Mary Ellen Cole
- Tuscaloosa, Al. US
- [email protected]
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.
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.
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.
Major responsibilities included providing direct care to patients with acute illnesses, OB/GYN problems, and trauma patients.
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.
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.
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.
My major responsibilities included managing an 8-bed ICU and 21 bed telemetry unit.
My major responsibilities included managing an 8-bed ICU.
My major responsibilites included providing nursing care to critically ill patients.
My major responsibilities consisted of nursing assistant duties in a small community hospital.
graduated summa cum laude
This school of nursing closed in 1978.
Member from February 2008-June 2010
Member since September 1994
Member since 1995
Member since 2010
Member since April 2014
My philosophy of nursing is grounded in a framework that incorporates evidence-based knowledge, compassion, individualism, and a fiduciary relationship between the provider and patient, family, and community. Nursing practice is a privilege and responsibility accompanied by a moral and legal accountability for nursing judgment and subsequent actions. Therefore, I believe it is incumbent upon nurses to maintain competency in addition to personal and professional growth, integrity for self and their patients, a moral compass, and advocate for and protect their patients' health, autonomy, rights, and safety. Nursing is not just about knowledge but the wisdom we gain when we listen. Thus, it is imperative that nurses listen to their patients, families, and communities. I believe it is only when nurses incorporate advanced skills, knowledge, and technology with their patient's experience that quality patient outcomes will result.
Adjunct Graduate Clinical Preceptor
Mississippi University for Women (MUW)
Nurse Practitioner Clinical Preceptor
Adjunct Graduate Clinical Preceptor
University of Alabama in Birmingham (UAB) School of Nursing
Merck Pharmaceutical, Inc.
Omnicare Home Pharmacy Services of Southern Illinois
Unicare of Birmingham
Oakwood Manor Heath Care Center
AANP National Conference
27th Annual Conference for Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health
DCH Health Systems Organization and Education
West Alabama Nurse Practitioner Council
Alabama Educational Enterprises
Vaughan Regional Medical Center
Inducted April 2014
Outstanding Achievement University of Alabama Alumni Association Scholarship Capstone College of Nursing
Received April 1992
Graduated Summa Cum Laude BSN Program Capstone College of Nursing
Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society
Inducted April 1988
DCH School of Nursing Class President
DCH School of Nursing Honor Society
Veritas Club Scholarship for Nursing Education
Received March 1974