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Expert in Air Medical, Critical Care, Trauma, Emergency Medicine, RN

Expert ID: 731199 California, USA

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Expert has worked as a nurse in critical care, emergency and trauma for the past 20 years. For 17 of the 20 years, she has been in transport nursing. She has been a flight nurse for 15 years. A definitive airway is expertise that flight nurses offer. In addition, Expert is also an acute care nurse practitioner and is also practicing as an acute care NP in a high level of medical/surgical ICU. Expert has been teaching trauma courses for emergency and ICU nurses for 16 years and teaches an advanced trauma course for the past 7 years to flight nurses, flight medics, respiratory therapists. Expert is also a current board of director member of the national professional organization for transport nurses called the Air and Surface Transport Nurse Association.


Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: San Jose, California - San Francisco, California - Sacramento, California - Oakland, California - Stockton, California - Fremont, California - Modesto, California - Salinas, California - Santa Rosa, California - Hayward, California

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2011 Degree: MSN, ACNP-BC Subject: Acute Care Institution: University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
Year: 1993 Degree: BSN Subject: Nursing Institution: San Jose State University
Year: 1989 Degree: BS Subject: Kinesiology Institution: UCLA

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2015 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Trauma Nurse Practitioner Department: Responsibilities: Functioning in an advanced practice role as an acute care nurse practitioner. Staffed on a busy trauma service with Trauma Surgeon at Level II trauma center. Performing primary, secondary and tertiary surveys, ordering and interpreting diagnostics, FAST exam, repairing lacerations, leading trauma resuscitation efforts in the ED, while also managing critically injured trauma patients in the ICU and all trauma patients on telemetry and medical-surgical floors. Procedures performed include eFAST, chest tube insertion, intubation, suturing, PEG placement, bronchoscopy, central line, and arterial line placement.
Years: 2012 to 2015 Employer: (Undisclosed) Title: Critical Care Nurse Practitioner Department: Responsibilities: Functioning in an advanced practice role as an acute care nurse practitioner. Part of a team of other nurse practitioners and physicians managing patients in a medical/surgical intensive care unit. Practice includes Assessing, diagnosing, and presenting patients to other team members. Responsible for ordering treatments, medications, ventilator changes, placing invasive lines, and imaging for ICU patients. In addition, responds to code blues and rapid response codes, running rapid response codes when no Fellow in house.
Years: 1990 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Flight Nurse Department: Life Flight Responsibilities: Part of nurse-nurse team that responds by rotor wing to 911 calls (40% -50% of flights) and caring to critically ill or injured patients from another hospital (50%-60% of flights). Advanced scope of practice includes advanced airway (oral, digital, nasal intubation), rescue airway devices, RSI, pericardiocentesis, arterial line placement, femeral central line insertion, intraosseous access, escharotomy, surgical and needle cricothyrotomy.
Years: 2012 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Registered Nurse Practitioner Department: Medical/Surgical ICU Responsibilities: One of the primary team in medical surgical ICU directly responsible for assessing, diagnosing, treating all patients in the ICU. Other members of team of physicians (interns, residents, fellows and attendings). NP is considered at level of resident and staffed as such.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 2012 to Present Agency: VA Role: ACNP Description: Nurse pratitioner, ICU

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Active member, ASTNA
Immediate Past President
President ASTNA / President-Elect ASTNA
Secretary/Treasurer ASTNA
Board of Director at Large, ASTNA
Active member, AACN
Active member, ENA
Active member, Sigma Theta Tau
Active member, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
Licenses / Certifications
Registered Nurse, State of California License
Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, State of California License
CFRN (Certified Flight Nurse) Expires 11/22
CTNR (Certified Transport Nurse) Expires 12/21
CCRN (Certified Critical Care Nurse) Expires 11/20
CMTE (Certified Medical Transport Executive)
ACLS Expires 10/19
PALS Expires 10/19
NRP Expires 3/19
IaBP Certified No Expirati6n
TNCC-Instructor (two day trauma course for ED/ICU RNs) Since 1997
TNATC-Instructor (Transport Nurse Advanced Trauma Course) Since 2004
Professional Appointments
Board of Director at Large, ASTNA
Secretary/Treasurer, ASTNA
President-Elect, ASTNA
President, ASTNA
Immediate Past President, ASTNA
Awards / Recognition
Outstanding Leadership Award, Awarded by California Nursing Student Association, San Jose, CA
Outstanding Contributions and Service to School of Nursing Award, Awarded by San Jose State
Katz-Mason for Transport Nursing Excellence
Medical / Professional
Resdency Trauma Services, San Francisco General Hospital
Residency, Emergency Department, UCSF

-Coordinator of Stanford Pre-Hospital Biannual Symposium since 2006.
-PR/Outreach Coordinator for Stanford Life Flight.
-Chair of Stanford Life Flight Education Committee since 1999
-Certified Medical Transport Executive (CMTE) after successful completion of course at Medical Transport Leadership Institute.
This is a course specifically for the air medical industry. It is a class given for one week for two consecutive years. During the second year, each candidate is assigned a group project relating to the management of an air medical program and must resolve all given program issues and present in formal presentation to class and instructors. MTLI includes industry leaders educating students on human resource management, marketing, budget, negotiation, etc – all of which are specific for air medical transport.
-Attending and completed one week of graduate classes at MTLI for two different years
-ASTNA (Air Surface Transport Nurse Association) Board of Director at Large (2007-2009 term)
-Created and implemented new BOD member orientation
-Actively functioned as BOD member to include attending BOD meetings, presenting and voting on organizational issues
-Marketed ASTNA at national conferences
-Liaison to Continuing Education Committee Chair for all CEU approval by ASTNA
-CAMTS liaison to CAMTS BOD member appointed by ASTNA
-ASTNA Secretary/Treasurer (2009-2010)
-Reviewed budget and lead discussions with BOD on budget approval and issues
-Organized education sessions for AACN NTI conference
-ASTNA President-Elect (2010-2011)
-Continued with same functions as BOD at Large while learning the role of President
-Negotiated collaboration with International Association of Flight and Critical Care Paramedics (IAFCCP) and helped create a certification exam review course (TraCER), organized class dates participated in the marketing of class and teaching nationally
-ASTNA President (2011-2012): Lead national professional organization by:- Attending and serving on leadership committees within air medicine, including representing ASTNA to partners (Air Medical Physicians Association (AMPA), IAFCCP, National Emergency Medical Services Pilots Association (NEMSPA).
-Responsible for financial viability of organization by overseeing, editing and reviewing budget with Executive Director and Executive Board.
- Negotiated multiple contracts, representing ASTNA’s best interest
-Leading all BOD meetings to include setting agendas and carrying out organization business
in a timely and efficient manner.
-Representing association at several national conferences networking with other industry leaders
-Appointed committee chairs and liaisons to the BOD and followed through with operations of each
-Advocated for air medical services on Capital Hill
-Chaired educational committee for national air medical conference 2013, co-chair 2014
-Served on education committee for annual national air medical conference since 2009
Publications and Patents Summary
Author, Contributing chapter to Transport Nurse Advanced Trauma Course

Publications: 7

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Have served as an expert witness for one case. Have been deposed twice. No hearing experience.

List of cases available upon request
Training / Seminars
Teach advanced trauma course. Lecture in all aspects of air medicine/trauma.

-TNATC Class Coordinator – Coordinates all aspects of three day trauma course including: recruit instructors, location, animal protocol, supplies, testing, creating and maintaining budget for fiscal viability of class
-Guest Instructor Stanford EMT Program, giving 2-4 lectures per class for past 6 years.
-Guest Speaker Stanford Hospital Critical Care Course annually for past 12 years: “Trauma ABCs for ICU Nurses”
-Speaker at Stanford’s Annual Trauma Symposium
-Volunteer speaker for various organizations in community including: Rotary Club, Alumni of - Stanford Nursing School, California School of Nursing, Realtors of Palo Alto, etc.
-Speaker at Stanford Orthopedic Annual Conference
-Speaker at NTI in Expo Education during exhibit: “So You Want to be A Flight Nurse,” Coagulopathies and the Lethal Triad”
-Contributor to TNATC course book – chapter writer.
-One of two lead instructors for two-day national certification review course for critical care transport nurses, flight nurses, flight paramedics, and critical care ground paramedics, taught at a national level.
-Speaker Totally Trauma Conference 2003
- Speaker Stanford Life Flight & Trauma Symposium Summer 2012: “Life and Death on the Beach’” “Drugs, Not Hugs: the Medication Shortage”
-Speaker fall National Perfusionist conference 2014: “Transporting the Complex Patient: Are You Up for It?”
-Speaker Totally Trauma Symposium 2014: "Prehospital Potpourri: An Overview of Topics and Trends".
-Speaker Totally Trauma Symposium 2016: “Getting to the heart of the Matter”
-Speaker Eden Trauma Education for TEC 2017: “Impaled and Pregnant”
- Speaker Marin General Hospital June 2017 “Impaled and Pregnant”
**Dates and presentation titles provided upon request
Marketing Experience
Have been on the board of directors for the national flight nurse association. Currently the immediate past president.
Other Relevant Experience
San Francisco General Hospital, Trauma Services
Managed trauma inpatients on floor and ICU under the direction of a preceptor. Experience included presenting patients to the team, admitting patients, discharging patients, transferring patients, writing orders, pain management, coordinating care with other disciplines, responding to nursing and patient needs.
University of California San Francisco, Emergency Department
Manage patients in tertiary care emergency department under the direction of a preceptor. Procedural experiences included suturing, I&D abscesses, slit lamp examinations, pelvic examinations, and discharge instructions.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
Spanish not fluent

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