Sandra Echgelmeier

Summary

A registered nurse with 13 years experience in the fields of Acute care, Behavioral Health, Substance abuse and medical detox treating patients in various settings.  Some of these settings include medical detox in a free standing facility as well as an acute care facility, inpatient psychiatric facility and Partial Hospitalization Programs both on the East and West Coast of Florida. 

Eight years of supervisory experience gives me the ability to both work with little or no supervision, and as a supportive team member. For the last several years working with the elderly and those afflicted with Alzheimers has given me added experience in that area.

Work History

Work History
Jan 2003 - Oct 2010

Charge nurse

Riverside Behavioral Center, Charlotte Reagional Medical Center

Riverside Behavioral Center is a Baker Act Receiving facility and is part of Charlotte Regional Medical Center. Functioning in the charge nurse role with five years supervisory experience.  Able to identify problems and recommend solutions.  Maintains a supportive working relationship with coworkers, physicians, and others as shown by productivity, teamwork, and interpersonal relations.

Able to interpret age specific data.  Knowledge of population specific assessment, recognizing psychological levels and developmental patterns.  Able to provide for population specific appropriate stimulation and learning needs. Able to accurately administer medications and monitor side effects.  Able to develop therapeutic relationships with patients and families.  Skilled in preparing and maintaining appropriate medical record documentation. Provides and supervises direct and indirect care to patients utilizing the nursing process and according to the philosophies, policies and procedures, and nursing standards of care set by CRMC/RBC, Florida Department of Children and Families, Florida Mental Health Act, and JCAHO.  Ensures safe patient care, while maintaining effictive communication and unit efficiency.  Float charge on dual diagnosis/detox unit and adult psychiatric units.

May 2001 - Aug 2001

Program Nurse, Outpatient/Partial hospitalization

http://www.Atlanticshoreshospital.com

Outpatient/Partial Hospitalization program nurse responsible for admissions, assessments and treatment of patients, new admissioins and transfers from inpatient care. Providing psycho-education and treatment planning.   Skilled in preparing and maintaining medical documentation and communicating progress and/or needs of client with appropriate personnel while maintaining patient confidentiality.  Worked closely with physician and team members helping to determine continued care, need of community services, crisis intervention and/or readmission to inpatient care.

Mar 2001 - May 2001

Staff RN, Medical Detoxification

Memorial Regional Hospital South

Staff nurse medical detox - Admission assessment, assessment of withdrawal signs and symptoms and care of patients on medical detox unit.  Worked closely with team members and physicians to determie clients progress on a daily basis.Able to accurately administer medications and monitor side effects.  Utilizes critical thinking skills, monitoring patients for seizure activity, with the ability to think and act in crisis situations.Able to develope and maintain therapeutic relationship with patients and families.  Skilled in preparing and maintaining medical documentation including plan of care and discharge planning.  Transcribes verbal and written physicians orders ensuring orders are carried out in a timely fashion.

1999 - 2000

Registered Nurse

Southwest Florida Addiction Services

Charge nurse free standing medical detox - Responsible to DON for all clients and staff members, also responsible for overseeing nightly twelve step meetings open to the public, ensuring patient safety.  Clinical responsibilities include phone assessments determining medical need for detox, walk-in clients with a need for detox and referrals from law enforcement.Intake assessment, assessment for withdrawal signs and symptoms and/or need for hospital clearance, medicate for s/s of withdrawl, seizure precautions and vital signs.  Use of CIWA protocol in determining severity of symptoms and medicating as needed.  Reporting to physician any complications, transcribe and carry out orders, document progress, ensure safety and confidentiality of clients, work with team members to determine discharge planning and discharge of patient.

Apr 1998 - Oct 1998

Critical Care Services, RN

Staff nurse, Critical Care Services - Floor nurse on Progressive Care Unit.  Responsible for nursing care of patients on telemetry with cardiac and respiratory illnesses also step down from ICU for trauma.

Admissions, administer medications, IM,IV,administer blood and blood products, carry out physicians orders, documentation, treatment plans, ability to read and interpret monitors, critical thinking, phlebotomy, discharge planning and communication skills.

Education

Education

Associates Degree

Edison State College

Certifications

Certifications

Aggression Control Techniques

Riverside Behavioral Center

Introduction to Addictions

Southwest Florida Addiction Services

Medical Detoxification Documentation

The Watershed Treatment Program

Critical Care Course, lecture and clinical

Lee Memorial Health Systems