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Charlene Miranda-Wood

Nurse Manager

Charlene Miranda-Wood is the nurse manager of the Nursing Quality, Research and Education department. Miranda-Wood began her career at UC Irvine Medical Center in 1981 as a labor and delivery nurse. In 1996, she became the patient education coordinator for both ambulatory and inpatient. Her work earned her the HealthNet Health Education Excellence award.

In 1998, Miranda-Wood returned to the perinatal department as the clinical nurse educator, where she was responsible for the education and competency of the staff. She developed a six-month perinatal orientation training program for new graduates as well as nurses new to perinatal nursing. She coordinated the inpatient newborn hearing screening program, developed and coordinated journal clubs, developed self-learning modules and computer-based training modules for staff in the perinatal department.  As a clinical nurse educator, she mentored clinical staff in leadership development, performance improvement and nursing research, ultimately supporting staff through their clinical nurse III journey. 

Miranda-Wood received the ARISE award for Integrity in 2003.  In 2007, Charlene received the Outstanding Poster award from the AWHONN National Convention Committee for her poster Encouraging Mothers of Preterm Infants to Breastpump within 6 to 12 hours after Birth.  In 2011, Charlene received the Outstanding Poster award from the AWHONN National Convention Committee for her poster Deadly Deliveries? Working as a Team to Make a Difference in Preventing and/or Treating Obstetrical Hemorrhage

Since 2007, Miranda-Wood has been an assisting clinical nurse instructor for the University of California, Irvine, College of Health Sciences, Program in Nursing. She teaches maternity and women’s health to the undergraduate BSN students.  She teaches the students in the classroom with innovative methods of learning and uses simulation to reinforce learning.

In her current position as manager of the Nursing Quality, Research and Education, part of her responsibilities include coordination and management of the PICC line team, patient education team, pain team nurses and the enterstomal team.  There are many challenges ahead, but she meets them with the support of each of the team members.

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