Mary Lea Richards, RN, BSN, CLNC

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Mary Lea Richards, RN, BSN, CLNC
ML Richards, LLC
309 N. Wake St.
Hillsborough, NC 27278
919-630-3189
[email protected]
SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS
26 years of nursing experience in OB, and medical/surgical.
Clinically active for 20 years in high risk Labor & Delivery.
Medical/surgical experience with diabetes, wound management, paralysis, amputations,
kidney disease, vascular surgery, abdominal surgery, and general surgery.
Nurse educator for multiple areas.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
1993Present
UNC Hospitals, Chapel Hill, NC
RN, Labor & Delivery
Care of low and high-risk patients during ante partum, peripartum,
post-partum periods, and all phases of labor and delivery.
Responsible for fetal monitoring and recognition of normal and abnormal
fetal heart rate patterns and appropriate nursing actions.
Care of patients during low and high risk labor.
Responsible for caring for patients with pre-eclampsia, eclampsia,
placenta previa, chronic abruption, cardiac conditions,
cancer, fetal demise, incompetent cervix, pre-term labor, diabetes,
lupus, sickle cell disease, multiple gestation, and other complications
during pregnancy.
Care of patients during surgery as scrub nurse and circulating nurse for surgical
procedures such as cesarean section, hysterectomy, hysterotomy,
abdominal and vaginal cerclage, D&E, D&C, tubal ligation, and
intrauterine fetal surgery.
Care of patients with peripartum complications: chorioamnionitis, partial or
complete placental abruption, umbilical cord prolapse, hypertension,
shoulder dystocia, meconium fluid, fetal decelerations, fetal distress,
placental accreta, and malpresentations.
Responsible for assisting with vacuum and forceps assisted deliveries.
Care of newborn infants during 1st 1-2 hours of life, including resuscitation.
As charge nurse, responsible for: floor operations; patient assignments;
delegation of tasks; communication with supervisors, physicians,
staff and other services; quality assurance of equipment; and
patient/visitor relations, during a 12-hour shift.
2000-2001 Nurse Educator - Responsible for: educating staff on
standards, procedures, and protocols; updating procedures and protocols;
designing and administering staff competency tests; coordinating and
planning for move into new unit; and acting on various committees.
2002-2003 Fetal Surgery Nurse Coordinator: During trial of fetal surgery at UNC
developed nursing procedure, wrote patient education materials,
performed patient pre and post-operative education, admitted patient and
followed patient through procedure and recovery period.
19871993
UNC Hospitals, Chapel Hill, NC
RN, 5 West, Surgical Unit
Care for patients with diagnoses or surgeries related to vascular disorders,
abdominal disorders or injuries, and skin injuries.
Care for patients following surgical procedures: carotid endarterectomy,
vascular bypass graft, abdominal aneuryism repair, above and below
knee amputations, fasciotomy, appendectomy, splenectomy,
cholecystectomy, colectomy, ostomy placement, muscle flaps, skin grafts,
and other surgical procedures.
Care for patients during pre-surgical and post-surgical periods: general care;
wound care; administering medications; monitoring vital signs and
condition of patients; discharge planning; diabetic care; anticoagulation
therapy; patient education; etc.
As charge nurse, responsible for: floor operations; patient assignments;
delegation of tasks; communication with supervisors, physicians,
staff and other services; quality assurance of equipment; supervision
of LPN’s, and patient/visitor relations, during an 8 or 12-hour shift.
1991-1993 Nurse Educator - Responsible for: educating staff on
standards, procedures, and protocols; updating procedures and protocols;
designing and administering staff competency tests; and acting on various
committees.
EDUCATION
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, UNC Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC.
Diploma in Nursing, Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing, Charlotte, NC.
CERTIFICATION
2008 Certified Legal Nurse Consulting
Biannually: ACLS, BLS, and NRP
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