Summary

An enthusiastic and dedicated Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with proven success over 5 years of nursing experience and a passion for promotion of mental health.  Recognized for being a charismatic and persuasive role model who enjoys leadership by sharing up-to-date evidence-based practices and inspiring peers to practice to the extent of their scope.  Clinical experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings and trained in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of psychiatric, substance use, and co-occurring disorders.  Provide medication management and individual and group psychotherapy.  Can be counted on to be an adaptable and flexible team player with whom peers enjoy working.  Have a good sense of humor and like to create positives out of challenging situations.  An empathetic listener who likes work activities which assist others and promote recovery and personal development.  Enjoy having knowledge challenged and committed to the advancement of the mental healthcare professions.  

  Sound Clinical Judgment    Cultural Competence    Positive Attitude    Calm Professional Image

Education

Education

Work History

Work History
Oct 2011 - Present

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse

Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center; October 2011-March 2013;       January 2015-present
  • Integrate principles of Trauma Informed and Recovery Based Care effecting a shift in approaches and attitudes toward behavioral health care services delivery resulting in elimination of seclusion and 50% reduction in use of restraints over the past 2 years, with ultimate goal of elimination of restraints
  • Facilitate recovery by instilling hope and drawing on existing resources and inherent value of each individual
  • Nurture a safe and therapeutic milieu by promoting open communication between patients and staff
  • Collaborate with psychiatrists and the interdisciplinary health care team in the assessment, treatment, discharge planning, and coordination of patient care along the care continuum resulting in smoother transition between levels of care
  • Strengthen the organization’s mission to educate and disseminate knowledge by serving as a professional role model to students and by coaching nurse residency group
  • Strengthen the nurse-patient relationship through teaching, counseling, and therapeutic group processes
  • Apply the nursing process to the plan of care of psychiatric patients based upon research, scholarship, and best practices
  • Advanced collaboration and self-governance by participating on departmental Practice Council and organizational Magnet Committee
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of benefits, interactions, and potential side-effects of psychotherapeutic medications and make clinical decisions around administration of PRN medications prudently, sensitively, and ethically
  • Increase patient satisfaction by incorporating patient values, beliefs, and cultural preferences into care planning

Mar 2013 - Dec 2014

Medical Information Specialist - Substance Abuse

Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals (now Indivior PLC)
  • Evaluated up-to-date research for objectivity and scientific rigor and disseminated accurate medical information related to Suboxone (buprenorphine/naloxone) and opioid dependence to health care providers
  • Exceeded service levels and targets in the delivery of clear, balanced, and authoritative clinical, scientific, and treatment information
  • Facilitated safe and effective opioid use disorder treatment by providing support for healthcare professionals in the appropriate and prudent use of Suboxone
  • Increased patient access to treatment and reduced stigma around substance use and co-occurring disorders through appropriate referrals and disease education
  • Improved systems and policies to ensure regulatory compliance and reported with 100% accuracy adverse event data to the drug safety and quality assurance departments within required timeframe
  • Coordinated enhanced medical information support to our Canadian colleagues by employing excellent communication and interpersonal skills in written and spoken French and English
May 2010 - Oct 2011

Clinical Nurse - Neurology

Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center
  • Delivered presentation on clinical care of patients with non-epileptic seizures before an audience of nurse leaders that resulted in redesign of interventions with enhancement of population-specific quality of care, reduction of stigma, and appropriate mental health referral
  • Improved nursing documentation compliance by leading Quality Assurance Committee
  • Prioritized care and demonstrated effective organizational, educational, and critical thinking skills to a specific caseload of patients
  • Exemplified clinical leadership in the performance of charge responsibilities and appropriate delegation of care-related services to members of the nursing care team
  • Strengthened hospital’s position for successful ANCC Magnet Recognition Program re-designation by representing unit and nurse resident group during onsite visit by appraisers

 Additional work history (non-healthcare) available upon request

Licensure and Certifications

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified (PMHNP-BC), ANCC 

Certified Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry (with prescriptive privilege), New York State 

Registered Professional Nurse, New York State

BLS for Healthcare Providers

Interpersonal Psychotherapy Level A Clinician, IPT Institute

Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Beck Institute

Professional Organizations

American Nurses Association

American Psychiatric Nurses Association; Addictions Council, SAMHSA Recovery-to-Practice participant

Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing

Community Volunteer Activities

Public Health - Richmond City Health District Volunteer Reserve Corps

Patient Care -  Jewish General Hospital, Montreal, QC, Canada

HIV Prevention - AIDS Community Care Montreal, Montreal QC, Canada