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Work Experience

Jul 2013Present

Nurse Practitioner


Nurse practitioner for cardiovascular and cardiothoracic surgery.   Now constructing a pulmonary nodule service and assistance with TAVR program.  Practice includes operating room, clinic and hospital.   Have seen cardiology patients in clinic and hospital over past year.

Mar 2010Jan 2013

Nurse Practitioner

Golden Living Center
Nov 2008Mar 2011

Registered Nurse

Bergan Mercy Medical Center

Provided expertise and assistance with the transformation of the Heart and Vascular program combining at Bergan Mercy.  Functioned as a charge nurse and open heart recovery nurse, as well as providing orientation to new nurses within this specialized field. Have consistently consulted with physicans regarding patient issues with a critical role in patient advocacy.

Apr 2005Nov 2008

Registered Nurse

Immanuel Medical Center

Provided assistance in the development of the new Heart Center at Immanuel with a focus in cardiovascular services.  Gained experience in intensive care level of skills with a strong command of hemodynamics.  Qualified as an Open Heart Recovery Nurse.  Experienced opportunities as a preceptor and charge nurse.

Jun 2004Apr 2005

Registered Nurse

Immanuel Medical Center

Gained experience in a post-intensive care environment.  Actively sought out new experiences and gained an extensive amount of skills and knowledge.

Apr 1999Nov 2003

Certified Nursing Assistant


Provided staff for all Alegent facilities including Midlands, Immanuel, Bergan and Mercy.  Gained experience in all levels of care as a nursing assistant within the Alegent system.

Dec 1996Apr 1999

Certified Nursing Assistant

Assisted in acute level of rehabilitation with spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries.Participant of Spinal Cord Injury Team.

Jan 1996Dec 1996

Sterile Processing Technician

Extensive knowledge of surgical supplies and equipment.  Gained experience in setting up surgical procedures and sterilization of equipment.  Gained knowledge of identification of surgical equipment.


Aug 2007Aug 2009

Masters of Science in Nursing

Creighton University
Aug 2002May 2005

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

College of Saint Mary

Magna Cum Laude

Aug 1997May 1998

Undergraduate studies

Union College
Aug 1996May 1997

May 1995Dec 1995

Undergraduate studies

Kansas State University
Aug 1992May 1994

Undergraduate studies

University of Nebraska, Lincoln


Cardiovascular Services
Completed the cardiovascular specialty track at Creighton in addition to the ACNP program.


Hassan Tehrani MD, MBA

Cardiothoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon.

Rockwood Clinic, Spokane WA

Ellen Scott, MA

Has functioned as the scheduler for surgical services.

Rockwood Clinic

Norman Grosbach

Functioned as my collaborating physician within Golden Living Center.

Ellie Mueller MD

Cardiologist and Endovascular Surgery.

Sally Lienemann

Has been my Operations Director with each job change in my nursing career.  Has known me professionally since 2004.

Tom Baker APRN

Has functioned as a NP in my career in cardiovascular services at Immanuel and the transition to Bergan.  Has also been an instructor and clinical facilitator in my master's program at Creighton.

Antonio Saqueton MD

Functioned as my preceptor in the family practitioner role for 2 semesters.


Extensive experience and skills in the healthcare field.  Major areas of interest have been critical care and cardiology, with earning a subspecialty in cardiovascular care in Master's program.  Clinical experience during program of study included a primary care office and the hospitalist role at Bergan Mercy. 


Cardiac Care

Alegent Health

Intra Aortic Balloon Pump

Alegent Health/Datascope

12 Lead EKG

Alegent Health

Vascular Access Devices

Alegent Health

Advanced Cardiac Life Support

American Heart Association

Basic Life Support

American Heart Association
Nov 2009Present

Acute Care Nurse Practitioner