Michelle Curtis-Ussery, , MSN, RN-BC, PHNWestern University of Health Sciences DNP
I have been a professional nurse since 1993 and am currently a clinical Nurse Educator for the ambulatory setting at Kaiser Permanente. Responsibilities include: • Strong clinical skills/experience. • Design, develop, coordinate, and evaluates activities for continuing professional education for staff. • Communicate educational programs based on identified/assessed needs. • Train new graduate nurses on basic clinical skills such as IV starts, Ear lavage, EKG placement and interpretation, Sterile Technique, and etc. • Develops, implements, monitors, and evaluates/improves the orientation for RNs, LVNs, MAs, and students, cross training and education/competency processes/systems for clinical staff and students in ambulatory diagnostic and interventional settings. • Train staff to become Medical Assistants for Organization. • Demonstrates responsibility for direct patient care, clinical analysis, clinical decision-making, documentation and initiation of nursing actions with the simulation mannequins. • Assist the learner with critical thinking, problem solving using reflection, probing, active listening and other clinical teaching strategies. I am board certified as a Nursing Professional Development by AACN. Due to my current role, I am responsible to training our registry staff annually on administering the seasonal Influenza vaccine to employees and our patient population. I am the lead educator related ambulatory immunizations and found that there is a need for healthcare workers (HCW) to be educated on the Influenza vaccine. With being educated, the likelihood of HCWs adhering to the recommendations to receive the influenza vaccine would increase.
Research/Clinical Practice Area: Jonas Scholar – Preventive Health
Dissertation: Increase the uptake of the Influenza vaccine in healthcare workers