ABOUT

Louvenia Ringuette, RN BSN

 

WELCOME

Specialized in Long Term Care, however I have experience in a variety of settings, specialities, and roles.  I love working with attorneys, and paralegals whether it is for behind the scene Research, Case Review, Case Development or Finding Expert Witnesses. I have worked from the ground up in facilities and am well versed in the importance of regulatory rules and regulations, including the standards of care which are there to h help ensure safe and sound care is provided.   Just because care can be provided doesn't mean it has to be.  Just like Every patient is unique so is each case.  I would love to help you determine if and where the system failed the patient.

 With over 30 years nursing experience I have had the privilege to touch lives in many areas of nursing.  My experience encompasses working as a bedside nurse, staff development and infection control nurse, clinical educator, the Director of Nurse and as a state nursing home surveyor in skilled nursing facilities.  I work as the Administrator & Director of Nursing for for a new Alzheimers start-up facility, and have worked as a staff nurse in labor and deliver, on the women's health hospital unit, pediatrics, and the neonatal nursery. My experience with women's health also included working as the  RN Clinic Supervisor in a women's health Clinic .  Other nursing experience included med-surgical care, and as a hospice nurse assisting patients with end of life care while supporting their loved one.  I have experience working in managed care as a post-acute skilled nursing case manager and a care manager for Tricare.   I also was a nursing instructor for  several years Nursing and Nursing Assistance classes at the Community College, and taught state required classes for personal working in other long term care setting such as adult family homes and assisted living.   

The experience I've acquired over my 30 years has helped me gain a well-rounded experience in patient care, and lead to my successful leadership roles.  I  a deep understanding of the many complexes of patient care and how the staff, and facility leadership work together to provide optimal safe care whether in the home or within a facility.  I have seen good and poor care provided.  I have investigated complaints of poor care, abuse, and lose of rights from family and community members of loved ones in the long term care settings while working as a compliance nurse at the State Department of Health.  

 

After many years of bedside nursing I moved into teaching nursing and management positions within organizations to help promote better care & safety for patients and staff.  As the administrator and director of nursing for a new 50 bed Alzheimer's facility, was one of my most cherished memories.  This experience helped me develop a keen sense of the regulatory side of running a health care facility, and the inter-workings of a facility from the ground up which helped me ensure the care we provided was safe and administered with dignity throughout the facility.  

 

As a Nursing instructor at Skagit Valley College,  I helped educate nursing students about health conditions, working with the patients across the age continuum,  providing safe, ethical nursing care, and how to protect the patient rights, as well as how to protect themselves as a nurse from combative residents and/or malpractice.   As a Nurse Consultant for WA State, I gained further experience and knowledge regarding our health care system and the regulatory requirements,  including Medicare and Medicaid regulations through inspecting skilled nursing facilities, licensing Adult Family Homes, and investigating nursing home patient complaints.

Commitment to ensure safety and care with dignity is deeply engrained in my heart.  My vast & varied nursing experience throughout her career makes her the ideal candidate for looking beyond what is written.  I have walked the walk and have made a career out of providing care, and keeping abreast of current medical issues, and regulatory requirements.  I have extensive experience with investigations, interviewing, and looking at the whole picture.    

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