Cardiovascular Intensive Care Nurse
Served as a specialty nurse caring for critical patients directly from the operating room following open-heart, vascular and thoracic surgeries. Monitored hemodynamic stability using Swan-Ganz catheter and arterial line data. Titrated multiple vasopressors, inotropes, and other cardiac supportive drips to maintain hemodynamic stability. Cared for patients with multiple chest tubes, epicardial pacemakers, intra-aortic balloon pumps, and on ventilatory support, requiring constant and close assessment. Using independent and critical thinking intervened when patients were not progressing and in need of volume replacement and immediate corrective action. Progressed patients through ventilator weaning and extubation and transition to the progressive care unit. Served as a preceptor for nurses new to critical care and as charge nurse for the CVICU and step-down unit.
- Utilized critical thinking in a dynamic setting to ensure the safety of every patient
- As a charge nurse, worked to help foster an environment of team work and support amongst the small number of skilled nurses on the unit and provided clinical expertise
- Selected as one of two nurses to attend specialized training in Michigan at the commencement of our VAD program, and developed a bedside reference tool for the post-op care of Heartmate II patients.