• Streator Illinois
Diane Cox

Diane Cox

Diane C Cox RN

Summary

1986 - Current                                                                                          

Registered Nurse

  • I have been a nurse for 29 years and bring experience and professionalism to the job. I am currently working in a cardiology clinic for Prairie Cardiovascular Consultants. I opened this clinic for Prairie in 2007. I have worked at St. Mary’s Hospital, in Streator, most of that time and have worked from a clinic setting to an in-house hospital setting. I have assisted with the development of a new vascular lab, which includes ordering new equipment, writing policies, developing new procedures and quality control standards. I am a self starter and self motivated that works well independently and still understands the term “team work”.  In Radiology, I monitored the patient and assist with diagnostic procedures, that includes Ultrasound and CAT scan guided biopsies, paracentesis and thorcentesis,  renal, peripheral, carotid and aortic angiography, I am qualified to administer conscious sedation. I am continuing to learn, be challenged and grow within my profession. I also assisted the physicians and Cardiologists with stress testing, TEE's.  Prior to that, I worked through St. Mary’s hospital in the float pool. In 1999 through 2000, I worked with and assisted a cardiologist with Prairie Cardiovascular Consultants. During that time, I advanced my skills in cardiac nursing. I carried privileges at St. Mary’s Hospital, attended rounds, assessed patients, and wrote appropriate orders under the supervision of my physician. I am Office Lead of the cardiac clinic. I have been trained in pacemaker interrogations and programming, and ran an outpatient device clinic through the office. I am familiar with ICD9 and learning ICD10, CPT coding, Medicare and insurance billing, as well as precertification of procedures. I worked in a float position for nine years, and have experience in Outpatient Surgery, PACU, ICU, Cardiac Rehab, Oncology, Hospice, General Medical and Surgical nursing, Obstetrics, New Born Nursery, Stress Lab, Ambulance transfers and E.R. I am A.C.L.S. Certified. I was also certified through the American Heart Association to teach CPR coarses but have recently let that lasp.  I am familiar with ancillary departments and social services. I chart through all electronic based medical records, understand the benefits that computers have in record keeping. I am familiar with many computer programs. I work well with other professionals and communicate well with the public. I am open to new experiences and challenges and adaptable when it comes to change. I believe strongly in patient education and teaching, in order to have a healthier society.

Work History

Work History

Registered Nurse/health Care Assistant

2007 - 2015
Prairie Cardiovascular Consultants, LTD

Streator/Springfield I work as a Registered Nurse/Health Care Assistant with a Cardiologist. My cardiac knowledge increased greatly, I understand pacemakers, echocardiograms, EKG's, and TEE's. I did patient teaching for cardiac angiograms, coronary bypass, cardiac, carotid and aortic stenting, ablations, arrhythmia as well as, TEE's. I handle physician scheduling as well as patient scheduling I assisted with lectures for both the community and CME's. I have become proficient with device clinic operation and billing. I  have a good understanding of the electrophysiology and anatomy of the heart its structure and function and assist in educating our patients to enable them to have that same understanding. I understand basic office scheduling  and operation. I pre-authorize medications and procedures with multiple insurance companies.

Registered Nurse Diagnostic Imaging

2000 - 2007
St. Mary's Hospital

I started as PRN in Stress lab while working to continue my education. At this time I continued PRN as a float nurse.  Stress Lab consisted of exercise and pharmalogical stress testing and assisted with monitoring during cardiac procedures (Transesophogeal Echocardiograms). In 2002 due to a shift of departments by the management I moved to Diagnostic Imaging and again went to work full time. They had an interventional Radiologist and I started assisting with biopsies, paracentesis, thorcentesis, Cardiac CTA, carotid and peripheral angiograms. I found myself having to write policy's and procedures  for all of the above. HSHS hired an Interventional Vascular Surgeon and I assisted in the development of a new  angio suite. Monitored the patients during their angiogram and continued to work stress lab and general DI procedures that needed a nurse in attendance. I also assisted with a satellite cardiac clinic for Prairie Cardiovascular. 

Registered Nurse

1986 - 1999
St. Mary's Hospital Streator, IL
Registered Nurse I started at St. Mary's in as a High School Aide part time after school. I graduated High School in completed the Nurse aide course through I.V. C. C. and continued working for the hospital. In I went back to school and completed the nursing program. I continued at St. Mary's as a Registered Nurse on a medical floor for five years. I accepted a float position in. Through my career I have become proficient with technical skills: including IV's, monitors, ventilators, ECG/stress, medication/treadmill testing, patient care and patient teaching.

Education

Education

Bachelors of Science in Nursing

2000 - 2001
University of St. Francis Joliet

Bachelors of Science in Health Arts

1994 - 1998
University of St. Francis

Associates Degree in Nursing

1986
Illinois Valley Community Collage 

Objectives

A personal objective is to continue to learn and grow in our ever changing medical world.  I would like to advance my medical knowledge and experiences without compromising my professional skills. I take pride in my background as a hospital nurse and a cardiac nurse and have always enjoyed working with the public.  I feel that I have accomplished many goals and experiences in nursing. In today’s changing health care system, prevention of illness and is a key factor and overall wellness is the goal. My goal is to help people understand the benefits of maintaining there health. A second goal would be management, which to me is the process of setting and accomplishing goals, leading people and coordinating human, technological, and financial resources. My goal is to co-ordinate my knowledge and understanding of people and nursing to increase my knowledge and understanding of management within today’s health care system.

Interests and activities

My family is my greatest enjoyment; I am a dedicated wife and mother of four active productive and successful young adults and soon to be a grandparent for the first time. While the children were growing I was  involved with Parents Club and Booster Club and volunteer. I was co-chair of St. Stephens’s annual parent’s club fish fry, ordered  food, organized workers, setting schedules and general operations. I helped coach Girl’s Softball and volunteered with Boy’s Baseball, and community soccer. I enjoy cooking, gardening, entertaining friends and am an avid reader. My most recent endeavor is painting and decorating.  I enjoy learning and take classes now mostly personal since I am not pursuing a degree. My husband and I love to travel when time and opportunity allows.

References are available upon request