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Registered Nurse Medical

United States
August 15, 2012

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Laura Nicole Branham

PO Box ****~Naples, FL *****~239-***-****


• Bachelor of Science and Nursing, May 2005

Florida Gulf Coast University, Ft. Myers, Florida

• High School Diploma, June 1999

Barron Collier High School, Naples, Florida


May 2012-July 2012

Clinical Reimbursement Coordinator (MDS)

Harbor Chase Skilled Nursing Facility, Naples, Florida

• Responsible for assessing the functional capabilities of residents and using the results to formulate and implement individual care plans. These care plans are monitored to evaluate effectiveness of nursing care. All strategies must comply with Medicare requirements and ethical standards. Communicate with the Interdisciplinary Team to ensure proper care being given to residents and all resident needs are addressed. Timely assessments based on the Medicare requirements for submission are a must. Organizational skills and effective communication are key.

January 2012-May 2012

Assistant Director of Nursing

Harbor Chase Skilled Nursing Facility, Naples, Florida

• Professional nursing work in organization, administration, and supervision of the nursing services, and representing the director as needed. This position included making changes in procedures, staffing, and work operations when the DON was unavailable, assisting the DON in preparing and justifying the total nursing budget. Identifying staff development opportunities through observation, evaluation of reports, and receiving input from staff that ensured nursing goals and standards were met. Written reports and charts were prepared to evaluate nursing services. Counseling and disciplining staff were also required. Leading staff meetings, performing all wound assessments and treatments, and directing infection control policies were performed.

October 2010- October 2011

Unit Charge Nurse/ Registered Nurse, Neuroscience

Naples Community Hospital, Naples, Florida

• Charge Nurse on the neuroscience unit. This position was transitioned to when the former Clinical Coordinator position was eliminated. The position included the duties described below, without the management responsibilities included in the CC role. Examples of the tasks that were no longer included in this role would be the scheduling, disciplines, audits, and the delivery of staff evaluations. This position still worked closely with the Interim Nurse Manger to accurately evaluate staff performance and develop staff education. The ability to multi task, develop new ideas, and communicate effectively with all persons was imperative. This position allowed for more patient care and interaction, and developed into a role that provided more assistance to the unit as a team. Requirements included Florida state registered nursing license, BLS certification, and telemetry certification.

August 2007- October 2010

Clinical Coordinator/ Registered Nurse, Neuroscience

Naples Community Hospital, Naples, Florida

• Clinical Coordinator on the neuroscience unit. The promotion to this position has many more accountabilities than the previous neuroscience floor nurse position described below. These include the management of the entire 30 bed floor as well as staff. Management of patient treatments, orders, and care plans is constantly required. Staff development, scheduling, auditing, direct patient care, communication with all medical staff regarding care of the patients, education of families and patients regarding specific care, and implementation of developing committee work are just a few of the duties this job entails. The development of a new care delivery model between the director of the unit, the CCs, and the CNO has also been a focus of this position. The ability to multi task, develop new ideas, and communicate effectively with all persons is imperative. Requirements include Florida state registered nursing license, BSN completion, BLS certification, and telemetry certification.

August 2006- August 2007

Registered Nurse, Post Anesthesia Care Unit

Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts

• Registered staff nurse in a 31-bed unit caring for patients, adult and pediatric, following surgical interventions requiring general or regional anesthesia. Included in this unit was a 4 bed overnight area in which critically ill patients were closely monitored. The care of all of these patients was consistent with MGH intensive care unit practice. Electroconvulsive therapy was performed in the PACU under the care of the Department of Anesthesia and the Department of Psychiatry with PACU nursing support and patient care management. Requirements included a Massachusetts state registered nursing license, BLS certification, MGH telemetry certification, and completion of the Critical Care Consortium provided by MGH.

May 2005- July 2006

Registered Nurse, Neuroscience

Naples Community Hospital, Naples, Florida

• Registered nurse on the neuroscience unit accountable for specific groups of medical-surgical patients with complex needs. Responsibilities included the ability to effectively manage patients while assuming full responsibility for assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of patient care. Examples of the patient population include spinal cord surgeries and injuries, cranial surgeries and injuries, strokes, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, dialysis, telemetry monitoring, alcohol withdrawal, as well as medical or surgical overflow patients from other units. Requirements included Florida state registered nurse license, BLS certification, and basic telemetry skills.

March 2003- May 2005


Stevie Tomato’s Sports Page, Naples, Florida

• Server in fast paced sports bar. Duties included side work, set up and breakdown. Food handling bartending, cashier tasks were included as well. This position allowed for personal growth in time management, communication skills, organizational skills, and the development of various customer satisfaction techniques.

May 2000- July 2001

Unit Secretary, Surgical Intensive Care

Naples Community Hospital, Naples, Florida

• This position included duties such as medical transcription, answering phones, filing and organizing paperwork, scheduling of doctor’s orders, patient and family representation, and basic patient care. Since this atmosphere was a high intensity and stressful environment, skills that required the use of levelheaded thinking, including ways in which to manage stress, were a must. This position also required that assistance be given to the unit director when the need arose. This position allowed for personal growth by the development of the skills in which to perform at a high intensity level as well as accomplish the organizational goals set forth.


• MDS 3.0 Certification completed April 2012.

• In 2010, I was the Team Captain for the 6South Collier Heart Walk fundraiser. We placed second in our MicroSystem, tied with a sister floor.

• In the role of Clinical Coordinator, I successfully completed the Nurse Manager’s Boot Camp. This program provided me with tools to enhance my managerial skills. The Boot Camp shared references, examples, and activities to broaden my knowledge base of administration responsibilities.

• During my employment at MGH, I served on the Practice Committee. This committee was brand new in its development working on governing the way the PACU practiced nursing at MGH. Collaboratively, this group of eight people worked to develop a unit specific website that would display the JACHO, ASPAN, and MGH guidelines for practicing nursing in the recovery room. Since the PACU worked with so many other units, such as the operating rooms, same-day surgery unit, and the inpatient units, it was imperative that we developed guidelines that were easily accessible to the PACU.

• During the nursing program at FGCU, I was required to attend 140 hours of practice experience in the Cleveland Clinic ER. I was responsible for direct patient care under the direct of my preceptor, communicating with patients, families and medical staff regarding the care of these patients, and assembling reports for the School of Nursing staff. This experience helped me to gain knowledge of patient care and to further develop my use of therapeutic communication techniques.

• I have also volunteered at the Willough of Naples. This facility is a drug, alcohol, and eating disorder clinic aimed at the recovery and further prevention of these disorders. I spent my time in medical records, where I organized patients’ charts, marked the charts for signatures that were required, and communicated with the staff to ensure that all the patients’ files included specific treatments and treatment plans related to the patient for medical billing purposes.


• Florida- Active

• Texas- Temporary (until further testing complete, then permanent status)

• Massachusetts- Inactive

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