Registered nurse with 18 years of nursing experience in a variety of roles. Specializing in Behavioral Health for the majority of my career with Team Leadership as a Charge Nurse, Nursing Educator and involvement in achieving JCI and JCAHO Certification in different facilities.
Tianjin International School
5/2014 – present
-volunteering and substitute teaching
Tianjin United Family Hospital (TJU)
Tianjin, China Nursing Educator/ Mental Health Educator August 2012--May 2014
-Established and created the education system at TJU with a focus on international standards in compliance with JCI standards.
-Educated and Trained Chinese nurses to achieve expected competencies which focused on clinical nursing concepts and skills.
-Created education that included appropriate and international standards for all staff including nursing and other front line staff.
-Developed coursework that was taught and the corresponding curriculum to accompany coursework. Topics include but are not limited to Physical Assessment, Mental Health and Well Being, cultural diversity and leadership/team building.
-Resource to the entire nursing team and medical staff in areas that required an English speaker.
-Assisted in developing the Mental Health Education and Support component at TJU.
-Creation of a quiet room for patients to process and/or meet with staff in private.
-Provided one to one and couples counseling as requested.
-Acted as mental health liaison for any inpatients.
CHIPP Psychiatric Nurse/Franklin/Fulton Counties MHMR
Franklin/Fukton Counties Pennsylvania
August 2006--June 2012
-Psychiatric nurse consultant for the counties to provide support and education to our community.
-Proided daily interaction with individuals who are no longer required to be inpatient but require extra community support.
-Responsibilities include medication education, wellness groups, coping/living skills education, and socialization. I aid the psychiatrist with treatment teams, medication monitoring.
-Maintained a sample supply cabinet and distribution of sample medications in compliance with PA regulations and in coordination with local agencies.
-Conducted programming at the local Clubhouse/Day Center for Mental Health consumers as well as the Psych Rehab facility and the local Senior Housing Center.
-Coordinated care with the psychiatrist, primary care and case management as needed to encourage compliance in all aspects of physical and mental health needs.
-Completed necessary authorizations as well as nursing assessments on a prn basisin order to minimize lapses in care or returns to is ute settings.
-Provided injectables on an as needed basis for those in between providers or in the jail diversion program.
-Organized and established private practice (psychiatry) in conjunction with a local psychiatrist.
-Facilitated care of Suboxone patients who were either in the County funded program or were part of the Jail Diversion/Day Reporting Center.
-Provided support for billing regarding all programs involved with.
Staff Nurse, Ludwick Laser/Surgical Center
March 2010 to June 2012 (relief position)
-Preformed pre, intra and post op care of patients who are receiving cataract and glaucoma surgeries.
-Experience included IV insertion, drop administration and eye lid prep.
-Intra surgical care eperince included mixing solutions used during surgery, providing drops during surgery as needed as well as assisting with ECP (glaucoma) treatments.
-Post Op care include monitoring of vital signs, drop administration and discharge instructions as well as follow up phone calls after they have left the surgical center.
-Documentation completed per standard surgical unit regulations.
Staff Nurse, Chambersburg Hospital, Behavioral Health and Medical Surgical Units
October 1997 to January 2007
-Experience included acting charge RN, medication passes, physical treatments/wound care, involved in interdisciplinary Treatment Team meetings, development and implementation of Care Plans, Group/Individual/Family Sessions including medication education, coping skills and diabetic education. -Duties also included rounding with the physicians, receiving and follow through of verbal orders. PACU training for ECT. -Documentation as per protocols for compliance of JCAHO and Department of Health Standards
Associate Professor, Hagerstown Community College
September 2004 through June 2006.
-Intructor for Senior Level Psychiatric and Medical/Surgical Nursing including the practicum sessions at participating local hospitals.
-Provided academic counseling for students.
-Part of the team that formulated and implemented a new curriculum to reflect current nursing practice.
-Part of the team of instructors that for the time of tenure had a 95+% pass rate on the NCLEX exam.
Community Health Nurse, Franklin County In Home Services
Franklin County, PA
January 2001 through December 2001.
-Supervised the personal care aids, coordination of care with other departments, and medication education.
-Monitored patient care received and determined the amount of further care to keep them in their homes for as long as possible.
Health Care Coordinator. Alterra
March 2000 through January 2001
-Supervisor of two houses: the Memory Care Unit and the Assisted Living Unit. -Supervised and educated the resident assistants in their daily activities and skills such as medication distribution and de-escalation.
-Performed daily physical assessments on the residents and behavioral assessments of those with specific needs.
-Coordinated care between the physician and the residents to provide the support the residents needed to live a healthy life and reduce the number of hospitalizations.
Home Health Nurse, Summit Home Health. Psychiatric
Franklin, Fulton Counties
October 1999 through April 2000.
-Provided in home counseling to those needing memory care and assistance in medication compliance.
-Provided IV antibiotic therapy, wound management, blood draws and basic physical assessments.
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
Alfred, New York. May 1994
Associates of Applied Science in Nursing
Jamestown Community College
Jamestown, New York. May 1997
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Phoenix
January 2005, G.P.A. 3.61