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Kathleen B. Williamson, MS, RNC, FAACVPR

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Kathleen B. Williamson, MS, RNC, FAACVPR - Internet Committee

Williamson is the Cardiopulmonary Fitness and Rehabilitation Coordinator at Capital Health System in Trenton, NJ. Ms. Williamson is a fellow of the American Association of Cardiovascular Pulmonary Rehabilitation and is active with Tri-State Society for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation and has been an advisor to WHF since 1999.

Education

Master of Science

University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware December 1987 Achievement: Sigma Theta Tau - International Honor Society of Nursing

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

LaSalle University, Philadelphia,PA May 1983 Secretary of the Registered Nurses Organization - Instrumental in stabilizing a beginning organization. Nominee for the Departmental Distinguished Student Award at graduation

Diploma

Germantown Hospital and Medical Center School of Nursing, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania May 1979
  • Freshman Class President
  • Vice-president Student Association
  • President Student Association
  • Valedictorian at Graduation

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

CARDIOPULMONARY FITNESS AND REHABILITATION COORDINATOR
January, 1999 to present - Capital Health System, Trenton, NJ

  • Facilitates the implementation of a delivery system of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehab services at the Mercer & Fuld Campuses
  • Coordinates administrative and clinical aspects of the Centers with a major focus on coordination of measurable outcomes and implementation of marketing strategies
  • Serves as a resource person for health care professionals, community, patients, and families

CARDIOVASCULAR FITNESS COORDINATOR
April 1987 to present - Mercer Medical Center, Trenton, New Jersey

  • Maintained administrative, clinical and educational activities of a comprehensive Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
  • Established Maintenance Cardiovascular Fitness Program
  • Initiated Employee Fitness Program
  • Developed Walker's Clinics at Oxford Valley Mall, Langhorne, Pennsylvania - 1988 - 1989
  • Assisted with initiation of the Mercer Medical Center and Oxford Valley Mall Walker's Club - 1990
  • Awarded grant: Options and Opportunities: A Program For Mid-Life Planning - Awarded grant from the New Jersey Division on Aging
  • Conducted program titled, “As Fit As You Can Be,” in six corporations 1989-1990
  • Co-Facilitated the development of a Nursing Research Committee - 1991
  • Awarded grant: Aerobic/Resistance Training Physical Exercise Program for the Mercer County HIV Consortium - 1998

PART-TIME STAFF NURSE
September 1985 - March 1987 - Germantown Hospital and Medical Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

SENIOR LEVEL FACULTY MEMBER
September 1984 - August 1985 - Germantown Hospital and Medical Center School of Nursing, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Clinical Nursing Instructor with formal teaching responsibilities
  • Course: Care of the Critically Ill
  • Clinical Nursing Instructor
  • Course: Nursing Leadership - Developed and conducted mock code simulations for student nurses
  • Faculty Development Committee member

PART-TIME FACULTY MEMBER
August 1983 - August 1984 - Germantown Hospital and Medical Center School of Nursing

  • Clinical Instructor for Senior Level Nursing Courses

PART-TIME STAFF NURSE - CARDIAC CARE UNIT
August 1983 - August 1984 - Germantown Hospital and Medical Center

  • Involved with Staff Development in planning and presenting sections of the Critical Care Course for Nurses
  • Topics: Care of the Patient Requiring Mechanical Ventilation
  • Management of the Patient Requiring Chest Tubes

STAFF NURSE - CARDIAC CARE UNIT
July 1982 - July 1983 - Germantown Hospital and Medical Center

  • Head of Ad Hoc Cardiac Teaching Committee: Developed the Cardiac Patient Teaching Program - Resource Person for Nursing Personnel as to content, teaching methods, and materials
  • Member of the Patient Education Committee: Evaluated current teaching materials - Formulated assessment modules for various disease entities
  • Presented inservice program to nursing personnel
  • Topics: Diabetic Patient Education - Cardiac Patient Education - Nursing Process

STAFF NURSE - TELEMETRY UNIT
May 1981 - June 1982 -Germantown Hospital and Medical Center

STAFF NURSE - MEDICAL/SURGICAL UNIT
May 1979 - April 1981 - Germantown Hospital and Medical Center

Presentations

A Comparison of the Preoperative Concerns of Open Heart Surgery Patients and their Significant Others.

  • Power for Practice - American Association of Critical Care Nurses, Southeastern PA Chapter Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - April 12, 1988 (Poster Presentation)
  • The Application of Nursing Research in Clinical Practice: From Idea to Publication - Teacher - Practitioner - Research Program, Allentown, Pennsylvania - September 23, 1988
  • Trends in Critical Care Nursing - American Association of Critical Care Nurses Southeastern PA Chapter, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - October 13, 1988
  • New Challenges, New Opportunities - Third Annual National Convention of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Arlington, Virginia - November 13, 1988
  • Research Conference: An Adaptation Approach to Stress and Coping, William Paterson College, Wayne, New Jersey - June 8, 1988
  • Nursing Research: Direction in the 90's, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - April 6, 1990
  • Investigative Minds, Caring Hands: Collaboration for Excellence, Newmann College, Aston, Pennsylvania, April 12, 1991
  • Delta Nu Chapter Meeting - Trenton State College, Trenton, New Jersey - March 4, 1992


Cardiac Rehabilitation - Annual Convention of the New Jersey Society of Medical Assistants, Atlantic City, New Jersey - April 23, 1988.

Effects of Surgery on the Cardiovascular System - Concepts in Surgical Nursing - Mercer Medical Center, Trenton, New Jersey - June 8, 1988.

Fitness and Nutrition - A Workshop on Options and Opportunities in Mid-Life Planning, Mercer Medical Center, Trenton, New Jersey - March 23, 1990.

Nursing Interest in Research Presentations - Effecting Change Through Nursing Research, Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey - May 10, 1991 (Poster Presentation).

How to Identify Spouse Concerns During Rehabilitation - Sixth Annual Meeting of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Long Beach, California - December 7-8, 1991.

What's New In Cholesterol? - Trends in Critical Care Nursing, American Association of Critical Care Nurses Southeastern PA Chapter, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - October 15, 1992.

What's New In Cholesterol? - Nursing Grand Rounds - Mercer Medical Center - February 25, 1993.

Assessing the Cardiac Family: Causes For Concern - Trends in Cardiovascular Nursing - American Association of Critical Care Nurses Southeastern PA Chapter, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - March 17,1993.

What's New In Cholesterol? - New Jersey Society of Medical Assistants, 13th Annual Convention, Eatontown, New Jersey - April 16, 1993.

Current Perspectives in Cardiac Rehabilitation - Inservice Training Institute (ITT), Wilmington, Delaware - November 23, 1993.

Regression of Heart Disease: Is It Possible? - 6th Annual Create A Heartier You Lecture Series, Mercer Medical Center - February 14, 1994.

Physiology of Exercise: Application to Nursing Practice - Nursing Grand Rounds, Mercer Medical Center - February 24, 1994.

Unstable Angina: Diagnosis & Management Conference - “Lifestyle Modification: Post Discharge Care“, University of Pennsylvania - October 10, 1994.

Nutrition and the Cardiac Patient - Trends in Critical Care Nursing, American Association of Critical Care Nurses Southeastern PA Chapter, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - October 18, 1994.

Exercising Control of Diabetes - Joslin Diabetes Treatment Center - Princeton, New Jersey - November 1, 1994.

Nutrition and the Cardiac Patient - Inservice Training Institute - Delaware Academy of Medicine - Wilmington, Delaware - December 6, 1994.

Exercising Healthy Living - Johnson & Johnson - New Brunswick, New Jersey - February 9, 1995.

Find A Way to the Heart: A Comprehensive Approach to Well Being - Heart Disease Collaboration Network - AACVPR 10th Annual Meeting (Pre-Conference Workshop), Minneapolis, Minnesota - October 12, 1995.

Certification Issues for Cardiac Rehabilitation Nurses - 10th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Minneapolis, Minnesota - October 14, 1995.

Current Perspective in Cardiac Rehabilitation (Keynote Presentation) - 2nd Annual Cardiology Symposium - University of Pennsylvania - April 25, 1996.

Exercise and the Diabetic Patient - Practical Aspects of Diabetes Care and Management, Mercer Medical Center - June 17, 1996.

Additional presentations have been given at community education programs on such topics as diabetes and heart health.

PUBLICATIONS

Bradley, K. (1988), “The Expressed Concerns of Persons Scheduled for Open Heart Surgery and Their Significant Others During the Pre-operative Waiting Period “(Abstract) - Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation. 8 (10), 392.

Bradley, K. & Williams, D. (1990), “A Comparison of the Preoperative Concerns of the OHS Patients and Their Significant Others“, Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. 5(1), 43-53.

Bradley, K. (1991), “Patients and Significant Others' Responses to Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery: Review of the Literature“, TRIFACTS (TSSCVPR Publication). 2 (3), 3-4.

Bayley, B., Bradley, K., Kotecki, C., Lloyd, M., Lynn-McHale, D., McCauley, K., McNeil, G., Morgan, M., Shaffer, R., Turcke, S.,Wallace, P. (1991), “Nursing Interest in Research Presentations“ (Abstract) Heart & Lung, 20 (3), 297.

Bradley, K. (1994), “Inactivity Ups Heart Disease Risk“, Mercer Business, 70(5)., 34.

Bradley, K. (1996), “Review Article: Coping with Heart Disease Video Series“, Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation, 16 (1).

Williamson, K.(1999), “Inactivity Increases Heart Disease Risk“ The Times, February 23, 1999.

Williamson, K. (2000), “A Change of Heart in the New Millennium“, The Times, February 23, 2000.

Williamson, K. (2000), “A Change of Heart in the New Millennium“ The Trentonian, February 23, 2000.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation

  • Marketing Committee
  • Legislative Committee
  • National Cardiac Rehab Program Certification - Representative for TSSCVPR

Tri-State Society for Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (TSSCVPR)

  • Executive Board (New Jersey Vice-President 1989-90, Executive Vice-President 1990-91, President-Elect 1991-92 and Symposium Committee Chairperson President 1992-93 and Membership Committee Chairperson, Past President 1993-94 and Nomination Committee Chairperson, At-Large Board Member 1995 - present)
  • Symposium Committee
  • Cardiac Rehab Program Certification State/Regional Committee
  • Speaker's Bureau
  • TSSCVPR - Penn Jersey Chapter, 1988 - present
  • Manager - 1988
  • Co-Chair Illness Effects Questionnaire Research Committee - 1995-97
  • Conducted research within the Chapter and results were presented at the 1997 TSSCVPR Symposium

American Association of Critical Care Nurses Southeastern PA Chapter

  • Research Committee Member - 1988-96
  • Chairperson Poster Presentation Committee - 1990-96

American Heart Association, Southern Mercer County Unit
Board and Program Committee Member - 1988-90

American Heart Association, New Jersey Affiliate
Cardiovascular Nurses Committee - 1991-95

New Jersey EnvironMentors Project 1998-99

Woman's Heart Foundation Internet Review Committee
1998 - present

St. Cyril Parish Nurse Ministry Program
1999 - present


Awards

  • American Association of Critical Care Nurses - $500.00 Continuing Education Award - November - 1991
  • Mercer Medical Center's Nominee for the Governor's Merit Award for Advanced Practice in Nursing - May, 1992
  • Fellow of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation - October, 7, 1994
  • American Heart Association Nursing Excellence Award - May, 1996
  • Tri-State Society of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Distinguished Service Award - March, 1999.
  • Mercer County Commission on the Status of Women Award - October, 1999.
  • Capital Health System Employee Service Excellence Award - May, 2000.

Certifications

  • Cardiac Rehabilitation Nurse - American Nurses Credentialling Center - Re-certified December, 1999.
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support
  • Basic Cardiac Life Support
  • Parish Nursing Certificate - November 1999

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