Katherine Smith

Freelance Article Writer & Book Writer

Location:Conyers, Georgia, United States
2 Skills
I am a registered nurse who has done freelance writing for over 7 years. I have written and designed courses in all areas of healthcare, including EMT and first aid. My skills are a perfect match for this job. I am pasting my resume as well. Thank you for your consideration.

Katherine H. Smith

557 Village Road
Madison, GA 30650
Cell: 404-731-4767
Email: khsmith20@gmail.com

Oct 2010
Present Director of Quality Improvement/Accreditation
Newton Medical Center
Covington, GA

Direct all quality abstraction and reporting.
Coordinate all activity related to regulatory agencies.
Communicate and maintain a relationship with outside agencies that are affiliated with the organization.
Manage situations that may present a risk to the organization.
• Oversee the abstraction and reporting of quality measures for various agencies
• Ensure compliance with regulatory agencies, such as The Joint Commission and CMS
• Oversee case management and utilization review activities to ensure third-party payer compliance
• Navigate the organization through changes in healthcare related to the Affordable Care Act and Value-Based Purchasing
• Review and resolve issues that present a risk to the organization
• Liason and point-of-contact for the organization for the medical community and other healthcare providing agencies associated with the organization
• Oversee all peer review and physician quality concerns.
• Manage departmental budget and prepare administrative reports for the governing body and the Medical Executive Committee
Jan 2007
Present Freelance Course Writer/Subject Matter Expert
Pearson Learning Solutions
Indianapolis, IN

Work remotely to create courses based on materials published by the company.
Maintained this position full-time until May, 2010, then remained active part-time as a textbook author.
• Create objectives based on the course and ability of the learner
• Review published materials and design up-to-date courses based on the objectives written
• Research current practice and regulatory agency guidelines to keep material current
• Co-authored the text Nursing Assistant Today, ISBN: 0-13-506442-2
• Patient Care Technician Text completed, projected publish date of October, 2013
May 2010
Oct 2010 Utilization Review/Case Management RN
Newton Medical Center
Covington, GA

Review cases for appropriate utilization of resources.
• Interact with providers to ensure appropriate and beneficial patient management.
• Evaluate appropriateness of each admission and treatment plan
• Communicate with medical staff regarding patient treatment
• Communicate with third-party payors to facilitate appropriate reimbursement
• Initiate appeals on denials of payment.
Oct 2004
Mar 2006 Resource Nurse; Open Heart Unit
Wellstar Kennestone Hospital
Marietta, GA

Provided direct patient care in an ICU setting to patients who had undergone various types of open-heart procedures
• Served on the committee to initiate open-heart services at the facility
• Provided balloon pump training and certification through Datascope
• Made shift assignments and supervised all nurses on shift
• Made schedules and managed resources available during the shift and for the upcoming shift
Sep 2002
Oct 2004 Clinical Nursing Manager/Marketing Director
Puckett Emergency Medical Services
Powder Springs, GA

Initiated, implemented, and marketed the critical care ground transport program
• Created a critical care ground transport program strategic plan
• Provided advice and guidance during the design and manufacture of the critical care transport unit
• Established a relationship with area facilities who would benefit from critical care ground transport services and promote the program
• Designed and implemented policies and procedures related to the critical care program
• Managed the departmental budget
• Hire and oversee training of all nurses in the program
• Provide review and evaluation of employees
• Worked with Datascope to provide balloon pump training and certification for employees and area facilities
Jun 2000
Sep 2002 Case Manager/Congestive Heart Failure Disease Management
Wellstar Health Systems
Marietta, GA

Provided case management and care transitions for patients with congestive heart failure
• Establish a relationship with congestive heart failure patients referred by physicians and other sources within the organizaiton
• Maintain periodic contact with the patient, to ensure compliance and understanding of disease process and treatment regimen
• Communicated regularly with providers and third party payers to optimize care and minimize cost
• Assist patients and families with utilization of resources available
Jul 1998
Jun 2000 Flight Nurse- Clinical Supervisor
Native American Air Ambulance
Mesa, AZ

Provided care to critical patients in helicopter and fixed-wing transport settings
• Provided direct patient care to a variety of patients requiring transport, including trauma, cardiac, medical, surgical, obstetrical, and pediatric
• Created and implemented policies and procedure guidelines for the organization utilizing best-practices guidelines
• Assisted with hiring and training new personnel
• Performed safety checks and inventory on aircraft equipped for medical transport
• Maintained a working relationship with area entities and agencies that were served by the organization, including hospitals, Indian Health Service agencies, providers, and local government
May 1996
Jul 1998 Assistant Manager Emergency Department
Newton Medical Center
Covington, GA

Managed the day-to-day operations of the Emergency Department
• Provided direct patient care to Emergency Department Patients
• Supervised all activities during assigned shift and for oncoming shifts
• Prepared and delivered a report every shift for the house supervisor
• Oversaw the training program for new hires
• Performed reviews and evaluations of staff
• Working with the Education Department, taught CPR, ACLS, and PALS to employees and within the community
Apr 1994
May 1996 Staff RN- Emergency Department/Intensive Care Unit
Newton Medical Center
Covington, GA

Direct patient care to patients in the Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit
• Provided patient care as needed to a variety of patients, including trauma, cardiac, medical, obstetrical, and pediatric
• Maintained CPR, ACLS, and PALS certification
• Perform assessment, nursing diagnosis, plan, implementation, and evaluation of nursing interventions
May 1992
Apr 1994 Staff RN-Medical/Surgical Units
Newton Medical Center
Covington, GA

Provided direct patient care to patients in a medical/surgical setting
Jan 1993
Jun 1995 Clayton College and State University
Jonesboro, GA
Associate to Master's Degree in Nursing Bridge Program
Aug 1989
May 1992 DeKalb College School of Nursing (Now Perimeter College)
Clarkston, GA
Associate's Degree in Nursing
Aug 1987
Jun 1989 DeKalb College (Now Perimeter College)
Dunwoody, GA
Associate in Science- Biology
Aug 1983
May 1987 Wayne County High School
Jesup, GA
High School Diploma
Georgia RN License
Type 80 words per minute and proficient in numerous computer applications and software programs
• Microsoft Word
• Excel
• PowerPoint
• MS Project
• Midas Case Management Software
• InterQual Software
• Meditech
• Allscripts
• Visio
Bobbi Weiss
Project Manager
Pearson Learning Solutions

Shane Garrison
Vice President
Puckett EMS

Oliver J. Booker
Chief Operating Officer
Advantage Behavioral Health System

Nursing Assistant Today
Textbook co-author
Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2011
ISBN: 013-5064422

Patient Care Technician
Pearson/Prentice Hall, Scheduled 2014

Briefings on Joint Commission
Article-"Strategies for Increasing Physician Engagement"
June, 2012

Article about Medicare Value Based Purchasing calculation

Created, authored, and distributed the medical staff newsletter "Connect the Docs" for Newton Medical Center

Designed and wrote numerous courses and assessments for Pearson Learning Solutions. Topics include:
• Nursing
• Nursing Support
• Health Insurance and Billing
• Medical Assisting
• Lab Technician
• Dental Technician
• Radiology Technician
• Emergency Medical Technician
• Healthcare Administration
Skills (2) Rating
Article Writing
Book Writing