Melani de la Vega

Registered Nurse

Location
San Francisco Bay Area
Industry
Hospital & Health Care

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Melani de la Vega's Overview

Current
  • Nurse Health Advocate at YesRN.com
  • RN Case Manager at California State Prison Solano
  • Registered Nurse, Correctional Facility at California State Prison, Solano
Past
  • Advice RN at Kaiser Permanente
  • RN, Correctional Facility at California Department of Corrections - California Medical Facility
  • RN Supervisor at Walnut Creek Hospital
  • Staff Nurse II at Alta Bates Medical Center
  • RN Nursing Program Clinical Coordinator at Crestwood Manor
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Melani de la Vega's Summary

Registered Nurse with experience in Mental Health, Corrections, telephone triage, infectious disease, case management, health care appeals, and, telemedicine. I am looking for per diem, on call, or part time work and would welcome opportunities to re-enter bedside care.

Melani de la Vega's Experience

Nurse Health Advocate

YesRN.com

August 2013Present (1 year 2 months)

RN Case Manager

California State Prison Solano

May 2013Present (1 year 5 months)

Assessed, monitored, and provided appropriate interventions to inmate-patients in their assigned clinic with the following (but not limited) high risk diagnoses: all cancer patients, all Hepatitis C patients especially those prescribed treatment for the virus, diabetics with HgbA1C values greater than 8, newly diagnosed seizure patients, or those who have had more than one seizure a year, patients who have been hospitalized or had surgery the precious day to assess and monitor for complications, patients with medication issues, monitor follow up appointment to with PCP or outside provider, patients with ostomies or other specialized equipment, any HIV patient, patients with uncontrolled hypertension, and all patients listed as high risk on the registry for any diagnosis.

Work in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team in care planning monitoring, evaluating education, and learning abilities, review of specialty care, self care and assessment. Provided information and education/teaching to patients on the continued treatment and care for their illness.

Coordinated and participated in unit meetings and multidisciplinary team meetings.

Registered Nurse, Correctional Facility

California State Prison, Solano

March 2009Present (5 years 7 months)

Receives and triages all healthcare appeals and correspondences written by inmates to identify any urgent/emergent health care issues. Manages the appeal through its entire process until completion. Coordinates with physician reviewers and institution medical staff as required. Ensures the response included appropriate clinical analysis and achieved goals of providing response and/or relief to the inmates while delivering pertinent information to executive management regarding the medical treatment provided.

Spearheaded the implementation of the facility Case Management program by training and assisting RN's in managing patients on Coumadin, Hepatitis C treatment, cancer, and hospital returns. Personally case managed Rheumatology and High Risk patients.

Nurse Instructor (acting)

California State Prison Solano

June 2013August 2013 (3 months)

Advice RN

Kaiser Permanente

Nonprofit; 10,001+ employees; Hospital & Health Care industry

October 2011March 2013 (1 year 6 months)

Handled continuous inbound telephone volume. Assessed and triaged patients via telephone, followed nursing protocols, identified patient needs and appropriately advised physician of unusual circumstances/abnormal conditions. Collected data related to health history, using interviewing, questioning, and listening skills, and utilized a computer system to identify pertinent information. Implemented care and/or initiated action in response to data indicating potential/actual risk to patient's health based on age specific development. Potential outcomes may include providing appropriate advice, booking an appointment, typing a message to the provided or consulting with a Call Center physician. Performed patient call backs. Effectively used computers and other technology systems to record pertinent and provided data, interactions, interventions and outcomes. Mentored new nurses to the unit and provided guidance for telephone triaging. Provided inservices to unit nurses when directed.

Mental Health Nurse

Solano County

Government Agency; 1001-5000 employees; Government Administration industry

November 2007March 2009 (1 year 5 months)

Conducts intake interviews of new clients; records health information family history and reason for referral; interviews patient and, as necessary, others to obtain information needed in diagnoses, treatment and supervision; Dispenses and administers medications as prescribed; consults with physician regarding client response and case history; counsels clients regarding use and abuse of medications; assists in establishing procedures for obtaining and returning medications; inventories and orders medications; may be involved in the use, troubleshooting, and training medical, nursing and technician staff on the use of a medication dispensing unit.
Participates in the assessment of clients needs with doctors, social workers and other members of a mental health treatment team; consults with family members, teachers, probation officers and representatives of other agencies on diagnostics treatment and case disposition matters; Monitors patients general health status; obtains and records vitals; performs various screening and diagnostic tests; obtains, submits and reviews results of laboratory tests.
Participates in individual, group and/or family treatment sessions; conducts brief, spontaneous individual counseling of patients and family members; encourages physical health by teaching clients on various health and safety related issues.
Plans, develops and implements programs designed for client education and rehabilitation; provides follow-up on medical needs.
Prepares reports for representatives of support service agencies to assist clients and their families in obtaining needed services; prepares client progress notes and summaries.
Performs various related tasks; documents and reports necessary information to police or probation officers; completes required forms and documents; demonstrates desires behaviors and communications techniques.

Advice RN

Kaiser Permanente

Nonprofit; 10,001+ employees; Hospital & Health Care industry

May 2002April 2006 (4 years)

Handled continuous inbound telephone volume. Assessed and triaged patients via telephone, followed nursing protocols, identified patient needs and appropriately advised physician of unusual circumstances/abnormal conditions. Collected data related to health history, using interviewing, questioning, and listening skills, and utilized a computer system to identify pertinent information. Implemented care and/or initiated action in response to data indicating potential/actual risk to patient's health based on age specific development. Potential outcomes may include providing appropriate advice, booking an appointment, typing a message to the provided or consulting with a Call Center physician. Performed patient call backs. Effectively used computers and other technology systems to record pertinent and provided data, interactions, interventions and outcomes. Mentored new nurses to the unit and provided guidance for telephone triaging. Provided inservices to unit nurses when directed.

RN, Correctional Facility

California Department of Corrections - California Medical Facility

December 1999October 2002 (2 years 11 months)

Worked directly under the Chief Medical Officer doubling as Employee Health Nurse and Infectious Disease Nurse in a male correctional setting. As the EHN, was responsible for scheduling new employee physicals, maintained confidentiality of staff medical records, provided Hepatitis B vaccinations and boosters to those who requested immunization. Provided TB vaccination to all employees annually and provided follow-up for all newly positives. Collected and reviewed all incident reports and provided follow up to all employees when necessary. Collected data regarding sharps injuries, HIV infections and HBV vaccinations to report to department headquarters monthly. Taught 3-hour OSHA mandated blood-borne pathogens class to all employees twice a month. As Infectious Disease Nurse, scheduled inmates to see specialist up to 3 times per week. Monitored lab results of HIV positive inmates and provided follow up care to ensure compliance with medications. Provided HIV pre and post test counseling

RN Supervisor

Walnut Creek Hospital

June 1997November 1999 (2 years 6 months)

Worked as an RN in an 86 bed psychiatric hospital catering to Adults, Adolescent and Children. Provided care to patients going through drug and/or alcohol detoxification. Provided group and individual counseling for patients of all ages with varied Axis IV diagnoses. Worked with a multi-disciplinary team. Utilized PART training to contain and restrain assaultive patients. Assessed new patients for need for 5150 hold and determined appropriate disposition. Administered medications as ordered. Ultimately assigned as the evening shift supervisor assuring safe scheduling for the next 24 hours.

Staff Nurse II

Alta Bates Medical Center

June 1998October 1999 (1 year 5 months)

Worked as an RN on a 15-bed inpatient adolescent psychiatry unit. Provided both individual and group counseling for patients with varied Axis IV diagnoses. Worked with a multi-disciplinary teams, including but not limited to physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, mental health workers, dietitians. Utilized PART and MAB training to contain and restrain assaultive patients utilizing both 4-point and 5-point restraint methods. Documented on patients using the PIE method. Immediately reported any safety hazards to all staff and physicians. Provided medications as ordered, including intramuscular injections to restrained assaultive patients. Was assigned as the on call RN to the emergency room to evaluate adolescents brought in who are potentially a danger to themselves or others, or gravely disabled to assess need for a 72-hour 5150 hold. If hospitalization was necessary, contacted facilities to determine best disposition for child.

RN Nursing Program Clinical Coordinator

Crestwood Manor

November 1994June 1997 (2 years 8 months)

Worked in a 256-bed locked psychiatric facility for adults with varied Axis IV diagnoses. Administered treatments and medication and assured safety of all staff. Utilized MAB training to restrain and contain any assaultive patient. Supervised all staff in ensuring safe operations of facility. Assured safe staffing needs for the next 24 hours. Provided annual evaluations of staff members and provided disciplinary actions when necessary, including termination.

Melani de la Vega's Languages

  • Tagalog

Melani de la Vega's Skills & Expertise

  1. Mental Health
  2. Healthcare
  3. Nursing
  4. Hospitals
  5. Treatment
  6. Adolescents
  7. Inpatient
  8. IV
  9. Psychiatry
  10. Case Managment
  11. Patient Advocacy
  12. Medication Administration
  13. Nursing Education
  14. ACLS
  15. Cpr Certified
  16. Vital Signs
  17. Registered Nurses
  18. Disease Management
  19. Patient Education
  20. Prevention
  21. Behavioral Health
  22. EKG
  23. Infectious Diseases
  24. Quality Improvement
  25. Patient Safety
  26. Medicine
  27. Medical Terminology
  28. BLS
  29. EMR
  30. Crisis Intervention
  31. Case Management
  32. CPR Certified

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