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Awards and Recognitions

2002 St Thomas Hospital Safety Award

Experience - Leadership - Innovation - Results

Skilled clinician with over 25 years of Professional Nursing experience and lifelong advocate of clinical excellence with

  • 14 years hands-on experience as Staff RN: OR First Assistant CRNFA, OR Circulator CNOR, PACU, Emergency Room, and Medical-Coronary-Surgical-Cardiovascular ICU CCRN.

Proven leader at many levels. Management experience includes supervision of multiple departments and high volume-high acuity inpatient settings. Career long history of leading projects, task force intiatives, team development sessions, conflict resolution seminars, faith based service ministries and small group facilitation with

  • 7 years multi-faceted experience as Nursing Manager: House Nursing Supervisor, Team Leader and Head Nurse over Telemetry, Medical ICU, and Post Open Heart ICU's.

Innovative and passionate 'Teacher - Educator - Coach'. Self motivated developer of ET (Education Technology) and IT (Information Technology) solutions for staff education resource management, outcome driven quality improvement monitoring and  inter -departmental communication needs.Early adopter and implementer of E-Learning strategies for multidisciplinary skill development and competency validation with

  • 4 years focused experience as Educator/Clinician: Medical ICU, Surgical ICU, Coronary ICU and Telemetry. Past ACLS/I and BSL/I instructor. Independent Critical Care teaching consultant and contract presenter for Genentech. Co-collaborater ISIS-2 coronary occlusion study Lancet. 1988 Aug 13;2(8607):349-60.

Work experience

Dec 2008Present

Clinical Coordinator - Brain and Spine Tumor Center

Saint Thomas Health Systems

Intraoperatively assists with neurosurgical cases that utilize computer aided stereotactic guided image surgery.

Coordinates perioperative care for patients with brain and spine tumors.

Analyzes data and develops outcome metrics that reflect best practice performance standards.

Feb 1998Dec 2008

RN First Assistant & Special Projects Coordinator

St Thomas Hospital

Full time clinician and Certified Registered Nurse First Assistant in a large, high acuity, multidisciplinary  OR.

Highly skilled and proficient in inpatient surgical procedures with expertise and caseload emphasis in Orthopedic and Neurosurgical procedures. Recognized for advanced practice skills, awarded advanced clinical ladder (with honorarium) 2007. 

Recipient of Hospital Safety award. Past chair of multidisciplinary shared governance education council. Task Force leader of work redesign initiative for self directed teams. Developer of unit based first assistant training guidelines. Co-creator of competency measurement and monitoring tools. Active preceptor, mentor and training resource for staff development and training.

Special Projects coordinator, developer of departmental clinical portal site and provider of custom information technology solutions for clinical practice needs. Member of search and implementation team in conversion of St. Thomas' surgical services department to 'Ipath -> Centricity' perioperative information systems.  Project involvement with Cerner's Surginet system, member of Surginet SIG Special Interest Group. Familiar with PAC imaging, ISS networking, Lawson Enterpise Management Systems and Oracle Database infrastructures.


Nurse Manager ICU/Telemetry, Nursing Supervisor, Staff Nurse PACU, OR, ER

Castle Medical Center

Six years as Head Nurse / Team Leader / Educator over staff of 70 manning an 8 bed ICU and 16 bed Telemetry Unit. Responsiblities included staff hiring, development and evaluation; budget management, capital requests, clinical oversight of a  multimillion dollar rennovation project, and successfull facilitation of two "ding-free" JCAHO Surveys.

Four years as OR, PACU,ER staff nurse and part time Hospital Nursing Supervisor.


Nurse Manager Cardiovascular ICU

Queens Medical Center

Manager over high paced 14 Bed Post Open Heart SICU.


ICU Educator/Clinician

Kuakini Medical Center

Staff Nurse and Educator for 8 Bed MICU and Instructor or Critical Care Training Course


ICU Staff Nurse

Staff Nurse 10 bed Open Heart SICU and ICU course instructor.


Lynn Schlisner

Judy Melin

Robert M Weiss




Conferral June 2007



Project Portfolio


Software Applications
Expert user of Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access, Front Page, and Expressions.
Stereotactic Guided Image "BrainLab" Surgery
Software and clinical management of BrainLab stereotactic guided image surgery. Responsibilities Include case planning, and intraoperative support.
Web Development and Design
Varied skill levels with asp,, database, SQL queries, cascading style sheets, javascript, multimedia encoding, VBA, AJAX, Sharepoint and silverlight.
Surgical Wound Management
Facile practitioner assisting in orthopedic, general and neurosurgical procedures, including total joints, craniotomies and laproscopic procedures managing complex patient positioning and multi level wound closures.


Protecting Human Subject Research

NIH Certificate #220632

PALS, ACLSI, ATLS, BCLSI Prior Certifications

American Heart Association


CCI Competency and Credentialling Institute

BLS & ACLS Provider

American Heart Association


CCI Competency and Credentialling Institute

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