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Amanda DeNu, RN

Lives in  California United States ·
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December 17, 2021
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April 4, 2016
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Nursing Title
Registered Nurse
Job Title
Quality Management Nurse
Current Nursing Specialization
Emergency Room
Work Name (Hospital, Practice, Clinic, etc...)
Lodi Memorial Hospital
Years in Nursing
12
Work Description / Areas of Expertise / Job Duties
I have been the Clinical Educator for the Emergency Department for the past six years. I am in the process of transitioning to the Quality Management Department. Where I will be assisting in process improvements, assisting in implementing a stoke program so that the Emergency Department can become Stroke certified. I will continue to monitor the Emergency Department metrics, which I have done since September 2012. With my computer skills, this has proven to be instrumental with looking and analyzing different reports and reporting them to administration.
Brief summary of your nursing background
I took my nursing education in Canada, where in 2003 I worked as Undergraduate in the Postpartum unit and continued to work there as a Registered Nurse until November 2004, when I made the move to Lodi, California. I worked the Medical/Surgical for approximately one year, where I was a main preceptor for new staff and 4th semester nursing students. In March 2006, I transitioned to the Emergency Department. For the past ten years in the Emergency Department I have worked as a staff nurse, relief charge, the lead preceptor until I became the Clinical Educator in March 2010. This April I transitioned to the Quality Department which I am still learning and working as the Clinical Educator in the Emergency Department.
What made you choose a career in nursing?
To be honest, initially I was not going into nursing, I was going to be a history teacher. However, after many many visits to the hospital for family members and talking to other family members that are nurses I realized that I wanted to take care of people and make a difference in someones life. My family members that were nurses, spoke to me that nursing can be so rewarding and there is so much opportunity to grow and develop within the nursing profession.
What Do You Attribute Your Success To?
Initially, my success has been attributed to my family and friends. If it wasnt for the support of my family and friends during nursing school I would not have been able to make through those grueling four years. My co-workers can also be attributed to my success, they have always given me the support and guidance in my personal and professional life. Working in the Emergency Department for the past ten years, my fellow co-workers and I have been through some of the most emotionally charged situations that one can go through, however, we are there for each other and each of us gives each other the strength to continue. I truly would not be where I am if it wasnt for my family, friends and co-workers.
What motivates you at the start of each day?
My daughter truly motivates me to start each day. I never understood what true unconditional love was until I had her. Its not always easy but the joy and happiness I see in her eyes every day makes the all the trials and tribulations all worth it. I also want to make a difference in someones life, be it a patient, visitor to the hospital, or my fellow co-workers. I truly believe that we can make a difference in someones life everyday.
How do you make a difference in the lives of your patients?
I feel the way I have made a difference in the lives of my patients, is by taking the extra time to spend with them and talking to them about whatever they are needing and wanting to talk about. An example, of this is when I had a patient that was homeless and no other nurse wanted to go into the room and talk with them due to the smell, I went into the room and ensured the patient got a good bed bath, and spoke with the patient and their family and found out their history. No one ever gave this patient the time or energy to find out the reasons for their situation, and the patient and family were so thankful that I took the time to spend with the patient before the patient died. I feel that the little things that I do for my patients is what makes the big difference, especially working in the Emergency Department where nurses are always running and moving from patient to patient.
Research Interests
My main research interest right now is the burnout rate of Emergency Department Nurses (as I know I have felt burnt out at times), and the amount of violence that Emergency Department healthcare workers experience on a daily basis and how we can improve it.
High School Name
Crescent Heights High SChool
High School Grad Date
June 1998
Nursing School Name
University of Lethbridge
Nursing Degree In
Bachelors in Nursing
Grad Date - Nursing Degree
2004
University - Master's
Grand Canyon University
Master's Degree In
Masters of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Health Care Informatics
Certificates
ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support), BLS - Basic Life Support (not intended for postnominal use), BN - Bachelor of Nursing, BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing), CEN - Certified Emergency Nurse, PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support)
1 - Professional Society Membership
Emergency Nurses Association
2 - Professional Society Membership
American Nursing Informatics Association
Favorite Medical Publication
Journal of Emergency Nursing
Hobbies / Sports
Cross Stitching, Taking her Daughter to Gymnastics