Carol Gitstein, BSN, RN, L.Ac

Resumes

Nov 10, 2021 | Resumes | Health | Beit Shemesh
Carol Gitstein, BSN, RN, L.Ac
Freelance / Contractor
+973525769272 [email protected] https://cookingforthetimechallenged.wordpress.com/
9A-6 Rachov Nachal Lachish Beit Shemesh

Carol C. Gitstein, BSN, RN, L.Ac

217 Howard Avenue, Passaic, NJ 07055 / Nachal Lachish 9A-6 Ramat Beit Shemesh Aleph, Israel 9909317

(c) (201) 320-6818/ 052-576-9272 [email protected]

SUMMARY OF CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

  • Proven leadership skills, case management and clinical expertise in hospital in-patient and out-patient settings
  • Facilitated psycho-educational groups for patients with mental illness, addiction, mental illness, across all age spans
  • Coordinated patient care with allied healthcare professionals within high volume hospitals and clinics
  • Spearheaded and coordinated support groups for women and their families with advanced stage cancer
  • Initiated, developed, and supervised acupuncture drug detoxification programs training staff on acupuncture detoxification modality

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

James J. Peters VA Medical Center, Bronx, NY, Staff Nurse 2013-2021

Out Patient Geriatric Psychiatry Mental Health

James J. Peters VA Medical Center, Bronx, NY, Staff Nurse 03/2020-04/2021 Medical Surgical Unit (7C) during the peak COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing cross training

Accomplishments:

  • Initiate implementation of pilot BHIP model for Outpatient Geriatric Mental Health Clinic
  • Facilitate mental health psycho-education groups and provide individual health education, case management, and supportive counseling
  • Monitor performance and quality improvements by tracking and reporting patients’ utilization of clinic services, and providing ongoing RN care management
  • Triage new and established patients, provide medication administration, monitoring, and assistance with completion of clinical reminders
  • Conduct treatment team conferences/morning briefings
  • Coordinate documentation of team conferences, and implementation of patient care
  • Educate clinical interns on current issues in geriatric medicine
  • During COVID-19 pandemic transferred and cross-trained to medical surgical unit to care for patients infected with COVID-19

Bergen Regional Medical Center, Paramus, NJ, Staff Nurse Per Diem 2013-2016

Bergen Regional Medical Center, Paramus, NJ, Staff Nurse 2011-2013

Accomplishments:

  • Create a more stimulating in-patient environment for mentally ill patients that reduced need for sedation, pain medication, and physical restraint
  • Provide initial and continuous mental health assessment and treatment to patients with psychiatric symptoms, substance abuse, cognitive deficits and behavioral problems in both out-patient acute partial hospitalization program and acute in-patient units
  • Participate in treatment team conferences to assist in planning and revising goals, objectives, and interventions appropriate to the unique needs of each patient
  • Facilitate mental health discussion groups and individual instruction for patients
  • Assess, revise and coordinate patients’ goals, objectives, interventions, and discharge planning needs in collaboration with a multidisciplinary treatment team


Private Clinical Practice, Bronx, NY, 1991-Present

Saint Barnabas Hospital, Addiction Medicine, Bronx, NY 1993-2009

Jewish Guild for the Blind HIV Day Treatment Program, Yonkers, NY 2001-2002 Montefiore Medical Center, Methadone Maintenance Program, Bronx, NY 1992-1996

Accomplishments:

  • Initiated and developed acupuncture drug detoxification program to treat poly-substance abusing patients
  • Created program concept /operations, documentation, forms, procedures and protocols
  • Acquired specialized skills for working with uniquely challenging patient populations: drug abusers, criminal offenders, the abused, and the mentally ill
  • Developed strong relationships with a multidisciplinary health care team which led to wide acceptance and integration of acupuncture
  • Provided acupuncture treatment and directed psychosocial support groups to support HIV-infected individuals to maintain their health and manage their disease symptoms

EDUCATION, LICENSURE AND CERTIFICATIONS

Bachelor of Science, Nursing, August 2010 – Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, NJ

HONORS:

  • · Academic Honors/Dean’s List, Graduated Magna Cum Laude
  • Alice Perry Award and Scholarship
  • Casey Mckay Scholarship in honor of Dr. George Kipple
  • Sigma Theta Tau International, Inc., Honor Society, Epsilon Rho Chapter

Certificate in Acupuncture, 1991 – New England School of Acupuncture, Watertown, MA

Bachelor of Arts, Honors, Psychology, 1988 – York University, Toronto, ON

Certificate as Meditation Specialist, 2015 Gannett/Nurse.com

VOLUNTEER / COMMUNITY SERVICE EXPERIENCE

  • Founder, Aviv Support Groups for women with advanced stage cancer and for their husbands
  • Coordinator of a benefit concert and other events for the women of Aviv that successfully raised funds for respite care
  • Coach for parents needing assistance advocating for their children with special needs

SPECIALIZED SKILLS

Acupuncture, Chinese medicine, acupressure, reiki, meditation

Languages: Fluent in French and conversant in American Sign Language (ASL) and Hebrew


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