Director of nursing sample resume

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Maria Sargisson

4/34 Green Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
0488 888 888
(03) 0000 0000
[email protected]


DON with 20 years experience in mental health and nursing, who has relocated to Melbourne from Canberra and is looking for new challenges in the mental health care arena.


Greenfields University
Greenfields, VIC
Master of Nursing
Graduated: 2002

Completed my thesis with honours on the effects of drugs and alcohol on mental health patients. Thesis included original research and an extract was published in Mental Health Today.

University of Yellowtown
Yellowtown, VIC
Postgraduate Certificate in Drug and Alcohol Services
Graduated: 2000
Mental Health Hospital
Yellowtown, VIC
Certificate in Health and Safety
Graduated: 1992
University of Yellowtown
Yellowtown, VIC
Graduate Diploma of Mental Health Nursing
Graduated: 1992
University of Yellowtown
Yellowtown, VIC
Bachelor of Nursing
Graduated: 1992

Work Experience

January 2000 – February 2010: Deputy Director of Nursing
Greenfields Hospital
Canberra, ACT

Greenfields Hospital is a leading hospital situated in the heart of the city


  • Managing a wide range of patients, from long-term psychiatric to short-term drug-induced psychosis patients.
  • Assisting DON with day-to-day management of mental health ward.
  • Leading interdisciplinary team of psychiatrists, RNs, social workers and corrections officers.
  • Actively participating in development and implementation of individual treatment plans for patients with broad range of mental health issues.
  • Working with DON to organise rosters and manage staff issues.


  • Developed policies to deal with drug-induced psychosis in consultation with the resident mental health team.
  • Refined hospital policies and procedures in suicide-watch procedures, safety systems, discharge-planning and documentation.
  • Trained staff in team-building, management of violent behaviours and psychotropic-medication administration.
September 1992 – December 1999: Clinical nurse specialist
Canberra Community Mental Health
Canberra, ACT

Canberra Community Mental Health provided treatment and rehabilitation to mental health patients.


  • Visiting a wide range of patients in their homes to help monitor, educate and manage their ongoing mental health problems.
  • Working closely with patients, relatives and a multidisciplinary health care team to ensure best-practice care.
  • Maintaining highly organised systems to ensure ongoing support and follow-ups for all patients.


  • Developed strong mental health evaluation and treatment planning skills through Canberra Community Mental Health training program.
March 1990 – August: Registered nurse
Mental Health Hospital
Canberra, ACT


  • Maintaining excellent standards of patient care in a 20-bed acute mental health facility.
  • Developing thorough understanding of the clinical needs of a wide range of mental health patients.
  • Maintaining good relationships within the multidisciplinary team, as well as with patients and relatives.


  • Completed Health and Safety course with distinction grades.


CategoryYrs experience
Mental health nursing20 yrs
Medication administration20 yrs
Patient advocacy20 yrs
Patient and family education15 yrs
Case management10 yrs
Occupational Health and Safety24 yrs



I enjoy reading, knitting and making holiday hampers.


Natasha Kernigov - Deputy Director of Nursing
Greenfields Hospital
Phone: (02) 1111 1111
Email: [email protected]
Rosa-Marie Guerras - Clinical Nurse Consultant
Canberra Community Mental Health
Phone: (02) 2222 2222
Email: [email protected]
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