Assistant Director of Nursing/Staff Development Coordinator
Fahrney-Keedy Home and Village
Provide assistance to the Director of Nursing in the oversight and management of the nursing units, licensed and unlicensed staff as well as the daily care and safety for the residents of the facility. Assistance and oversight in the nursing department budget. Organize and evaluate the educational needs for associates in the nursing department as well as other interdisciplinary team members and departments. Routine observation of the day to day operations within the facility to ensure all areas of the facility maintain state and federal regulatory requirements. Plan and assist in implementation of Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement initiatives. Provide guidance and education to associates that are not meeting required expectations of job performance. Received Infection Control Practioner certification in 2012. After certification received, planned and implemented the restructure of the Infection Control program within the nursing department to include; the hiring and use of an Infectious Disease Physician as a consulting doctor, the development and use of an antibiotic stewardship program and the assistance in implementing a telemed program within the facility for infectious disease consultation within the facility. This program development is being used in a collaboration with the Department of Health due to the need for more strict and judicious use of antibiotics and the prevention of health care acquired infections. Currently planning and creating a new program to provide clinical pathways for resident illnesses which is most often utilized in acute care settings.
Jun 2008－Sep 2013
Started as a staff RN on an acute care medical-surgical unit which specialized in the care of urological illnesses and surgical interventions and bariatric surgical patients as well as complications post-surgically. Taught classes to individuals prior to admission for bariatric surgical interventions. Completed assessments, provided medications, reviewed lab and other diagnostic testing and provided physicians with critical information regarding patient conditions. Provided care to a wide variety of adult patients requiring admission to the acute care setting for varied illnesses and surgical interventions. Completed course work and training to work on the Progressive Care Unit which involved patient care for cardiac related issues and surgical interventions. Worked as a staff RN in the emergency department and received specialized education and training to provide emergency care for patients of all age groups. Received ACLS,PALS and EKG certifications during employment. As an emergency room nurse quick and accurate assessment skills were utilized to provide immediate and essential care of emergent illnesses and needed surgical interventions. Provided patient and family member teaching and discharge planning within each area of care in the acute care setting, evaluated and provided guidance to interdisciplinary team members for needed outpatient care.
Staff LPN, Unit Manager, MDS Assistant, MDS Coordinator
May 2001－Feb 2009
Fahrney-Keedy Home and Village
Entry level position as a staff nurse on the 3-11 shift. Job duties included; medication administration, patient assessment and documentation, change in condition documentation and physician notification. Laboratory and diagnostic testing reviews and notification of physician of results. Supervision of unlicensed staff and assuring the completion and accuracy of care they delivered to the residents. Promoted to Unit Manger position duties included all the above in addition to supervision of licensed staff, completion of required auditing tools and reports, physician rounds and order transcription, participation in family concerns and resolution as well as associate dynamics and problem resolution. Promoted to MDS Assistant, completed state mandated MDS assessments and care plan development and updates according to regulatory requirements and as needed. Completion of data entry and electronic transmission of information to the state within appropriate time frame. Promoted to MDS coordinator duties included all previous expectations and the supervision of the MDS Assistant, scheduled and conducted routine care plan meetings for residents and their families, planned and assisted resident and families with discharge planning, worked closely with other interdisciplinary team members to assure all the residents requests and needs met in accordance with Resident Rights and COMAR regulations, monthly billing for skilled residents and MMDS assessments, developed and maintained routine and skilled resident MDS assessment schedule, communication with multiple insurance companies in relation to covered benefits. As the MDS coordinator it was required that as a nurse manager, on-call assistance to nursing staff was required on a routine basis, also provided guidance and assistance to licensed and unlicensed staff to maintain state and federal regulatory requirements.