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Surgical Nurse Educator Expert Witness

Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

Surgical Nurse Educator, Operating Room Orientation, Staff Training, AORN, New Techniques, Protocols, Equipment, Perioperative

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Professional Experience

St. Vincent’s East: Perioperative Services
October 2016 – Present
Surgical Nurse Educator

  • Oversees and implements orientation for all new employees in the Operating Room.
  • Responsible for maintaining yearly competencies for current employees.
  • Created and maintains an online learning system that serves to educate and train employees using relevant modules and focused assessments.
  • Conducts in-services on relevant topics and new findings in research.
  • Provides training for staff focused on AORN recommendations, new techniques, protocols, & equipment.
  • Member of the Surgical Decision Team – this team approves new items and devices for use.
  • Leader of the Core Values Team – this team creates policies and procedures that are aimed to provide high quality medical care with an emphasis on patient safety.
  • Developed an extensive education program for the orientation of employees new to surgery.
  • Serves as BLS Instructor for Perioperative areas.
  • Serves as main point person for all Perioperative areas for the implementation of a new EMR (Cerner).
  • Developed and taught Cerner training program for employees across all Perioperative areas at every facility.

UAB Hospital: Clinical Research Support Program
June 2015 – September 2016
Research Nurse Coordinator

  • Coordinates multiple complex clinical trials, both industry sponsored and PI initiated, in accordance with GCP, ICH, SOP, IRB, and both institutional and FDA regulations. Performs all aspects of clinical trials.
  • Assists with the design, study optimization, and finalization of clinical research studies.
  • Recruiting, consenting, screening, enrolling, and maintaining participants.
  • Maintains accuracy in meeting protocol requirements, data collection/reporting and billing activities.
  • Monitors studies/trials to confirm protocol and regulation compliance for quality control purposes.
  • Coordinates trials simultaneously at UAB Hospital, Children’s Hospital, and the VA Medical Center
  • Works independently or in collaboration on trials as desired by Principal Investigator and research team.
  • Areas of clinical trial experience include Pulmonary, Neurology/Epilepsy, Oncology, and Immunology.

UAB Hospital Highlands: Perioperative Services
February 2012 – June 2015
Circulating Nurse / Scrub Nurse

  • Developed individualized patient care plans for each surgical procedure.
  • Communicated with patients and families concerning operative procedures and the recovery process.
  • Skillfully coordinated with surgeons and anesthesia providers for effective and efficient patient management and delivery of optimal treatment plans.
  • Provided assistance for administration of critical procedures related to the anesthesia process and surgical services.
  • Responsible for intraoperative patient safety by using assessment and critical thinking skills while acting as the patient advocate.
  • Intraoperative tasks included proper positioning of the patient, disinfection of surgical site, maintaining a sterile environment, passing instruments and sterile supplies to surgeons, and assisting with the dressing of incision site.
  • Preceptor to new staff nurses. Cerner Surginet trainer.

Education

University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, December 2011
Major: Nursing

University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL
Bachelor of Science in Human Environmental Sciences, May 2009
Major: Human Nutrition and Hospitality Management

Relevant Skills

Clinical /Medical:

  • Electrocardiograms
  • IV Therapy
  • Phlebotomy
  • Medication Administration
  • Specimen Processing
  • Physical Assessments
  • Spirometry
  • Pfts
  • Olympus/Stryker Endoscopy Equipment
  • Logician, Cerner
  • Powerchart
  • Surginet
  • SIS
  • LMS Programs
  • SCORM/HTML5
  • Physician’s Portal
  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • Budgeting
  • IRB And Regulatory Submissions

Licensure and Certifications

  • Licensed by the Alabama Board of Nursing
  • Basic Life Support Instructor [HCP] certified by AHA

Professional Associations

  • AORN Member
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