SONIA VALDEZ, PhN, RN, BSN, CVRN
Health Inspector/Surveyor, California Department of Public Health, Nursing Division

Self-Motivated service-focused professional seeking to leverage significant experience and education as an Executive in Nursing. Detail-oriented and organized individual who exemplifies professionalism, and an ability to manage multiple projects and tasks. Demonstrated history of high quality patient care and medical team management across a variety of specialties. Highlighted leadership qualities and the ability to work with individuals from varying backgrounds, while promoting team values. Driven partner eager for professional growth, increased responsibility, and the opportunity to apply extensive experience in a challenging environment.

EXPERIENCE

November 2017 – Present
Health Inspector/Surveyor, California Department of Public Health, Nursing Division
Conduct, supervise, and manage licensing and certification of public and private health facilities in the Department of Health Services.

January, 2004 – Present
Grant Reviewer, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
Independently review, evaluate and provide preliminary scores to ensure high quality grants are awarded, with a conflict free interest of the application process.

December 2016 – December, 2017
Director of Risk & Quality, Kindred Hospital, Santa Ana, CA
Coordinate and oversee hospital Quality Improvement Plan development, review, revision, and implementation. Integrate QI plans and processes for individual services, report Medical Staff Quality Assurance/Improvement activities, and coordinate and attend all Medical Staff Committee meetings. Maintain and monitor internal services on quality improvement activities, education, and use of quality principles and tools. Education and training for staff, medical providers, patients, families, and community outreach programs (bilingual).

October, 1992 – December, 2016
Nursing Manager, St. Joseph Hospital, Orange, CA
Manage ICU, CCU, SDU, CV ICU, Med Tele, and Emergency Department to deliver quality acute care nursing. Assured quality of care by developing and interpreting hospital and nursing division's philosophies and standards of care; enforcing adherence to state board of nursing and state nurse practice act requirements and to other governing agency regulations; measuring health outcomes against standards; making or recommending adjustments.

EDUCATION

May 2018
Doctrine of Nursing Practice (DNP), Western University of Health Sciences Influence health and health outcomes of individuals, groups, and populations through clinical inquiry. Influence health policy and systems of health care in the local, regional, state, national and international forums.

August 2015
Master’s in Nursing, Walden University
Advanced acute care and geriatric nursing practice, provide care to geriatric and acute care patients. Maintained a 3.7 GPA, member of Sigma Theta Tau.

August 2013
Baccalaureate, Cal State Dominguez Hills
Public Health Nursing, a focus on improving population health by emphasizing prevention, and attending to multiple determinants of health. Assessments of population health using a comprehensive, systematic approach.  Emphasis on the health needs of an entire population, including inequities and the unique needs of sub-populations. Maintained a GPA of 4.0

December 2004
Associates In Nursing, Walden University
Nursing practice, theory and clinical hours in core subjects including: adult health, psychiatry, maternal and newborn, gerontology, pediatrics, and community nursing. Completed 650 clinical hours and maintained a GPA of 4.0. Served as class president

SKILLS

  • Education training and facilitation in multiple health related topics (bilingual)
  • High quality education, knowledge best practices, and excellent communication skills
  • Great motivational teaching style, able to encourage students to excel
  • Strategic Planning and ability to analyze information
  • Experienced in Nursing & Team Management
  • Community Outreach & Programs
  • Able to create Health Education & Promotion material for courses taught
  • Able to raise quality scores from 30%-100%
  • Ability to lead and manage multiple and diverse leadership team
  • Possess great ability to provide and work with a diverse population
  • Ability to perform a community needs assessment and create programs, material, education and training to meet community needs

 ACTIVITIES

Volunteer with the National Association of Hispanic Nurses Los Angeles Chapter conducting three childhood obesity prevention community events.

Volunteer and organize monthly medical missionary work with SONRISA NPO providing medical and infection control care, programs, courses, and resources.