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Suzanne Blixt

Clinical RN specializing in Diabetes Care at ProHealth Care


sblixt@gmail.com

Summary
I have been a nurse for over 20 years and have practiced in many different settings. Currently I practice in a
diabetes and heart failure (HF) clinic with a focus primarily on teaching diabetes patients self-management
skills. I am the program coordinator which ensures American Diabetes Association credentialing. My goal
is to obtain my Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) certification within the next year. I have also worked
as a team lead in the diabetes and HF clinic which has provided me with the opportunity to assist with the
management of daily activities such as scheduling, day-to-day planning, operation and problem-solving needs
to meet the highest level of service. I have previous and extensive experience in cardiac care working on a
step down cardiac unit for over 6 years. This has provided me with experience in telemetry and advanced
cardiac life support (ACLS) with focus on assessment, diagnosis, planning, treatment and evaluation of the
preoperative and post- operative surgical cardiovascular patient with emphasis on rhythm interpretation
and hemodynamics. Previous to that, I worked as an Orthopedic Nurse and received specialized training to
care for patients with diseases and disorders of the musculoskeletal system. I have been trained in external
fixation care, neurovascular status monitoring, traction and continuous motion therapy. I have experience as a
referral manager for a major insurance company in utilization management. As a referral manager, I provided
oversight for the referral and procedural authorization process to ensure effective and efficient workflow
processes. I am dedicated to setting an example and doing what it takes to get towards the next step to a vision.
I thrive during change and chaos and believe that it will eventually bring about an unexpected but critical
solution to any problem. I believe patient-centered care should be the priority and model for the future of health
care.

Experience
Clinical RN and Program Coordinator specializing in Diabetes Care at ProHealth Care
May 2015 - Present (7 months)
The registered nurse (RN) in the diabetes program assists in implementation and facilitating the programs
goals and objectives designed to provide diabetes education to patients diagnosed with diabetes. The RN
is responsible for providing group and/or individual diabetes self-management education/training (DSMT)
to patients and family members that enable them to learn techniques to bring their disease under control
and avoid potential complications and bring about lasting improvements in quality of life. A program
coordinator, plans, implements and evaluates the diabetes education and continually reviews the program and
processes to assure that the program complies with recognition requirements.
Team Lead at ProHealth Care

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October 2013 - May 2015 (1 year 8 months)


The Team Lead assists the manager with the management of daily activities such as scheduling, day-to-day
planning, operation and problem-solving needs to meet the highest level of service. The Team Lead also
works closely with team members to provide direction and guidance and assist in resolving customer issues.
Clinical RN at Waukesha Memorial Hospital
April 2006 - October 2013 (7 years 7 months)
As a RN on the cardiac unit I was trained in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) with focus on
assessment, diagnosis, planning, treatment and evaluation of preoperative and post- operative surgical
patients with emphasis on Cardiovascular Surgery including rhythm interpretation, hemodynamics, airway
management, pain management, medication management, safety precautions, patient/family education and
support, and initiation of the rehabilitation process. Professional cardiac care nurses provide specialized
and advanced medical care for patients suffering from various types of heart problems or problems in the
cardiovascular area. Patients who are hospitalized due to life-threatening ailments such as coronary artery
disease, congestive heart failure, angina, heart dysrhythmia and myocardial infarction.
Clinical Nurse at Aurora Health Care - St. Lukes
January 2004 - April 2006 (2 years 4 months)
As an Orthopedic Nurse I received specialized education and training to care for patients with diseases and
disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Providing care to patients who have bone fractures, degenerative
diseases, joint replacement surgery or other conditions that affect the bones and muscles. Trained in external
fixation care, neurovascular status monitoring, traction and continuous motion therapy.
Referral Manager for Utilization Department at Humana
January 1996 - August 2002 (6 years 8 months)
As a referral manager for the Utilization Department, I provided oversight for the referral and procedural
authorization process to ensure effective and efficient workflow processes. To oversee the provision of
a quality service for all customers through understanding, anticipating and striving to achieve their
care needs within a capped budget which requires sound resource allocation and to maintain a working
knowledge of service capability within the geographic area to enable an accurate and expeditious single point
referral management and response service to referrers and other inquiries.
1st LT - Registered Nurse at 452nd Combat Support Hospital - Army Reserves
May 1993 - June 1997 (4 years 2 months)
Trained to provide nursing care to all types of combat casualties during low/high-intensity conflicts, wartime
environments and other contingency activities. Specialized training in assessment and diagnosis of trauma
related injuries and provided direction and education for Combat Medics in clinical skills.
Clinical RN at Aurora Health Care - St. Joseph's
February 1994 - January 1996 (2 years)
Med-surg unit
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Volunteer Experience
Volunteer - short term mission at Dream Center Los Angeles
August 2013 - August 2013 (1 month)
Short-Term Mission volunteer has exposure to Food Truck mobile food distribution, Adopt-A-Block
outreach, Under the Bridge feeding program, and Foster Care Intervention.

Skills & Expertise


Healthcare
Lifestyle
Wellness
Healthcare Management
Disease Management
Health Education
Nursing
Inpatient
HIPAA
Hospitals
Health Promotion
Team Building
Marketing
Diabetes Management
Telemetry
Heart Failure
Public Speaking

Education
University of Arizona
Masters Degree, Nursing Clinical Systems Leadership, 2014 - 2015
Grade: 4.0
Cardinal Stritch University
Associates Degree, Registered Nurse, 1991 - 1993

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Suzanne Blixt
Clinical RN specializing in Diabetes Care at ProHealth Care
sblixt@gmail.com

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