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Director of Surgical Services

Miami, Florida, United States
April 10, 2019

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Yvette LaWanda Riley

**** ** ***** ***, *******, Florida 33027 · · Tel: 954-***-**** or 301-***-****


Retired Army Nurse Corp Officer with over 23 years of military experience. Effective leader with great team building skills, extensive knowledge of perioperative nursing and operations, versed on AORN standards, JCAHO requirements, Central Services, and state requirements. Confident leader who leads from the front, but is able to be a follower. Critical thinker who have a knack for teaching and training others in the perioperative arena. Promoter of patient safety and quality care. Results driven leader with a knack for improving efficiency and solving problems with a win/win attitude.

Work Experience

Director, Patient Care Services, Perioperative Services

Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, Florida (Aug- 2015 to Present)

Responsible for 46 Operating Rooms to include 6 Trauma ORs and 2 Pediatric Open Heart ORs;

426 FTEs, Pre- Anesthesia Testing, GI Services, Central Sterile Services, 3- Pre and Post Op areas.

Improved FCS from 28% to over 75%

Decreased turnaround time from 2 hours to 45-50 minutes.

Increased Surgical volume year over year by 8%.

Increased revenue by 8.3%.

Successfully implemented a tissue tracking system- Trackcore

Reduction in IUSS from 15% to under 3%

Reduction of cold ischemic times for all transplant cases.

Worked on several renovation projects for CSS and OR suites

Participated in the planning, design and equipment needs for Jackson West Perioperative Services

Developed and planned a PERIOP 101 course to begin in Oct 2019 to help with staff turnover and attrition

Created new waiting room for families of surgical patients.

Worked Nurse Week committee, Laser Safety Committee, Patient belongings committee, and Medical Equipment Management Committee.

Developed, Planned and Implemented three yearly events for Perioperative Services staff and family- Spring-Fling- Family Barbeque and games at the Park, Periop Expo- Educational event covering pertinent topics, and Holiday Gala.

Successfully completed JCAHO inspection without any findings.

Associate Director, Patient Care Services, Perioperative Services

Holtz Children’s/ Jackson Women’s Hospital (Sept 2014- Aug 2015)

Established a Perioperative Pediatric Team which included pre and post op RNs, OR RNs, OR Techs.

Established a Pediatric pre and post op area separate from Adults. Designed and established a pediatric

waiting room. Redesigned the Pediatric Special Procedures Unit. Established a Women’s surgical OR

s suite in the Labor and Delivery Operating Room for Fetal Endoscopic surgery. Coordinated and

purchased over $2 million in equipment and supplies. Increased the first case start and turn around time

for pediatric surgery

Director, Deerfield Beach Outpatient Surgical Center

Deerfield Beach, Florida (Jun 2013- Sept 2014)

J Provide leadership, direction and administration of all surgery centers’ activities to include clinical, fiscal

and administrative. Develop and oversee all operations of a three OR ambulatory JCAHO accredited

outpatient surgical center to include staffing, surgical scheduling, policy development, credentialing, supply

chain management, coordination of care with outside agencies, anesthesia services, contractual agreements

with suppliers and support services. Responsible for hiring and firing of all staff from front office to Pre-op

and PACU staff, operating room technicians, radiology technicians, and perioperative RNs; monitoring of

work environment to ensure patient, staff and physician satisfaction. Administrative duties include ensuring

JCAHO, OSHA, AHCA, Florida Health Department, and regulatory agencies requirements are maintained

and staff is kept up with policies and changes made that affect how we do our work. Also responsible for

managing of financial resources to include payroll, vendor payments, ordering of supplies and collection of

deductibles as well as cash payments from patients. Perform clinical duties as perioperative RN, Pre-op and

post-op RN and scrub RN as needed.

Associate Nurse Manager Operating Room Front Desk

Jackson Memorial Hospital (Sept 2011- Present)

Responsibilities include working as a team with Anesthesiologist, CRNA, and the Front Desk Secretary to ensure the surgical schedule flows, while improving first case start time, turnover time and ensuring the proper skill levels are assigned to the acuity level of the cases. Manage nursing surgical staff scheduling and the day to day staffing issues. Coordinate with surgeons, anesthesia and nursing urgent and emergent cases. Coordinate with Trauma manager staffing and supply needs. Provide leadership to OR staff while completing the mission of the OR and Health System. Review and update Perioperative Policies and Procedures as needed. Responsible for staffing schedule and Kronos for approximately 250 personnel. Supervise over 30 FTE’s. Responsible for evaluations, counseling and disciplinary of MSAs.

Associate Nurse Manager for Transplant Surgery

(Aug, 2010-Sept 2011)

Jackson Memorial Hospital/ DTC Miami, Florida

•Responsible for the management and coordination of nursing personnel, supplies, equipment and instrumentation for liver, kidney, multi-visceral, and kidney/pancreas surgical cases both during and after duty hours.

•Provided and participated in Transplant surgery call schedule for nursing personnel.

•Attended M&N liver transplant meetings, quarterly process improvement transplant meetings, and designed and presented process improvement project for getting Liver transplant cases in the OR within 1.5 hrs of notification.

•Provided UNOS report for vessel use and maintained complete records.

•Designed Transplant report in Cerner that allowed for tracking of cases and documentation errors.

•Re-designed Transplant instrumentation sets to align with current procedure needs.

Clinical Staff RN Ryder Trauma Center OR

Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami Florida

(Mar, 2009-Aug-2010)

As Charge Nurse for Trauma Operating Room -Manage the operating room surgical schedule, use surgical computer program (CERNER) to schedule, cancel and document on surgical cases. Spend two weekends and some weekdays as charge nurse.

Coordinate with anesthesia, surgeons and nursing staff, and supporting services (blood bank, core lab, pharmacy) for the care of trauma patients.

Make daily nursing staff assignments, coordinate lunch assignments.

Accomplished 90-100% first case on time starts.

•Scrub and circulate Trauma, Orthopedics, General Surgery, GYN, Ophthalmology, Kidney transplant, Hands, and Plastic Surgery cases.

•Chairperson of Trauma OR Unit Practice Counsel.

Perioperative Service Clinical Educator (Apr, 2008- Mar 2009)

University of Miami Hospital, Miami, Florida

•Designed orientation program for all new incoming perioperative staff based on experience (from novice to experienced), which include a rotation through central processing and an 4-6 month Med/Surg rotation for newly graduated RN’s.

•Conducted training on Meditech Computer documentation system for new personnel.

•Maintained and arranged weekly in-service schedule for perioperative staff which included pre-op/post-op and perioperative staff.

•Participated on Perioperative committee for process improvement.

•Conducted inservices with ICU and floor nursing staff on special equipment used in surgery that followed patients to ICU or the floor.

•Scheduled various moral boosting events for staff, i.e. Christmas party, Thanksgiving luncheon, etc.

•Created educational bulletin boards for perioperative section that focused on patients, staff and Hospital, JACHO, and State Agency policy and procedures.

•Completed instructor training for AORN Perioperative 101 program and taught and monitored new perioperative nurse training in program.

Perioperative Clinical Nurse Specialist

(Jun, 2006 - Oct, 2008)

Army Trauma Training Center, Miami, Florida

Facilitated streamlining of logistical system by developing an Excel spreadsheet with product information for easy ordering.

Maintained and operated within the allotted budget of $640,000.

Developed and successfully implemented perioperative curriculum for all rotating Forward Surgical Teams (FST) to the Army Trauma Training Center (ATTC).

Improved staff relations between the ATTC and Ryder perioperative staff by participating in Ryder staff initiatives and coordinating the purchasing of equipment and flat screen TV for staff lounge.

Coordinated with the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s Office, University of Miami Anatomy Division, and University of Miami Miller School of Medicine for the use of facilities and supplies for training of Army FSTs.

Coordinated equipment and supplies for the quarterly Advanced Trauma Operative Management course and assisted by scrubbing at five stations.

Volunteered as medical staff for the Miami Marathon each year as well as coordinated medical teams for the first Lehman Center for Injury Research 5K run.

Director, Operating Room/Central Materiel

(Dec, 2001 - Jun, 2006)

Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Center, Fort Meade, MD

Managed 16 FTE's which consisted of 6-RN, 10-Surgical Technicians, 1-Secretary, 1-Supply Coordinator

Maintained operations within allotted operating budget of 1.2 million.

Streamlined logistical operations to the tune of $60,000 in savings by reducing inventory and improving inventory turnover.

Increased operating room efficiency while improving utilization from 55% to 95%.

Developed and implemented with Cerner the S-3 surgical documentation and scheduling system for the facility.

Successfully passed 2 JCAHO inspections without findings.

Developed and defended capital equipment purchasing.

Developed and implemented block scheduling system which lead to improved utilization

•Maintained central processing/re-processing and central supply operations.

•Improved first case starts from 75% to 95%

Nursing Supervisor

(Feb, 2003 - Feb, 2004)

28th Combat Support Hospital, Baghdad, Iraq

Night nursing supervisor responsible for 80 FTE's in a 296 bed Combat Support Hospital- a Level 1 Trauma Center

Coordinated medical evacuation for all wounded soldiers from Iraq to Germany

Coordinated disposition of remains of all deceased American soldiers, Coalition forces and Iraqi civilians.

Completed and reported to Hospital Commander, DCS, DCN 24 hour report to include admissions, evacuations, deaths, staffing issues, logistical requirements and other activities.

Coordinated emergency blood drives as needed.

Developed and participated in initiatives for improving staff morale.

•Perioperative expert member for the design, planning, and implementation of the building of 296-bed Combat Support Hospital in the desert of Iraq and Baghdad.

•Perioperative manager for 24 bed perioperative suite. Responsible for establishing 3, 7 and 14 day supply levels for level 1 trauma cases. Ensured equipment, staffing, instrumentation, and supplies was available and in proper working order. Established requirements needed regarding staff rotation plan, surgical supplies, and surgical response for mass casualty events. Prepared and updated hospital policies and procedures for the Operating Room.

Charge Nurse/Clinical Staff Nurse

(May, 2000 - Dec, 2001)

121st General Hospital, Seoul, South Korea

Specialty service coordinator for General Surgery, OB/GYN, Vascular and Urology.

Maintained equipment and supply inventory of over $500,000

Performed Charge Nurse duties for four room suite averaging 130 episodes of surgery per month.

Supervised 4 nurses and 5-6 OR technicians.

Chief Nurse

(May, 2000 - Dec, 2001)

127th Forward Surgical Team (FST), Seoul, South Korea

Responsible for 17 FTE's which included RNs, Surgical Technicians, LPNs, CRNAs, Medics, and Administrative personnel.

Coordinated and participated in all field training exercises for FST.

Maintained training records and ensured all staff was up to date on shots, and required medical care.

Coordinated with 121st General Hospital for the availability of professional staff for training exercises.

Maintained operating budget of $900,000 to include maintenance and purchasing of equipment, supplies and vehicles.

Clinical Perioperative Nurse/ Specialty Coordinator

(May, 1996 - May, 2000)

Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C.

Specialty Nurse coordinator for ENT, Vascular and GYN services.

Performed duties of Safety Officer for operating room; Latex allergy Coordinator, Patient Educator Facilitator, Waste Management Officer and Preceptor/Instructor for 91D (OR Technician) Phase II Training Program.

Charge nurse for 3-11/11-7 shift.

Perioperative/ICU Nurse for NARMC Trauma/Critical Care Response Medical Team-as such purchased, organized and maintained equipment and supplies for team.

Circulated in Cardiothoracic, Transplant, Orthopedic Joint replacement and Neurology surgical procedures.

Clinical Staff Nurse/ OR Tech Instructor /Preceptor

(Oct, 1992 - May, 1996)

Irwin Army Community Hospital, Fort Riley, Kansas

Charge/Staff Nurse

(Sep, 1991 - May, 1992)

Martin Army Community Hospital, Fort Benning, Ga

Staff SICU Nurse

(Jun, 1991 - Jun, 1992)

The Medical Center, Columbus, GA

Nursing Assistant

(Nov, 1989 - Jun, 1991)

The Medical Center, Columbus, GA


Doctorate in Healthcare Administration

University of Phoenix, Phoenix, Arizona

(Currently enrolled)

MBA/Healthcare Management

University of Phoenix, Columbia, MD

(Aug, 2004 - May, 2006)

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Columbus State University, Columbus, Ga

(Aug, 1989 - Jun, 1991)

Certifications: BLS Provider, Will complete CNOR after finishing Dissertation for PhD

Membership: Member of SHEAR, Inc,; Educational Board Member – Health Connect Partners; Chi Eta Phi Sorority; Sisterhood Circle (Miami);

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