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Health Registered Nurse

Jerseyville, Illinois, 62052, United States
May 31, 2017

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Catherine M. Connor

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Grafton, Illinois 62037

618-***-**** (home)

314-***-**** (cell)


Motivated and dedicated health educator with multiple degrees in nutrition, nursing, and health education/exercise science. Experience teaching online and blackboard classes with accompanied course syllabi and course presentations. A strong core course background in biological sciences, microbiology, pathology, anatomy and physiology. Passionate about empowering students seeking an advanced degree and promote professionalism in the field of study. Understand the responsibility of availability to students for guidance and promote critical thinking skills. Mentor students throughout college coursework, internship, and first career position.


Master of Science in Health Education/Exercise Science/Allied Health, 1994

George Mason University - Fairfax, VA

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), 1991

Northern Michigan University – Marquette, MI

Bachelor of Science in Clinical/Administrative Dietetics, Human Biology, 1975


Outstanding Faculty of the Quarter (2015) from Missouri College

Grant from the International Diabetes Commission (IDC) for Hospital-based Diabetes Education Program at DePaul Health Center, Bridgeton, MO. (2000)

Award from the American Diabetes Association, “Who’s Who in Diabetes Education and Research”, (1996 – 2001)

Recognition Award from Lilly Pharmaceuticals for participation in research panel for diabetes education (1999)

Awarded the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP)

Obtained funding for a Smoking Cessation Program from Glaxo Smith-Kline pharmaceutical company

Positions Held

Saint Louis College of Health Careers – Fenton, MO

Adjunct Instructor, 2015 – present

Responsible for teaching courses for the Healthcare Career/Professional Programs

Teach on-line and on-ground courses using the Moodle LMS programs

Responsible for developing curriculum for Biology Lab (dissections, microscope slide preparations)

Develop course handouts, PowerPoints, assignments, and activities per course text resources

Utilize on-line portal for course discussion, forums, and action items required for the course content

Provide support to students for all course advisement and tutoring as needed

Provide ongoing communication with Department Chairs for each specialty discipline as to student progress and grade monitoring

Post all grades and course documentation/attendance on line per institution policy

Guest lecturer for all healthcare programs on request

Teach Basic Life Support classes to students entering the career and professional programs

Report directly to the Dean of Education for course contract and feedback

Attend all faculty meetings adhering to college policies and procedures

Aerobodies, Inc – Washington, D.C., National Geospatial Agency –St. Louis, MO

Fitness Specialist, 2015 – present

Responsible conducting fitness classes to employees and military personnel

Instruct Specialized Classes: Yoga and Pilates

Conduct fitness assessments, including anthropometrics, body composition, and specific goal training

Provide individual nutritional consultations and weight management

Maintain records of class and fitness attendance

Monitor fitness equipment for proper maintenance

Responsible for providing weight loss monitoring for special programs

Missouri College –Brentwood, MO

Adjunct Instructor, 2015 – 2016

Responsible for teaching course content for assigned classes maintaining adherence to Course Curriculum

Teach courses in Health Sciences, Nutrition, Fitness/Kinesiology, and Allied Health/Registered Medical Assistant per program curriculum and develop assessment tools for client use in the clinic setting

Utilize online portal for course content, syllabus, assignments, and action items for online discussion

Develop class materials (handouts, PowerPoint presentations) per approved text

Provide individual tutoring and coaching to students to enhance in-class lecture and performance skills

Teach Student Success courses to prepare for the professional environment and interactions with colleagues

Prepare students for internship positions and proper professional behaviors expectations

Observe all College policies and procedures for maintaining attendance, grades, and pertinent recordkeeping

Prepare and post all lecture and study guide outlines on line for student use

Communicate with student online to reinforce course content

Encourage students to utilize computer skills, i.e. PowerPoint, for class presentations

Report to Department Chair for feedback and designated course instruction per session

Attend faculty meeting pertinent to adjunct position

Lewis and Clark Community College (LCCC) – Godfrey, IL

Adjunct Faculty in Exercise Science Program, 2012 – 2014

Responsible for teaching Core Curriculum courses in the Exercise Science Program

Physical and Health Education (PHED) instructor: Strength Training and Conditioning/Fitness, Yoga, Pilates, Walking

Collaborate with Athletic Department Coaches for sport-specific training needs and compliance

Member of Inter-collaborative Collegiate Committee (ICCC) for Health and Wellness

Resource for ICCC programs (Weight Loss Challenge, Walking Club, and Brown Bag Lunch Programs, Silver Sneakers)

Involved in Health Screenings on Campus for Eating Disorders and Campus-wide Health Fair

Obtained funding and collaborated with outside vendors for participation at campus with functions

Dedicated to being available to students for engaging communication and expectations of the course and clarity of assignments

Provide individual nutrition consults to LCCC faculty, staff, and athletes/students

Develop PowerPoint presentations for class with accompanying handouts

Conduct Blackboard Online courses and post discussion groups, assignments, and feedback

Communicate with students via online discussions of course content

Responsible for exam development per course content

Adhere to all LCCC and Exercise Science Program curricula, course description, and syllabi

Provide for student advising, tutoring, and resource counseling following profession standards

Compliant with LCCC reporting policy for grades and faculty meetings

Healthcare USA – St. Louis, MO

Healthcare Liaison (Behavioral Health), 2009 - 2010

Responsible for developing and customizing Wellness Programs for targeted populations

Implement preventative and timely detection of chronic disease management progression as related to Care Plan and Discharge Planning

Responsible for JCAHO compliance directives and documentation

Streamlined components of health programs corresponding to client needs and requests

Collaborate with medical staff utilizing industry standards for compliance

Developed and implemented Corporate Wellness Program for employees

Responsible for Care Plans and Discharge Planning of clients

Responsible for HIPPA compliance with clients

Coordinate with Nursing Home facilities for placement and length of stay projections

Health Fitness Corporation – St. Louis, MO

Health Screener, 2012 – 2014

Responsible for obtaining health screening data (anthropometric measurements, cholesterol and blood glucose testing)

Conducted individual consults with client to review test results and risk factors per Health Fitness Guidelines

Adherence to Company participation guidelines for employee/participant incentive compliance

Provided the utmost confidentiality to clients upon check –in to completion of the health event

Responsible for use of iPad to record data and maintain results

Assisted with each screening station and flexible with any cross-training required

Maintained a professional manner to clients

University of Phoenix – St. Louis, MO

Nutrition Instructor, 2005 -2009

Responsible for developing course curriculum per University standards

Implemented course content via PowerPoint, discussion groups, and class presentations

Timely submission of required faculty reports and grades

Available to students for individual counseling, tutoring, and professional guidance in the field

Taught On-line Nutrition course adhering to University curriculum

Reported directly to Dean of Education of Healthcare Programs

Kaplan University – St. Louis, MO

NCLEX Instructor, 1998 – 2001

Instructed graduate nursing students preparing for the NCLEX Exam for Professional Registered Nurse

Responsible for promoting the standards of becoming a Professional Registered Nurse

Provided proper test-taking techniques and decision making skills for the test environment

Reviewed specific content required on the NCLEX Exam

Responsible for the review and utilization of anatomy, physiology, and human biology required by the Professional Registered Nurse

Reinforced principles of Nursing (assessment, planning, implementation, evaluation)

Facilitated Case Study scenarios to include admission to discharge planning

Administered Practice Tests providing rationale for answers and strategies of the multiple choice test modality

Patterson Medical Clinic – Florissant, MO

Nutritionist/Health Educator, 2001 – 2007

Responsible for nutrition and health education to patients throughout the life span

Coordinated with physician appropriate care plan for discharge to long-term facilities and home care options

Responsible the charting utilizing medical terminology

Coordinated visits for new and existing patients and telephone duties

Developed exercise programs for patient with acute and chronic diseases and disabilities

Taught Smoking Cessation Classes

Obtained National Diabetes Education Program (NCDEP) recognition for the Health Center

Assisted in data collection for Center research studies and obtained funding for outpatient programs, such as Smoking Cessation from pharmaceutical companies

Responsible for HIPPA compliance

Responsible for review of appropriate medical coding per insurance requirement and reimbursements

DePaul Health Center – Bridgeton, MO

Clinical Specialist/ Diabetes Education Program Coordinator, 1994 – 2001

Lead Project Manager for Diabetes, Cardiac, and Nutrition Initiatives

Developed Hospital-based Diabetes Education Program

Conducted Diabetes Support Groups health and wellness programs with financial support for educational resources and vendor subsidies

Responsible for care plans for new admissions meeting criteria for Diabetes Education Program

Responsible for staff development for health education and safety policy adherence and JCAHO policy compliance

Responsible for the adherence of program curriculum per the American Diabetes Association (ADA)

Gained Program recognition from the ADA and subsequent funding from the IDC for education materials and additional funding for incurred fees

Supervisory responsibilities for department staff

Attended Foot Clinic to provide diabetic clients with foot care education

Attended Discharge Planning meetings to determine appropriate patient placement

Strict adherence to HIPPA regulations for inpatient and outpatient protocols

Instructed Silver Sneakers exercise classes for outpatients and community residents

Responsible for inpatient diabetes consults and referrals to the multi-disciplinary team

Instrumental in developing Best Practice indices and compliance to Joint Commission standards

Professional Certifications/Memberships

American College of Sports Medicine: Alliance of Health and Fitness Professor: Member ID 770131

American Association of Professional Coders (AAPC)

Silver Sneakers Certified

American Sports and Fitness Association Pilates Instructor CI Number 52643

American Sports and Fitness Association Yoga Instructor CI Number 53907

CPR ID # IL20179

Certified CPR Instructor (AHA)

Strong for Life Health Coach Certification

Volunteer Experience

Arms of Love/One Option Pregnancy Center, Alton Illinois

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