Infection Control Manager East TN Children’s Hospital Knoxville TN
November 2016 - Present
•Direct supervision of two Infection Control Assistants.
•Educate all staff regarding infection control practices (Ex. OSHA, PPE)
•Write policies and procedures that follow established laws and guidelines for infection control.
•Disease Surveillance for State reportable diseases.
•Conduct environment of care rounds.
•Serve as subject matter expert regarding isolation procedures within hospital.
•Collect data, reports, and graphs for Infection Control Committee meetings.
•Determine in conjunction with nosocomial team and reportable HAI’s.
Child Safety Nurse I Department of Children Services I State of Tennessee
August 2013 -November 2016
•Develop CQl considerations for policy changes and Initiatives to improve safety outcomes for children, families, and staff.
•Apply principles of safety systems and safety analysis to child welfare work.
•Provide consultation to front line staff regarding medical needs and care of children.
•Confidential debriefing of staff regarding child death and near death cases.
•Prepare detailed clinical summaries of child death and near death cases.
Regional Health Nurse Department of Children Services State of Tennessee
May 15, 20D7-August 2013
•Review EPSDT and communicate follow up for approximately 800 children.
•Manage multidisciplinary care team for medical fragile children.
•Review nursing law and current standards of care to aid in developing policy and procedure to govern care of children in DCS custody.
•Served as CQI team facilitator for well-being unit.
•Utilize TNKIDS, TFACTS, Excel, Word, Groupwise, and Edison in performing job duties.
Infection Control Specialist University of TN Medical Center I Knoxville
August 2006 - October 2007
•Obtained certification in Infection Control.
•Review positive lab cultures for HAI's, targeted surveillance and reportable diseases.
•"Managed Employee health for TB skin testing and Influenza vaccination programs.
•Assist JC coordinator with preparation and presentation of educational programs for all HCW.
•Consultant for all hospital departments on infection control issues.
•Maintained reporting system for high risk diagnosis, patient groups, physicians and specific care processes.
• Lead interdisciplinary teams in review analysis, recommendations of practice change and development of guidelines in order to enhance clinical and financial outcomes as related to infection control issues.
Registered Nurse I East TN Children's Hospital Knoxville
July 2003 - August 2006, then PRN until May 15, 2012
•Monitor RSV, rotovirus, and Influenza trends.
•Staff nurse for Medical Hematology/Oncology Floor, NICU and float pool.
•Member Online documentation committee, policy and procedure committee and Root Cause analysis.
•Assist with review of positive lab cultures for reportable diseases and HAI's.
•Prepared weekly reportable disease notifications for the Department of Health.
•Preformed PRN infection control duties.
•Computer applications utilized In Job functions Meditech, Excel, Access, Netlearning, PaperVision and Quattro Pro.
Arbovirus Surveillance Coordinator I Department of Health I State of Tennessee
May 2001- July 2003
•Establishment and coordination of multidisciplinary public health surveillance team of public health nurses, Infection control nurses, infectious disease physicians, entomologists, and medical technologists for pediatric and adult arboviral disease.
Registered Nurse East TN Children's Hospital I Knoxville
July 1999 - May 2001
•Direct patient care including triage assessments, managing care of high acuity patients in a fast paced environment.
•Patient and Family education related to illness or injury.
•Obtained PALS and ENPC certifications.
Emergency Room Technician/Unity Secretary I East TN Children's Hospital I Knoxville
October 1995-July 1999
•Data and order entry.
•Direct patient care therapeutic play for invasive procedures, orthopedic splinting, and vital signs.
•Obtained laboratory specimens, cultures and pulse oximetry.
Certified Nursing Assistant I Jefferson Memorial Hospital I Jefferson City TN
1993 - October 1995
•Daily patient care including vital signs, charting and assist with activities of daily living.
•PRN float to emergency room for vital sign a procedure assistant.
Certified Nursing Assistant I Life Care Nursing Home I Jefferson City TN
•Daily patient care including vital signs, charting, physical therapy exercises, recreational therapy, and assist with activities of daily living.
•Obtained certification as nursing assistant.
Concessions PIC Dollywood Pigeon Forge
June 1989 - December 1992
•Sales and expenditure reports.
•Monthly Inventory and budget proposals.
•Supervision and scheduling of 3 -7 employees.
Carson-Newman College/University Jefferson City TN
•Obtained BSN May 1999.
•Carson-Newman Nursing Spirit award May 7, 1999.
Walter state Community College, Morristown TN
•First Responder and EMT IV training.
•. Carson-Newman Nursing Spirit award May 7, 1999.
•Life Care Foundation for Education and Research Scholarship in recognition of talents and commitment to serving others 1997-1998, & 1998 -1999.
•Established and Coordinated Junior volunteer program at Jefferson Memorial Hospital 1993-1994.
•Bonner scholar 1992-1996.
•TN states chairperson for HOSA competitions 1995.
•June 2016 School Nurse conference
•Hardin S, Erwin PC, Patterson l, New D, Graber C, Halford S. Clinical comparisons of Lacrosse and enteroviral nervous system infections In a pediatric population: 2001 surveillance in East Tennessee. AJJC 2003; 31: 508-510.