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Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Nursing, Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Gerentology, Psychiatric Mental Health, Board Certified Emergency Nurse, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Basic Life Support, Advanced Trauma

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Education:

Columbia University, New York, NY
School of Professional Studies
Narrative Medicine Certificate
Anticipated May, 2021

Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions
Addictions Certificate for Health Care Professionals
Anticipated August, 2020

Northern Kentucky University, Covington, KY
Post-Master’s Certificate, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (across the lifespan)
Awarded in December, 2015

West Virginia University School of Medicine Emergency Medicine Certificate Program
Awarded in December, 2011

Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Post-Master’s Certificate, Family Nurse Practitioner
Awarded in April, 2008

Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Master’s Degree in Nursing, Nurse Educator Specialty
Awarded in August, 2006

Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Cum Laude
Awarded in December, 2005

Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Doctor of Philosophy in Higher Education
With Community College Teaching Certificate
Awarded in May, 2004
Dissertation Title: Conditions that Facilitate or Impede the Implementation of Distance Learning Components into Traditional, Campus-Bound Master’s Degree Curricula in Nursing

Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Master of Arts in English
Awarded in August, 1991

Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Bachelor of Science in Political Science and English
Awarded in April, 1989

Certification & Licensure:

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse:
State of Florida Board of Nursing
State of Georgia Board of Nursing
State of Virginia Board of Nursing
State of Tennessee Board of Nursing
State of Arkansas Board of Nursing
State of Mississippi Board of Nursing
State of Arizona Board of Nursing
State of North Carolina Board of Nursing
Family Nurse Practitioner, Board Certified (FNP-BC), American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), July 2008 – 2023
Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, Board Certified (GNP-BC), American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), April 2011-2021
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), January 2019 – 2024
DEA, Expire October 31, 2019
SAMHSA Medication Assisted Therapy (MAT) Waiver training (24 credit hours) – in process for application for suboxone therapy waiver
Board Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN), February 2010 – 2014
Pediatric Advanced Life Support, July 2008 – May 2020
American Heart Association Basic Life Support, July 2003-March 2021
Neonatal Resuscitation Program, American Academy of Pediatrics, September 2005-July 2010
Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support, September 2006-August 2020
Advanced Trauma Life Support, July 2010-December 2021
Certified Infant Massage Instructor, International Association of Infant Massage, 1996 through Present
Certified Breastfeeding Educator, 1996 through present
Certified Nurse Educator (CNE), National League for Nursing, April 2012 – December 2017

Honors: Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing

Continuing Education:Available upon request

Employment:

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
NES Health, Valley View Medical Center, Fort Mohave, AZ
Emergency Department
October 2017 – present
Advanced Practice Clinician in the Emergency Department working in conjunction with the physician in the same Emergency Dept.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
Advanced Practice Clinician Solutions, LLC
January 2011 – present
Providing both primary care/psychiatric services in contract with corporations/individuals in an outpatient setting as well as expert legal nurse consulting for attorneys representing both plaintiffs and defendants. Some of the primary care/psychiatric services include complete physical exams for patients and employees as required by JCAHO, medication management (psychiatric and medical), and management of acute and chronic health issues including clinics in Arkansas to include 5 Residential (Jonesboro, AR) and Eaglecrest (Bentonville, AR), both of which are sober living facilities for clients in recovery from substance abuse disorder and/or alcohol abuse disorder.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
ApolloMD, St Francis Hospital Memphis, TN & St Francis Hospital Bartlett, TN
Emergency Departments
January 2017 – present (PRN status now)
Solo practitioner in the “fast track” area of the Emergency Department as well as providing care to patients in the main Emergency Department in conjunction with one of the Emergency Department physicians.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
TeamHealth, NEA Baptist Jonesboro, AR; Baptist Tipton Hospital, Covington, TN; Baptist Memorial Crittenden, West Memphis, AR
Emergency Department
March 2017 – present (PRN status now)
Solo practitioner in the “fast track” area of the Emergency Department as well as providing care to patients in the main Emergency Department in conjunction with one of the Emergency Department physicians.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
Schumacher Clinical Partners, Forrest City Medical Center Forrest City, AR
Emergency Department
March 2017 – June 2018
Advanced practice provider in the Emergency Department working in conjunction with a physician.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) & Continuing Education Director
South Georgia Emergency Medicine Associates Archbold Memorial Hospital, Thomasville, GA October 2012 – March 2017
Provide care to patients in the main Emergency Department in conjunction with one of the Emergency Department physicians. Alerts all providers in the group (MD, DO, PA-C & NP) regarding educational opportunities, updates regarding required certifications for work in the Department (ACLS/PALS/NRP/BLS), and educates providers regarding new information pertinent to the practice of emergency medicine through emails and one-on-one or group discussions.

Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner
Titan Emergency Group, then EmCare
Capital Regional Medical Center, Tallahassee, FL,
Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, Ft. Walton Beach, FL West Florida Hospital, Pensacola, FL
August 2008 – January 2015
Solo practitioner in the “fast track” area of the Emergency Department as well as providing care to patients in the main Emergency Department in conjunction with one of the Emergency Department physicians, working in Geriatric/Senior Emergency Dept (Capital Regional Medical Center) and also Pediatric Emergency Dept (Capital Regional Medical Center and Fort Walton Beach MC) and Psychiatric-specific Emergency Dept (Fort Walton Beach MC and West Florida Hospital).

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)
Southland Medical Hospitalist Group
Archbold Memorial Hospital, Thomasville, GA
June 2013 – June 2014
Hospitalist Nurse Practitioner working mainly in the Emergency Department for admissions to the Hospitalist service but also answering nurses’ calls for medical-surgical floor and intermediate care patients. Performed admission history and physical assessment; formulated a plan of care for the patient upon admission including diagnostic, radiologic and laboratory tests as well as medication and therapeutic plans of care (dietary, physical/respiratory/occupational therapy, and specialists’ consults) as needed.

Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner Tallahassee Orthopedic Clinic, Tallahassee, FL April 2010 – May 2013
Solo clinical provider for Dr. Thomas Park in remote spine outpatient clinics (Perry & Marianna, FL and Bainbridge, GA). Also, responsible for working with Dr. Park as his Surgical Assistant in orthopedic surgeries (primarily spinal surgeries) and assisting the same physician in seeing and treating new or current/previous patients of Tallahassee Orthopedic Clinic in acute care settings as needed. Responsibilities also include consulting with other health care professionals regarding patient care, performing any other treatments or procedures required as education/training permits, consulting with and/or referral to collaborative physicians as required, and consulting immediately with a physician concerning any acute life-threatening conditions or at any time as needed. Also, the NP documents patient encounters within the medical record so that any level of service billed to the patient, government or third-party payer is documented accurately and is consistent with guidelines established by the community and governmental agencies.
Maintains strict patient confidentiality as established by law and the ethical directives of the practitioners’ specialty.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN)
Chief Advanced Practice Provider
Bulldog Emergency Medical Services
Louis Smith Memorial Hospital, Lakeland, GA
January 2011 – January 2013
Solo practitioner in the Emergency Department as well as provided coverage for hospital admissions/transfers to the acute care facility for this Critical Access Hospital in Lakeland, GA. Worked with on-call physicians to provide comprehensive patient care for patients seen and treated in the Emergency Department. Maintained the schedule for the group and functioned as a liaison with hospital management and nursing with providers in the group in the absence of the Medical Director.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Member
Education Subcommittee Member
Florida Board of Nursing, Tallahassee, FL
March 2010 – July 2013
Board of Nursing members, who are gubernatorial
appointees, share authority with the Florida Department of Health for developing rules for licensure, establishing exams, setting fees, establishing guidelines for discipline, reducing the unlicensed practice of nursing, and imposing discipline on nurses found to have violated the State Nurse Practice Act. Board of Nursing members in conjunction with the State of Florida Health Care Practitioner Regulation also evaluate applications for licensure and examination, conduct board meetings, administer policy and determine probable cause in disciplinary actions, issue final orders in imposing discipline, review and approve continuing education providers and courses, and prepare electronic newsletters and other communications for licensees and other interested parties.

Assistant Professor, Family Nurse Practitioner Program Adjunct Faculty, RN-BSN Program
Nursing Department
Albany State University, Albany, Georgia
May 2011 – Spring 2015 (Adjunct)
Responsible for teaching various graduate and undergraduate courses in an online format, including Advanced Pathophysiology, Primary Care of Adults, Medical Terminology, and Health Assessment. Also responsible for advising graduate and undergraduate students and participating in faculty and departmental committees.

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Southland Emergency Medical Services Berrien County Hospital, Nashville, GA January 2010 – October 2013
Solo practitioner in the Emergency Department as well as providing coverage for hospital admissions/transfers to an acute care facility for this Critical Access Hospital in Nashville, GA. Admitting patients to the on-site geriatric-psychiatric unit with initial history/physical exam and rounding as needed in that specific unit.

Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner Tallahassee Pulmonary Clinic, Tallahassee, FL
October 2008 – October 2009 (PRN)
Responsible for the practice of managing the health care of clients who are new or current/previous patients of the Tallahassee Pulmonary Clinic in acute care settings.

Adjunct Faculty, Division of Nursing, Tallahassee Community College, Tallahassee, FL May 2009 – December 2009
Responsible for didactic and clinical instruction to ADN generic students in Medical-Surgical nursing (Adult Health 1) and clinical instruction in Adult Health 2. Acts as a liaison between Tallahassee Community College Division of Nursing and Capital Regional Medical Center, facilitating and coordinating student orientation and clinical schedules. Clinical areas of instruction include Medical Telemetry and Cardiac Step-Down/Progressive Care Units.

Assistant Professor, Division of Nursing, Thomas University, Thomasville, GA August 2007 – August 2008
Responsible for teaching online and hybrid courses in the MSN and RN-to-BSN programs. Responsible for teaching Nursing Informatics (Fall 2006, 2007), Nursing Research (Spring 2007, 2008), Nursing Leadership (Spring 2007), Curriculum Design & Development in Nursing Education (Summer 2007), Teaching Strategies in Nursing Education (Fall 2007), and supervising nursing administration and nursing education graduate student internships for the MSN program (Fall 2007). Responsible for teaching Advanced Pathophysiology for Clinical Decision-Making (Summer 2007), Women’s Health Issues (Summer 2007), and Community Health and Community Health Practicum (Fall 2007) for the RN-to-BSN program.

Nursing Research Consultant, Evidence-Based Practice Nursing Internship Program
Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, Albany, Georgia
July 2007 – July 2008

Program Director, RN Refresher/Reentry Program Southwest Georgia Technical College, Thomasville, GA September 2006 – July 2007

Instructor, Associate Degree in Nursing
Southwest Georgia Technical College, Thomasville, GA
July 1, 2006 – July 2007
Responsible for didactic and clinical instruction to ADN generic and LPN/RN bridge program students. Course coordinator for
NUR 194 (Medical-Surgical Nursing I), NUR 196 (LPN/RN Transition), and NUR 291 (Maternal/Newborn Nursing). Clinical instructor for NUR 194 and NUR 196, including instructing clinical generic and LPN-to-RN bridge students in on a medical/telemetry unit, a nephrology unit, an in-patient psychiatric unit, and an L&D/postpartum/newborn nursery
Adjunct Faculty, Master of Science in Nursing Thomas University, Thomasville, Georgia August 2006 – August 2007

Registered Nurse, Capital Regional Medical Center Tallahassee, FL
Family Center, January 2006 – April 2008
Post-Anesthesia Care Unit, October 2007 – April 2008 Critical Care Registered Nurse Float Pool, April – August 2008

Licensed Practical Nurse, Capital Regional Medical Center Tallahassee, FL
Family Center, May 2005 – December 2005

Professional Activities:

ARNP Member, Florida Board of Nursing, March 2010 – July 2013
Clinical Preceptor for Nurse Practitioner students with Walden University, Florida State University, Albany State University, and Grand Canyon University
Member, Litigation Support Panel, Substance Abuse Workgroup for TeamHealth, 2017-present
Clinical Advisor for Chief Nursing Officer at Five Rivers Medical Center, Pocahontas, AR for Geriatric Psychiatric Specialty Unit
Member, American Association of Emergency Nurse Practitioners
Committee
Member, Practice Issues Committee 2019 – Present
Chair, Task Force for State Boards of Nursing 2019 – Present
Member, Academy of Forensic Nursing
Chair, Behavioral Health and Suicide Prevention Special Interest Group, 2019 – Present
Member, Emergency Nurses Association
Reviewer, Institute of Emergency Nursing Research, 2016 – 2018
Member, Sigma Theta Tau, Beta Pi chapter
Member, American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)
Member, Tennessee Nurses Association (TNA)
Member, American Nurses Association (ANA)
Member, American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (AALNC)
Member, American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA)
Member, International Association of Suicide Prevention (IASP)
Member, American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA)
Member, Capital Advanced Practice Nurses, Tallahassee, FL
Vice President, 2009-2010

Publications and References: Available upon request

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