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Registered Nurse

Norfolk, VA, 23320
August 21, 2012

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Maria Elena Salanga

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Chesapeake, VA 23320



Registered Nurse seeking a position with a qualifying hospital in order to exercise my knowledge


• Sound knowledge of and appropriate application of the nursing process

• Advocate for patient rights; strive to understand a patient’s needs and concerns.

• Hardworking and energetic

• Maintain critical thinking skills essential to providing competent and dignified patient care.

• Personable with positive attitude; interface well with patients, families, and nursing staff.

• Team leader with able to create a positive working environment that uplifts patients’ spirits.

• Solid understanding of ethical, legal, confidentiality and advocacy principles

• Good computer knowledge

• Excellent communication skills

• Strong interpersonal and customer relation skills

• Extensive nursing experience in med-surge, orthopedic, and ambulatory care


Luke & Associates - Langley Air Force Base Medical Center / Contract Assignment

Hampton, VA 07/2011 – 5/2012

Registered Nurse / Ambulatory Care Unit/PACU

• Provided pre- and post operative nursing care utilizing the nursing process to patients in the age group from pediatric to geriatric in the ambulatory care setting

• Prepared patients for surgery and provided post-operative care in phase 1 and 2 recovery

• Gathered, assessed, evaluated, and documented patient data for treatment purposes

• Ensured pre-operative checklist completed prior to surgery

• Prepared and maintained patient charts for surgery

• Performed nursing functions in accordance with physician's orders such as blood draws, insertion of peripheral intravenous lines, administration of medications via IV, SQ, IM, PO

• Assisted physicians at the bedside in administering regional blocks for surgery

• Performed discharge teaching to patient and family member

ATC Health Care Services – Travel / Agency Per Diem RN for Bonseceur System

Norfolk, VA 6/2012 – present

TCMP – Naval Medical Center Portsmouth / Contract Assignment

Portsmouth, VA 10/01/2008 – 07/08/2011

Chesapeake Center Inc. – Naval Medical Center Portsmouth / Contract Assignment

Portsmouth, VA 07/01/2006 - 10/01/2008

Spectrum Health Care – Naval Medical Center Portsmouth / Contract Assignment

Portsmouth, VA 03/01/2005 – 10/01/2005

West Florida Hospital

Pensacola, FL 08/2002 – 05/2004

Registered Nurse / Medical - Surgical /Orthopedic Ward

• Performed nursing assessments, planning, intervention, and evaluation of medical surgical patients ranging in the age group adolescent, adult, and geriatric

• Provided treatments such as monitoring vital signs, maintenance of central/peripheral intravenous lines, respiratory treatment, wound care, pin care, trache care, stoma care, continuous bladder irrigations

• Assisted physicians in examinations and treatments

• Administered medications via feeding tube, IV piggyback, PO, IM, SQ, IV

• Maintained proper functioning of chest tubes, PCA pumps, wound vac machines, CPM machines

• Monitored results of patient lab work

• Administered IV fluids/blood transfusion

• Performed specimen collection, foley catheter insertion, nasal gastric tube insertion, blood draws, and blood glucose testing

• Provided health teaching to patients and family during hospital stay

• Maintained complete chart on patient

• Performed discharge planning with patient/family regarding diagnosis, wound care, medications, diet, activity

• Provided pre- and post operative nursing care for adult and geriatric patients with musculoskeletal injuries and conditions.

• Educated patients and their families on the proper use of braces, prosthetics, and orthopedic equipment with a focus on safety

• Collaborated effectively with an interdisciplinary team of medical and health care professionals comprised of a physician, nurse manager, dietician, social worker, case manager, and physical therapist.

• Precepted staff nurses in areas of patient care, policies, and procedures with demonstrated leadership skills.

• Performed as charge nurse, prioritized and delegated assignments, contributing to a higher standard of patient care and staff retention.


B.S in Nursing, Hawaii Pacific University, Honolulu, HI


VA Registered Nurse #000*******



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