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Nursing Philosophy

My view of nursing has been in a state of fluidity throughout my career. I have continually reinvented it as my experience grows. It is no different now as I begin to take on the challenge of becoming an APRN. Practicing as an APRN carries with it the responsibility of promoting evidence-based practice. The nursing profession requires EBP as a foundational component to provide the most effective care to our patients. To me the APRN is the change agent for our profession in ensuring that EBP serves as the basis for all aspects of nursing care. I often envision APRNs as the “commanders in the field” providing tactical guidance by way of EBP. I feel it is important for me to never lose sight of the fact that we as nurses, no matter our level of education, must always put the care of our patients first.

Work History

May 2016Present

Clinical Nurse Specialist

99 Medical Group Nellis AFB, NV
April 2014May 2016

Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Student 

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences 

Student, Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AG-CNS) program Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS), Bethesda, MD; Actively learn and participate in the educational process as an Advanced Practice Nurse

July 2006April 2014

Nurse Manager Surgical Specialty Services/Informatics Officer 

88th Medical Group Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 

Provided expert perioperative nursing care in twelve-room suite. Served as daily operations officer, manager of surgical specialty services, and informatics officer/scheduler.

July 2003July 2006

Flight Nurse/Crew Management Cell Officer

375th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, Scott AFB, IL 

Aeromedical Evacuation medical authority providing critical nursing care for up to 50 patients during peacetime and contingencies; Supervisor for four AE crew members on 120 missions/yr; Air Operations Flight training manager and unit ACLS instructor.

July 2000July 2003

Clinical Nurse Cardiothoracic and Vascular Services 

81st Medical Group, Keesler AFB, MS 

Performed perioperative nursing care for cardiothoracic and vascular services as well as twelve other specialties in a nine-room surgical suite; Assistant nurse manager for cardiothoracic/vascular and ophthalmology services; Provided frequent manning-assist to Post Anesthesia Care Unit.

May 1999June 2000

Staff Nurse 

Lutheran Hospital of Indiana 

Responsible for patient care on the cardiothoracic/vascular and transplant team; assistant to anesthesia providers with placement of hemodynamic monitoring devices; conscious sedation nurse.

Education

April 2014May 2016

MSN

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences 
September 1994December 1998

BSN

Wright State University

Academic Transcripts

Evidence-Based Practice

Clinical Inquiry Project

Honors and Awards

Certifications

Oct 2013Oct 2018

Certification for Professional Achievement in Perioperative Practice

Competency & Credentialing Institute

Professional Organizations

Member Association of periOperative Registered Nurses

Continuing Education Products

AORN Webinar

CNS Spheres of Influence - Patient Sphere

Roles: Expert Clinician, Educator, Researcher (implementation of Evidence-Based Practices)

CNS Spheres of Influence - Nursing Practice Sphere

Role: Educator, Consultant, Researcher (implementation of Evidence-Based Practices)

CNS Spheres of Influence - Organization/System Sphere

Roles: Consultant, Educator, Researcher (implementation of Evidence-Based Practices), Leader

Conducted systems-based audits in the following organizational areas. Prepared and presented executive summaries to organizational leadership on findings, and recommended practice improvement initiatives.

Presentations

Evidence-based Presentations

Military Achievements

Dates of Rank:

Second Lieutenant: 1999

First Lieutenant: 2001

Captain: 2003

Major: 2011

Supportive Documents