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Board Certified Nurse Practitioner in Savannah GA Resume Michele Stephens

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Michele Stephens is a highly accomplished, proactive, and detail-oriented professional with 30 years of nursing experience, including 20 years as a nurse practitioner, in fast-paced, demanding environments.

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MICHELE L. STEPHENS
Statesboro, GA 30461
(912) 682-7674 | [email protected]

CAREER SUMMARY
Highly accomplished, proactive, and detail-oriented professional with 30 years of nursing experience, including 20
years as a nurse practitioner, in fast-paced, demanding environments. Collaborates with interdisciplinary teams to
develop and implement treatment plans that drive positive patient outcomes. Maintains adherence to strict quality
standards; proven ability to consistently identify innovative methods of improving operational and performance
excellence. Optimizes patient flow and ensures admitted patients are attended to in an efficient and timely manner.
Areas of Expertise
Patient Assessment • Care Plan Development • Interdisciplinary Collaboration • Case Management
Grant Writing • Patient Advocacy • Staff Development / Training • Quality Improvement • Team Building
Patient Flow Optimization • Critical Care • Program Management • Patient Relations • Records Maintenance

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
GEORGIA EMERGENCY ASSOCIATES, Savannah, GA
Jun 2010 – Present
ANCC Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner – Emergency Department
Provide a wide range of emergency services, including suturing, incision/drainage, abscess/cellulitis, dental blocks,
staples, CPR, IV starts, cardioactive drug therapy, ventilator management, chest pain protocols, PE protocols,
splinting, and crutch training, to patients across six different counties.
 Work in multiple disciplines from pediatric to gerontology, as well as wound care, burn care, acute psychiatric
care, OB/ GYN care, STEMI/ACS care, stroke care, staple suturing, and orthopedics.
 Ensure all staff members are properly educated and trained in accordance with hospital and legal regulations.
 Translate complex medical concepts and terms for patients to assist in making important medical decisions.
LIPPINCOTT, WILLIAMS AND WILKINS via Wolters Kluwer Health, International
Reviewer for journal The Nurse Practitioner

May 2009-present

CORE COMPLIANCE GROUP, Cranberry Township, PA
Nov 2006 – Present
Healthcare Consultant / Educator
Educate and train hospital personnel to maintain regulatory compliance and drive positive patient outcomes.
AIR EVAC LIFE TEAM, Statesboro, GA
Feb 2011 – Dec 2011
Flight Nurse – Pre-Hospital Critical Care
Facilitated intubation, chest tube insertion, cricoidectomy, ventilator management, IABP, cardioactive drug
therapy, and pain management for critically injured or critically ill patients requiring emergency air transport.
MEMORIAL HEALTH UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER, Savannah, GA
Sep 2001 – Apr 2011
Staff Registered Nurse IV/ Nurse Practitioner (Jan 2007 – Apr 2011)
Key member of the Cardiovascular Stepdown Unit, Critical Care Division, and Heart and Vascular Services; treated
patients suffering from a variety of cardiovascular disorders, including acute MI, CHF, rhythm disturbances, valve
disorders, and carotid artery occlusion. Titrated cardioactive drugs and performed cardioversion.
 Delivered post-operative support for patients who underwent open-heart surgery or other major operations.
 Conducted admission intake assessments for newly admitted mental health patients at the Clark Center.

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Board Certified Nurse Practitioner / Clinical Director – Pain Management Services (Sep 2005 – Jan 2007)
Spearheaded the development and implementation of a comprehensive inpatient and outpatient pain management
program for the hospital. Managed key facets of daily healthcare administration, including business planning,
financial management, needs assessment, physician/nurse knowledge assessment, and educational planning.
 Analyzed workflow processes to ensure adherence to JCAHO and AAPM standards and regulations.
 Actively participated in the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) “100,000 Lives” campaign.
 Performed in-depth analyses of collected data to identify methods of improving patient wait time, scheduling,
and satisfaction through the implementation of Six Sigma methodologies.
 Provided non-traditional inpatient pain management services to hard to manage clients ie: patients who were
already addicted to drugs, psychiatric patients, oncology, pediatrics.
MEMORIAL HEALTH UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER, Savannah, GA
Sep 2001 – Apr 2011
Board Certified Nurse Practitioner – Outpatient Observation Unit (Nov 2003 – Sep 2005)
Coordinated clinical and administrative functions for an 18-bed outpatient critical decision-making unit.
Additionally responsible for conducting medical history/physical exams and interpreting diagnostic test results.
 Led multidisciplinary team that successfully decreased length of stay by nearly 33% (36.4 hours to 21.2 hours)
by bringing lab and radiology teams for partial shifts on the weekend to perform nuclear stress tests.
 Fostered positive and constant communication within the interdisciplinary team to promote rapid assessment
and intervention for cardiac and other medical patients.
ANCC Board Certified Nurse -Practitioner Oncology Nurse Navigator (Sep 2001 – Nov 2003)
Served on a several multidisciplinary, pain, performance improvement, education, and end of life/palliative care
committees, as well as teams involved in Cancer 101, Relay for Life, Cancer Challenges, and Harvest of Hope.
 Primary point-of-contact for over 300 patient cases with thoracic and GI cancers; handled all aspects of patient
care, including managing all questions, concerns, scheduling, rescheduling, appointments, and prescriptions, to
reduce stress and allow the patient to devote 100% of their time and energy to improving their health.

ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE
Board Certified Nurse Practitioner – East Georgia Nephrology
Family Nurse Practitioner – Candler Medical Group
Administrative Nursing Supervisor – East Georgia Regional Medical Center
Family Nurse Practitioner – Southeastern Neurological Associates
Family Nurse Practitioner – N.W. Medical Rehabilitation
Charge Nurse – Lawnwood Regional Medical Center
Administrative Nursing Supervisor – East Georgia Regional Medical Center
Traveling Nurse – Various Locations
Staff/Charge/Asst. Head Nurse & Program Developer – Memorial Medical Center

May 2001 – Sep 2001
Feb 2000 – May 2001
Mar 1999 – Mar 2000
Mar 1998 – Jan 1999
Mar 1996 – Mar 1998
Jan 1996 – Mar 1996
Dec 1993 – Dec 1995
Jan 1988 – Jan 1993
Jun 1985 – Jan1988

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EDUCATION & AFFILIATIONS
Pursuing Doctorate of Nursing Practices, Georgia Southern University (Expected 2018)
Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner Track, Georgia Southern University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Armstrong Atlantic University
Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner (ANCC)
Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse (AOCN)
Critical Care Certified Registered Nurse (CCRN)
Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse (CRRN)
Board Certified Fellow in Pain Management (AAPM)
Autologous Stem Cell Bone Marrow Transplant and Chemotherapy Certified (MHUMC)
Basic Life Support Certified (BLS)
Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certified (ACLS)
Pediatric Advanced Life Support Certified (PALS)
NIH Stroke Certified

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
American Association of Critical Care Nurses
American Academy of Pain Management
American Society of Pain Management Nurses
Association of Rehabilitation Nurses

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners
International Association of Health Care Providers
Oncology Nursing Society, National / Local Chapters
Sigma Theta Tau – Honor Society of Nursing

VOLUNTEER ACTIVITY
Chair – MyMemorial Campaign 2008 Philanthropic Campaign
Chair – Pain Management Committee and Advisory Board (2003 – 2007)
Key 100 Alumni Class of 2003 / Chair (2006) – Key 100
Freshstart Facilitator / “I Can Cope” Facilitator / Relay for Life Volunteer – American Cancer Society
Volunteer – Habitat for Humanity / Hands on Ogeechee / AmeriCorps / Oatland Island Educational Facility

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RESEARCH & PRESENTATIONS
Causes of Distress and Perceived Suffering in Hospitalized Cancer Patients
Massage Therapy as a Treatment Modality for Pain and Anxiety in Hospitalized Cancer Patients
Pharmacologic/Non-Pharmacologic Interventions for Pain Mgmt. and Anxiety in Elective Orthopedic Surgeries
Pain Management Certification Review Course Instructor
East Georgia Regional Medical Center (2007)
JCAHO Stroke Certification Education and Consultative Preparation
Alta-Bates Hospital System, Berkley, CA (2006)
Advance Practice Nursing: The Pros and Cons of Regulation (2006)
Management of Post-Operative Pain Presentation (2006)
Managing Narcotic Therapy in Addictive Disease (2006)
Pain Management Certification Review Course Instructor (2006)
Pain Management in the Perioperative Setting (2006)
Pain Jeopardy
Housewide Inservice Education Related to Pain Knowledge and Attitudes Survey Results (2005)
Interventional Pain Management in the Oncologic Patient
Hospital Inservice (2005)
Implementation of Smoking Cessation Program for Patients with First Time Self-Reported Chest Pain
Sigma Theta Tau Podium Presentation (2004)
Massage Therapy as Therapeutic Intervention for Hospitalized Patients with Cancer
Podium Presentation – ONS International Congress, Anaheim, CA (2004)
Nurse Navigator: A Unique Role for the Advanced Practice Nurse
Poster Presentation – ONS International Congress, Anaheim, CA (2004)
Efficacy of Massage Therapy on Inpatients with Cancer
Sigma Theta Tau Podium Presentation, Research Day (2003)
Multidisciplinary Symptom Management in Patients with Cancer
Poster presentation at ONS International Congress (2003)
Comprehensive Screening and Management of Distress
Sigma Theta Tau Podium Presentation, Research Day (2002)
Enhancing Patient Care by Coordinating Multi-Modality Treatment in Patients with Thoracic Malignancies
Sigma Theta Tau Podium Presentation, Research Day (2002)

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