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Nurse Practitioner Manager

El Paso, Texas, United States
January 16, 2018

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Darrell Benko, RN, AGPCNP-BC, APRN

**** ********* *** ** ****, TX 79924



•Master of Nursing (MSN) candidate with specialization as an adult geriatric nurse practitioner-primary care.

•Highly skilled nurse with six years of clinical experience in dialysis, acute, behavioral and long term nursing care.

•Self-motivated to acquire and master new clinical skills as an adult geriatric nurse practitioner.


Master of Science in Nursing 2016

Walden University, Minneapolis, MN, GPA 3.60

Bachelor of Science in Nursing 2011

Angelo State University, San Angelo, TX, GPA 3.86

Associate Degree – Nursing 2010

El Paso Community College, El Paso, TX, GPA 3.80

Associate Degree- Respiratory Therapy 2006

California College for Health Sciences, National City, CA, GPA 3.86


Adult Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP)-BC

Registered Nurse, State of Texas, compact license

Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS), American Heart Association

American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) Certified Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML) Certification

American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) Psychiatric-Mental Health RN (PMHRN) Certification


Palliative Nurse Practitioner- Aspire Healthcare, El Paso, Texas Department on Aging and Disability Services

In-home Palliative Care service for patient with chronic and life-threatening illness. Scope of care focused on symptom management, ACP review and documentation, referral and intervention for acute exacerbations, and hospital prevention/reduction services. Patients seen ranged from 18 through life span,and included diagnoses such as ESRD, ESLD, Cancer, Dementia, and others.

Nurse Manager El Paso State Supported Living Center,El Paso, Texas 2015-present

State owned and operated long term residential center specially catered to providing services to the intellectually and developmentally disabled (IDD) population. The SSLC system is specially geared towards providing total care to individuals with disabilites and work with those in need of physical, emotional, and medical supports that are unavailable in a community setting.

•Administer a 115-bed ICF-MR facility. Responsibilities include budget, staff recruitment and retention, and staff development.

•Trained 36 unit staff and ensured compliance with State, Facility and Federal guidelines of care, resulting in improved patient clinical outcomes, reduction in hospitalizations (37% over 1 year), and increased fiscal accountability of supports used.

•Serve on the positioning, nutrition, and management of treatment committee to address hospitalizations, and modify plans of care for recurrent illness, and hospitalizations.

•Empower direct care nurses to take initiative and drive outcomes for individuals through advocacy, and maximization of nursing practice within their scope.

Direct Care Nurse (Field) EPIC Health Care, El Paso, TX 2014-present

Private, pediatric home health agency specializing in in-home care of critically or chronically ill children, to provide 24/7 continuation of medical services for conditions that require long term care.

•Collaborated with members of the health care team to assess patient readiness for discharge, transition to home, and changes in status.

•Located and secured supports and equipments for individuals discharging from hospitals home; provided continuing education, management of care and instruction on equipment to new nurses and family members; encouraged patients and families to participate in decision making and offered emotional support.

•Participated in long term treatment of critical in-home patients requiring continuous mechanical ventilation, complex medical care, and both independent RN and collaborative approach to individualized care.

Nurse Manager University Behavioral Health, El Paso, TX 2012-2015

Private acute psychiatric care facility specializing in the management of psychiatric and substance abuse treatment, stabilization, and rehabilitation.

•Administered 57- beds in 2 units with staff compliment of 47 individuals. Responsible for staffing, budgeting, and staff development.

•Demonstrated initiative and a commitment to quality patient care by independently building and implementing a psychiatric nurse course framework for new and transitional nursing.

•Demonstrated initiative and a commitment to staff development and promotion by advocating for, and implementing a raise for seeking credentialing as board certified Psychiatric Nurses.

•Identified potential patient safety issues and assisted in developing initiatives that increased safety.

Staff Nurse DaVita Dialysis, El Paso, TX 2010-2012

Provides in-clinic and in-hospital hemo-and peritoneal dialysis to individuals in acute and chronic renal failure. Loma Vista is El Paso's largest dialysis clinic servicing more than 300 patients daily.

•Provided high quality patient care in a fast paced and highly saturated hemo-dialysis clinic.

•Served as the nursing ambassador for new nurses and patients admitted to care.

•Served as the interim nurse educator, infection control nurse, and clinical coordinator during times of shortage.

•Provided continuing education to individuals, and participated on the patient case management committee to seek out materials and supports for patients to improve quality of life and compliance with treatment.

•Clinical nursing leader and mentor for new hire RNs and LVN/LPN staff.


Texas Nurse Practitioners

2015- present

American Nurses Association

2010- present

Texas Nurses Association

2010 - present

National Student Nurses Association (Treasurer)

2008 -2010


Presenter, Infection Control and Management of the Hemodialysis Access, trends modalities and care, DaVita Regional Training, 2012

Presenter, Hemodialysis Access and Management, DaVita Regional Training, 2011


Red Cross Volunteer

2010 - present

Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.)

2008 - present

AmeriCorps Volunteer

2008 - present

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