Jul 2014 - Present
Aug 2001 - May 2014
Registered Respiratory Therapist
My job responsibilities involve evaluating, treating, regular assessments of patients and equipment, and caring for patients with breathing or other cardiopulmonary disorders. My primary responsibility is for all respiratory care therapeutic treatments and diagnostic procedures, including the assimilation of educational materials and processes to the respiratory therapists on my unit. I was a member of the research council and participated with writing respiratory policies and backing them up with evidence based research. I was able to have placed on the National Guideline Clearinghouse a Best Evidence statement on Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) versus high flow nasal cannula (HFNC) in neonatal respiratory distress. (http://www.guideline.gov/content.aspx?id=35118&search=high+flow+nasal+cannula)I also wrote an article (http://www.minoritynurse.com/article/day-life-respiratory-therapist) for minority nurse on “The Day in the Life of a Respiratory Therapist”. At times I served as interim Supervisor when my manager was away. During the implementation of Epic, I was a super user to assist the end users during the transition. My current link involves providing on-site end-user support in the proper navigation and use of complex clinical information systems. I maintain a clinical perspective easily due to my extensive back ground in Respiratory Therapy. This is vital to support the end users with the clinical systems and technology that is integrated with a patient safety focus. I also serve as an advocate for the clinical end-users regarding computerized patient care documentation. I am responsible for on-site user assistance with system navigation and troubleshooting of clinical application software. I model proper use of clinical information systems in a way that ensures quality patient care outcomes while integrating my clinical knowledge base. I communicate system updates, changes, and new functionality to users throughout the medical center. Assist end users with log in and/or establish work-around for issues where needed, and follow-up with both the end-users and third-level support to ensure that the issue is resolved utilizing clinical, critical-thinking skills. I model excellent customer service behavior, including suitable and active follow-up with customers.
Aug 1991 - Aug 2001
Registered Respiratory Therapist
I primarily tested patients for lung abnormalities, assessed, treated, and cared for patients with breathing disorders. I assumed the responsibility for all respiratory care modalities, including training respiratory therapy students. I initiated and conducted therapeutic procedures, maintained patient records, as well as selected, assembled, checked, and operated equipment, set up and monitored ventilator equipment, helped patients with rehabilitative exercises, and the measuring of patients lung capacity.
Dec 1986 - Sep 1991
Certified Respiratory Therapist
I worked in emergency situations from injury or illness. I also worked in ongoing treatment programs for patients with breathing disorders, such as emphysema.
Oct 2006 - Dec 2008
Bachelor of Health Science
Northern Kentucky University
Sep 1984 - Jun 1987
· A member of the Mapleson Task Force Group/ Implementing standards across CCHMC for the uniform use of maplesons
· A member of the Tiny Baby focus Group/ In th NICU--a multidisciplinary group that is dedicated to improving the care and outcomes of our extremely low birth weight infants. Our first focus was to optimize the respiratory care of these infants.infants. Epic-Superuser Class to assist with endusers application of PPOC.
· NICU Respiratory Educator
· Member of the Respiratory Research Council
· Assisted with UC medical students simulation class
· Member of the NIDCAP committee/ NIDCAP Certified
· Respiratory NICU Safety Coach/
· My role as an Educator for the Respiratory Department/ assist with new hire orientation presentation on the role of NICU Respiratory Therapist.
· Epic-Superuser Class to assist with the endusers application of PPOC
· Instructor for Respiratory Blitz
· Lecture R2K2 Respiratory Therapist's in the NICU
· Presented at Journal Club
· An associate NRP instructor
American Association of Respiratory Care
Over 20 years of hands-on healthcare experience based on the foundation of an Associates degree in Respiratory Therapy. I completed my Bachelor's in Health Science in December 2008 at Northern Kentucky University. I am committed to the highest level of excellence through achievement as a respected Therapist who leads by example. Excellent decision-making and problem-solving skills developed while meeting the challenge of the constantly fluctuating demands within the healthcare environment.