MS & Acute Care NP with a subspecialty in Emergency Preparedness Response - Columbia University NY, NY
BS - Columbia University NY, NY
ADN - Tarrant County College, Fort Worth, TX
Originally from New York, Vera was actively involved responding to the events of 09/11 in the Emergency Department, as well as in Emergency and Disaster Preparedness after 09/11. She aided in developing bio-terrorism response training curriculum for public health workers in conjunction with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Mailman School of Public Health Center for Public Health Preparedness (Columbia University). Since that time, she has been working clinically as a Hospitalist NP and teaching in both graduate and undergraduate nursing programs.
Developed the following formal lectures for Acute Care NP students rotating on the Hospitalist Service:
- Understanding Anemia
- Liver Disease and Interpreting Liver Function Tests
- Hepatitis Serologies
- Chest Pain on the Wards
- Altered Mental Status
- Anion Gap Metabolic Acidosis
- Hyponatremia simplified
- Physical Assessment
- Radiology Basics
- Diabetic Ketoacidosis and Hyperosmolar, Nonketotic coma
- ABG interpretation and Acid Base Balance
- Anti-Retroviral Therapy
- HIV Opportunistic Infections and Pulmonary Symptoms in an HIV positive patient
- ECG interpretation
- Inpatient Management of Diabetes
UNIVERSITY AND PUBLIC SERVICE
- Volunteer Clinical Faculty, UCSF School of Physiological Nursing – Serve as preceptor for ACNP students, teach didactic lectures and assist with evaluating 2nd year NP student comprehensive exams.
- Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing, Columbia University – Coordinated the clinical training of 12 Acute Care NP students and 80 first-semester nursing students. Taught the systematic exam of both healthy and critically ill adults, oral and written presentation of patients, and skills such as central line insertion, lumbar puncture, intubation, suturing and arterial cannulation.
- Developed Bio-terrorism response training curriculum for public health workers in conjunction with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Mailman School of Public Health Center for Public Health Preparedness (Columbia University).
- Designed and taught the Radiology lecture for Acute Care Nurse Practitioner students, Columbia University School of Nursing.
- Planned and presented competency-based training in Emergency Response for more than 100 Westchester County (NY) public health workers.
- Collaborated to organize and execute “Tabletop Drill” in Disaster Preparedness for New York State Department of Public Health.