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Director of Nursing Mental Health Addiction Emergency Services Nurse Expert Witness

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Director of Nursing, Director of Emergency Services,Mental Health, Addiction Services, Stroke Telemetry, Nurse competcy Nursing Education, Health Care Coordination, Regulatory, Progessive Health care, Transition of Care, EMS Paramedics,

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Education

  • Quinnipiac University, Hamden, CT. Masters of Science-Organizational Leadership 

  • University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT. Master of Science Degree- Nursing, Clinical Nurse Leader Concentration 

  • University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT MbEIN Nursing Certificate 

  • Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, CT

    • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology 

Professional Experience

November 2016- Present     Director of Nursing

  • Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services- 
  • Southeastern Mental Health Authority Directs the oversight of a 24-hour 16-bed residential Brief Care Program and provide leadership and coordination to the Behavioral Health Home Initiative and Medication Assisted Treatment Program. Manage staff and operation of nursing departments; direct or assists with planning and managing of nursing activities; develops or assists with formulation of program goals and objectives; develops or assists in development of related policy incorporating current nursing research and professionally recognized standards; develops or assists in development and implementation of plans for nursing care; interprets and administers pertinent laws; evaluates staff; prepares or assists in preparation of nursing budget; maintains contacts with individuals both within and outside of department who might impact on program activities

    
January 2013- Present      Adjunct Faculty Three Rivers Community College, Norwich, CT

  • Provide clinical and didactic instruction for associate degree nursing students. Complete competency, goal and objective reviews in addition to student developed plans of care and delivery. Facilitate student experiences within the hospital setting to enhance learning opportunities in the final semester.  Assist with behavioral and clinical performance remediation. 

January 2014- July 2016 Regional Director of Emergency Services Hartford HealthCare-East Region 

  • William W. Backus Hospital, Windham Memorial Community Hospital and Plainfield Emergency Care Center 
    • Oversee the strategy and operations of Hartford HealthCare’s East Region Emergency Services service line including two hospital based and one satellite Emergency Department in addition to an Intercept Paramedic Program totaling over 135,000 patient visits per year. Responsible for short and long term planning, program and staff development, resource and budget management, staffing, quality monitoring/improvement and strategic planning initiatives to increase healthcare system and service utilization.  Total operating budget of 20 million dollars per year and 150 FTE workforce. Collaborate with state funded and private community partners to enhance provided services to address needs of patient population.

April 2011- January 2014     Nurse Manager E3/Progressive Care Unit/Stroke Program

  • The William W. Backus Hospital, Norwich, CT
    • Motivated staff within Patient Care Services positions to exhibit and grow leadership skills while maintaining clinical competence and responsibilities.  Inspires managers and staff to high standards of care while maintaining high productivity. Provided vision and action in designing and maintaining an efficient and effective nursing care delivery system. Ensured Joint Commission and CMS standards for areas of responsibility. 

December 2010- April 2011 Clinical Nurse Educator

  • The William W. Backus Hospital, Norwich, CT

January 2005- December 2010 Emergency Department RN

  • The William W. Backus Hospital, Norwich, CT

March 2006-May 2007 UCONN Correctional Managed Health Care RN Niantic, CT 

Honors

  • 2011 Nightingale Award 

  • 2011 William W. Backus Hospital Women’s Auxiliary Scholarship Recipient 

  • 2014 AACN Professional Development Scholarship 

  • 2015 Connecticut Hospital Association Health Care Hero

Professional Service

  • Board Member- Northeastern Center Against Substance Abuse (NECASA)

  • State of Connecticut Task Force on Stroke- Appointed by Senator Don Williams

  • Emergency Nurses Association 2015 National Conference Faculty

  • American Association of Critical Care Nurses-Horizons Conference 2016 Faculty

  • American Association of Critical Care Nurses- Beacon Award Reviewer

Certification and Professional Training 

  • Legal Nurse Consultant

  • Clinical Nurse Leader Certification

  • Certified Nurse Manager and Leader Certification

  • Nursing Pedagogy Certification

  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support/Pediatric Advanced Life Support

  • NIMS- Hospital Incident Command 100, 200, 300, 400 

Professional Memberships

  • American College of HealthCare Executives 

  • American Association of Critical Care Nursing 

  • American Organization of Nurse Executives

  • Emergency Nurses Association 

  • American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants

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