- De Leon US-TX
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I received my LVN license in 1991 and have experience in ER (10+ years), Med-Surg (2 years), ICU, and Surgery. I received my RN license in June of 2013 and made the transition from an ER LVN to an ER RN. I am currently on my first travel nursing assignment in a busy ER in Kingwood Texas.
I am searching for a travel RN position that will enable me to branch out in my experience and pursue a more well-rounded and balanced nursing career. I have over 24 years of nursing experience and over 26 years in the EMS field. I currently hold an unencumbered compact nursing license and able to travel across the United States.
My interests include spending time with my family which in addition to my wife and kids includes 6 grandsons, 3 of which live within 2 miles of my wife and I and whom we get to see on a regular basis.
When not being led around by our grandkids, we like to travel. We have taken 16 cruises and have gone to places such as the Baltic Sea, the Bahamas, the Eastern and Western Caribbean, the US Virgin Islands, Spain, and Italy. Future cruise destinations include Bermuda, Alaska, Hawaii, and Australia.
I have a strong interest in emergency medicine both in the prehospital and hospital setting. My focus over the last 20 years has centered on the acute phases of injury / illness. In the past, I have been certified in: Prehospital Pediatric Provider Course (PPPC) both as a provider and instructor; CPR instructor; ACLS instructor; EMS instructor / coordinator; and played an instrumental role in the initial Level IV Trauma Center designation at Comanche Hospital where I served as the Trauma Coordinator.
I have coordinated and taught 10 EMT-Basic courses, one EMT-I course, and one EMT-P course. I have served as EMS Director at Comanche EMS and as a field supervisor at Alert Care EMS in Cleburne, Texas, and Southwest EMS in Clifton, Texas. I also held the position of Vice President of Operations for North Texas Medical Transport (NTMT) in Erath County, Texas. As a supervisor and/or director, I ensured that the EMS staff was current in their state required certifications and that CEU's were made available as required by their certification level.
My goal for the near future includes pursuing certification as a CEN.
I am currently working my first travel assignment for American Traveler at Kingwood Medical Center. As an Emergency Room RN, I am responsible for the emergent care of the sick and injured patients placed in my assigned rooms. The Emergency Room is a 29 bed unit recognized for their care of the acute Stroke patient as well as the STEMI patient. The Emergency Room also consists of an additional 6 bed "triage area".
As an ER Nurse (LVN), I assisted the RN and Physician in the care and treatment of the sick and injured. I received my RN license in June, 2013, and continued to work in the ER as a staff RN. In July, 2015, I elected to change my status to PRN in order to pursue my dream of being a travel nurse. The ER is recognized by the Texas Department of State Health Services as a level IV trauma center.
I began my employment with Pafford EMS as a lead paramedic in an EMS station in Clifton, Texas. The Clifton station ran approximately 1,200 calls a month. We were responsible for the care of the sick and injured in the southern part of Bosque County located in Central Texas. I was employed at this station from July 2004 till October 2006.
In October 2006, I transferred to Claremore Oklahoma where I was employed as a lead paramedic in a busy 911 EMS covering Rogers county in the northeastern part of Oklahoma. Our service ran approximately 1,000 calls a month including 911 emergencies and emergent / non-emergent transfers. I was responsible for the direct patient care of the sick and/or injured patient and performed treatments to include, but not limited to, IV access, cardiac monitoring, oxygen therapy, spinal immobilization, medication administration, and ACLS treatments in the event of a cardiopulmonary arrest.
I was mainly responsible for the cleaning, packaging, and sterilization of surgical instruments. In addition, I was utilized as a scrub tech on occasion based on the complexity of the surgery or the amount of scheduled patients. I maintained the supply counts and was responsible for the ordering of supplies.
I completed the LVN to RN transition program receiving my Associate Degree in May, 2013.
In August, 2010, I started at Ranger College in completing my requirements for admission to the LVN to RN transition course. The credits earned included Anatomy and Physiology I and II, Microbiology, Life Span Development, and Medical Terminology.
I took a Pathophysiology class in the Fall of 2011
Post High School College basic courses
I have known Rachel since 1989. I have worked under her as a PCT when she was a charge nurse on the Med Surg unit at Comanche Hospital and as a LVN when she was seeing patients as a NP in the ER.
I have worked on several different occasions with Laquitta since our first encounter in 1992. Most recent, Laquitta and I worked side by side at Comanche County Medical Center ER from 2008 to July of 2015.
I have known Kenneth since 1990 and have worked with him in the past as his peer, his subordinate, and his supervisor.