Laura E. Hodge, LVN
Tyler, Texas 75703
Licensed Vocational Nurse
Self-motivated, takes direction well, works well individually as well as with goal-oriented teams.
Highly skilled career professional who has enjoyed 20+ years practical experience in hospital, health related education, home health, hospice, ASC (pre, circ, post), clinic and case management/case review (interqual).
Accomplished in various areas of nursing including complete assessment, critical thinking, counseling and education of the patient as well as family/caregivers, labs/draws, excellent IV initiation skills and therapy, thorough documentation, administration of treatment procedures, and documentation/chart auditing, and monitoring the surgical al patient.
Skilled with majority of today’s EMR programs, telephone triage, appointment scheduling/patient referral/ordering durable goods, etc. Proficient in all documentation/record maintenance/paperwork to ensure accuracy and timely progression of the physician’s schedule as well as complete patient confidentiality.
Surgical procedures performed in hospital, ASC and clinic environment.
As for my personal practice, I will always be a patient advocate first and foremost. Taking my patient’s best health and wellness plan(s) made by their care provider(s) and helping both them, and their loved ones, to understand and achieve their goals. All with skilled but gentle care and a compassionate, encouraging attitude has been, and will continue to be my standard.
Board Examination- Jan 2000
License, State of Texas- February 18, 2000
Trinity Mother Frances Clinic, Float Pool 2000-2003
Office Staff Nurse
Trinity Mother Frances Clinic - Dr Steven Keuer 2001-2003
Office Staff Nurse
Trinity Mother Frances Education Department 2001-2006, 2019- CURRENT
As an American Heart certified instructor for healthcare providers
I along with my teammates recertified TMF employees for their BLS for
healthcare providers. I also teach classes to the public on behalf of TMF
such as Childbirth Education, Breastfeeding classes, newborn care classes,
and siblings class. I occasionally helped with new employee orientation.
I am proud to say I continue to help breastfeeding mothers in
the community as a ministry only and at no charge, and am not affiliated
with any hospital or physician when doing so at this time.
Hospice of East Texas 2003-2005
Inpatient Staff Nurse
Sky Ranch Christian Camps 2005-2009
Staff Nurse (summer)
Pine Cove Christian Camps 2007-2009
Staff Nurse (summer)
Trinity Mother Frances Hospital
Staff Nurse 2 East (mother/ baby) 2005-2010
Maxim Healthcare 2013-2016
Lactation nurse also PRN case nurse
Heaton Eye Associates 2010-2014
Refractive Surgery Nurse
Health South Rehab Hospital 2014-2015
Turtle Creek Surgery Center 2015-2017
Our patient age ranged from age 1 to adult. Also, we had special needs patients once monthly, which I especially love working with.
Case Review Specialist, Case Management
As a case review specialist, I had the pleasure of learning under the supervision of one (actually 2) of Tyler's top physicians about case denials, the appeal system, timely case management, Interqual, and the importance of correct coding as well as timely clinicals submitted with complete and correct documentation. While this took me far from the bedside nursing I was so used to, it was awesome to learn another part of what makes this "monster" of a healthcare system run. Although intense, I absolutely would not trade one second of time learning from the docs in our morning meetings, then going back and pulling from my cases and own knowledge base to work our cases (typically through interqual), all before the1300 deadline each day. Being part of the team responsible for recuperating insurance payments otherwise denied was extremely gratifying.
Southern Surgical Arts (Tyler and Palestine offices) 3-2018 -current
Clinic in the afternoons
Daily surgeries: after the patient was roomed prior to surgery cut time: Initiation of IV, ordered fluids, preoperative IV meds. Complete preoperative anesthesia checklist and monitor patient, administer ordered medications and monitor patient during surgery, chart medications in real time during surgery, assist when needed, recover patients prn, count and maintain pharmacy, reconcile all meds daily, maintain crash cart, order all meds and iv supplies. After surgeries are complete for the day and all nursing duties are completed, I do anything from laundry to end of day checklists, but mostly assist the docs with consultations.
Vocational Nursing - 1999 Kilgore College, Longview, Texas
IV therapy - 2000-current
NRP certificate - 2005-2011
BLS for healthcare providers - current
ACLS- expired * in process of renewing
*I’m happy to provide professional and/or personal references at the appropriate time.