RHONDA DENISE NEWSOME
Nurse Case Manager/Utilization Review El Paso, TX
Del Sol Medical Center 26 August 2014 to present
Works in conjunction with other members of the interdisciplinary care team using a proactive approach to facilitate effective and efficient patient care during the hospital stay. Meets with each patient and/or family early in the course of care to activate anticipatory discharge planning for post hospital care. Responsible for comprehensive initial and ongoing chart review to ensure that appropriate services are rendered in the most appropriate setting. Provides accurate and timely utilization review of patients within assigned area. Communicates with physicians regarding issues such as length of stay, admission and/or treatment criteria, and how to render services in the most cost effective manner. Serves as an advocate in support of patient’s right to self-determination. Provides community information and referral information. Acts as a liaison between patients, families, visitors, physicians, and other community services providers.
Nurse Director, Orthopedics/Neurosurgery El Paso, TX
Del Sol Medical Center 1 March 2013 to 25 August 2014
Responsible for administration, analysis, and appraisal of care given to patients in the orthopedic/neurosurgery unit. Provides clinical oversight in the safe provision of nursing care of the orthopedic population ranging from adolescence to geriatrics. Promotes the highest level of patient, staff, and customer satisfaction. Advises hospital management regarding the status of patient care, budgetary projections, quality improvement processes and opportunities for service line growth. Anticipates and estimates further needs of the unit in conjunction with the entire Medical-Surgical service line. Seeks opportunities for and promotes the improvement of the quality of patient care. Collaborates and coordinates the efforts of the staff to accomplish the mission of Del Sol Medical Center.
Clinical Instructor-Part-time El Paso, TX
University of Texas at El Paso 23 August 20011 to 15 May 2013
Works under the direction of the Dean of Undergraduate Nursing, provides direct supervision and clinical instruction of ten (10) students in clinical practicum areas. Conducts pre-clinical learning experiences and reviews patient population assignments. Conducts post-clinical conferences activities and discussions. Works closely with clinical unit, liaisons/preceptors to communicate needs of students, and other concerns regarding clinical facilities. Conducts mid-term and final clinical evaluation conference with each student in assigned groups, completes clinical evaluation tools and submits to Course Manager. Monitors and evaluates student clinical performance. Reviews grades and clinical assignments. Attends and participates in course team meetings related to implementation of course content, clinical experiences, teaching strategies and evaluation.
Home Health Nurse – Part-time El Paso, TX Visiting Nurse Association 13 August 2011 to 22 November 2012
Works under the direction of the Director of Home Health or Home Health Manager to assess, plan, implement, and coordinate the plan of care for a diverse patient population by utilizing the principles of community health nursing to provide skilled nursing care. Determines eligibility for home health services and develops the plan of care to be followed. The Registered Nurse completes all paperwork necessary for agency policies and federal/state laws. Utilizes “PtCT Home Care Manager for electronic documentation in the medical record for all patient interactions.
Nurse Case Manager El Paso, TX Visiting Nurse Association 1 Nov 2010 to 12 August 2011
Works under the direction of the Director of Home Health or Home Health Manager to assess, plan, implement, and coordinate the plan of care for a diverse patient caseload of 50 to 75 patients by utilizing the principles of community health nursing to provide skilled nursing care. As a leader of the nursing team, plans daily schedule for nursing within the team and ensures equity in nurse/patient assignment using the “Meditech” electronic scheduler. Interacts on a daily basis with members of the ancillary team to ensure the patient’s needs are met. Determines eligibility for home health services and develops the plan of care to be followed. The RN case manager completes all paperwork necessary for agency policies and federal/state laws. Utilizes “PtCT Home Care Manager for electronic documentation in the medical record for all patient interactions. As Senior Case Manager, provides leadership supervision to 3 Registered Nurse Case Managers and 5 Licensed Practical Nurses in the delivery of quality healthcare.
Chief, Medical Surgical Nursing El Paso, TX
William Beaumont Army Medical Center 14 APR 2008 to 2 Jul 2010
Provides leadership and supervision of the Medical-Surgical Nursing Section, comprised of a 41-bed medical and a 35-bed surgical ward providing inpatient nursing care, in a 137 bed level III Army Trauma Center. Ensures compliance with TJC standards. Plans, Directs and evaluates 150 military and civilian personnel. Responsible for the allocation of staff between the two units to ensure the provision of safe quality care. Oversees an annual budget of $2.9 million. Evaluates nursing activities to ensure compliance with standards of professional and regulatory guidance. Analyzes trends as necessary to improve nursing methods, procedures and practices. Serves a spokesman/mediator for ethical dilemmas in patient care. Prepares operational plans and staff development programs. When needed, serves as bed manager/nursing supervisor.
Facilitated and provided clinical oversight to the smooth transition of approximately 60 nursing residents into clinical practice
In an effort to discuss disparities in the quality of nursing care provided as well as continuity, conceptualized and implemented a chance from team to primary care nursing
Excelled in training, leading, and motivating people to meet their highest potential
Utilized strong interpersonal skills and mentoring to coach the members of the section in achieving sometimes problematic assignments
Developed and maintained a strong rapport with members of the ancillary services
Served as a positive change agent within the organization.
Deputy Director, Practical Nurse Course El Paso, TX
William Beaumont Army Medical Center 23 Aug 2006 to 3 Jan 2007
Assists the Phase II Site Director in managing the 44-week Practical Nurse Course. Supervises four army officers, four enlisted members, two civilian nurse educators, and one education technician. Executes 564 didactic hours and 860 clinical hours of instruction for three classes that graduate approximately 70-90 students annually. Oversees weekly student class schedules, precepts, guides, and evaluates development of new faculty members in preparation for didactic and clinical instruction. Monitors students with identified performance problems and ensures proper evaluation. Provides classroom and clinical instruction on a variety of nursing topics. Supports organizational committees and activities.
Provided oversight to the didactic and clinical instruction of over 80 students
Demonstrated strong personal presentation skills
Excelled in effective coaching counseling of subordinates
As a result of my efforts the Practical Nurse Course celebrated a 92% pass rate
Cooperative Medical Assistance Nurse Bagram, Afghanistan
Combined Task Force 76 15 May 2005 to 14 May 2006
Serves as Cooperative Medical Assistance Nurse for Combined Joint Task Force-76 engaged in combat operations in Afghanistan. Coordinates with Civil Affairs, Provincial Reconstruction Teams, and United States Agency for International Development, and Non-Governmental Organizations to assist in the development of sustainable plans to facilitate Afghan hospital capacity expansion. As part of the hospital assessment team, completes accurate and timely health care facility appraisals focusing on the guidelines set forth by the Basic Essential Packages of Health Care Services and national standards. Serves as triage officer and provides basic primary health care and health care education during missions.
Participated in 66 tactical missions that provided primary care to Afghan women and children
Fully realized the importance of and successfully employed the principles of transcultural nursing in an austere environment.
Head Nurse, ICU and Head Nurse Ambulatory Surgical Center Landstuhl, Germany
Landstuhl Regional Medical Center 22 Aug 2002 to 14 May 2005
Served in dual roles as Head Nurse of a 12-bed intensive care unit for the 212th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, the only 36-bed 100% mobile facility in the Army and Head Nurse of a Pre-Procedure Unit and a 10-bed Ambulatory Procedure Unit in a jointly staff 180-bed Regional Medical Center. Responsible for Clinical supervision, management and career development of four professional nurses and six enlisted soldiers at the MASH, and five professional and eight enlisted soldiers at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. Establishes and maintains operating policies and procedures. Counsels, mentors, and evaluates the job performance of staff in accordance with established standards. Maintains medical equipment and medical supplies valued at $1,000,000. Ensures unit is able to deploy and sustain operations for a 15-day period without resupply.
Consistently projects self-confidence, authority and enthusiasm
Effectively applied new concepts and techniques
During deployment to Iraq, along with team members, oversaw care for over 147 casualties
Instructor, Practical Nurse Course Augusta, GA
Eisenhower Army Medical Center 7 Jul 1998 to 30 Jun 2000
Primary Clinical Instructor in a 52-week, MOS producing Phase II Practical
Nurse Course. Conducts and evaluates clinical instruction for 6-10 senior level Practical Nurse Students in the Medical Intensive and Surgical Intensive Care Units at the Medical Center. Conducts approximately 76 hours of classroom lecture annually for two simultaneous classes averaging 80 students. Coordinates four didactic instruction modules covering Endocrine, Genitourinary, Blood, and Cardiology Courses. Responsible for the preparation and administration of six major exams. Coordinator for two block revisions for the AMEDD Center & School. Unit Education and Transition to Practice Coordinator. Serves as academic counselor for up to 10 students.
ICU Staff Nurse Augusta, GA
Eisenhower Army Medical Center 19 Apr 1997 to 6 Jul 1998
Clinical Staff Nurse on a 12-bed Surgical/Thoracic Intensive Care Unit in
busy Regional Medical Center. Patient population presents with a variety of surgical conditions including patients from the first DOD selected Specialized Treatment Service for Open Heart Surgery and Cardiac Intervention. Acts as charge nurse supervising 2-3 professional and 3-4 paraprofessional nursing staff. Responsible for monitoring rapidly changing patient conditions using complex equipment. Recognizes impending crisis situations and responds appropriately. Maintain preparedness for Joint Commission surveys. Serves as Head Nurse in her absence.
Staff Nurse, Telemetry Ward Augusta, GA
Eisenhower Army Medical Center 25 Jul 1996 to 18 Apr 1997
Clinical Staff Nurse on a 22-bed Coronary Care/Cardiothoracic Ward in a busy Regional Medical Center. Patient populations presents with a variety of cardiac-related diagnoses to include myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure, unstable angina, pre/post cardiac diagnostic and interventional procedures and open heart surgeries. Advanced skills in physical assessment, emergency interventions, and airway management are required. An expanded knowledge base relating to physiology, pharmacology, and critical care nursing interventions were essential. Acts as Charge Nurse on evenings and night shift supervises 2-3 professional and 2-3 paraprofessional nurses while interacting with physicians, supervisors, and various hospital departments. Maintain JCAHO preparedness.
Brigade Nurse Counselor Edmond, OK
Fourth Brigade/Fourth Region ROTC 2 Jun 1995 to 1Jul 1996
Serves as Region Staff Officer to plan, coordinate, and direct ROTC nurse
recruiting and retention activities. Conducts staff assistance visits to universities, colleges, and high schools in a three state area. Advises Brigade Commander and Battalion Cadre on nursing operations. Establishes and facilitates collegial relationships between cadre and nurse educators. Serves as subject matter expert on current nursing issues. Assesses analyzes battalion marked potential and recommends specific nursing strategies. Mentors and counsels nurse cadets and prospects. Supports planning and execution of the Nurse Summer Training Program.
Staff Nurse, Coronary Care Unit San Antonio, TX Brooke Army Medical Center 7 Sep 1991 to 1 Jan 1995
Serves as staff nurse on a busy ten-bed Coronary Care Unit with an average census of eight to nine patients in a 500-bed Army Medical Center /Teaching Hospital. Plans. Implements, and evaluates direct patient care and functions as charge nurse. Plans and participates in unit inservice programs and assists in the orientation of new personnel, both professional and paraprofessional. Works closely with the physicians and other members of the health care team in assessing and providing for needs of patients and their family members. Serves on unit and hospital committees.
Staff Nurse San Antonio, TX
Brooke Army Medical Center 10 Jul 1990 to 15May 1991
Clinical Staff Nurse for a 26-bed Medical Ward in a 645 bed Regional Medical
Center. Responsible for acquiring working knowledge relative to the norms and regulations of the Army system. As charge nurse, supervised and was responsible for the growth and development of 1-2 RNs and 2-3 paraprofessionals. Participated in unit level patient and family education, discharge planning, quality assurance, and JCAHO readiness. Maintained accurate nursing assessments, care plans, clinical records and reports.
University of the Incarnate Word San Antonio, TX
MSN, Adult Health Nursing, GPA 4.0 Aug 2000 to Dec 2004
West Texas State University Canyon, TX
BSN Aug 1985 to Dec 1990
American Nurses Association Current