Sidonia Szem, F-NP, RN Expert Witness
Curriculum Vitae

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  • Phone: (858) 220-8749
  • Cell: (858) 220-8749

Specialties & Experience of this Expert Witness

General Specialties:

Cardiothoracic Surgery and Cardiovascular Disease

Specialty Focus:

cardiac testing and interpretation, pacemakers, implantable loop recorder, EKG, Stress tests, CVL procedures, echocardiograms CV-ICU advanced therapies management: ECMO, IABP, CRRT, ventilator, Covid therapies, PPE and medication administration


BSN RN, University of Phoenix; F-NP, Azusa Pacific University; MSN,

Years in Practice:


Additional Information

11/2020- 10/2021 Heart and Wellness Center National City, CA F-NP outpatient cardiology clinic, affiliation with Sharp and local community: proficient in assessment, evaluation and treatment of any stage of HF, HTN, OSA, cardiomegaly syndrome, PVD/PAD. Independently performing complex cardiac testing and interpretation of tele monitoring, pacemakers, implantable loop recorder, EKG, Stress tests, CVL procedures, echocardiograms, pacemaker interrogation/treatment, prescription of vast cardiac medications and follow up visit scheduling. Comfortable with classifications/diagnosing of HF stages and treatment. Knowledgeable of most current HF recommendations and clinical research/trials and able to provide surgical cardiac clearance. Meticulous in primary and secondary cardiovascular prevention. 2003-2020 Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla La Jolla, CA Following roles: RN (CV-ICU) Provide direct patient care w/h scope of practice that includes assessment, plan and implementation of a plan of care, and evaluation of patient’s progress towards expected outcomes. Work collaboratively with other patient care teams to ensure optimal patient care. Improve unit-based goals, processes/workflow, and meet patient outcomes. Support nursing staff with the goal of delivering excellent patient care. CVICU supervisor/charge nurse Focus on MDI and streamline processes, support highly effective patient care along financial performance. Proficient in advanced cardiac /ICU therapies and complex technologies (HF, OHS, TAVRs, TMVR, IABP, Impella, SG, ECMO, LVAD, CVVHD, ventilators, rotoprone). CCU/MCU Interim Manager Keeping employees engaged in the business, retaining key talent, providing consistent value to patients and delivering superior financial performance. Creating clarity, streamline processes and establishing meaningful care. Providing clinical support to bedside staff to ensure Value-Based design and quality care. Responsible for communicating, evaluating, and supporting healthy work environment and personal/professional growth of employees. Ensure optimal productivity and meeting financial unit/business goals. Code Blue Team, Rapid Response Team, ICU Nurse Practice Council (NPC), ERAD (CAUTI champion), ICU Leadership Committees Monthly meetings that adjust current nursing practice standards through a team of ICU nurses that strive to incorporate high quality care nursing to our patients therefore improving ICU nursing practice at the bedside Meeting with the interdisciplinary team to coordinate care in order create a healing environment through high quality care nursing Evaluating and resolving issues that affect our nurses’ ability to provide high quality care to patients Incorporating the importance of patient satisfaction and evaluating ways to improve outcomes through research and evidence-based practice Exploring new ides that help facilitate learning new advanced skills and implementing those skills at the bedside