Sign in

Surgery Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner-C, 1st assisted

Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
May 14, 2016

Contact this candidate


Brenda W. Sheetz, Surgical ARNP-C-BSN-MSN/FNP-C

**** **** ***** **. **, Cedar Rapids, IA. 52402

H: 319-***-****. C: 520-***-****.


Work History:

David H. Segal, MD-Eastern Iowa Brain & Spine Surgery, PLLC.

ARNP-C worked as first assist in neurosurgery, made pre & post op rounds in St. Luke’s and Mercy Hospitals. Wrote post op orders, prescriptions and admitted & discharged pts. Wrote prescriptions on discharge. Conducted patient follow-up office exams, at which time incision sutures or staples were added/removed as appropriate. On call, as scheduled, to handle pts. weekend phone calls. Made weekend patient hospital rounds. Performed Neuro exams in the office as f/u (12/09/15-current). Fully credentialed at Mercy Hospital & St. Luke’s Hospital.

Urgent Care Extra (UCE)-working as FNP-autonomously

Job requires assessment of pts. ability to suture wounds, laceration, refers to specialist, refer to the ER. Receive and evaluate labs as well as X-Rays.

01/29-01/30-called in for emergency coverage-05/17/15.

ASPC- Arizona State Prison Complex- NP-C- Medical care given-as well as

procedures done such as suturing lacerations from assault, removing/Incision & drainage of MRSA-cellulitis. Make referrals when indicated-such as-inmate had

10cm aneurysm-referred to vascular surgeon. Inmate had surgery, stated he will live to see he granddaughter. 09/10/14-01/23/15.

FNP- Clinical Hours of 770 hrs. Grand Canyon University requirements, thesis preparation & final submission, with possible publication &- FNP board preparation- 6/2011-1/2014. Enrolled in National Institute of First Assist for certification intended completion 2016.

University Medical Center, Trauma I center, Tucson, AZ. 85724

RN Staff II-OR-05/17/05- 7/24/2011

General team, Neuro team, & Gynecology team

InteliStaf (Gentiva) Cedar Rapids, IA.

RN-01/15/1999-03/10/2000. Teaching health prevention to workers at plants

Director-Crisis Pregnancy Center –Birthright, Cedar Rapids, IA

May 05,1998-Feb. 28,1999. Held monthly meetings for updates, policy, and more

about options to give pregnant women & birth control. Mostly voluntary position.

St. Luke’s Hospital, Cedar Rapids, IA.

General Surgery OR team- Scrub &/or circulate, floated to Neurology,

Orthopedics, Plastics, and Cardio-vascular/Open heart when assigned

09/20/1993-12/20/1996. 07/02/2001-11/30/2001.

Mercy Hospital, Iowa City, IA.

RN- Open Heart Team, taking call three weeks after starting, 06/15/1993- 08/20/1993.

Scrubbed & circulated- required before taking call. Tenure short due to terminal brain CA of spouse.

Mercy Hospital, Cedar Rapids, IA.

RN Clinician, Birthplace, started C-Section-OR/C-Section recovery room,

RN Operating Room- Anesthesia Assistant-04/10/1990-06/10/1993.

Mary Greeley Medical Center, Ames, IA.

RN Labor & Delivery, transferred to the OR June 1984


Iowa National Guard Reserves-

Commissioned Officer, Health Clinic RN

1985-1989 (withdrew due to terminal health of spouse).


Grand Canyon University: MSN/FNP

Dec. 2011-hard copy degrees received Jan.15, 2012.

University of Iowa: Graduate school part time-Pre-Law, Chemistry, Bio-Statistics-LSAT EXAM, taken & passed. 5/13/1996-05/07/2004.

Mount Mercy University, Cedar Rapids, IA

Bachelor of Science in Nursing- May 17, 1997.

Richard Bland College of the College of William and Mary, Petersburg, VA.

Associate Degree in Science-1980, Associate Degree in Arts, 1981.

Southside Regional Medical Center (Formerly- Petersburg General Hospital

School of Professional Nursing) Nursing Diploma, Aug. 1973- May 1980-passed

State Boards- Sept. 1980.

Qualification/Licensure and Certifications

MSN/FNP- C- (Jan. 4, 2014).


DEA prescribing privileges


Iowa State Board of Nursing License #A070535

Arizona State Board of Nursing License #RN133925 AP4347

ACLS: BCLS: 03/2018.

AORN membership 03/2018.

Surgery Experiences

Primary RN for: General Surgery, Gynecological Surgery & Endoscopy

Anesthesia Assistant RN- ACLS-included starting IV’s, certified to follow

MD orders in dosing epidurals for pain management when making rounds & L&D

Delivered babies-one of which were breech, abruptio placenta emergency, and mother saved.

Assisting with spinals, nerve blocks and giving blood, IV fluids in procedure/OR.

ICU- experience- 8 yrs.,

Recovery Room experience.

Clinical Hours Required for MSN/FNP- 650- Completed clinical hours-

770 –working extra on weekends as well for the experience.

Activities and Honors

Graduated from Grand Canyon University with honors- Dec., 2011-2012

Sigma Theta Tau International-2011

Tucson Mayor- certificate- providing excellent Nursing care during a trauma.

First woman-recipient (Detachment 1) Iowa Commendation Medal, Officer in Iowa National Guard medical unit, June 1986. (Served 1985-1989)

Subject: Work History Gaps:

Employment time gap/circumstances:

• I put my husband through Electrical Engineering College at Iowa State University-he was diagnosed with brain cancer-9 months after he graduated-he was only 29 yrs. old. My husband had 4 craniotomies-radiation and went blind. After fighting brain cancer for 13 yrs. MY HUSBAND DIED A SLOW DEATH. Passed away at the age of 41 yrs. old leaving behind a wife (me) and two kids. I became a young single mom. (1983-1995)

• I went back to school & received my BSN (05/17/1997). - after what my children had been through, I stayed home to raise them, my son is a Medical Doctor/Anesthesiologist and doing well, my daughter is a psychologist & also doing well. I went to the University of Iowa and took Masters degree courses, kept taking CEU’s for my RN license. (1995-2004). May 17, 2005, I moved to Tucson, AZ. Accepting a job at University of Arizona OR.

• After my kids were in to their careers, it was my turn- I remarried, my husband allowed me to resign from work to finish my thesis, complete my Nurse Practitioner clinical hours which totaled 770-(only 650 were required) and start to study for my FNP board exam. January 2014- I successfully passed the board & now I am MSN/FNP-C. (2005-2014)

• Elderly parents, family deaths, required my full attention. May father passed away May 2015, my mother passed Jan. 2016.


Contact this candidate