MELISSA HOWLETT, R.N.
Waynesville, MO 65583
Profile: Dedicated registered nurse right at five years, with a total of eight years medical experience. Provide superior clinical care to broad-based patient populations. Skilled leader and team member, able to maintain positive attitude and productive work environment. Strong interpersonal, administrative and patient/family education skills; ability to establish trust, emote genuine patient care, and manage crisis situations. Highly organized and able to efficiently prioritize multiple tasks.
Labor and Delivery/Nursery Nurse
Fort Leonard Wood Hospital, Missouri 08/2009-present
Specializing in the care of maternity patients.
Knowledge of equipment, experienced in speculum exams, fetal monitoring, drawing labs, IV and IV infusion
Experience in the care of the patient during ante partum, labor, and post partum
Experience in catching babies, drawing labs, testing, and assessment of the newborn
Experience in education and assistance with breast feeding
Knowledge of medical terminology used in labor and delivery
Strong assertiveness and fast learner
Compassion for family and patient, comfortable answering queries and giving instructions to patient and family
Devoted team player
Medical-Surgical and Overflow Unit, Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, FWB, FL 2008-Present
Provide specialized care for surgical patients.
Provide backup support to obstetrics/gynecological, progressive care units, cancer care units, mother and child services, and psychiatric services when staffing required.
Conduct patient assessments, develop, implement and evaluate individualized care plans.
Provide appropriate care and achieve patient outcomes by combining patient involvement and education into total care plan. Adjusted treatment plan as needed.
Perform technical aspects of nursing: admitting, discharging and receiving patients post operatively from surgery, monitoring patients after surgery, including neurological and overall assessment, Initiating IV’s, administering medications, changing and observing dressings, inserting and discontinuing foley catheters, inserting nasogastric tubes, discontinuing wound drains, administering blood, monitoring labs, developing discharge plans, informing patients about the medications they are given, educating patients on their diagnosis and instructing on how to improve once they are home, and being a patient advocate and as well as educating patients to improve their overall health and well being.
Working with the assigned case manager to ensure all questions, concerns, and needs are met.
Preceptor to nursing students and new employees on a regular basis.
Occasional charge nurse
Acute Dialysis Nurse, DaVita Dialysis, Fort Walton Beach, FL 2007-2008
Provided specialized care for patients in acute/chronic renal failure
Critical care experience obtained by dialyzing patients in critical and coronary care units
Knowledge of specific kidney function, labs, and medications
Assisted in the chronic dialysis center when staffing required
Conducted patient assessment and develop, implement, and evaluate individualized care plans.
Provided appropriate care and achieved patient outcomes by combining patient involvement and education into total care plan and adjusted treatment plan as needed.
Educating patients on hypertension, congestive heart failure, anemia, diabetes, nutrition, and infection.
Performed technical aspects of hemodialysis, assessing and documenting response to therapy.
Administered medications, monitored patient progress, and developed discharge plans. Provided helpful tips, and maintained charts and documentation.
Served in an “on-call” status
Occasional charge nurse
RN Staff Nurse, Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, Fort Walton Beach, FL 2005-2007
Provided primary nursing care and educated patients and family on the diagnosis and disease process.
Assessed patients and developed/implemented treatment plans.
Performed variety of procedures and treatment plans, including peritoneal dialysis, central lines and IV therapy.
Administered medication and monitored patient response.
Maintained charts and worked with other healthcare professionals to provide total quality care.
Admitted and discharged patients and performed technical aspects of nursing.
Delegated duties to LPN’s.
Preceptor to nursing students on a regular basis.
Educated patients and family members on the diagnosis, disease process, medications, and prevention of disease process progressing.
Strong patient advocate, making sure all questions, concerns, and needs were met.
Occasional charge nurse
Surgical Technician, Emerald Coast Surgery Center, Fort Walton Beach, FL 2002-2005
Knowledge of sterile technique, setting up back table, and instruments
Provided assistance to surgeons during cases
Experience scrubbing different types of surgeries
Floated to GI lab and assisted in colonoscopies and egd’s
Caring for patients preoperatively and postoperatively, including preparation and postoperative
A.S., Nursing, Northwest Florida State College, Niceville, FL 2004-2005
Surgical Technician, Ayers State Technical College, Anniston, AL 2001
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