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Mental Health Registered Nurse

Saint John, IN
February 21, 2020

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Carolyn M. Burns

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Dyer, Indiana 46311

708-***-**** (cell)


Doctor of Nursing Practice, Mental Health Nursing, Rush University, 2000

Master of Science, Mental Health Nursing, Southern Illinois University, 1984

Bachelor of Science, Nursing, Southern Illinois University, 1979


Indiana and Illinois Nursing Licenses

Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Board Certified

DEA Licensure

Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, Board Certified


Adjunct Faculty

University of Saint Francis – Crown Point, IN.

January 2020 to Present

In this part-time position I provide Simulation experiences to students in the Associate of Science in Nursing Program. I perform a needs assessment, construct measurable outcomes, design a scenario or case to provide the context for the simulation, and use various types of fidelity to create the required perception of realism. I conduct prebriefings, facilitate the simulation, conduct a debriefing following the simulation experience and evaluate the simulation experience of the participants in terms of meeting the identified objectives and outcomes.

Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist - Independent Contractor

Mid-America Mental Health LCC - Munster, IN.

September 2019 to January 2020

In this position I conducted psychiatric diagnostic evaluations based on DSM criteria, prescribed appropriate psychotropic medications and recommended non-pharmacological treatment modalities including psychotherapy to adults effected by mental illness in an outpatient setting. I collaborated with other psychiatric treatment providers to ensure patients received a high level of continuity of care.

Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist

Regional Mental Health Center – Merrillville, IN.

March 2018 to September 2019

In this position I performed psychiatric diagnostic interviews, arrived at DSM diagnosis and prescribed appropriate therapy and psychotropic medications. I provided direct psychotherapeutic, psychopharmacologic, and psychiatric management services. I provide 24-hour consultation to Emergency Services and Inpatient Services for emergencies and for assigned caseload. I provided “on call” and made rounds providing orders to patients on the Inpatient Unit.

Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist

Hamilton Center - Terre Haute, IN.

October 2008 to February 2018

In this position I conducted outpatient patient assessments/evaluations, obtained psychiatric histories and mental status examinations, diagnosed and prescribed medication for adults with moderately to severely effected psychiatric patients in a community health setting. I developed a plan of care with both pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment modalities working with the treatment team comprised of psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, therapists and case managers. I provided “on call” on a weekly basis.

Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, Health and Human Services

Indiana State University – Terre Haute, IN.

August 2006 to August 2008

As a faculty member, I provided classroom instruction on Medical Surgical Nursing and Leadership to senior BSN nursing students. I conducted weekly clinical instruction at a local hospital for 10 nursing students throughout each semester. I was the Faculty Sponsor for the Student Nurses Associations which raised funds and held special events for nursing students. I was also the Vice Chair for the Student Affairs Committee.

Nursing Instructor

South Suburban College – South Holland, IL

January 2005 to August 2006

I taught Pathophysiology, Medical Surgical Nursing, and Mentoring for Success to nursing students in the Associate Degree Nursing Program. I was a clinical instructor for 10 nursing students on a medical surgical unit and a psychiatric unit at local hospitals throughout the academic year. I was also a member of the Curriculum Committee.

Aviation Crisis Consultant

1994 to 2010

I provided consultation and mental health services to airline personnel following aviation accidents. Service rendered included critical incident stress debriefing, defusing, teaching the Basic Group Critical Incident Response Class, Peer Support Class and Listening Skills Class. Airlines served include: Air New Zealand, Alaska, Hawaiian, American, American Eagle, Delta, Comair, Fed-Ex, Southwest, US Airways, United, Frontier and Northwest Airlines. Contracted Mental Health Professional by the Airline Pilots Association (ALPA) and worked with the accident investigation team following airline accidents/incidents/disasters.

Crisis Consultant

1988 to 2010

I provided consultation services to businesses, hospitals and schools following traumatic events. I assisted with the training and development of teams to respond in case of emergency. Major events I have responded to the Columbine shooting, Hurricane Andrew, Hurricane Katrina, Oklahoma City Bombings, TWA Flight 800 and the 9/11 terrorist attacks.


Burns, C. (2009). Sold! Web-based Auction Sites Have Just Compromised Your Testbank.

Nurse Educator, 34 (3), 95-96

Burns, C. & Rosenberg, L. (2001). Redefining Critical Incident: A Preliminary Report.

International Journal of Emergency Mental Health, 3 (1), 17-24.

Burns, C. & Harm, N. (1993). Emergency Nurses’ Perception of Critical Incidents and Stress Debriefing. Journal of Emergency Nursing, 19 (5), 431-436.

Havily, C., Gagnon, J., MacLean, R., Jones, O., DeWitt, W., Nyberg, K., Burns, C., and Pohl, D. (1992). Pharmacological Management of Cancer Pain. Cancer Nursing, 15 (5), 331-346.

Burns, C. (1991, Fall). The Community Response CISD Team. Life Net. p 2.

Burns, C. (1988, September/October). Loneliness, Alcoholic Anonymous and Higher Power. Professional Counselor, p. 20.

Burns, C. (1998, March/April). The Alcoholic Quandary Revisited. Professional Counselor, p. 32.

Burns, C. & Schwartz, M. (1984). Step by Step: A Professional Methods Manual for Chemical Dependency Counselors. Saint Elizabeth Medical Center.

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