Antoinette Catherine Smith, RN, Registered Nurse with the John Heinz Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine

Get to know Registered Nurse Antoinette Catherine Smith, who serves patients in Mountain Top, Pennsylvania.

Antoinette is a registered nurse (RN) who is currently serving patients at the John Heinz Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine in Mountain Top, Pennsylvania. She specializes in rehabilitation nursing, which involves assisting patients with a disability and/or chronic illness to attain and maintain maximum function. She assists patients in adapting to an altered lifestyle, while providing a therapeutic environment for their and their family’s development.

Antoinette is also affiliated with several hospitals in the area, including Hazleton General Hospital and Mercy Hospital.

Antoinette received her degree to become a licensed practical nurse (LPN) from Luzerne County Community College in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania in 1980. She then went on to receive her degree to become an RN from the same College in 1990.

Antoinette had always wanted to be a nurse. Prior to becoming one, she was a firefighter who worked on ambulances.

Antoinette holds Basic Life Support (BLS) certification. BLS certification is a relatively short training course required of most clinical health professionals and public safety personnel. During the course, individuals learn basic life-saving skills to help revive, resuscitate or sustain a person who is experiencing cardiac arrest or a respiratory failure of some sort. This may include a drowning victim, a heart attack or stroke patient or any emergency scenario where a person’s breathing or heartbeat have been compromised.

Antoinette is a member of the American Legion. The American Legion is a U.S. war veterans’ organization headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. It is made up of state, U.S. territory, and overseas departments, which, in turn, are made up of local posts. The legislative body of the American Legion is a national convention that is held annually.

Antoinette is also a member of the Boy Scouts of America. The Boy Scouts of America is the largest scouting organization and one of the largest youth organizations in the United States, with about 2.3 million youth participants and about one million adult volunteers.

Antoinette attributes her success to her adaptable personality and her genuine care for the well-being of others – personality traits which, according to her, she received from her father. Antoinette’s father always encouraged her to chase after her dreams and taught her that if she did that, she could achieve anything.

A registered nurse (RN) is a nurse who has graduated from a nursing program and met the requirements outlined by a country, state, province or similar licensing body to obtain a nursing license. RNs fulfill a variety of job duties. In addition to the primary role in treating and caring for patients, their responsibilities also include educating patients and the public about a variety of medical conditions, as well as providing emotional support and advice to the families of their patients. Other RN job functions include performing diagnostic tests and analyzing results, operating medical equipment, administering medications, recording patients’ symptoms and medical histories, and assisting with patient rehabilitation and follow-up.

In her spare time, Antoinette enjoys doing arts and crafts, as well as working at a summer camp for children.

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