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I am an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, ANCC Board Certified,  with active licenses and prescriptive authority in the States of Florida, New Jersey, and New York.  I am also a Board Certified Diabetes Educator. I am self employed in Florida where I now permanently reside. My previous employment ended in February 2008 when I became a dislocated worker from Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, New York. I took the opportunity to deal with a long standing medical issue that required a lengthy rehabilitation. I have completely recovered.  I  permanently relocated from New Jersey to Florida and now that personal issues have been resolved, I am ready to return to work.

I have worked with Diabetic patients for most of my career, beginning as a Home Health Nurse and after receiving my MSN, I  took the NCBDE Board exam and was certified as a Diabetes Educator.  I have been involved in educating patients, multi-disciplinary staff, student nurses and the community at large about diabetes, its co-morbidities, and self management skills.  I have participated with physicians, nurse managers, and other clinicians in interdisciplinary partnerships for patient care. I have directed diabetes outpatient educational programs and have applied for and received American Diabetes Association recognition for my employers.  I have developed educational seminars and have presented on many subjects concerning diabetes to staff, patients and physicians.  Currently, I am in private practice in my home office.

Work experience

Nov 2006Feb 2008

Diabetes Nurse Clinician

Good Samaritan Hospital

Educated staff RNS in a  375 bed non-profit community hospital to  provide evidence based practice in the care and management of patients with diabetes. I participated with interdisciplinary staff (physicians, nursing supervisors, nurse managers, case managers, staff nurses, home health nurse liaisons, registered dietitians, physical therapists) to implement clinical care, patient education, case management and discharge planning. Obtained corporate support to institute quarterly Lunch and Learn programs for diabetic employees to improve their self -management skills. Coordinated and presented ANCC accredited continuing education seminars for staff education. Member of Bon Secours system wide strategic planning committee for implementation of an American Diabetes Association (ADA) recognized Outpatient Diabetes Self Management Program targeted for 2009. Led a monthly community diabetes support group.  Wrote policy and procedure and standing orders for management of hyperglycemic and hypoglycemic patients based on evidenced practice. Member of Leadership Council, Shared Governance Committee.

Aug 2002Nov 2006

Director Diabetes Outpatient Center

Holy Name Hospital

Coordinator of Diabetes Self Management Program accredited by the American Diabetes Association located at a 400 bed non-profit community hospital. Applied for and achieved Recognition of Diabetes Self Management Educational Program from the ADA. As a requirement of the application, I created a CQI project designed to track and gather data to  the application process for continued ADA recognition.  A Poster for the research project was presented at 2005 AADE Convention, Washington DC.  I spearheaded the need to have standing orders to care for the hypoglycemic patient.  With multidisciplinary support, I wrote orders that were approved. I planned and coordinated semi-annual Seminars to educate staff nurses to serve as Diabetes Resource Nurse Educators on their nursing units.  I applied for and received CE accreditation from the ANCC for this and other educational seminars presented to staff and supported by evidenced basedpractice. I participated with the Chief of Endocrinology and Diabetes Nutritionist in yearly Diabetes Grand Rounds  I was a participant speaker together with Mark Weisen, MD and Patricia Rashad, Tony Award Winning Actor in a community event, "Holy Name Hospital Diabetes Awareness Day".  I  planned, coordinated,  and obtained corporate support for free health related educational seminars given throughout  the year where I and other professionals educated in the community. I obtained corporate support for, organized and planned monthly Diabetes Support Group meetings. I created Powerpoint presentations utilizing evidence based practice for staff seminars and patient education. I worked with the Director of the ICU to establish guidelines based on the literature for the treatment of acutely ill diabetic patients and educated the staff.  I was a member of  the Shared Governance Committee, Department of Education. Member Patient Education Council, and Director of the Diabetes Advisory Committee.


Jan 1997Dec 1999

Master of Science in Nursing

Barry University

Graduated with a 4.0 GPA

Jan 1990Apr 1993

Bachelor of Science

Graduated with Honors

Member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

Member of Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society


Randolph Cole

We worked together on many projects concerning diabetes research and educatoion, and Randy served with me as a member of the Diabetes Advisory Board.

Sue Ann Doebler, RN

Sue Ann worked with me at Good Samaritan Hospital

Joan Piazza


PC and Mac
Adept at Search Engines, Databases, Word, Powerpoint, Internet

Michelle Reiken, FNP-BC, CDE


Jun 2002Dec 2012

Certified Diabetes Educator

National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators
Jul 2000Jul 2010

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Board Certified

American Nurses Credentialing Center