Cared for cardiology patients with problems such as coronary artery disease, status post myocardial infarction, congestive hearth failure, valvular heart disease, cardiomyopathy, cardiomegaly, and arrhythmias. Patient care included the administration of medication, intravenous therapy, insertion of foley catheters, charting, admitting and discharging patients. Prepared patients for catheterization, percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty, stents, valvuloplasty, electrophysiological study, pacemaker insertion, and open-heart surgery. Patient teaching included cardiac rehabilitation, teaching of scheduled procedures, and medications. Read cardiac monitor strips. Cared for post-catheterization patients. Was in charge of the ward as needed.
Progressive Monitoring Area (step down cardiology unit)
Cared for patients coming from procedures such as percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty, stents, valvuloplasty, electrophysiological study, and pacemaker insertion. Admitted and cared for patients from emergency room that needed to be ruled out for a myocardial infarction, decompensated congestive heart failure, and patients with dangerous arrhythmias that have to be cardioverted. Started and titrated drips such as cardiazem, lidocaine, tridil, and dobutamine. Also, administered intravenous push medications such as lasix, digoxin, cardiazem, and atropine. Charting, teaching, emergency and routine laboratory tests, and complete patient care. Cared for patients on ventilators. Monitor Arterial lines and Central Venous lines.
Cardiothoracic Surgical Ward
Cared for patients that were transferred out of the Cardiothoracic surgical intensive care unit and general surgery. Patient care consisted of caring for chest tubes, drainage tubes, dressing changes, nasogastric tubes, external pacemakers, monitor of cardiac monitors and read strips, administration of intravenous and oral medications, administration of blood and blood products, charting, admitting and discharging patients, patient teaching, and total patient care. Was in charge of ward as needed.
General Surgical Ward
Cared for patients coming from general surgery such as appendectomies, cholecystectomies, hernia repairs, bowel resections, and other. Care included the management of drainage tubes, nasogastric tubes, suction machines, chest tubes, dressing changes, and inserting foley catheters. Administered intravenous and oral medications. Administered blood and blood products. Prepared patients for surgery and admitted patients from surgery. Was in charge of the ward as needed. Patient teaching included medications, dressing changes, and surgical procedures.
1995 to 1997 Cardiac Rehabilitation Coordinator
Coordinated, taught, developed, and scheduled classes for patients in Cardiology, Intensive Cardiac Care Unit, and Cardiothoracic Surgery wards. Scheduled classes with the dietitian and physical rehabilitation therapist. Taught classes to patients and family members, in English and Spanish. These classes were: Signs and Symptoms of a Myocardial Infarction, Medication Class, Anatomy and Physiology of the Heart, and Prevention and Life-style Changes. Assessed and admitted patients to the rehabilitation program. Prepared reading materials for the patients and translated the materials to Spanish.
Intensive Cardiac Care Unit
Floated to ICCU and cared for critical cardiac patients. Care included Swan-Ganz, cardiac output measurements, central venous pressure readings, arterial lines, drainage tubes, dressings, foley catheters, nasogastric tubes, emergency laboratory tests, respirators, weaning patients off the respirators, intravenous therapy, titration of medications such as dopamine, dobutamine, tridil, lidocaine, and others, administration of blood and blood products, charting, patient teaching, and total patient care.
1992 to 1994 Surgical Intensive Care Unit
Patient care consisted of close monitoring of patients and cardiac monitors, recognition and treatment of cardiac arrhythmias, pulmonary artery pressure, cardiac output, central venous pressure, arterial line pressure, assisting doctors with the insertion of central lines and other procedures. Cared for patients on mechanical ventilators and weaned patients off the ventilators. Monitored arterial blood gases. Administration of intravenous therapy, titration of medications such as dopamine, dobutamine, lidocaine, nitroglycerine, insulin, and heparin drip. Monitored laboratories. Administered blood and blood products. Insertion of nasogastric tubes, foley catheters, percutaneous nephrostomy tubes, followed hospital protocols. Charting, patient and family teaching, admitted and discharged patients.