Karen Smith

  • Jacksonville US-FL
Karen Smith

Work History

Work History
Jan 2006 - Apr 2008

Community Hospice of Northeast Florida

Registered Nurse

After hours crisis management for at-home hospice patients. Role included medication and pain management, death visits, and family support with grief counseling. Responsibilites also required consultation with physicians during patient visits to emergency room r/t need for palliative treatment.

Jan 1995 - Dec 2005

Brooks Rehabilitation Hospital

Registered Nurse

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) RN for adult and pediatric patients. Care of patient's included all medical surgical aspects of nursing care in traditional settings. Typical patient load was 6 - 10; varied per shift. 

The following is a list of experience related to TBI and general patient care:

-All aspects of personal hygiene, skin/wound care protocols, and fall risk prevention.

-Use of restraint protocols related to medical and behavioral needs. Including use of physical restraint

 alternatives, posey vests, soft wrist restraints, four point restraints, and use of net beds.

-Use and understanding of multiple modalities related to Coma Stimulation protocols.

-Care and use of tracheostomies, g-tubes, NG tubes, and catheter related needs including intermittent,

 foley, and suprapubic catheters. 

-Orthopedic devices such as CPM machines, polar ice, boots/braces, etc.

-Spinal care protocols including bowel/bladder programs, halo device protocols, and pin care.

-Assistance with speech therapy and extensive knowledge of swallowing quidelines for all patients.

-Assistance with physical therapy as needed related to specific patient needs.

-Extensive discharge planning experience and education of family related to training for at home care and

 use of community resources.

-Use and care of intravenous sites and IV medication therapy for patients.

---And many other aspects of patient care for medical/surgical patient populations.


Aug 1999 - Dec 2001


University of North Florida
May 1995 - Aug 1999


Florida Community College Jacksonville
Aug 1991 - Dec 1994


Florida Community College Jacksonville
Aug 1980 - Jun 1983

High School Diploma

Paxon High School


May 2010 - May 2012


American Heart Association



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