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Rising Star

Congratulations to Christina Ramsey, GAPNA’s Fall 2019 Rising Star

Christina Ramsey, MSN, RN, GNP-BC, LNCC, CWS, has been a member of GAPNA for 9 years and started becoming more involved after attending the 2013 Annual Conference in Chicago. She was active in the Post-Acute Care/Long-Term Care SIG for many years before taking as Chair.

“I see the long-term care geriatric field continuing to improve in quality of life and quality of care but also becoming highly technical and demanding in both delivery of care and regulatory compliance,” Christina said. “There is an increased need of leadership in management and a higher level of care delivery. The acuity level of the residents continues to rise to a level of skilled nursing facilities being subacute care providers. I see nurse practitioners in skilled nursing facilities as a necessary part of the care team to ensure good resident outcomes and resident/family satisfaction.”

When asked about her daily duties, she shares a long list of roles and responsibilities that seem unfathomable for just one person. First and foremost, she has been the owner and operator of Ramsey Resources, LLC, for 30 years, where she provides services as a gerontological nurse practitioner, Medicare consulting, legal nurse consulting, and nurse consulting services in skilled nursing facilities, assisted living centers, and memory care centers. And that is just the beginning, though Christina is not complaining.

“In spite of the long hours and hard work, I gain work satisfaction of the smiles and kind words from the residents,” Christina said.

“It’s hard to narrow down a favorite part of my job because I enjoy the direct patient care aspect but also teaching is a big part of my day-to-day duties. I take every opportunity to educate those around me in all aspects of my job,” Christina said. “I always have planned on teaching, so I see myself possibly teaching geriatrics at a college or university.”

And she has plenty of knowledge to share. Christina has been a guest speaker at many conferences and seminars across the United States including Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Ohio, and Michigan regarding quality of care issues for the elderly, Medicare regulations, and long-term care regulations. She has also obtained affidavits for attorneys from witnesses, provided depositions, and served as a nurse expert witness in court trials. She has provided education and training on proper assessment and documentation to long-term care nursing staff to prevent litigation issues.

“The first nursing job I ever had was as an LPN in a nursing home back in 1983 before there were federal regulations,” Christina said. “My heart went out to this vulnerable population in need of quality care. After 3 years of working in the nursing home, I went to work in a hospital to gain clinical skills while in RN school in Arkansas.

After 7 years, I took a part-time job working in a nursing home to develop educational material, write policy and procedures, and was hooked again. I felt the need for leadership and quality of care for the geriatric population. I soon went from ADON to DON. I have always felt that I could make a difference in the quality of life of the elderly.”

But Christina is quick to share the credit for her success.

“I would like to mention a special thanks to my husband, Jeffrey, for the support that he has given me while I went through nurse practitioner school. I would also like to give special thanks to my office assistant, Crystal Torrez, because without her I could not do all the things that I do every day,” Christina said.

Thank you for everything you do, Christina. GAPNA is fortunate to have a member like you.

Join your friends at the 2019 GAPNA Annual Conference, October 3-5, 2019, in Las Vegas, NV.

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