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Objective

A new and challenging position in Quality as a Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialist,,  which will allow me to demonstrate my skills and experience, as a dedicated nurse. Eighteen years experience as a Emergency Room nurse and then as a Accredited Case Manager, seeking a career change.  I am looking for a new challenge and  opportunity to use my knowledge  and grow in a different capacity.

Work experience

May 1999Present

Case Manager    

Palos Community Hospital

Case Manager duties include​:

Works independently to provide expert assessment, determines case management needs for all patients including critical care, and intervenes as appropriate. Participates in a multi­disciplinary team to determine appropriateness of care, and works to maximize care and services and the efficiency and quality, of movement of patients through the care continuum. Coordinates with the patient, family, RN staff, charge nurse, and physicians, and entire multidisciplinary team, the care plan, and works to ensure optimal quality of patient care, and services. Identifies high risk patients, and meets with patient and family, and develops individualized plans of care, educates patients and families, in collaboration with the multidisciplinary team. Assures compliance with governmental regulations, and core measure compliance, and best practice principles in the care management of patients. Serves as a clinical role model, and mentor, for team members. Adapts to change, and treats all individuals with respect and dignity. Participates in three committees, including clinical documentation, Epic­ a computer EMR system, and develops new case manager responsibilities. Trained and mentors new case managers and one of only two people trained to cover the emergency room case manager. Proficient in documentation in Meditech, Midas, Teletracking, and Milliman.  Assisted and covered for utilization review team in reviewing medically necessary treatments for inpatient and observation patients , including contacting insurance companies, ensuring payment.  Coordinating necessary transfers to other institutions. 

Emergency Room Nurse duties include​:

Among the vast array of diverse clients receiving treatment, are the acute M.I. patients, CVA’s, respiratory and cardiac arrests. Treatment has also been provided to clients with fractures, psychiatric disorders, wounds, and overdoses on a regular basis. Experience with psychiatric petitions to accompany physician certificates to ensure patient safety. Years of critical care experience in the emergency room setting as a RN, I had total care of four to five patients which included, medication administration, IV starts, assisting doctors with various procedures, and discharge instructions. My responsibilities included triage and fast track. Fast track was a sub unit, clinic type area , where patients are assessed, treated and discharged. As a highly motivated emergency room nurse, I learned to be a critical thinker, decision maker, effective communicator with patients and staff, and problem solver. Time management skills were developed and perfected. I was ACLS, PALS, CPR and radio certified and maintained these certifications while working as an ER nurse.

Sep 1997Jan 2006

Emergency Room Nurse    

Holy Cross Hospital, Chicago, IL  

Emergency Room Nurse:

Duties included treatment of walk­in trauma’s, assisting in hospital transfers, and performing rape kits. Holy Cross is an extremely fast paced emergency room, with a diverse patient population. Procedures included blood draws, EKG’s, foley insertions and wound care and dressings. My experience there expanded to triage and Express Care (Fast Track). I remained at Holy Cross as registry for six years in Express Care, which was a clinic type setting within the emergency room, until I accepted a full time position at Palos Hospital.

Health Unit Coordinator:

advancing to Emergency room technician, Holy Cross Hospital, June 1995 to September 1997.

May 1980Apr 1995

Purchasing Coordinator

Azteca Corn Productions ­ Pillsbury    

Developed skills in purchasing,  production planning, accounts payable and receivable.

Education

May 1994May 1997

Associate Degree in Nursing, AAS

Richard J. Daley College, Chicago, Il    

Graduation in High Honors

Certifications

2015

12 Lead EKG class    

Palos Community Hospital    
2009

Accredited Case Manager    

National Board Certification for Case Management
1997

RN License    

#0041,304794

1997

Basic EKG interpretation ­

Morraine VAlley College