Job Title :
RN, BSN, AODA, CADC, Nurse Educator
Areas of Treatment :
Psychiatric Nursing, Substance Abuse, HIV Counseling
Hospital Affiliation :
Jackson Park Hospital, St. Anthonys Hospital and Catholic Health Partners
Practice Name :
Saint Anthony Hospital, Home Health Agency, Community Health Outreach
Chicago, 60608 United States of America
Years in Practice :
Description of Practice :
Over the past 11 years, I've worked in-house registry at St. Anthony Hospital, Chicago, Illinois as a psychiatic nurse on an acute care 30 bed in-patient unit. The patient population represents a broad spectrum of culturally diverse and multidimensional behaviors and diagnosis specific to the individual patient.
In addition, over the past 2 years I've worked as a community health nurse providing services in home health nursing assessments, planning, interventions, evaluation, teaching and health promotion of clients across the life span in varying degrees of wellness. I also supervise LPNs.
Areas of Expertise :
Thornton Community College and Governors State University
Year Graduated :
1975 and 1987 repect
How do you try to make a difference in the lives of your patients?
Applying the nursing process coupled with years of experience, expertise, and nursing care, I'm able to give patients hope, and allow them to verbalize their feelings, and accept them where they ar
Professional Society Memberships :
Black Nurses Association, International Church Of God In Christ
Honors and Awards :
- Service Award, 5 Years of Serv ice, May 2008, Saint Anthony Hospital, Catholic Health Partners
- Certification of Achievement for Job Well Done, Jackson Park Hospital, 1994, Psychiatric Unit
- Commitment to Excellence Service Award, Jackson Park Hospital, January 1, 1998
- Nurses Board of Gethsemane COGIC in recognition of Superior Service rendered, December 31, 1994
- Church Of God In Christ, Inc., First Jurisdication of Illinois State Nurse's unit in Appreciation of Faithful Service in the Holy Convocation, August 10-15, 1992
- Saint Xavier University, N483: International Perspectives in Psychiatric Nursing and Hospices, March 2, 1998
- Certificate of Appreciation, Nurse's Board, Gethsemane Church Of God In Christ, Inc., November 30, 2003
- Gethsemane Church Of God In Christ, Inc., Certificate of Appointment, President of the Nurse's Board, January 31, 2003
What made you choose a career in nursing?
At the age of 18 years old, I experienced a health crisis with spinal meningitis, was hospitalized at John Gaston Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Terrified about the unknown, I was cared for by a kind and compassionate nurse who explained to me everything, comforting me with hope during a time of despair, accepting me where I was, and touching me with gentle tenderness, patience, and love. Having experienced this blessing, I then desired to become a nurse so that I could give that same kind of Florence Nightingale comforting, compassionate, tenderness, patience and love to my patients. It is most important to listen to my patients in order to nurse them back to health.
Research Interests :
Depression and its effects on the individual, family, and community
What motivates you at the start of each day?
Each day I'm motivated by my desire to meet the needs of others through giving, listening, praying for people, interacting with people, and advocating for all humanity. I enjoy the diversites that each day brings working both in the area of spirituality as well as nursing.
Attributes Success To:
I attribute my success to many milestones during my life. In 1970, I accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as my personal Savior for whom I attribute all of my success to, especially during personal trials and tribulations. I accepted Christ in my heart at Portland Street Church of God In Christ under the auspices of Bishop Bennie Earl Goodwin. Many others like Betty Check, nurse educator, tuitored me during nursing school. Barbara Steffey, nurse educator, helped to motivate, counsel, and support me at the associate degree level while in nursing school. Dion A. McCarthy, Ph.D., Pastor, Gethsemane Church of God In Christ, also helped to motivate me through spiritual guidance, uplifting, and enlightenment. Without the support of mentors like these important people, it would be impossible for nurses to advance in their careers providing the kind of services so duly needed.
Place of Birth :
Holly Springs, Mississippi
Favorite Medical Journal :
American Journal of Psychiatric Nursing
Favorite Vacation Place :
Being Involved with the church and assisting the homeless. To do so, I enjoy working out at the health club at least twice a week.