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Emery william rn to bsn portfolio presentation


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Career summary; Philosophy of Leadership, Ethics, Mentoring, Communication, and Change.

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Emery william rn to bsn portfolio presentation

  1. 1. Bill Emery, RN P.O. Box 25445, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80936 Phone (719) 964-7977 Email:
  2. 2. To whom it may concern: I am seeking a leadership position with your organization. I am very interested in working for a company that values excellent patient care, loyal and committed employees, and encourages creative thinking merged with efficiency and safety. I am a licensed RN and have worked for several years in a Health Grades Top 50* Magnet hospital. I have received numerous compliments and honors from patients and coworkers regarding the quality of care I have provided. My strengths include being a team player, a strong energy level, critical thinking with attention to details, dependability, and a positive attitude. In addition to my health care experience I have more than 25 years of previous business management and customer service experience. My background includes progressive movement in companies where I have had substantial inter- departmental interaction. I was a key member in a systems implementation project and managed a business expansion project including facility redesign and logistics. With a rapidly growing small business I managed operations and several moves to larger facilities. I would appreciate your consideration for a position with your organization and can be reached at (719) 964-7977 or by email at anytime. I look forward to hearing from you very soon. Sincerely, William D. Emery * Health Grades
  3. 3. I am a professionally licensed RN who enjoys being part of, as well as leading, a successful and productive team. Having to adjust to rapidly changing situations, I try to develop innovative and creative solutions to problems. I work well on my own initiative and can demonstrate the high levels of motivation required to meet the demands of the circumstances. Having developed my nursing skills in an Acute Care Medical-Surgical unit, I have consistently shown an ability to remain calm in stressful conditions. As an experienced business manager with educational credentials, I take pride in developing subordinates and students, encouraging them on their personal career paths.
  4. 4. I am now looking to build on my range of technical skills within a leadership position. I am very interested in working for a company that values excellent patient care, loyal and committed employees, and encourages creative thinking merged with efficiency and safety.
  5. 5. 2009-date: RN, CNA, Telemetry Tech; Penrose Hospital, Colorado Springs, Colorado  Medical-Surgical Nurse on Stroke/Respiratory Unit.  NIHSS Stroke Certified.  Member of Unit Practice Council.  Member of Hospital Falls Committee.  Recognized as MVP-Patient Safety (2014).  Honored with Halos for Heroes (2011).
  6. 6. 2014-date Wellness Clinician/Coach: HealthYou, Colorado Springs, Colorado  Health and wellness screenings.  Telephone or in-person follow-up coaching with clients at high risk for heart disease or diabetes.  National travel assignments for on-site screenings.
  7. 7. 2008-2010: Substitute, grades K-12, Technology Services Special Projects  Harrison District 2, Colorado Springs, CO  Academy District 20, Colorado Springs, CO  School District 11, Colorado Springs, CO
  8. 8.  2006-2008 Administrative Services Manager Credit Service Company, Colorado Springs, CO: Managed new department, coordinated relocation, facilitated floorplan redesign.  1996-2006 Customer Service/Call Center, Accounts Receivable/Collections Manager Cook Communications Ministries, Inc., Colorado Springs, CO: Managed wholesale division Customer Service/Account Reconciliation departments, member of systems conversion team to JDEdwards, management of Accounts Receivable/Credit/Collections department, managed Pricing/Promotions system.
  9. 9.  1991-1996 Mail Order Customer Service/Call Center Current, Inc., Colorado Springs, CO: Incoming Call Center Supervisor, Warehousing Administrative Assistant  1983-1991 Mail Order Operations Music In Motion, Richardson, TX: Management of Operations (Inventory, Shipping/Receiving, Order Processing, Warehousing), Sales/Service at local and national events.
  10. 10.  Enrolled in RN to BSN Online program, 2015. Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction, CO  Associate of Science degree, 2013. Pikes Peak Community College, Colorado Springs, CO Major: Nursing.  Bachelor of Arts degree, 1983, Cum Laude. University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, TX Major: Music Performance, Education.  Associate in Arts and Science degree, 1981. Cedar Valley College, Lancaster, TX Major: Commercial Music.
  11. 11. Additional coursework  Business Law; University of Phoenix, 1997, Colorado Springs, CO  Financial Accounting; University of Texas at Dallas, 1986, Richardson, TX  World Music, Economics; University of Wisconsin, 1980, Madison, WI  General Studies; University of Minnesota, 1975- 1979, Minneapolis, MN
  12. 12. As a nurse, I provide care, support, and encouragement needed to assist a person, family, or community to experience better health and wellness in order to enjoy a life in which they can fully participate, whether physically, mentally, emotionally, or spiritually. I count it a privilege to extend these functions to those entrusted, or assigned, to me. To do so, I rely on my education, training, and personal experiences to lead and provide individualized care. To lead, or be a leader, requires a combination of skills and character. Accountability and commitment to the organizational “principles” and goals is needed, but the nurse must also use appropriate nursing judgment. Skills must be refined to provide for an “increasingly independent and interdependent” (Sigma Theta Tau, 2005, p. 12) patient. However, the patient needs to remain the central focus and all efforts to bring the patient towards better health should be paramount. Continual awareness of the dynamic nature of health needs to be considered as well.
  13. 13. The nurse leader should be consistent in promoting health on the primary prevention level, modeling and advocating better nutritional habits, decreased substance use and abuse, increased physical activity, and healthier lifestyle choices (Kearney-Nunnery, 2012, p. 65). In short, the whole person needs to be addressed; holistic, individualized care is necessary. As Moore (2010) states, the nurse leader should be “intelligent and skillful in [the] technical aspects of medicine [but] equally wise and practiced in dealing with people” (p. 31). It is essential to integrate the four aspects of a person (body, soul, mind, and spirit) and bring healing when disease or illness is present. My philosophy of nursing includes the theories of Lippett, Havelock, and Rogers which all echo the essential core of Lewin’s Field Theory (Unfreezing, Moving, Refreezing) and the need for change agents (Kearney-Nunnery, 2012, pp. 207-212). The nurse is in a unique position to be a change agent to help our patients, residents, or clients achieve optimum health in his or her life. I believe that by taking only take ninety seconds to get beyond the medications and connect with our patients, it can make a substantial difference.
  14. 14.  Registered Nurse (RN), State of Colorado License # RN1625075  Basic Life Support (BLS), Healthcare Provider, American Heart Association  NIHSS Stroke Certification, National Stroke Association  Substitute Teaching, State of Colorado License # 119858  Music Teaching, All level, State of Texas License # 471-68-98-08  Member, American Nurses Association (ANA)  Member, Colorado Nurses Association (CNA)
  15. 15. Ethics, in nursing, is an encompassing arena of basic human rights including beneficence; justice and fidelity; self-determination and autonomy; full disclosure and veracity; informed consent; and privacy and confidentiality (Kearney-Nunnery, 2012, p. 228) in combination with a personal values system. While a nurse can objectively ascertain a person’s rights, the nurse’s personal values related to the client (or patient) are subjective. To effectively meet a patient’s needs, the nurse must have a full commitment to the patient regardless of any personal bias (American Nurses Association (ANA), 2015, p. V); the nurse’s opinions must remain neutral while promoting wellness and healthier choices to the patient (p.1). It is equally important to inwardly consider Provision 5 of the ANA’s Code of Ethics, to “advocate for practices that keep themselves safe [as well as their patients] (Cipriano, 2015, p.15).
  16. 16. “Bill Emery did a fabulous job with taking care of me. I can be very needy and he always was ready to take care of me or explain what was going on. … Thank you for caring.” – Tony D.
  17. 17. “Bill – Nurse, 4th Floor. Very calming personality. Would request in the future if I had to!” – Alison H. “Bill is an amazing nurse and mentor. He is professional, knowledgeable, kind, and caring… everything you would want in a nurse.” – Rhoda S. (student nurse). “The day that Bill was my nurse, I felt that I got excellent health care! He went above and beyond what was required of him. I sincerely appreciate the hospital giving me such a a fine person for my care.” – John E.
  18. 18. Kearney-Nunnery (2012) states, “A critical thinker needs to be able to tolerate ambiguity and remain open to surprises” (p. 128). With this statement in mind, I approach each day as being unique and different from the previous one, even if I return to the same patients. As a nurse-leader in an acute-care setting, I get the privilege of working closely in an interdisciplinary setting. I am involved with the hospitalist (doctor) in developing the ongoing plan of care for the patient. Internally, I interact with case managers; physical and occupational therapists; speech therapists; the emergency room; chaplains from Spiritual Care; and technicians from Ultrasound, Radiology, Cardiology, and I-T (Information Technology). Externally, I work with families and communicate with nurses at facilities where my patient may be going upon discharge. Each interaction requires a different communication strategy; Berlo’s Source-Message-Channel-Receiver (SMCR) communication model being the most representative. Berlo (1960) developed the SMCR model to reflect the “communication skills, attitudes, knowledge, social system, and culture” (as cited by Kearney-Nunnery, 2012, p. 110) of both parties in an interaction. Different words and information are chosen based on the other party’s interest in the patient.
  19. 19. I think Leary’s reflexive model is also appropriate with patient interactions (p. 111). To the degree of dominant or submissive behavior present, the opposite response is obtained, and to the degree of love shown, the response is similar. A recent example I could use would be an 80-year-old patient with dementia who was very apprehensive about needle sticks (insulin, IV starts, blood draws). We had much better success with her when I gave her information about what we were going to do (dominance/submission) and explained it in a loving, caring manner (love/love). I am also in a unique position for mentoring. Each day I work with one or more aides, and often I have student nurses shadowing me. To the aides, I explain what goals I might have for the patient on a particular day, involve them with assistance in procedures, and if they are in nursing school, help them apply the theory to the actual situation. I am mindful of non- verbal mentoring, that attitudes and behaviors are witnessed and remembered.
  20. 20. When students are with me, I involve them as much as possible with the patient, understanding I am modeling a working nurse. I attempt to demonstrate respect by introducing them to the patient and writing their names on the white board with mine, determining what level of school they are in and providing opportunities to practice their skills. I try to help them with critical thinking (as my preceptors and certain RNs did when I was a student and aide), asking them to consider why certain orders were entered by doctors, what possible side effects the medications might have, and considering how our potential actions fit into the discharge plans for the patient. I have had (and still have) excellent mentors around me and I try to be, as Carr (2008) lists, “a role model and effective teacher, being approachable, enthusiastic, [and] caring” (p. 465). I would like to think that my previous education background helps me provide good experiences for the student and aides. I don’t take the responsibility for mentoring or communicating lightly; what I say directly impacts the care received by patients. If I am aware of something and fail to mention it to a doctor, or minimize a situation, a patient might not get the appropriate medication or treatment. I’m not close to perfect by any stretch of the imagination but in trying hard and learning from my mistakes, I am a better nurse every day.
  22. 22.  American Nurses Association. (2015). Code of Ethics for Nurses. Silver Springs, MD: Retrieved from: odeofEthicsforNurses/Code-of-Ethics-For-Nurses.html  Carr, J. (2008). Mentoring student nurses in the practice. Practice Nursing, 19(9), 465-467. Retrieved from: 3772e0c5-903b-4dc7-944a-1e676d9f13f1%40sessionmgr115&vid=0&hid=126  Cipriano, P. (2015, March). ANA helps nurses achieve better health and healthier work environments. American Nurse Today, 10(3), 15  Kearney-Nunnery, R. (2012). Advancing Your Career: Concepts of Professional Nursing (5th ed.) Philadelphia, PA: F.A. Davis Company.  Moore, T. (2010). Care of the Soul in Medicine (1st ed.). Carlsbad, CA: Hay House.  Sigma Theta Tau. (2005). Resource Paper and Position Statement on: Leadership and Leadership Development Priorities. Retrieved from: sition_leadership. pdf