- Board-certified Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner with more than 6 years experience providing direct patient care as a certified critical care registered nurse in the medical and cardiovascular intensive care settings.
- A trusted member of multidisciplinary healthcare teams, known for being an independent learner, clinically competent, and having exceptional interpersonal communication skills.
- Consistently commended, and nationally recognized, for delivering extraordinary patient care.
Ronald E. Stafford, MS, APRN, AGACNP-BC
Education | Licensure
Masters of Science, Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Texas Woman’s University – Houston, TX
January 2014 to May 2017
Bachelor of Science, Nursing
Texas Woman’s University – Houston, TX
August 2009 to May 2011
Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP-BC)
American Nurses Credentialing Center (AP134669)
Texas Board of Nurse Examiners (803583)
Certifications | Affiliations
ACLS, American Heart Association
BLS, American Heart Association
CCRN, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
FCCS, Society of Critical Care Medicine
BLS (instructor), American Heart Association (2009 – 2017)
PALS, American Heart Association (2012 – 2014)
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses – 2015 to Present
Houston Area Nurse Practitioners – 2015 to Present
Texas Nurse Practitioners – 2015 to Present
HOUSTON METHODIST HOSPITAL – TMC: 2011 – 2018
2015 – 2018: REGISTERED NURSE II, MEDICAL INTENSIVE CARE UNIT
Served as a collaborative member of interdisciplinary healthcare teams providing critical care and performing life-saving interventions in a 23-bed medical ICU. Closely monitored high-acuity patients, alerted appropriate provider to real or potential changes in patient status, and leveraged interpersonal communication strengths to establish rapport and build trust with patients and families. Unit resource for chemo administration, ultrasound-guided vascular access and CV device management.
2014 – 2015: MAGNET NURSING PROGRAM ANALYST, MAGNET DEPARTMENT
Brought more than 10 years of process analysis/change management experience to the Magnet Department as a Magnet Nursing Program Analyst. Prepared and presented comparisons of internal core measure and clinical indicators to external benchmarks.
Lead author of Empirical Outcome sources of evidence, and performed gap analyses to validate the Magnet narratives’ compliance with ANCC’s prescribed documentation guidelines; pursued resolution and revised discrepancies.
Performed unit assessments to determine educational needs essential to advancing a Magnet culture of excellence and provided education to staff when indicated.
2011 – 2014: REGISTERED NURSE I, CARDIAC INTENSIVE CARE UNIT
Provided comprehensive nursing care to adult patients with potential life-threatening heart conditions in an 18-bed cardiac ICU. During this time I developed into a clinically competent nurse, effectively managing care of ventilators, IABP, CRRT, VAD, and Arctic Sun per hospital policy and standard of care. Proficient in cardiac rhythm identification, hemodynamic monitoring, and vasoactive/inotropic drip titration.
WESTBURY COMMUNITY HOSPITAL: 2008 – 2012
2011 – 2012: REGISTERED NURSE
Provided mental health assessment and triage in emergency department, medical surgical, and adult behavioral health settings. Maintain a safe environment for patient and staff; responsible utilization of medication and in some cases physical restraint when appropriate.
2010 – 2012: DIRECTOR OF MATERIAL MANAGEMENT
Served as the director of material management while attending nursing school. Developed departmental processes and procedures pertaining to the ordering, inventorying, and distribution of material. Successfully trained and mentored staff before transitioning to the nursing department. Continued to support department as a consultant for process development/improvement initiatives.
Educator for hospital staff: Primary BLS instructor and secondary instructor for Satori Alternatives to Managing Aggression (SAMA) certification.
2008 – 2010: PSYCHIATRIC TECHNICIAN
SUNTRON CORPORATION: 1999 – 2009
A trusted member of the team, promoted quickly through the ranks, known for being an independent learner with exceptional time management skills and the ability to adapt quickly in a fast-paced, dynamic, and demanding work environment.
2006 – 2009: PROJECT MANAGER, QUOTE
Effectively managed a team of 4 quote specialist. Validated material and labor cost estimates; Applied overhead and established profit margins. Created and presented detailed quote package for administrative review. Finalize quote package and submit for delivery to the customer.
2003 – 2006: SENIOR PROCESS ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN
Primarily involved in new product introduction with a focus on process analysis and quality improvement. Traveled to customer sites, assessed “current build process”, perform time studies, and design single piece flow production line. Successfully transitioned 13 high-yield product lines from various customers in California to our facility in Sugar Land.
2000 – 2003: ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN II
Managed the Engineering Tech Team’s workload to ensure that quality Operational Method Sheets (OMS) were delivered in a timely manner. Collaborated with manufacturing and industrial engineers to ensure our OMSs accurately reflected actual build process.
1999 – 2000: ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN I
Developed operational method sheets resulting in a more standardize product assembly.
AGACNP Clinical Experience
Surgical ICU – Houston Methodist Hospital
Clinical experience designed to understand and develop skills in the assessment, initial resuscitation, management and recovery of pre- and post-surgical patients from a wide variety of surgical disciplines, including general, gastrointestinal, vascular, transplantation, as well as some head and neck surgery.
Patient population primarily pre- and post-liver transplant patients with multiple comorbidities, cirrhosis, sepsis related to gastrointestinal complications, and secondary respiratory and renal failure.
Skills employed included placement of central lines, arterial lines, and advanced hemodynamic monitoring devices, paracentesis, endotracheal intubation, advanced physical assessment, medication and diagnostic testing orders, interpretation of laboratory results, ECGs, and imaging (x-ray, CT, MRI), and coordination of multidisciplinary care provisions.
Medical ICU – M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Clinical experience strengthened clinical prowess with its heavy emphasis on management of the psychosocial aspect of acute and chronic health problems in critically ill adults.
Patient population consist of primarily adult oncology patients with both medical and surgical needs.
Skills employed include compassionate end-of-life conversations with patient and family, interpretation of labs, ECGs, and imaging (x-ray, CT, MRI), and coordination of multidisciplinary care provisions.
CV Surgery IMU – Houston Methodist Hospital
Clinical experience involved admitting and discharging patients and responding to episodic events.
Patient population consists primarily of postoperative adult cardiovascular surgery patients.
Skills employed included removal of chest tube and pacer wire, appropriate management of cardiovascular dysrhythmias and electrolyte imbalances, patient admissions and discharges, advanced physical assessment, medication and diagnostic testing orders, interpretation of labs, ECGs, and x-rays, and coordination of multidisciplinary care provisions.
Cardiology Service – Houston Methodist Hospital
Clinical experience involved consult rounding on patients with physician.
Patient population were adult patients with cardiovascular issues being seen in either the hospital or clinic settings.
Skills employed include advanced history and physical, assessment of cardiac functionality utilizing both invasive and non-invasive imaging modalities, assisted in cardiac catheterization and swan placements, and collaboration with ICU team on patient management.
Emergency Department – Houston Methodist Hospital
Clinical experience focused on performing problem-focused health history and physical examinations, formulating pertinent differential diagnoses, and establishing appropriate plan of care.
Patient population typical of emergency departments in the Texas Medical Center with exceptions that include in absence of pediatric and trauma patients.
Skills employed include splinting fractures, laceration care, stroke evaluations, patient triage, complete and problem-focused history and physical examinations, and establishment of individual treatment plans and education based on evaluation of laboratory data and exam findings.
Honors & Accolades
- Associate of Arts – GPA 4.0: Dec 2008
- Pathophysiology tutor at Texas Woman’s University: Fall 2009; Spring 2010; Summer 2010; Fall 2010; Spring 2011
- BLS instructor for all incoming students at Texas Woman’s University: Spring 2010; Summer 2010; Fall 2010; Spring 2011
- Organized and managed the Student-led Mentor Program at Texas Woman’s University: Spring 2010; Summer 2010; Fall 2010; Spring 2011
- Texas Nursing Student Association (TNSA), Special Event Co-chair: Spring 2010; Summer 2010; Fall 2010
- Bachelor of Science, Nursing – GPA 3.692: May 2011
- Annual ICU Competency Fair Educator at Houston Methodist Hospital: 2012; 2013; 2015; 2016; 2017
- Institutional Code Blue Response Team Member: 2013; 2014; 2015; 2016; 2017
- Methodist Hospital MICU Shared Governance Committee Member: 2015; 2016; 2017
- Critical Care Student Nurse Preceptor: 2013; 2016; 2017
- Critical Care Graduate Nurse Preceptor: 2016; 2017
- Chemotherapy Certified Nurse: 2015; 2016; 2017
- Institutional Expert Resource for ultrasound-guided venous access: 2015; 2016; 2017
- The Daisy Award for Extraordinary Nurses – “The Daisy Award”
- Nominee – Mar 2016; May 2016; Aug 2016
- Recipient – Dec 2016
- Employee of the Month – Sep 2016
- Master of Science, AGACNP – GPA 3.824: May 2017
- Stafford, R. Everett. “Fecal Microbiota Transplantation: Literature Review.” Journal of Nursing Education and Practice 6.6 (2016): 79-83. Print.
- Stafford, R.E., Vu, S.Y., Dean, K.R., Alas, H.E., DelloStritto, R., & Branham, S. (2017). Case study: Red leg. The Journal for Nurse Practitioners. [Currently in review process]
OTHER PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS
- Stafford, R.E. April 2017. “Fecal Microbiota Transplantation for the Treatment of Clostridium Difficile Infections.” Podium Presentation. Texas Woman’s University
- Stafford, R.E., Vu, S.Y., Dean, K.R., Alas, H.E., (2017). Necrotizing Fasciitis. Podium Presentation. Texas Woman’s University
- Stafford, R. Everett, BSN, RN. “How You Do What You Do.” Houston Methodist Nurse | A Magazine for Nurses Summer 2015: 15. Print.
- Stafford, R. Everett. “Magnet Team Formulates Database To Assess Shared Governance.” Houston Methodist Nurse | A Magazine for Nurses Spring 2015: 16. Print.