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Miriam C. Madden, RN, BSN

Miriam C. Madden, RN, BSN

Lives in  Texas United States ·
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Nursing Title
Registered Nurse
Job Title
Staff Nurse
Current Nursing Specialization
Cardiac Intensive Care Unit/ Cardiology Clinic ( Heart Station)
Work Name (Hospital, Practice, Clinic, etc...)
Audie L Murphy VA Hospital/South Texas Veterans Health Care System.
Hospital Affiliation
Department of Veterans Affairs
Years in Nursing
Work Description / Areas of Expertise / Job Duties
Solid background in critical care nursing with strong clinical judgement.30 years as staff RN in ICU/CCU and 5 years staff RN in Cardiology Clinic ( Heart Station).Expertise care of patients with Acute Coronary Syndrome(STEMI).NSTEMI,UA;acute decompensated heart failure;cardiogrnic shock requiring IABP?Swan-Ganz, hemodnamic monitoring/ventilator support;Bradyarrhythmiasrequiring permanent and temporary ransvenous pacemakers,Automatic Implamtable Defibrillators (AICDs);pre and post cardiac catheterization and Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI). Care for patients in MICU, SICU and PCU.
Brief summary of your nursing background
December 1976-June 1984, Peruvian Republic Coats of Arms Ministry of The Navy Surgeon Major Santiago Tavara Navy Medical Center Lima-Peru, ICU Staff Nurse and Assistant Charge Nurse placed in charge of precepting new ICU nurses assigned to the Unit.
July 1983-January 1984,selected for one of six positions from over 300 nurses applicants to attend specialized training in the United States (U.S).Requirements included written and oral exams and being fluent in English.The training was at the U.S. Army Academy of Health Sciences at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas.I completed the following courses:Medical Department Basic Officer Course;Principles of Military Preventive Medicine;Faculty Development Course; Intructor Training Course; and the American Red Cross Instructional System Course. I was required to meet the same high academic standars as the U.S.officers in attendance. applying for these positions.The competition included written and oral exams.Nurses also had to be fluent in English.The training in the United States was at the United States Army Academy of Health Sciences, Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas; I completed Medical department Officer Basic Course, Principles of Military Preventive Medicine, Faculty Development Course, Instructor Training Course and American Red Cross Instructional System Course. I was required to meet the same high academic Standards as the U.S officers in attendance.
February 1984- February 1985: Clinical faculty instructor for the Peruvian Republic Coat of Arms Ministry of the Navy Surgeon Felipe M. Rotalde Health Nursing School.Taught in the Medical- Surgical Nursing curriculum.
July 1988- July 1990, Staff nurse at the Riyadh Armed Forces Hospital Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the Step- down Telemetry Unit.
November 1990- April 1993, staff nurse at department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Hospital in the Telemetry Unit.
May 1993- May 2006, Staff nurse and Charge Nurse in the Coronary Care Unit at the VA hospital.
June 2006- May 2011; staff nurse in the Cardiology Clinic ( Heart Station) at the VA hospital performing Non invasive Cardiac Diagnostic testing and adhered to safe patient care standards of practice during moderate sedation protocol.
What made you choose a career in nursing?
To make a difference in someone's life and bring comfort to those in need
What Do You Attribute Your Success To?
My love for the Nursing and the support of my family. My strong leadership abilities, team work approach and professionalism have contributed to a successful nursing career.
What motivates you at the start of each day?
As a nurse , I have the opportunity to work in a variety of clinical setting sand have enjoyed the experience of new learning opportunities.It give me great satisfaction and motivation to keep current on medical trends and training, so I can provide the best care to my patients.
How do you make a difference in the lives of your patients?
Dealing with patients and their families, and helping them through what is often a difficult time for them is extremely satisfying for me.
Research Interests
Cardiovascular disease-primary and secondary prevention modalities in high risk population including families with premature coronary artery disease and patients with cardiac risk factors
Articles Summary
Publication, August 1976: Report Memory of Functions performed at The Pampas Health Center- (6 months) issue the certification of having completed the Graduates Civil Service in the Science of Human Health in the specialty of Nursing.
Thesis: Nurses in Context as Professional Resources in Health, Published to obtain a Bachelors Degree of Nursing, Lima Peru 1995. Federico Villarreal National University. Lima-Peru
High School Name
G.U.E Mercedes Indacochea, Lima-Peru
High School Degree
High School Grad Date
December 1971
Nursing School Name
ENE Arzobispo Loayza
Nursing Degree In
Licentiate in Nursing
Grad Date - Nursing Degree
September, 10 1976
University - Associate's
Peruvian University Cayetano Heredia
University - Bachelor's
Peruvian National University Federico Villarreal
Bachelor's Degree In
Grad Date - Bachelor's Degree
August 1985
BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing)
1 - Professional Society Membership
December 16,1999: International Honor Society of Nursing as Member of Delta Alpha Chapter. The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas.
2 - Professional Society Membership
American Heart Association Cardiovascular Nursing Committee.
3 - Professional Society Membership
San Antonio Cardiovascular Society
1 - Honor / Award
2004 Nurse Image Maker award: Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Delta Alpha Chapter in San Antonio, Texas.
2 - Honor / Award
2001-2002 Chair of The American Heart Association Cardiovascular Nursing Committee
3 - Honor / Award
2000-2001 Vice-Chair of The American Heart Association Cardiovascular Nursing Committee .
4 - Honor / Award
December 2001 RN of The Year for Excellence in Clinical Practice,VA Hospital
5 - Honor / Award
September 2001, RN of The Month for Excellence in Clinical Practice, VA Hospital.
6 - Honor / Award
June 2002 Outstanding Achievement Award at the Annual Meeting of the American Heart Association.
7 - Honor / Award
Mentor Certification at The Resident Level at The Veterans Health Administration, January 8 2009
8 - Honor / Award
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing , member of Delta Alpha Chapter The University of Texas Health Science at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas , December 16, 1999
Volunteering and Causes - Charitable Organizations
- 2013-2018:Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA); as a CASA volunteer I advocate for children who has been removed from their homes by Child Protective Services (CPS) due to abuse or neglect. I am appointed by the judge of the Children's Court in Bexar County Texas to help determine the best interest of the child or children to whom I am assigned. In addition, I am charged with bringing to the attention of the court any unmet needs of the children may have while they are in substitute care.
2011-2018 , Blue Star Mothers of America,Inc, San Antonio, Texas Chapter 4, Support group ( mothers and fathers who have or have had children serving in the United States Armed Forces) for families whose loved ones are currently serving in all branches of the military.
2001-2002 while working with the American Heart Association as president and chairman of the Cardiovascular Nursing Committee, we conducted programs throughout the city reaching greater than 700 nurses and generated $25,000 in funding during the year.This represents a 10% increase over the previous year and greater than 30% of our intended goal. As a mother, I spent many years working with the Boy Scouts of America organization and engaging in numerous school projects.
Finally, and most important is my work in the church with the ACTS retreats activities.
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Miriam Madden
Spanish, English, some Arabic
Favorite Medical Publication
American Journal of Nursing, Elite Continuing Education Nursing, Lippincott Nursing Center, New England Journal of Medicine.
Favorite place to vacation
South America (Peru), Middle East, Europe
Hobbies / Sports
Kickboxing, Martial Arts, Yoga, reading,dancing
Place of birth
Lima, Peru
More About Me
I love exercise, gym activities, and dancing. I enjoy working in the church work and helping people attain a deeper relationship with God.
Sleepless in Seattle
It's a wonderful Life.
Enter the Dragon
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
The Beast and the Beauty
Reading, traveling, sports, exercise
Bobby Bones show, Latin, country music, classic music
Who I'd Like to Meet
People from other countries and cultures.