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Certifications

Work experience

Feb 2016Present

RN - Cardiology

University of Vermont Medical Center
Jan 2000Jan 2016

IV RN (2000-present) and Vascular Access Educator (from 2006-2014)

Fletcher Allen Health Care
  • Designed and implemented hospital vascular access education and competency assessment programs for MDs and RNs, including peripheral IV insertion, ultrasound guided PICC insertion with modified seldinger technique, central line care and maintenance, and quality/safety issues. 
    • Developed hospital vascular access policy, coordinated product evaluations, provided vascular access presentations for hospital and related offices.
    • Assisted with development of vascular access area of electronic health record.
    • Performed regular case reviews for Infection Control, Risk Management, and Quality Departments.
    • Professional Presentations:
      • Vascular Access Matters
      • Infiltration and Extravasation (for pediatric nurses)
      • Neuropathology of Vascular Access Injury (national conference presentation)
      • Peripheral Ultrafiltration: Implications for Vascular Access (national conference presentation)
  • Committees  
    • Professional Nursing Education Council – past member, past chair 
    • Professional Nursing Coordination Council - past member, past chair
    • Central Line Simulation Curriculum Development and Ongoing Training - Vascular Access member trainer
      • for medical students and residents
      • for nurse observers
    • Infection Prevention
      • past CLABSI committee member
      • Quarterly Infection Prevention Committee member
    • Evidence Based Practice Committee
    • Quality
      • past Central Line FMEA: Co-lead Coordinator with Home Infusion Lead
      • past Central Line Rapid Redesign: Member
      • past Intra-osseus Access Committee: Co-Lead
    Dec 2008Present

    Owner

    Vermont Vascular Access, LLC

    Vascular Access Services and Consulting

    Provide individual and institutional vascular access inservicing, policy reviews and recommendations, expert legal case review, and PICC placement using ultrasound guidance, modified seldinger technique, and current standards of bundling practices.Will also train qualified individuals in peripheral IV and PICC insertion.

    Nov 2010Aug 2016

    Vice President - Health Care

    AFT-Vermont

    I serve on the board of our AFT State Federation, and collaborate with other state AFT locals and state organizations.

    State Appointments:

    • Governor's Blue Ribbon Commission on the Future of Nursing (completed)
    • Health Care Reform Consumer Advisory Council (completed)
    • Green Mountain Care Board Advisory Council (2nd term)
    Sep 2010Dec 2014

    President

    Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals

    From September 2010 to December 2014, I lead our union of ~ 2,000 healthcare professionals at Fletcher Allen Health Care, a Level I Trauma and Academic Medical Center in Burlington, Vermont.  Organized since 2002 , our collective strength and focus on patient safety and quality care has  improved staffing, patient care, and working conditions.  Our members are active in the community from free health screening clinics to providing disaster relief and financial assistance in Haiti or our own communities and region after Hurricane Irene and Hurricane Sandy, to guiding health care legislation through our statehouse as topic experts and champions.

    www.vfnhp.org

    Publications

    “What Would Joan Do?”; Advance for Nurses, September 8th, 2008; Feature Article on Horizontal Violence

    19881992

    Staff RN and Charge RN Medical Surgical

    Copley Hospital

    • Recognized as pt. advocate for policy change re: venipuncture
    • Member Physician-Nurse Collaborative Practice Committee
    • Library/Research Committee
    19921998

    Assistant Director of Nursing

    Greensboro Nursing Home
    • Facility Infection Control Nurse
    • Staff Supervisor and Educator
    • Trained RN’s, LPN’s, and LNA’s
    • RN’s and LPN’s: technical equipment, peripheral IV insertion and venipuncture lab sampling, assessment skills
    • Supervised managed, and taught laboratory and phlebotomy procedures
    • Developed curriculum for and taught 2 week Mindfulness Based Hospice Trainings for staff, residents, and Greensboro community members
    19971999

    Psychiatric Nurse and Activity Therapist

    Behavioral Health Center, CVMC

    Education

    Sep 1985May 1988

    Associates

    Vermont College of Nursing

    Awards:

    • Magna Cum Laude
    • Ruby Carr Award for Highest Academic Record
    • Betsy Carter Award for Superior Clinical Skills and Compassion
    Sep 1977May 1982

    Bachelor of Science

    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

    Portfolio

    “What Would Joan Do?”; Advance for Nurses, September 8th, 2008; Feature Article on Horizontal Violence http://nursing.advanceweb.com/Article/What-Would-Joan-Do-1.aspx

    Interest

    Buddhism - led dharma center in Montpelier for several years.

    Music (making, and listening)

    Outdoor Activities

    Homesteading (gardening-food and medicinal crops, laying hens)

    Travel - have traveled extensively in India, Africa and many other countries.  Worked for 2 months as an RN with the Vermont Global Village Project in a village in Ghana, West Africa.  Coordinated 2 Buddhist Pilgrimages in India for a Tibetan Buddhist Lama.

    Organized medical teams to deploy every week for 6 months after January, 2010 earthquake in Haiti, and led 1st two teams on the ground.

    Member of Team Vermont, a group of medical professionals providing triage and medical care in Lesbos Greece to refugees fleeing Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq (January, 2016).

    I live in the Green Mountains with my husband in a completely off-the-grid (solar, wind) home that we built together.

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    AWARDS

    • Edward B. French award for clinical excellence (awarded by physicians, Copley Hospital)
    • Sigma Theta Tau-Kappa Tau Nursing Excellence Award for Practice and Administration