Pros: opportunity to provide excellent patient care, many learning and teaching opportunities, high salary with excellent benefits
Cons: was terminated in a very hurtful and undeserved manner, and subsequently vindicated by the vec.
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I loved most of my employment at Inova Fairfax Hospital, which was over 18 years. I was an experienced RN at the time I joined Inova Fairfax Hospital, with extensive experience as a medical surgical nurse with large knowledge base and adaptability and accountability. My vocation has always been for behavioral health nursing, I trained at Payne Whitney Clinic, worked on staff on the metabolic research unit and adolescent borderline units. Later I worked as staff nurse and then nursing coordinator at Psychiatric Institute in NYC. I yearned to master nursing competency and excellence in other areas, including but not limited to routine med-surg, oncology, and obstetrical nursing. I studied REBT , and had a small counseling practice for 4 years collaborating with a psychiatrist and LCSW. I moved to VA from NY in 1989, and joined the staff pool working full time at Inova Fairfax Hospital in the summer of 1990. The Nursing Coordinator of the Cardiac Telemetry Unit asked me to join their staff, which I did after about 3 months on the pool. I worked on the CTU and developed skills with pre and post surgical open heart surgery and heart transplant patients, as well as medical and cardiac patients on cardiac telemetry. I developed competency in this very demanding area and received good reviews. In 1993 I decided that I would prefer to return to psychiatric nursing, and was employed on Psychiatry 4 Main in the fall of 1993. I was held in high regard, received good reviews, became a Geriatric Resource Nurse, engaged wholeheartedly – more... in the Caritas initiatives, and was a member of the Ethics Committee. I was named Nurse Educator of the year in 2003 . I have an enormous love of psychiatric nursing and have highly developed skills and body of knowledge. In 1998 I completed my MSW from VCU, and applied the knowledge and skills from this study to my practice as clinical nurse. In 2006 I was accepted as a staff nurse at the Partial Hospitalization Program, which at that time was on the same floor as the inpatient hospitalization service. Over time I became the staff member doing the most groups per day and week; I love doing groups and have a high level of proficiency, having studied at Payne Whitney Clinic, Psychiatric Institute, 4 Main , and social work school, including internships as well as course work.
I have advanced skills in patient assessment and intervention in person and by telephone, crisis intervention, working with families, interfacing with insurance companies and other agencies, computer documentation, as well as team work, independent functioning, and accountability to agency and governmental policies. – less