Mary Ellen Cole

Mary Ellen Cole

Nurse Practitioner

Skills

Skills

Electronic Medical Records (EMR)

Proficient in the use of electronic medical records and meaningful use standards. This  includes 1) documentation of patient office visit 2) reviewing and signing off labs and other tests 3) retrieving consultation notes 4) medication reconciliation 5) establishing and updating problem list 6) E-scribing medications and,  7) printing visit summary.

Minor Surgey and Other Clinic Procedures

Proficient in 1) Suturing of minor wounds 2) Excision and drainage of abscess 3) Removal of ingrown toenail 4) Diagnosis and treatment of corneal abrasion 5) Skin punch biopsy 6) Audiometer exams 7) Administering conscious sedation for endoscopy procedures 8) EKG  interpretation 9) Pap smears 10) Measurement of intra-ocular pressures for glaucoma 11) DOT physicals

Joint Injections using Steroids and Hyaluronic Acid

Proficient in performing 1) Standard palpated-guided steroid injection of knees and shoulders 2) Steroid injection of trochanteric bursa 3) Standard palpated-guided injection of hyaluronic acid in the knee

Ultrasound-Guided Musculoskeletal Procedures

Proficient in performing ultrasound-guided arthrocentesis  and steroid injection of knees and shoulders

Emergency Management of Patients

Serve as team leader applying BCLS and ACLS protocol when managing patients experiencing an infusion reaction or other emergency situations.

Nurse Manager

Extremely experienced in managing various mix of nursing staff including nurse practitioners, RNs, LPNs, nursing assistants, lab tech, and x-ray tech. Variety of skills include conflict resolution, staffing, evaluation, interview process, hiring and terminating staff, annual budget, quality assurance, and education and orientation of staff. Leadership role includes motivating staff, providing an environment for growth and development, and developing and promoting innovative techniques and systems to provide efficient, quality patient care. Acted as liaison between nursing and non-nursing departments to promote collaborative patient care. Managed a nursing department in a cost-efficient manner adjusting staff and supplies based on patient census and acuity. Developed and updated policy and procedure, quality assurance, OSHA, and MSDS manuals.

Work History

Work History
Apr 2008 - Present

Adult Nurse Practitioner

Clinic for Rheumatic Diseases

My current responsibilities include managing the care of rheumatic patients in a rheumatology clinic averaging approximately 17 patients a day. I also make patient referrals, order diagnostic tests, and order DMARDS/Biologics for specific rheumatic diseases. Our clinic acts as an osteoporosis treatment clinic where I assess, diagnose, and treatment this condition. I also coordinate the quality assurance in the clinic, perform chart audits, manage emergency treatment for infusion reactions, and act as sub-investigator for clinical trials.

Dec 1995 - Apr 2008

Adult Nurse Practitioner

Vaughan Marion Clinic

Major responsibilities included managing health care of acute and chronic patients in a rural health clinic and provided long term care in 3 long term care facilities. Major skills included performing minor surgery, audiometer testing, conscious sedation for endoscopies, and emergency procedures. I saw an average of 20 patients a day. In addition to nurse practitioner duties, I was also the clinic manager which involved staff scheduling and  evaluations, annual budget, quality assurance, and developing and revising policy and procedures.

Jun 1995 - Dec 1995

Nurse Practitioner in Rheumatology

UAB Hospital

My major responsibilities included managing care of in-patients with rheumatic illnessess in addition to other co-morbidities. I also provided teaching and discharge planning for all in-patients and clinic patients on the rheumatology service.

Sep 1994 - Jun 1995

Emergency Room RN

DCH Regional Medical Center

Major responsibilities included providing direct care  to patients with acute illnesses, OB/GYN problems, and trauma patients.

Aug 1992 - Sep 1994

Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist

DCH Regional Medical Center

I developed and implemented the first CCRN Review Course, developed and provided numerous critical care CE programs, coordinated a 2-week critical care orientation, developed and implemented first hospital-wide preceptor course, revised and improved the annual credentialing program for staff, and coordinated the opening of a new 4-bed trauma surgical unit.

Sep 1989 - Aug 1992

Manager of Staff Development and Infection Control

AMI West Alabama Hospital

My major responsibilities and accomplishments included orientation of all nursing staff, established first staff and patient library, developed and implemented first ACLS course, obtained the CE provider status for the hospital through the Alabama Board of Nursing, monitored infections throughout the hospital, developed and implemented the new Blood Borne Pathogen Program for employees, and developed and implemented the OSHA required Exposure Control Plan.

Jan 1988 - Sep 1989

ICU Coordinator

AMI West Alabama Hospital (Intensive Care Unit)

My major responsibilities included coordinating all unit activities including budget, staffing, quality assurance program, orientation and inservice of staff, annual evaluation, patient care, and maintaining and implementing OSHA and JCAHO recommendations and guidelines.

May 1974 - Sep 1974

Nursing Assistant

Hale County Hospital

My major responsibilities consisted of nursing assistant duties in a small community hospital.

Education

Education
Sep 1974 - Jun 1977

Nursing Diploma

Druid City School of Nursing

This school of nursing closed in 1978.

Certifications

Certifications
Nov 1995 - Nov 2015

Adult Nurse Practitioner

AANC
Nov 1995 - Nov 2015

Adult Nurse Practitioner

American Academy of Nurse Practitioner (AANP)
Oct 2013 - Oct 2015

Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)

American Heart Association
Mar 2013 - Mar 2015

Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS)

American Heart Association
Jan 2013 - Dec 2014

Registered Nurse

Alabama Board of Nursing
Jan 2013 - Dec 2014

Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner (CRNP)

Alabama Board of Nursing