Racing to a code blue or paddling across a placid, blue lake - dual passions for saving lives and absorbing the outdoor world have driven my course. Peak Skills is a vehicle for merging years of experience as a Registered Nurse with a lifetime of commitment to safe exploration of wilderness.
19 years of serving both traumatic and non-traumatic spinal cord and brain injured patients at Davies Medical Center(later California Pacific, San Francisco)sharpened my assessment, physical intervention and communication skills. Throughout those years I also raised my 3 children, leading in the Girl Scout and Boy Scout programs. Our family hiked and backpacked regularly, dealing with the non-emergency first aid issues common with children in the back country.
After leaving Cal Pacific I led a team of 30 nurses at the Kaiser Foundation Rehab Center for 9 years. I served on the Board of Directors of the Northern California Chapter of our professional nursing association, the ARN, for a year, and was then elected to lead as president, two years in a row.
During that time I remained active in the outdoors, organizing and leading hikes, backpacks, climbing outings, and snowcamping trainings for the Sierra Club, Meetup groups and Sierra Mountaineering Club(where I serve on the Board of Directors). I developed both Beginning and Intermediate Backpacking curriculums for teaching through the Parks and Recreation in my community.
In 2013 I earned certification as an instructor in CPR for Healthcare Providers through the American Heart Association, and through American Safety and Health Institute I became certified as a Wilderness First Aid/First Responder, First Aid/Advanced First Aid, CPR and CPR Pro and AED instructor.
Allow me to share skills and techniques for surviving emergencies, both in the backcountry and in urban environments.
Vallejo, CA, United States
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