South University, Savannah, Georgia
Masters of Science in Nursing — Family Nurse Practitioner October 2016
Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Georgia
Bachelors of Science in Nursing May 2003
Memorial Health, Savannah, Georgia
Nurse Practitioner -- Children’s Wellness Program Nov 2017-present
Provide direct care in a hospital-based outpatient setting for non-ideal weight pediatric population promoting healthy habits and screening for medical concerns and comorbid conditions often associated with non-ideal weight. Duties include: assessment, developing a plan and providing patient education and counseling.
Conduct/lead support groups and cooking demonstrations for nonideal weight pediatric patients and provide community outreach and education for promotion of overall wellness.
Provide physician outreach in the local community educating on program’s offerings and discuss referral process.
Lead annual lectures for pediatric residents and family practice residents on childhood obesity, discussion of program offerings, and process of referring a new patient.
Two Rivers Health Clinic, Rincon, Georgia
Volunteer Nurse Practitioner, Board Member, Recruitment Team Aug 2018-Oct 2019
Provide direct care in an ambulatory care setting biweekly providing free primary care to indigent population of Effingham County whom don’t otherwise have health insurance. Duties include assessment, developing a plan and providing patient education and counseling.
Serve on advisory board for the free clinic which holds meetings bimonthly, as well as serve on the board’s recruitment committee.
THA Group, Savannah, Georgia
Nurse Practitioner — RightHealth Clinic at the Marshes Jul 2017—Nov 2017
Provide direct patient care in an outpatient office setting for individuals living in a retirement community with an assisted living and nursing home component. Duties include management of new and established patients who live within the community. This includes assessment, developing a plan and providing patient education and counseling. Patients are seen for lab draws, INR monitoring, wound care, wellness exams, routine foot care, and acute visits such as ear pain, sore throat, or cough, among other things. Patients can either schedule appointments or may walk-in.
Scale Solutions, Inc., Savannah, Georgia
Nurse Practitioner — Savannah, Pooler & Bluffton offices Jan 2017-Jul 2017
Provide direct patient care in an outpatient office setting for individuals aged 17-69 years old. Duties include assessment of new and established patients; review of vital signs, labs, EKGs; and delivery of counseling and education on healthy lifestyle changes. Provide pharmacological management of the medical weight loss patient.
Effingham Health System, Springfield, Georgia
Staff RN — Emergency Department Mar 2016-Feb 2017
Provide direct and indirect patient care in the emergency setting for all ages, based on the nursing process, my knowledge of growth and development, the hospital and nursing philosophy, policies and procedures, standards of professional nursing and in accordance with Georgia law.
Memorial University Medical Center, Savannah, Georgia
Staff RN Il — Bariatric Center of Excellence Nov 2015-Apr 2016
As a Staff RN Il at the Bariatric Center of Excellence, I was involved with the inpatient care of the bariatric surgery patient, as well as the overflow of medical/surgical patients admitted within the hospital. I operated as charge nurse many shifts, which involved overseeing the flow of the entire unit while continuing to care for my patients.
Bariatric Program Coordinator Nov 2010-Nov 2015
As the RN and Bariatric Coordinator, I oversaw every aspect of the process of obtaining bariatric surgery. Among many other things, this includes conducting information sessions for prospective patients, providing education for patients and families through the entire process of having surgery, verifying insurance benefits and prior authorizations for surgeries, and obtaining and organizing data for various outcomes databases. I also triaged patients via phone and in the office setting, assessing vital signs and symptomology. Often, I administered intravenous fluids in the office.
Staff RN Il — Emergency Department Jun 2003-Apr 2011
Provide direct and indirect patient care for all ages, based on the nursing process, my knowledge of growth and development, the hospital and nursing philosophy, policies and procedures, standards of professional nursing and in accordance with Georgia law.
From July 2005 moving forward, I was trained and worked as Charge RN in the ED, overseeing the entire acute care area, including pediatric ED and express care. As the charge nurse, I was immediately responsible for approximately 20-30 nurse and 15-20 assistive personnel during the working shift. I was also responsible for patient placement within the ED, as well as overseeing their treatment process.
CLINICAL EXPERIENCES (HIPAA-COMPLIANT CLINICAL LOGS ARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST)
St. Joseph/Candler Medical Group, Rincon, Georgia Oct 2015-Feb 2016
Under the guidance and supervision of Dr. Kenneth Eugene, I worked with patients 10 years old and up for Advanced Health and Physical Assessment and then with the adult and gerontological population for Family Health: Adults and Gerontology. Patients were seen for routine follow-up appointments, annual physicals, and episodic visits for illness. I logged more than 280 hours over the span of 4 months, seeing over 300 patients, getting excellent reviews from Dr. Eugene.
Provident OB/GYN Associates, Pooler, Georgia Feb 2016-Apr 2016
Under the preceptorship of Dr. Susan Mobley, I worked with women and adolescent females for Family Health: Women's Health. I logged more than 180 hours over the span of 10 weeks, seeing over 380 patients for routine and episodic exams in both gynecology and obstetrics, getting optimal reviews from Dr. Mobley.
University Pediatrics, Savannah, Georgia Apr 2016-Jul 2016
Under the supervision of Dr. Jessica Kobleur, I worked in pediatric primary care for Family Health: Pediatrics. logged more than 180 hours over the span of 10 weeks, seeing nearly 150 patients, getting positive reviews from Dr. Kobleur. In addition to working with her in the pediatric primary care setting, seeing patients for well child exams, routine follow-up and sick visits, I also worked with her in the children's wellness clinic, following children struggling with obesity.
New Concept Healthcare, Rincon, Georgia Jul 2016-Sept 2016
Under the preceptorship of Janice Ford, APRN and Dr. Jack Heneisen, I worked with underinsured individuals of all ages for Family Health: Primary Care. I logged nearly 200 hours over the span of 10 weeks, seeing over 250 patients for various reasons, getting excellent reviews from both Janice Ford and Dr. Heneisen.
Professional Advanced Practice Registered Nurse — GA #RN165031 expires 1/31/2021
DEA -schedule 3, 3N, 4, 5 #MB4281426 expires 7/31/2020
Board-certified through ANCC #201-***-**** expires 1/2022
Basic Cardiac Life Support expires 3/2021
Advanced Cardiac Life Support expires 3/2021
AHA Pediatric Advanced Cardiac Life Support expires 5/2020
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
Implementation of a Multidisciplinary Weight Management Program
South University NSG 6999 September 2016
Many research studies support the use of a multidisciplinary approach to medically managed weight loss, providing patients with education from an exercise physiologist, a therapist, a dietician and a medical practitioner, rather than diet and exercise or pharmacological management, alone. The family nurse practitioner is in the ideal role to implement a multidisciplinary approach for weight loss among overweight and obese patients.