Fran O’Leary, BSN, RN, a Geriatric Emergency Nurse Clinician with AdventHealth Zephyrhills

Get to know Geriatric Emergency Nurse Clinician, Fran O’Leary, who serves patients in Zephyrhills, Florida.

Fran, a geriatric emergency nurse clinician, serves as a liaison between geriatric patients and their family members and caregivers. She is currently affiliated with AdventHealth Zephyrhills in Florida. Formerly Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, AdventHealth Zephyrhills provides high-tech, leading-edge medical treatments and health services to patients, neighbors, families, and friends throughout the community. From cardiology and orthopedics to minimally invasive, robot-assisted surgeries, AdventHealth Zephyrhills strives to improve overall health and prevent future illness.

In her professional experience, Fran worked in the emergency room for 13 years. She also worked as a clinical resource nurse for 10 years. A clinical resource nurse is actually a registered nurse whose responsibilities exceed that of a normal registered nurse. They are normally responsible for the coordination of a clinical patient population.

Attributing her success to her hard work and love for her profession, Fran’s mother was a nurse and she grew up surrounded by the medical field. In 1987, she earned her nursing degree from Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill, Massachusetts. Years later, in 1995, she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Salem State University in Salem, Massachusetts. Among her many achievements, she holds certifications in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Basic Life Support, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support. 

Geriatric emergency medicine is a subspecialty of emergency medicine devoted to helping improve the care of older adults (age 65 and over) during times of acute illness or injury. A geriatric emergency nurse clinician is a registered nurse in an expanded role demonstrating a high level of autonomy and expert skill to formulate clinical decisions and appropriately manage geriatric patients with acute/chronic illness and to promote wellness.

A registered nurse 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 their 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.

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