December 2006 — January 2009
As a PRN nurse for this company, I had the extraordinary pleasure of working for a few truly awe inspiring organizations. My position initially was as a one-on-one nurse for a remarkable 3 year old. This child was born with anomalies that required him to need splints, a g-tube with constant feeding, a tracheostomy and the apparatus & treatments needed to maintain a patent airway while this child attends HeadStart Program at Penn Hebron Elementary. His school year was an entire year, which I completed. I was then offered the position of LPN Floater for the Pittsburgh Public Schools. My territory was all schools in the North Side area as well as Downtown Pittsburgh, the Hill District and finally Oakland. There were approximately 20+ different schools I attended in a school year within those neighborhoods. I received my schedule from the appointed person within the Pittsburgh Board of Education a month at a time where I rotated to different schools weekly. I had to visit up to 3 different schools daily to monitor student's diabetic blood sugar levels at mealtime in order to maintain proper diabetic care. This often involved patient education along with close involvement with the student's parent and physician. Strict documentation was performed and information was shared as needed with staff nursing as well as administration and teachers. During the holiday time off from schools, I would work as a relief nurse at Goodwill Industries Pittsburgh Headquarters previously located on Carson street in the South Side. I would cover for the regular nurse during her holiday time off. I would assess and treat the clients of Goodwill Industries. The clients were disabled or MH/MR requiring special attention and assessment skills necessary for maintaining optimum health and wellness. I would assist the clients during their mealtimes, performing various functions in order for the clients to eat as independently and safely as possible.