nurse. veteran. designer.
I am a graphic designer pursuing a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Graphic Design at George Mason University’s School of Art.
Originally, I am a registered nurse, as well as a veteran. I was in the United States Army Nurse Corps for 5 years. Once I completed my service, I decided to spread my wings in a new direction.
Along with helping others, art and design have always been passions of mine and I’m excited to see what this second career field has in store for me. 
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Graphic Design George Mason University, Fairfax, VA | 2017 – present
Bachelor of Science in Nursing Maryville University, St. Louis, MO | 2012
Professional experience
Graphic Design Temporary Employee Naval Criminal Investigative Service Quantico, VA | 2017 – present Currently working with NCIS Communications under the WorkForce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities (WRP), creating internal products for event programs and field offices, such as brochures, print ads, billboards, manuals, certificates, invitations, posters, maps, and newsletters
Graphic Design Intern Naval Criminal Investigative Service Quantico, VA | 2016 – 2017
Nurse Corps Officer U.S. Army Fort Belvoir, VA | 2015 – 2017                                                                         
Nurse Corps Officer U.S. Army Bethesda, MD | 2012 – 2015                                    
Gold Bar Recruiter U.S. Army Fairfax, VA | 2012 – 2013 Designed print ads for the George Mason University Army ROTC recruitment efforts                                                             
Administrative Assistant Child & Youth Services Netherlands | 2007                                                                 
Crafter/Clerical Assistant Arts and Crafts Center/ Auto Body Shop  Netherlands | 2006
Bilingual in Spanish and English
SOFTWARE and Design
Printing experience with various products, formatting all photos and projects using Adobe Creative Suite: InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Bridge, and Spark
Six years of experience in fine art such as sketching, drawing, painting, pastel, and watercolor
Utilized AutoCad software to design boxes for carrying items to increase cost effectiveness
Operated video editing software to develop a documentary for a psychology course
Customer service
Provided exceptional patient-centered compassionate care within a hospital setting for inpatient hematology/oncology, pediatric, and wounded warrior units
Effective leader and team player with strong interpersonal skills
Served as a Patient Safety Representative, investigating incidents within the hospital, updating leadership to increase patient safety, promote process improvement; creating a new standard of patient safety reporting
Supervised, led, and mentored 12 professional and unlicensed staff as a Charge Nurse
Public speaking
Conducted 15 events including college fairs, high school forums, and university recruitment missions; providing information to prospective cadets
Mentored and advised senior college nursing students 
Participated in two commercials to promote school functions on Armed Forces Network Europe
Recipient of mixed media award presented to the Boys and Girls Club of Europe/Asia