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Cheryl Lunnen, RN

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Cheryl Lunnen, RN

Ms. Lunnen is nurse-manager of the Cardiac Surgery Department at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore. Ms. Lunnen has served as an Advisor to WHF since 1996.

Summary of qualifications

1998 - 2000 Union Memorial Hospital Maryland - Manager Open Heart Surgery Administration

Assumes responsibility for the creation, implementation and daily operations of the cardiac surgery information systems. Manages the open-heart surgery administrative office and physician practice. Supervises the OR scheduling, office scheduling and capital resources. Participates in program development for cardiovascular services.


May 1983 - Wheeling Jesuit University West Virginia

Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Sara White Award for Excellence in Nursing

Professional experience

1983-2000 Union Memorial Hospital Maryland

Nurse manager, Open Heart Surgery Administration


Contributes to planning decisions relevant to the cardiovascular service information systems. Manages information systems software maintenance activities to assure current and accurate data. Submits monthly administrative reports reflecting cardiovascular surgical volume and outcomes. Provides and analyzes data for managed care contracts, marketing and cardiovascular performance improvement.


Designs databases for cardiovascular service used for national bench marking, operative note and discharge summary generation. Designs cardiac related database for surgical assistants. Currently working on database for cardiac catheterization laboratory. Conducts in-service and training sessions for professional and nonprofessional staffs in the cardiovascular service line.


Prepares formal cardiovascular presentations, nationally and internationally for surgeons at Union Memorial Heart Institute. Slide presentations done in PowerPoint in Spanish as well as English.


Management of office for 1000+ cardiac surgery patients. Handles personnel functions, professional and nonprofessional to include hiring, supervision scheduling, training, performance reviews and dismals. Direct reports include clinical specialists, medical secretaries, billing personnel and scheduling coordinator.

Clinical Role

Serves as expert resource for nurse clinicians, including physical assessment of patients pre-operatively and post-operatively and administration of anticoagulation therapy. Designed and implemented patient self-monitoring anticoagulation program for patients with mechanical valves. Serves as a resource for MedStar Health Home Care including the development of a skills competency, on site training and a clinical pathway. Participate in the development of patient education materials for cardiovascular service line.

Clinical RN III, Open Heart Surgery Administration

Served as nurse clinician responsible for patient teaching preoperatively, physical assessment post-operatively and data collection. Teaching discharge class.

Patient Care Coordinator

Participated in the development and management of critical pathways, including data collection, data entry and analysis as well as training staff in the implementation of pathways.

Nursing Instructor

Clinical instruction, supervision and evaluation of students in UMH School of Nursing in Med-Surg, OB & Pediatric rotations as well as classroom instruction.

Staff Nurse/Charge Nurse

Performed routine staff duties on medical-surgical unit. Nominated for nurse of the year. Performed as designated charge nurse.


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