Experienced, responsible and compassionate psychiatric charge nurse.
Background characterized by superior academic achievement in psychology, nursing, and substance abuse.
Certified in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing.
Patient populations served:
Inpatient: Geriatrics, adults, adolescents and children with acute and chronic severe mental illness. Addictions and detox, dual diagnosis, ECT, dementia (including Alzheimer’s and AIDS), PTSD, forensic psychiatry, residential treatment centers.
Inpatient research: Children and adolescents with early onset schizophrenia, bipolar illness, autism, ADHD, rage disorders, impulse control disorders. Adults with chronic schizophrenia and bipolar illness.
Community Setting: Group home adults with PDD, MR, MI.
Outpatient: Medication clinic supporting adults with chronic MI.
Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Counseling Program Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria, VA
All didactic requirements met for certification in Addictions Counseling
B.S. Nursing May 1996 George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
GPA: 3.98: Graduated with Highest Distinction
B.A. Psychology, May 1992 George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
GPA: 4.00: Graduated with Highest Distinction.
DC RN License- RN100000
CPR- BLSC- exp January, 2005
Certification in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
Completion of 2 phases of 4 required for certification in Holistic Nursing
License And Certifications
Immaculate Healthcare Services, Inc. Washington, DC 20002 October 2004 – Present
Independent Psychiatric Nurse Contractor
Memphis Mental Health Institute Memphis, TN January 2004 – February 2004
Evening staff/charge RN on Forensic Unit
Management and supervision of 37 bed acute adult psychiatric unit.
Supervision and treatment of medically compromised patients.
Psychiatric Institute of Washington Washington, DC October 2002 – April 2003
Management and supervision of 20 bed adolescent psychiatric unit.
Supervision and training of para-professionals caring for children and adolescents with neurologically based rage behaviors.
George Washington University Hospital Washington, DC April 2002 – October 2002
Managing the care of a wide variety of patients requiring acute psychiatric treatment.
Adolescent, adult, and geriatric clients.
Winchester Medical Center Winchester, VA January 2001 – August 2001
Primary nurse on multi-disciplinary team providing comprehensive health care to children and adolescents in a psychiatric research environment.
Assuming 24-hour responsibility for the nursing care of the patient from admission to discharge.
Designing, directing, and implementing teaching plans to meet specific learning needs in relation to the disease process, treatment regimen, and/or research protocol.
Collecting data according to the protocol for research studies.
Supporting and managing patient through medication wash-out and complicated research procedures.
Making administrative decisions regarding the clinical regimen and the management of incidents related to patient care and safety.
National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD August 1999 –December 2001
Clinical Research Nurse
Assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating individual patient care based on biopsychosocial needs.
Establishing priorities, assigning, supervising, guiding and directing nursing care delivered by staff nurses and paraprofessionals.
Delegating duties based on patient need and staff ability. Closely supervising staff caring for patients on special observations that are physically ill etc.
Documenting in medical record and assuring that documentation by others occurs around significant care issues and is in keeping with established standards and policies.
Providing education on one-to-one basis in relation to medications, general health, hygiene, ADL’s and interpersonal relationships to facilitate transition into the community.
Planning and teaching groups on medication education, health education and relapse prevention.
Administering medications, assessing for side effects and EPS. Assessing need for PRN medication.
Providing a safe and therapeutic milieu, including identification and intervention to early cues to agitation.
Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute Falls Church, VA April 1997 – August 1999