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Last First Name: Kirkland Susanne
License degrees: RNC, ADN Certified Psych-Mental Health Nurse through ANCC CCJS Certified Criminal Justice Specialist through the Natl Assn. of Forensic Counselors with an endorsement as a Master Addiction Counselor MHP Mental Health Professional - a designate by the State of Georgia Dept. of Human Resources
E-mail Address:
City: Dahlonega
State: Georgia.
What kind of nursing do you do: Psych, Addiction therapy

Website: not familiar with many...
Marital Status: married
Nationality: Irish, German Grits GIRL RAISED IN THE SOUTH
How many years have you been practicing as a nurse: 18
Professional organizations you belong to:
Would you recommend the field: Personally I feel nursing is a ministry...if you aint called to it...PLEASE DONT go into it
Employment changes in career: 8
Reason for the change: mostly advancement.
If you lost your job tomorrow how easily do you feel you find new employment: Probably before sun went down or at least by the time it came back up the next morning

In how many years would you like to retire: If I could retire yesterday I would AND THEN work PRN...And I would work...cause it is a ministry to me. In fact if I could afford it Id probably work free in a clinic doing addiction counseling I didn't start this nursing gig until I was 37 so as you can see after these 18 years Id like to retire...but I like to be covered by hospitalization and be able to eat now and then too -
Have you started any type of retirement fund: Oh yes late like after I ended my first marriage after 25 years I now put a large chunk into deferred compensation each month AND in four months please LORD I'll be vested in state retirement after 10 years with this agency I could then retire in two more years with insurance...but hardly anything left with which to buy food

Would this travel : I could roll over the deferred comp into a 401K I THINK...or leave it in there compounding after I'm vested.
Do you feel having certified Patient Educational Materials on the WWW would be beneficial: Yes and I think the availability of CEUs on the WWW would be there that possibility already Advise is so please
Nursing School you attend if applicable: Walters State Community College Morristown TN Associate Degree in Nursing
Where do you work: Addiction recovery center...Outpatient Services Nurse.
Do you carry a personal malpractice insurance policy why or why not: Not now...have in the past. The state covers it for us.

Your most pressing concerns with the profession and healthcare: For my particular agency its the lack of monies with which to treat our population. And the horrible amount of paperwork that is done for naught...time I could be spending with patients.
What attracted you to the field of Nursing: I felt it was my calling from God to minister in His name.
Favorite TV show and musical artists: Dateline 48 Hours 2020 Country music artists...I told you I was a G.R.I.T.S.
Favorite food: Probably the breast of chicken fried sliced diced baked curried or grilled and pecan praline non-fat ice cream.

Personal or favorite Quote: ...a BSN and 75 cents would buy me a cup of coffee...and I don't drink coffee. referring to my going back and getting a BSN at my age.
Qualities you admire in your friends & loved ones: commitment kindness compassion love joy humor and the ability to reach out and touch another person.
Pet Peeves: people who are jealous and those who are moody those who cant let it go and all others not on Prozac or other SSRI
Major turn-offs: bratty kids red-necks who don't take their hats off inside tattoos morbidly obese nurses in too tight and unkempt uniforms illegible progress notes from medical personnel. And those notes that have about as much documentation as a chicken has teeth or how bout go back to pull a chart note and there is a date with only the month and date i.e. 917...BUT NO YEAR

Hobbies and activities you enjoy outside of work: What Activities outside of work...I don't understand. You see in Psych nursing it is difficult to tell the patients from the staff...we don't wear uniforms the only way you can tell the difference is that the patients sometimes get better What are activities outside of work Seriously I'm a clergyman's wife and I have six grandchildren 5 great ones and one bratty one I'm not too fond of the bratty one So that's what I do in my spare time.
Pets favorite vacation spots: Three rotten bratty pups mama daddy and their baby...ShizPoos. Anyplace on the Gulf of Mexico...for about a week...then I have to get back to my mountains. Central America is cool too
Other areas of interest and expertise: I'm a wedding director and coordinator

Georgia State Board of Nursing:"The Georgia Board of Nursing consists of eight members appointed by the Governor and is responsible for the regulation of 85,000 registered professional nurses and 4,500 advanced practice registered nurses. The Board is comprised of seven registered professional nurses and an eighth consumer member. As part of their responsibilities, board members develop rules and regulations that set the standards for nursing practice and education, provide the minimum qualifications for licensure, and ensure that disciplinary process is implemented in a fashion that guarantees due process and public protection. The Board meets for three days every other month.
237 Coliseum Drive Macon, GA 31217-3858 478.207.1640,

Nursing Associations: Georgia Nurses Association:"Founded nearly a century ago for the purpose of uniting our profession, GNA is the state's largest professional nursing association for registered nurses in all practice settings. GNA has provided enormous support to advance the profession as a whole and nurses as individuals. Because the health care arena is in a continuing state of flux, nurses must speak with a collective voice. GNA is positioned to advocate for you while you advocate for your patients. Linked together, we can ensure nursing's agenda is heard in every arena"
1362 West Peachtree Street, NW Atlanta, Georgia 30309-2904 Telephone: 404-876-4624 or 800-324-0462 Fax: 404-876-4621 E-mail:

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Georgia Home Care Association Inc. (GAHCA):"The Georgia Home Care Association Inc. (GAHCA) is a non-profit organization. Its member firms provide; Nursing, Personal Care and Companion/Sitter Services to individuals in their Private Residences (Home Care), and also supply Nurses and other Health Care Trained persons to a wide range of Health Care Facilties (for Staffing). GAHCA, is the only organization representing the Private Home Care Industry in Georgia, and since its beginning in 1990, it has been pivotal in advancing the well being of Georgia consumers needing Home Care Services, while continuing to offer diverse resources, educational, and professional development opportunities to its member firms. GAHCA was responsible for passage of the Private Home Care Provider Licensing Legislation under which its members are licensed by the State of Georgia, because we believe that providing the consumer with Good Service, is Good Business!"
Georgia Home Care Association 168 N. Johnston Street, Suite 304 Dallas, Georgia 30132 Phone 770-445-3180 ext. 32 Fax 770-445-3893

Georgia Nursing Jobs, Nursing Agencies:

TLC Nursing Services:"Welcome! Since 1990, TLC Nursing Services has been one of the fastest growing providers of temporary healthcare staff in the industry. Our Corporate office is located in Blue Ridge, Georgia, with offices opening around the country. We provide Registered Nurses and other healthcare professionals in hospitals and managed care programs both locally and throughout the United States. Whether you are the healthcare employer looking for effective staffing solutions, or a healthcare professional looking for an exicting new career, we can help by matching the specific needs of the employer with one of the many professionals we have enrolled with our company."
TLC Nursing Services, Inc. 5850 Appalachian Highway Suite 12 Blue Ridge, GA 30513 Telephone 800-823-7650 Fax 800-811-8350

Georgia Nursing News:

Nov. 2, 2000: Georgia Nurses Association and Present State's Highest Nursing Honor:""The Georgia Nurses Association, along with, a company (NASDAQ: HHNT) and the leading healthcare recruiting site on the Internet, awarded the state's highest honor for distinguished service to Mary Long, RN, group vice president special projects with the Arthritis Foundation. "With 80,000 registered nurses in the state, the Association found many deserving of recognition, but Mary Long, RN, continuously rises above and beyond the call of duty," said Debbie Hatmaker, PhD, RN, president of the Georgia Nurses Association. Long has also served as Second Vice President, American Nurses Association, and on the Board of Trustees for the American Nurses Foundation and as president of the Georgia Nurses Association and the Georgia Nurses Foundation. Long started her career at Grady Memorial Hospital as a staff nurse in Ambulatory Care, becoming charge nurse and later Director, Community Health/Central Referral. She was the first Black elected President of the Georgia Nurses Association, the first minority Chairperson for Georgia Nurses (GNA) Political Action"

HB 1655 - Nursing homes; registered nurses pronounce death, Georgia House of Representatives - 1995/1996 Sessions:"When a patient dies in any facility classified as a nursing home by the department and operating under a permit issued by the department, a physician's assistant or a registered professional nurse licensed in this state and employed by such nursing home at the time of apparent death of such person, in the absence of a physician, may make the determination and pronouncement of the death of said patient; provided, however, that, when said patient is a registered organ donor, only a physician may make the determination or pronouncement of death; provided, further, that when it appears that a patient died from other than natural causes, only a physician may make the determination or pronouncement of death. Such determination or pronouncement shall be made in writing on a form approved by the department."


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