CHERIE O’NEIL, RN, MSN, FNP
Introduction: My decision to become a second career nurse was a process that began with a social conscience awakening. While working in the financial industry in a poor inner city I became acutely aware of the effects that urban plight had on the physical and mental health of the community. Despite never having considered a career in the healthcare industry, a public service announcement encouraging a career in nursing resonated with my growing desire to help others. Soon after I acted upon that sentiment and voluntarily gave up a well-paying job and a home to pursue a career in nursing. In hindsight, the sacrifices made to become a second-career nurse were well worth the effort. With every patient encounter and opportunity to learn new information or acquire new skills, I have grown professionally and personally. Now, as a family nurse practitioner, I am in a position to make increasingly important healthcare decisions that will improve patients’ lives and hopefully contribute toward the betterment of our society.
Masters of Science in Nursing, Walden University, Minneapolis, MN. (2015).
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Magna cum Laude, Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT.
Bachelor of Arts, Communication Sciences, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT.
Professional NP Licenses: Virginia and Maryland
Certifications: Basic Life Support
Advanced Practice Care of Adults Across the Lifespan, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Washington, DC.
Primary Care of Adolescents and Children, Manassas Pediatrics, Gainesville, VA.
Primary Care of Women, Tepeyac Family Center, Fairfax, VA.
Direct Care Roles in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Across the Lifespan, Christopher McManus, MD, Arlington, VA.
Conduct complete annual physical exams, sports physicals, well-baby and newborn exams.
Order and interpret routine labs, EKGs, and other diagnostic tests.
Assess for cardiovascular risks.
Provide STI screening and counseling.
Consult on immunizations.
Patient/family education regarding health promotion and disease prevention with a focus on tobacco cessation, healthy diet and alcohol consumption.
Professional Healthcare Experience:
Nurse Practitioner, Brandon Avenue Pediatrics, Springfield, VA. Part time: 25 hours/week. 6/1/2015 – 7/30/2015.
Conducted physical exams for newborns to 18 years of age.
Developed and managed plan of care for sick visits.
Followed up on lab results and other tests.
Referred as needed for specialist care.
Ensured age appropriate vaccines using CDC guidelines.
Provided patient/family education regarding growth and development, health maintenance and other clinical issues.
Reason for leaving: Laid off due to low patient turn out.
Registered Nurse, Pediatrics of Arlington, Arlington, VA. Full time: 40 hours/week. 8/2013-4/2014.
Provided vaccinations across the pediatric age span.
Performed routine assessments for blood pressure, vision, hearing, height, weight, and body mass index.
Conducted PPD, allergy testing, and influenza vaccine clinics.
Educated family members regarding health maintenance and pediatric vaccinations.
Reason for leaving: Employer unable to accommodate clinical rotation schedule.
Surgical Registered Nurse, George Washington University Surgery Center, Washington, DC. Part time: 20 hours/week. 9/2011-4/2012.
Provided perioperative nursing practice standards before and during surgical procedures.
Followed hospital surgical protocols to ensure patient safety and privacy, strict aseptic technique, and proper specimen disposition.
Ensured accurate and timely documentation of surgical progress and outcome.
Reason for leaving: Position became full time and the hours conflicted with academic studies.
Surgical Registered Nurse, INOVA Hospital, Alexandria, VA, Full time: 40 hours/week. 4/2009-7/2010.
Nursing duties and responsibilities same as above.
Reason for leaving: Returned to school full time to pursue advanced degree in nursing
Registered Nurse, Telemetry/Medical/Surgical & Post-op Units, Stamford Hospital, Full time: 40 hours/week. 2/2007-12/2008.
Performed assessments for cardiac and vascular diseases and hemodynamic instability; conducted bedside telemetry and EKG monitoring.
Prepared patients for invasive and non-invasive diagnostic procedures.
Managed medication administration, IV therapy, and blood specimen withdrawals.
Provided tracheotomy and PEG tube assessment, wound care management.
Maintained vacuum-assisted closure devices and chest/surgical tubes.
Educated patient and family members regarding diagnosis, disease processes, therapeutic goals, and pre- and post-op care.
Reason for leaving: Relocated to northern Virginia
Magna cum laude, Fairfield University
Sigma Theta Tau, Walden University
Volunteer Experience: Arlington Free Clinic, Arlington, VA. Provid nursing care to underserved and uninsured populations, including immigrants and the homeless.
Sandy Stewart, CRNP, Relationship: Mentor, Manassas Pediatrics; Tel: 703-***-****.
Christopher McManus, MD, Relationship, Mentor, CP & RP McManus MD, Tel: 703-***-****.