Darlene Birdwell is a Family Nurse Practitioner and Board Certified Heart Failure Nurse. She has been a Nurse Practitioner since 1999. Darlene has worked with several practices in Arizona managing cardiac patients and specializing in heart failure care. She has been on the medical staff of several hospitals and worked as a liaison for patients seeking heart transplants and left ventricular assist devices. She worked with the community, giving lectures on Congestive Heart Failure. She was instrumental in obtaining National Certification for the only office-based Congestive Heart Failure Clinic in the nation.
During her registered nursing career, she worked at Baylor University Medical Center and worked with the Neonatologist / Outreach Program teaching other facilities assessment and care of Premature Infants. She was the Director of Nursing for a Home Health Agency in Nashville where she developed Home Monitoring programs for Apnea Monitors and Bilirubin Lights, along with teaching classes at local universities. She was also a Flight Nurse for the Agency. She was a Certified Critical Care Nurse and worked in the Cardiovascular Surgical Intensive Care Unit, where she was also a mentor. She was a Clinical Instructor for Boswell Hospital School of Nursing and was elected Teacher of the Year.
- 1999 – University of Phoenix; Master of Science in Nursing and Certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner
- 1996 – University of Phoenix; Bachelor of Science in Nursing
- 1980 – Sand Hills Community College, Carthage, NC; Associate Degree in Nursing
Certifications and Honors
- 2011 – Certified in Heart Failure Management by the Heart Failure Certification Board
- 1998 – Inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
- 1985 – CCRN (Critical Care Registered Nurse)