JOSEPH W. VERGE
ADULT NURSE PRACTITIONER
Summary: Highly qualified, resourceful, and patient-centered nurse practitioner with diverse background spanning emergency and general medicine. Knowledgeable in treating wide-ranging acute and chronic conditions with experience in inpatient and outpatient settings. Mission-driven leader with track record of increasing safety, efficiency, and compliance. Proficient user of EMR systems and MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint). Speaks minimal Spanish. Key skills:
Patient Education • Diagnosis & Treatment Planning • Medication Management • Physical & Neurological Exams
Pre- & Post-Op Care • Workflow Control • Policy & Procedure Design • Diagnostic Test Ordering & Interpretation
Process Improvement • Staff Training & Direction • Disaster Preparedness • Presentations/Public Speaking
Adult Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified (ANP-BC) – American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) Licenses with Prescriptive Authority – Florida, New York and Arizona
Registered Nurse (RN) Licenses – Florida, New York
Burn Therapy Certification – United States Public Health Service (USPHS)
Hyperbaric Nurse Certification – United States Air Force (USAF)
Intubation Certification – USAF
Flight Nurse Certification – USPHS/USAF
BLS (Provider and Instructor) and ACLS (Provider) Certifications – American Heart Association
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE & ACHIEVEMENTS
ARNP, One Health Primary Care, St Petersburg, FL 33713
Primary Care 2017-Present
Care for 14-16 geriatric patients per day, plus walk-in’s, in out-patient office setting, addressing acute and chronic needs. Perform history and physicals. Managed acute and chronic disorders. Work with team of one provider and nursing staff. On-call rotation. Knowledge of Athena Health.
ARNP, St Petersburg Diagnostic Clinic, St Petersburg, FL 33707
Primary Care 2016-2017
Care for 16 – 18 general and geriatric patients per day in out-patient office setting, addressing acute and chronic needs. Perform history and physicals. Managed acute and chronic disorders. Work with team of 3 providers and nursing staff. On-call rotation. Work with GE Centricity.
ICE Health Service Corps/USPHS, Various Locations 2002 to 2016
Senior Mid-Level Practitioner, Eloy Detention Facility, Eloy, AZ (2009 to 2016)
Care for 15–20 patients per day within detention facility’s outpatient clinic, addressing acute and chronic needs. Review medical histories, conduct physical and neurological exams, determine diagnoses, order/evaluate radiology and lab tests, devise/execute treatment plans, prescribe medications, and educate patients. Perform suturing, nail removal, abscess incision/drainage, and other minor procedures. Direct emergency care services including patient stabilization and/or transfer. Maintain patient documentation in EMR system. Read/respond to detainee grievances. Supervise team of 6 including Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants; preside over all provider schedules to ensure adequate coverage.
Frequently receive numerous letters of appreciation from patients for delivering exceptional care.
As member of USPHS Nursing Committee, participate in development, implementation, and enforcement of clinic policies/procedures including those related to accreditation.
Actively serve on LGBT Committee; gave presentation on gender dysphoria to staff in 2015 and currently drafting protocol for care of gender dysfunctional patients.
Introduced and continue to lead care rounds for multidisciplinary personnel to discuss patient cases.
Functioned as medical escort for 100 detainees returning to Nigeria, Egypt, and Albania.
Senior Nurse Practitioner, El Paso Processing Center, El Paso, TX (2006 to 2009)
Progressed to mid-level position in outpatient clinic. Oversaw team of 3 including fellow mid-level providers and Nurses. Handled personal daily caseload of up to 25 patients, completing physical and neurological exams and diagnosing/treating chronic conditions. Performed all care functions including radiology/lab test ordering and interpretation, medication management, minor procedures, and patient teaching. Served on call for emergencies and as Charge Provider for 9-bed short-stay medical unit. Controlled patient data in EMR system.
Appointed to fill additional position as facility’s Director of Health and Safety; authored policies to address various health and safety issues.
Updated/gave PowerPoint presentation for annual staff training on age-specific patient care.
Senior Nurse, Buffalo Federal Detention Facility, Batavia, NY (2002 to 2006)
Functioned as Charge Nurse in general medicine clinic. Conducted physical exams and educated patients on their diagnoses/care plans. Monitored vitals and blood glucose levels. Acquired blood samples for lab evaluation. Administered medications. Participated in QA projects as medical records reviewer.
Earned National Detention Standards Reviewer certification and played key role in facility’s successful inspection.
Appointed as regional/national Process Improvement Coordinator and acting Health Service Administrator.
Held presentations on metabolic syndrome for Seton Hall University students and USPHS career opportunities for University of Buffalo students.
Served as Flight Nurse for multiple detainee return missions.
Additional Experience: Senior Nurse, Emergency Medicine, USAF, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH
EDUCATION & RECENT TRAINING
MSN, Adult Nurse Practitioner, Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ
National Honor Society Member; completed thesis on family presence during resuscitation
BSN, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
Student Council Representative
ASN, Maricopa Community College, Tempe, AZ
Statistics Course – University of Phoenix (2014)
American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) National Clinical Conferences (2007, 2009, 2011, 2012)
Infection Control Conference – Arizona Infection Control (2011)
Flight Nurse & Medical Transportation Training – USPHS/USAF (2008)
Commissioned Officers Association of the USPHS
USPHS Nurses Association
RECENT SERVICE AWARDS
President’s Choice Fitness Award (2008 to Present)
Isolated Hardship – USPHS (2012)
Unit Commendation – USPHS (2010)
Letter of Commendation for Flight Crew Special Operations – USPHS (2010)
Achievement Award – USPHS (2008)
Letter of Commendation – USPHS (2008)
Foreign Duty Award – USPHS (2007)