare fees.
  • Creates patient education brochures for hypertension, diabetes, healthy eating habits using the DASH eating plan, and physical activity.
  • Serves as a hypertension and diabetes subject matter expert to health care professionals and program managers in the Georgia Department of Public Health, local partners, and national networks.
  • Creates and delivers in-person and webinar presentations to a variety of external and internal audiences around hypertension and diabetes management.
  • Serves as a nurse planner for the State Office of Nursing to assist in facilitating educational activities and complete application packets for nursing continuing education credits.
Jun 2012Oct 2015

Telephonic Medical Advice Registered Nurse

Kaiser Permanente Georgia - Atlanta, GA

Professional Duties

  • Performed detailed telephonic triage and assessments of beneficiaries for the adult medicine, pediatrics and obstetrics and gynecology departments.
  • Utilized evidence-based practice guidelines in accordance with departmental quality assurance processes to determine appropriate level of care and appropriate access of medical facilities.   
  • Acted as primary liaison between patients and the primary health care team, HUB emergency physicians, various specialists, referral department, case management department and the quantitative risk management department to identify care gaps, escalate complex care cases for further medical review, coordinate care and access services with community partners.
  • Utilized the EPIC electronic medical records for clinical documentation, medication reconciliation, placing orders, and chart review.
  • Provided explanation of lab results, radiology results and provider plan of care.
  • Excelled as a resource nurse and preceptor for multiple skill-sets and specialties, and active member of the Planning, Implementation and Performance (PIP) Committee.  
Jul 2011Oct 2012

Clinical Staff Registered Nurse

Atlanta Medical Center - Atlanta, GA

Professional Duties

  • Monitored and managed high­ acuity medical intensive care patients with diagnoses of acute and chronic diseases including myocardial infarction, cerebral vascular accidents, hyperglycemic coma, end stage disease related to HIV/AIDS, arrhythmias, gastrointestinal bleeds, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, respiratory failure and acute respiratory disease, sepsis and multi-symptom organ failure, acute and chronic kidney disease. 
  • Vast knowledge of infectious disease identification, treatment procedures, and infection control practices.
  • Demonstrated strong knowledge of advanced pharmacology.
Mar 2011Jun 2012

Senior Staff Nurse

Grady Memorial Hospital - Atlanta, GA 

Professional Duties

  • Selected as the core group of nurses, physicians, pharmacists, administrators and allied healthcare professionals to open and staff the Marcus Stroke and Neuroscience Center at Grady Memorial Hospital.  
  • Assisted in data collection for the Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Registry.
  • Provided assistance in the development of unit specific ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke nursing protocols. 
  • Performed charge nurse and preceptor duties including coordinating direct admissions, intra-hospital transfers into the Neuro Intensive Care Unit and the Neuro step down unit.
Sep 2009Sep 2010

Medical Advice Registered Nurse

WellPoint - Atlanta, GA

Professional Duties

  • Performed symptom-specific telephonic triage to identify acute health care needs and recommendations for care coordination thorough multi­ system assessment and knowledge of specific acute illnesses and chronic disease exacerbation. 
  • Utilized clinical practice guidelines, department-approved and evidence based online-resources to provide health plan members with general health information and specific medication information to promote education and safety. 
  • Coordinated after­ hours admission and pre- authorization information to be accessed by the utilization review department.
Jun 2005Aug 2009

Clinical Staff Registered Nurse

John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County - Chicago, IL

Professional Duties

  • Provided professional nursing care for patients admitted to the Cook County Hospital Level 1 Trauma unit:  12­-bed trauma intensive care unit, a 14-bed trauma observation unit and 20­-bed trauma resuscitation area equipped with a trauma bey/shock rooms.
  • Expert management of artificial airways with ventilator support, invasive bedside procedures, hemodynamic monitoring, titration of vasoactive medications and Level 1 Rapid Infuser.
  • Provided compassionate and culturally sensitive palliative care, end­ of­ life care and family support.
Mar 2007Mar 2008

Disease Management Registered Nurse

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois - Chicago, IL 

Professional Duties

  • Completed telephonic semi-structured questionnaires with Blue Cross and Blue Shield members who were selected for participation in the chronic disease management program through claims data - related to one or more chronic illnesses and adverse lifestyle factors including diabetes, hypertension, congestive heart failure, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, weight management, smoking cessation and depression.
  • Educated patients regarding dietary considerations, prescribed medication regimen, individual health goals in a voluntary disease management and monitoring program for a nine- month period.  
  • Assessed level of understanding and compliance with prescribed health maintenance and medication regimen.
Dec 2004May 2005

Clinical Staff Registered Nurse

Northwestern Memorial Hospital - Chicago, IL­

Professional Duties

  • Provided critical care clinical management of patients diagnosed with cerebral hemorrhages, cerebral tumors, AVM malformations, ischemic cerebral events, spinal tumors and spinal cord injuries.
  • Collected patient data during unit-based research studies for the Vigilance biomedical device for continuous cardiac output and hemodynamic monitoring.
  • Ability to interpret arterial blood gas readings, identify acid-base imbalances and suggest appropriate recommendations for correction/treatment.
Sep 2002Sep 2004

Clinical Staff Registered Nurse

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania - Philadelphia, PA

Professional Duties

  • Successfully completed the Gateway to Critical Care Program as a new-to-practice nurse; participated in a 20-week program consisting of classroom instruction, clinician-supervised skill workshops in simulation labs, and an additional 14-week structured clinical experience at staged levels in the intensive care unit.
  • Provided complex clinical nursing care to a wide variety of postoperative neurosurgical patients, patients prior to organ donation and post operative patients status post kidney, liver and pancreas transplantation.  
  • Proficient use of biomedical equipment for invasive cardiac output and hemodynamic monitoring, brain tissue perfusion, capnography, biospectral index monitoring of depth of sedation, monitoring of intracranial pressure and cerebral ventricular drainage.



    Masters of Public Health Candidate

    Emory University - Rollins School of Public Health, Atlanta, GA

    Bachelors of Science in Nursing

    Villanova University, Villanova, PA



    Professional Registered Nurse

    Georgia State Board of Nursing

    License Number: RN203593

    Academic and Professional Presentations

    Padgett, K., Smith, A. (June 2016).  Type 1 Diabetes.  Children Medical Services.  Division of Maternal Child Health.  Georgia Department of Public Health

    Padgett, K. (April 2016).  Teachings and Tools for Correct Blood Pressure Management - Webinar.  Georgia Clinical Transformation Team.

    Padgett, K. (February 2016).  Undiagnosed Hypertension - Webinar.  Georgia Clinical Transformation Team.  

    Battles, N.; Bell, C.; Gitukui, S.; Knight, T.; Meyers, S.; Padgett, K.; Taawab, N. (November 2015).  Community Needs Assessment - Shelby County, Tennessee.  Emory University - Rollins School of Public Health.  PRS538D:  Community Needs Assessment.

    Ayantunji, R., Gitukui, S., Greenlea-Taylor, J., Illieva-Hughes, E., Padgett, K., (July 2015).  Evaluation Plan Proposal for the North Georgia Integrated Health Network.  Emory University - Rollins School of Public Health.  PRS 540D: Conduct of Evaluation Research.  

    Padgett, K. (May 2015).   A Podcast for HPV Vaccination Education.  Emory University - Rollins School of Public Health.  PRS 501D: Technology Tools for Public Health.

    Green, S.; Padgett, K.; Rice, M., Shephard, L., Wirtz, L. (March 2015) Obstetrics and Gynecology Advice Nurse Workflow and OB/GYN A-Z List.  Kaiser Permanente Georgia.  Advice Nurse Call Center.

    Padgett, K. (January 2008).  Congestive Heart Failure - Disease Management Nurse Workflow.  Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois.  Disease Management Department.

    Professional Organizations

    Georgia Nurses Association

    American Association of Diabetes Educators

    American Nurses Association 

    Association of Public Health Nurses