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Nurse Practitioner - Certified

Phoenix, Arizona, United States
May 07, 2019

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Herlinda Castro

BSN, MSN, FNP-C, ** Years Neuro ICU, Charge, Supervisor

Summary of Experience

** ***** ******’s Neurological Institute Intensive Care Unit, St. Joseph’s Hospital

*** ***** ****** *octor care while obtaining FNP

141 hours Banner Urgent Care while obtaining FNP

102 hours family medicine, 33 hours pediatric clinic, 33 hours High risk OB, 22 hours pulmonary critical care clinic.

Treatment of Diseases & Chronically Ill Patient

oNeurological, Trauma, Surgical and Medical ICU’s: Extensive understanding in treatments for Traumatic Brain Injuries, Subarachnoid hemorrhages, Cerebral vascular accidents, transient ischemic attacks, Parkinson’s Disease, Vascular dementia, spinal cord injuries, brain tumors, pituitary tumors, spinal tumors, endovascular cerebral perfusion, Guillain Barre, Myasthenia Gravis, depressed patients, dementia, Type I and II diabetic treatments, diabetic ketoacidosis, hypertension, hypertensive crisis, respiratory crisis, ventilated patients.

Special Procedures

oBedside Tracheostomy and PEG tube placements, Duo-tubes, Foley catheters, peripheral intravenous devices, ultrasound guided peripheral IV and arterial line starts, skin and wound care

Clinical Skills

oSkilled in conducting physical examinations, assessments, recognizing changes in patient condition, Lab interpretation, consulting multidisciplinary teams, monitoring telemetry, responding to emergent life-saving situations, cardiac and respiratory critical events, charting & reports

Administrative Skills

oStaff education encourage growth of new nurses, mentorship, process and procedure implementation, guidance for patient’s and family relations, relied upon as a professional leader of teamwork amongst Nurses, Nurse Practitioners and Physicians



Barrow’s Neurological Institute - St. Joseph’s Hospital Medical Center Intensive Care Unit

Provides oversight of activities in a 32-bed unit, serves as a resource for staff, direct patient flow, provide quality care to satisfy Nurses, patient’s and family members. Provide bedside care when short staffed. Troubleshoot problematic scenarios with staff, patient’s and family members. Attend daily meetings for staffing.


Banner Thunderbird Nurse PACU

Recovered many patient’s post-surgery to baseline level of function from various surgeries such as colonoscopy, gynecological, cosmetic and reconstructive, orthopedic, prostate and urological, including nerve blocks. Discharge home safely providing education on procedures, post-care and when to return to the emergency upon recognizing emergent signs and symptoms post-op.


Health Temp Medical, surgical, trauma ICU, Pre-op and PACU

Treatment and management of patients critically ill with pulmonary and/or cardiac disease who have multiple comorbidities, blood infections, cancer problems, diseases of the blood, gastrointestinal problems, kidney, liver and lung problems. Monitored patients during intubations, bronchoscopies and chest tube placements.


FNP Program Experience

Doctor Care: (MOBILE DOCTOR TO PATIENT’S HOMES, SKILLED NURSING FACILITIES AND NURSING HOMES). Chronic condition care of homebound patients. Weekly travel to patient’s home or living facility, assessing and diagnosing. Communication with other multidiscipline to implement changes and needs of the patient. Communicated with caretakers for changes made with care with read, back and verbalize process.

Banner Urgent Care: Focal examinations for patients across the lifespan. Sutures placed and removed, cerumen removal, toenail removal, comprehensive physical exams, diagnosis and treatment of acute illnesses.

Pediatric Family Care – Comprehensive and focal physical exams for newborns to 18 years old. 10 Newborn assessments.

Arizona Pulmonologists Pulmonary Clinic – Asthma and COPD treatments. Pulmonary function tests and interpretations.

Family Primary Care – Focused, comprehensive assessments, charting, ordering of labs, medications and coding of all patients. Prostate exams, EKG interpretation, understanding of ABI and urinalysis interpretations. Gynecological and well women exams, pap smears, pediatric patients ages 5-18, adults and geriatrics. Referrals made for patients as needed.

High Risk OB– Extensive education in diabetic education with adjustments to insulin and medications weekly.


Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ – 2018 MSN, Family Nurse Practitioner, 3.9 GPA

Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ – 2005 BSN, RN, 3.7 GPA


Ultrasound guided peripheral IV and arterial line starts

Skilled in conducting physical examinations and assessments

Fluent in Electronic Health Record (Cerner)

Educational training in class: Suturing, Wound Care, Punch biopsy, Shave biopsy, Incision and Drainage, Toenail Removal, Local Anesthesia

Continuing Education & Memberships

2018 Family NP Review Course & Clinical Updates – Live 18.25

Professional Associations

American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)

Member since 2017 # 1745357

American Association for Neuroscience Nurses (AANN)

Member since 2015

Professional Licensure

AANP Board

Certified NP-C: F03190018

RN License in good standing: RN136535

Basic Life Support current: April 2020 expiration

Advanced Cardiac Life Support current: April 2020 expiration

Non-CEU Educational Training

Health Assessment/Simulation Practice Workshop-GCU

Cerumen Removal Simulation – GCU

Nasal Packing & Foreign body removal – GCU

Pulmonary Function Testing & Interpretation – GCU

Flourescein & Corneal Abrasion Treatment – GCU

Foreign body removal of eye and ear – GCU

Female Pelvic & Breast Examination-Simulation – GCU

Male Prostate exam simulation – GCU

Vaginal Foreign Body Removal – GCU

Otosim and OpthoSim – GCU

CardioSim – GCU

Radiology Interpretation Lecture – GCU


Nichole Guinn FNP-C, 7010 E. Acoma Dr. Ste 102, Scottsdale, AZ 85254, 480-***-****

Anne Reiff FNP-C, 606 N. Country Club Dr. Ste 1, Mesa, AZ 85201, 480-***-****, 480-***-****

Thelma Smith BSN RN, Supervisor, Dignity Health, 350 W. Thomas Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85013, 480-***-****

Steve Kirk MSN BSN RN, Charge, Dignity Health, 350 W. Thomas Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85013, 623-***-****

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