Provides Opinion & Testimony In:
Medical Surgical ICU Nurse Consultant, Nurse Consultant, Surgical ICU, Open Heart Surgery, Medical Surg, Telemetry, Cardiovascular Pulmonary, Intensive Care, General Nursing Practice, Critical Care, Surgical Emergencies, Post Anesthesia Care Unit, PACU, Cardiac Services, Floor Nursing, Surgical ICU Nurse, Cath Lab
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Loyola College in Maryland, Baltimore, MD 1994
Master of Business Administration
University of Maryland at Baltimore, MD 1983
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
2006 - present A Maryland Hospital, Director Cardiac and Vascular Service Line
Direct 24/7 responsibility for 18 bed med/surg intensive care unit, respiratory therapy, vascular laboratory, cardiac rehabilitation, EKG and echocardiography services
Oversee four managers, 155 staff employees
Responsible for FMH MHCC C-Port application and waiver
Chairperson of ICU Collaborative Committee for patient safety, instrumental in numerous patient safety initiatives including: ventilator acquired pneumonia prevention, catheter related blood stream infection prevention and medication reconciliation
Chairperson of FMH Cardiac Cath Taskforce, responsible for clinical and operational oversight of future FMH cardiac catheterization lab
1995 - 2006 Washington Hospital Center, Clinical Specialist/Nursing Education
Co-Department head of WHC Nursing Education department, supervision of eight clinical managers and approximately 150 staff RNs/year.
Direct responsibility for RN bedside clinical/didactic orientation programs (Critical Care, Emergency Room, PACU, Cardiac services, Med-Surg, Womens Services).
Expert in educational program curriculum development and implementation/evaluation.
Actively involved with recruitment of experienced and new graduate RNs, approximately 150/year.
Develop and maintain relationships with area schools of nursing. Coordinate placement of >450 RN students/ year. Initiate and maintain contracts.
Developed/implemented RN scholarship program.
Extensive RN interviewing and hiring experience for numerous clinical areas. Developed standardized behavioral interview tool to assist in objective hiring decisions.
Instrumental in development and implementation of strategies to improve nurse recruitment and retention, including nurse mentorship program. Assisted with advertising agency selection, ad copy content and review.
Extensive budgetary experience including formulation, analysis and evaluation of $3 million program.
Supervision of central nursing education activities to include:
ANCC Continuing Education provider, successful recertification 2004
Central BLS provider
Numerous central educational programs to include: preceptor training, EKG interpretation,
Identify learning needs for nursing leadership team, plan and implement annual leadership development programs.
Experienced public speaker on variety of clinical and professional development topics.
Provide clinical specialist coverage on as needed basis to a variety of clinical areas to include: SICU, Open Heart Recovery Room, PACU Intermediate care, Cardiac services, Med-surg.
Developed classroom and clinical orientation program for foreign nurses recruited to work at WHC
Developed/implemented housewide patient care technician program.
Numerous committee appointments
Chair, Recruition and Retention, Orientation/Preceptor Committee
Chair, Patient Care Technician Taskforce
Co-Chair Nursing Education Shared Governance Council
Member, Magnet Task Force
Member, Shared Governance Development Team
Member, JCAHO Organizational Education Committee
June 2004 - April 2006 Frederick Memorial Hospital, Staff Nurse II (Per-diem/Emergency Relief)
Provide patient care in med-surgery admissions area PRN
September 2005 - May 2006 Frederick Community College, Adjunct Clinical Faculty
Provide clinical instruction to RN students in Fundamentals and Med/Surg I courses
1998 - Present Independent Legal Nurse Consultant, Nurse Expert
Provide record review to defense and plaintiff attorneys for med/surg and critical care malpractice cases.
Provide expert deposition testimony as required.
2000 - 2001 Progressive Nursing Agency, Agency Nurse
Worked PRN as agency nurse at numerous area hospitals in critical care, med-surg.
1991 - 1995 Washington Hospital Center, Clinical Manager
Responsible for firstline nursing management coverage on medical-surgical unit, Surgical Intensive Care and Cardiovascular Recovery Room.
SICU patient population: open heart surgery heart transplant, Ventricular assist device patients, major trauma, closed head injury, cerebral aneurysm repair, thoracic/vascular surgery, and general surgery patients requiring SICU care.
Cardiovascular Recovery Room populations include: coronary artery bypass grafts, heart valve replacements, heart transplants, AAA and TAA repairs.
Medical Surgical patient populations include: kidney and kidney/pancreas transplant, renal failure, general surgery, other med-surgical patients.
Provided clinical expertise to staff nurses.
Active in performance improvement/quality assurance activities.
Independently developed SICU rehabilitation program.
1985 - 1991 Washington Hospital Center, Staff Nurse
Provided nursing care to a variety of SICU patients.
1983 - 1985 National Institutes of Health Bethesda, MD Staff Nurse
Provided nursing care to pediatric oncology population: leukemia, lymphoma and sarcoma patients
Professional Organizations and Certifications
Member American Association of Critical Care Nurses
Past Director-at-Large for Greater Baltimore Area Chapter of AALNC
Awarded Outstanding Appreciation Department Award 2002
Current CCRN Certification
Other Professional Activities
Member Operation Heartbeat, open heart surgical team, travel to Philippines and China 1990/94
Featured as cover story for International Nurse Program, Nursing Spectrum