Sandra Marie Kessler

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2500 Cherry Creek Drive South, Denver, CO / C: (319) 321-9471
Walden University, Minneapolis, MN Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Kirkwood College, Cedar Rapids, IA Associates Degree Nursing (ADN)
September 2013 May 2005
Experienced executive seeks position to enhance knowledge, growth, and goals. Relevant experience includes goal-oriented teaching and managerial skills in diverse settings. Directs and educates nursing team to ensure quality care, best outcomes, and organizational objectives met. Demonstrates expertise and understanding in case and team management addressing complex care issues. Experienced in technology to heighten educational opportunities as well as chronicle documentation.
Manager of Surgery, Perioperative Nursing Division
Rose Medical Center March 2018 to present
§ Provides leadership through planning, organizing, coordinating, monitoring, & evaluating departmental needs to ensure quality patient care.
§ Responsible for fiscal, human resource, & operational functions gained by way of multi-disciplinary collaboration in review of standards, quality, and research to achieve organizational goals.
§ Exemplifies organizational philosophy and mission to ensure regulatory compliance.
§ Oversees nurses, surgical technologists, educators, OR schedulers, and material specialists to ensure
quality outcomes, patient safety & staff satisfaction.
§ Evaluates and monitors performance to benchmark staff development and patient safety.
Nurse Manager, Perioperative Nursing Division
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics Apr 2016 to March 2018
§ Manager for Team 5 Perioperative Nursing, consisting of Otolaryngology, Ophthalmology, Oral Surgery, & Dentistry. Involved in planning, implementation, and function aimed to achieve organizational desired outcomes.
§ Manager of 35-40 FTE for 24-hour coverage, emergency call, staff development, hiring, orientation, and education. Directs staff via leadership, guidance, and support to ensure goals are accomplished and improve staff retention.
§ Collaborate with multidisciplinary teams to optimize facility-wide compliance with regulatory standards, research, quality, and ultimately patient safety. Monitors and evaluates performance to ensure plan in place to achieve and maintain goals of organization as well as staff.
§ Visionary leadership engaging front line staff in the latest evidence-based practice changes (attachments).
§ Develop, collaborate, & implement plan for assigned PeriOperative new nurse graduates (PONI) as well
as various nursing programs.
Assistant Nurse Manager, Perioperative Nursing Division
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics Dec 2015 – Apr 2016
§ Collaborate with surgeons, nursing, and anesthesia providers to orchestrate effective/efficient delivery of care to patients in the Perioperative Division.
§ Develop, implement, and evaluate staff development plans to improve performance and satisfaction.
§ Coordinate daily staff assignments in conjunction with Anesthesia Coordinator and Control Desk.
§ Involved with Evidence-Based Practice projects, i.e. Ophthalmology instrument pre-cleaning.
§ Provision for direct patient care including ability to circulate all services and scrub Otolaryngology,
Ophthalmology, Oral Surgery, and Dentistry. Staff Nurse
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Aug 2014 – Dec 2015 § Perioperative Nursing Division/Team 5. Circulate all services and scrub Team Specialties.
§ Preceptor for new staff and students (Kirkwood, DMAC, University of Iowa).
§ Educator in Head and Neck Courses/Annual Residents Orientation Program. § Committee involvement focused to improve patient care.
§ Oversee surgical care plans and updates.
Case Manager
Gentiva Home Healthcare Dec 2012 – Aug 2014
§ Admit patients to home care/collaborate with primary physicians to develop Plan of Treatment (POT). § Provide hands-on care, case management, ongoing evaluation, and education.
§ Autonomy in patient-centric care based on Evidence-Based Practice (EBP).
§ Care coordination with multiple teams of highly skilled clinicians.
§ Develop/implement educational curriculum aligned with staff development needs.
§ Strong patient advocate in support of independence in the home setting. Staff Nurse
Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center Dec 2010 to Dec 2012
§ Knowledgeable of perioperative process as circulator and/or scrub effectively managing patient care.
§ Collaborates with healthcare teams to coordinate plan of care and interventions to impact outcomes.
§ Maintains VA policy, evidence-based standards, and safety initiatives.
§ In-service and educational coordinator for perioperative staff.
§ Collaborates with VA and Iowa Board of Nursing developing and accrediting programs for staff
development. Staff Nurse
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics July 2005 – Dec 2010
§ New nurse graduate on Team 5 in Perioperative Nursing Division. Circulate all services and scrub
Otolaryngology, Ophthalmology, Oral Surgery, and Dentistry.
§ Preceptor for new staff to Team 5.
§ Committee involvement in Perioperative Employee Committee, Informatics, and Educational focus
§ Functions as charge nurse.
BLS Certification
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
Association of PeriOperative Nurses (AORN)
Wellness is Now (WIN) Committee member (VA Hospital)
Iowa MOST Surgical Mission to Guatemala 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 2004 Tribute to Women Scholarship recipient/Waypoint
Johnson County Master Gardener
Student At-Risk Advisor
Solon Community Schools, Solon, IA 2001 - 2005
§ Mentoring/tutoring 5-8th grade at-risk youth and coordinating parent/teacher interventions.
§ Develop and implement Solon Take Action Team (STAT) encouraging parent interaction in support of
interventions to eliminate drug use in schools.
§ Spearheaded various strategic planning projects to improve Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) with
school administration, Grant Wood AEA, educators, and parents.