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Highly motivated Registered Nurse with over eight years of nursing experience, predominently in the outpatient clinic setting.  Specialize in surgery nursing and the bariatric population; competent to provide care to all patient populations.  Self-motivated, with the ability to multitask and work effectively and efficiently in high pressure situations.  Strive to produce positive outcomes within the clinical setting by improving clinical processes and focusing on patient centered care.  Serve as a patient advocate and educator.

Work History

Aug 2016Present

Bariatric Coordinator

UNC Lenoir HealthCare
  • Assists in Center Development
  • Manages Accreditation Process (In the Process of becoming Accredited)
  • Ensuring program compliance with MBSAQIP Guidelines
  • Developing relevant policies and procedures
  • Perform Staff and Patient Education
  • Assisting with Data outcomes collection
  • Taking part in Quality Improvement efforts
  • Serves as Liaison between the facility and Surgeons performing Bariatric surgery at the center
  • Assists in maintaining documentation of call schedule provided by all covering surgeons
  • Program development
Jan 2016July 2016

Clinical Supervisor

Orthopaedics east & sports medicine center, inc.
  • Supervise 15 clinical staff in a large orthopaedic practice
  • Lead monthly staff meetings with clinical staff
  • Responsible for making each monthly clinical schedule for staff, as well as daily lunch schedules
  • Ensuring all Surgeons/PA's clinics are running smoothly and efficiently
  • Resolve staff issues and conflicts
  • Work with other department managers (insurance, business, radiology) to improve processes
  • Deal with customer issues and complaints to ensure patient satisfaction
  • Ensure clinical staff are performing duties as assigned
  • Ability to schedule appointments and freeze Provider schedules as needed
  • Go-to person for all clinical issues
  • Serve as Liaison in the practice for home health agencies and medical equipment representatives
  • Contact person for students, etc that wish to shadow in the practice


Jul 2011Jan 2016

Nurse Specialist

ECU PHysicians Department of Surgery
  • Plan, coordinate and implement care for surgical patients

  • Work one on one with a General and Bariatric surgeon; perform all clinical tasks
  • Work extensively with the bariatric population; serve all the needs of the bariatric patient to include assessment of needs and extensive education preoperatively and postoperatively
  • Maintain yearly required education for staff in the bariatric setting -- Sensitivity training, etc.
  • Schedule procedures and surgeries for patients, manage surgical calendar for Surgeon
  • Deal directly with patient concerns to ensure great customer service
  • Perform extensive preoperative and postoperative education to patients
  • Perform prior authorizations for prescription drug coverage, and telephonic clinical review for authorization of procedures and surgeries
  • Frequently correspond with home health agencies in managing the care of patients; set up home health care for patients
  • Complete FMLA & disability paperwork, ensure timely return to work for patients.  Work with disability claims agents via telephone to provide information related to disability, and form plan to return to work.  Determine necessity of leave from work, and determine time frame of absence. 
  • Triage patient phone calls on a daily basis which require critical thinking and decision making skills
  • Delegate tasks to medical assistant staff
  • Assist with training new hires (RN's and CMA's); participate in job interviews
  • Meet frequently with Nurse Manager to discuss clinical issues, areas of improvement, and/or staff issues and concerns
  • Serve as a "go to" Nurse in the clinical setting amongst staff



Jul 2008May 2014

Registered Nurse, SNP II

Vidant Medical Center
  • Provided postoperative care to patients in the Post Anesthesia Care Unit.   Monitored for hemodynamic stability, and ensured adequate pain control postoperatively.  Worked side by side with Anesthesiology to promote positive outcomes for surgical patients.
  • Frequently assisted with bedside procedures with Anesthesiologists, to include epidural placement, blood patch placement and nerve blooks. 
  • Frequently served as Team Leader and also intermittently served as charge nurse. 
Sep 2009Jul 2011

Registered Nurse

Gastroenterology East
  • Served as a procedure nurse in an outpatient endoscopy center. 

  • Performed admission assessments prior to Gastrointestinal procedures, to include documenting History and Physical and performing physical assessment. 

  • Served as discharge nurse by monitoring patients post procedure to ensure hemodynamic stability. 

  • Performed extensive patient education relating to Gastrointestinal diseases and treatments. 

  • Scheduled appointments and procedures for patients, and discussed plan of care in depth. 

  • Managed controlled medication log, ensuring accurate drug counts and ensuring all medications were not beyond expiration date. 

  • Served as scribe for Gastroenterologist in the office setting, by documenting all office visit notes. 

  • Reviewed lab results and pathology results with Gastroenterologist, contacted patient by letter or phone as appropriate to provide results. 

Jan 2008Jul 2008

Registered Nurse

Craven Regional Medical Center (Now Carolina East)
  • Provided care within a 36 bed Gynelogical, Obstetrical and Women's Surgical Unit, with a usual assignment of six patients each shift. 

  • Developed and implemented plan of care for patients. 

  • Monitored vital signs, administered medication and wound care as needed. 

  • Performed Admissions to unit as well as patient discharge. 

Education

Aug 2012May 2014

Bachelor's of Science in Nursing

University of Texas at Arlington

Transitioned from Associate's Degree RN to Bachelors degree.  Education focus on leadership and management, advanced physical assessment skills, nursing research and public health.

Jun 2006Dec 2007

Associate's Degree in Nursing

Craven Community College

Education focus--  Nursing process and Plan of care,  education of medical disorders and disease processes, body systems, physical assessment and nursing interventions, ethics in nursing.

Licensure & Certifications

Oct 2013Oct 2015

Registered Nurse

North Carolina Board of Nursing

RN License # 221583

Obtained initial RN license January 2008

Sep 2013Sep 2017

Certified Bariatric Nurse

American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

Professional competency in the holistic care of Bariatric Surgical patients.  (Originally certified as Megan Brinson)

Sep 2014Sep 2016

Basic Life Support

American Red Cross

Competent in assessment of and medical care for patients with life-threatening illnesses and injuries.

Jan 2013Jan 2015

Advanced Cardiac Life Support

The American Heart Assocation

Competency in set of clinical interventions for the urgent treatment of cardiac arrest, stroke and other life-threatening emergency, as well as the knowledge and skills to deploy those interventions.

**Initial licensure in 2011.  Lapsed due to this being a non-required certification by my current employer..

Jan 2013Jan 2015

Pediatric Advanced Life Support

The American Heart Association

Competent in structured approach to the assessment and treatment of critically ill pediatric patients experiencing life-threatening emergencies.

**Initial licensure in 2011.  Lapsed due to this being a non-required certification by my current employer.

Objective

Gain employment as a Bariatric Coordinator.

Skills

Extensive knowledge of Bariatric surgery & Bariatric population

Over four years of experience with managing the bariatric patient -- inpatient and outpatient.  Served as a lead nurse in the bariatric clinic.  Knowledgeable about specific insurance criteria for bariatric surgery.  Serve the role of a patient advocate and understanding of the specific needs in the bariatric population.  Familiar with yearly education required for bariatric practices. Ability to effectively lead support groups and serve as an educator to bariatric patients and their families.  Highly knowledgeable regarding nutrition requirements postoperatively, and common conditions that result from malnutrition.  Able to provide exceptional Holistic care to the bariatric patient.

Organization

Highly organized within my work environment; ability to multitask and perform my job efficiently in a fast paced environment.

Prioritization

Ability to effectively prioritize tasks in the order of greatest need.

Strong People Skills

Ability to build and maintain strong patient/client relationships through providing compassionate care and ensuring patient satisfaction. 

Analytical Skills

Ability to identify problems within a clinical setting, and use a systematic approach to solve.   Ability to identify inefficient processes and modify to produce more efficient outcomes.

Delegation

Proficient in delegating tasks to appropriate clinical personnel within their scope of practice.  Ability to make decisions regarding most efficient utilization of staff in regards to their scope of practice.

Strong Clinical judgement

Possess astute clinical judgment.  Ability to assess clinical situations and make safe, appropriate decisions regarding plan of care.

Extensive knowledge of Ambulatory clinic processes and management of care

Total of 6 years of experience in an ambulatory clinical setting.  Knowledgeable of processes and best practices within an ambulatory setting.

Leadership

Possess strong leadership skills in the clinical setting while promoting respectful relationships with all coworkers.  Ability to take lead in stressful situations and provide guidance to peers when appropriate.

Communication skills

Ability to convey information to staff and patients effectively and efficiently. 

Goal

  I enjoy analyzing processes and identifying areas of improvement in order to produce more effective and efficient care to patients.   My extensive nursing knowledge and experience has provided me with the confidence to work with all disciplines in the medical community in order to fulfill a common goal, which is excellent patient care.