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Sterile Processing Processes and Point of Use Care; Handling for Operating Room

ID: 736705 North Carolina, USA

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Sterile Processing and Point of Use for Operating Room (SME)
Expert is currently the Director of Development and Research.
Ms. Expert has a notable combined 20 years of experience in Surgical Services as a cross-trained circulator/ surgical scrub and as a Surgical Technology Educator to prepare students for certification. Her experience extends to Sterile Processing as a foundational developer, implementor, educator, and department auditor.

She is a Subject Matter Expert of Best Practices, a voting committee member ANSI/AAMI standard, versed in AORN recommendations during pre, intra, and post-operative procedures for care and handling of surgical instrumentation. As a published writer for IAHCSMM Educator Update and speaker for the Sciences of Sterilization, she advocates and contributes to departmental development and cultural changes to increase the standard of care with a focus on building the profession of Sterile Processing.

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2017 Degree: CHL Subject: Leadership Sterile Processing Institution: IAHCSMM
Year: 1998 Degree: First Assistant Program - Nashville Technology Subject: Surgical Assistant Institution: Nashville Technology
Year: 1995 Degree: Surgical Technician Program Subject: Surgical Technology Institution: Vanderbilt University Nashville, Tennessee
Year: 1995 Degree: LPN - Licensed Practical Nurse Subject: Nursing Institution: Petersburg General
Year: 1982 Degree: Subject: Child Psychology Institution: McNeese State University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1993 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Director of Development and Education Department: Sterile Processing
Responsibilities:
Her experience extends to Sterile Processing as a foundational developer, implementor, educator, and department auditor.
She is a Subject Matter Expert of Best Practices, a voting committee member ANSI/AAMI standard, versed in AORN recommendations during pre, intra, and post-operative procedures for care and handling of surgical instrumentation. As a published writer for IAHCSMM Educator Update and speaker for the Sciences of Sterilization, she advocates and contributes to departmental development and cultural changes to increase the standard of care with a focus on building the profession of Sterile Processing.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1995 to 1999 Employer: Vanderbilt University Medical Center Title: Surgical Nurse Department: Surgery
Responsibilities:
Surgical Nurse in Childrens Hospital. Cross trained as a Circulating Nurse and Surgical Technologist.
Years Employer Title Department
Years: 1998 to 2000 Employer: High Tech Institute Title: Educator / Instructor Department: Surgical Technologist
Responsibilities:
Instructor for Surgical Technology Students to prepare for Certification

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2016 to 2016 Country / Region: Bahrain Summary: Taught IAHCSMM certification CRCST class to students at International Hospital of Bahrain
Years: 2016 to 2017 Country / Region: Trinidad Tabago Summary: Taught IAHCSMM certification class for Sterilization CRCST and Instrumentation CIS for hospital Sterile Processing Staff

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
• Central Source - IAHCSMM website-based magazine
• AAMI voting committee member
• Board Member of IAHCSMM Tennessee Chapter
• Contributing Writer for the Updated IAHCSMM Manual 8th Edition
• Department of Human Services for the state of Tennessee – Resource advisor for Foster Care Program
• Family to Family Member – Provided resources and the promotion of long-term care for children -Spokesperson in a documentary with a General Surgeon
Licenses / Certifications
• 2017: Certified through IAHCSMM as CHL
• 2006: Certified through IAHCSMM as CRCST
• 2005 and 2015: Certified through CBSPD
• 1998: First Assistant Program - Nashville Technology
• 1995: Surgical Technician Program - Vanderbilt University Nashville, Tennessee
• 1993 – 1995: LPN - Graduated as Licensed Practical Nurse Petersburg, Virginia
• 1981 – 1982: Child Psychology McNeese State University Lake Charles, Louisiana
• Certified Flexible Endoscope Preprocessor – GI Scope (C.F.E.R)
• American Heart Association
Professional Appointments
• Board Member of IAHCSMM Tennessee Chapter
• Contributing Writer for the Updated IAHCSMM Manual 8th Edition
• Department of Human Services for state of Tennessee – Resource advisor for Foster Care Program
• Family to Family Member – Provided resources and the promotion of long-term care for children -Spokesperson in a documentary with a General Surgeon

Medical / Professional
• Director of Surgical Services
• SPD Educator - University hospitals, Surgery centers, and hospitals in United States, Trinidad, and Bahrain
• Department of Human Services for state of Tennessee – Resource advisor for Foster Care Program
• Surgical Technologist Instructor
• Surgical Nurse Surgical Staffing Associates
• Vanderbilt University Medical Center Nashville, Tennessee Surgical Nurse

Publications and Patents Summary
Publications: 6 datings back to 2018; focusing on the process and its improvement sustainability in sterile processing.

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
2017 - Delivered testimony and documentation for a union hospital dispute. Provided all education and competency reports for all University staff in Sterile Process.

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