Provides and coordinates nursing care in collaboration with the health team for patients requiring specialty services. This includes the assessment of patient and caregiver(s); establishment of the nursing care plan; teaching; evaluation of clinical outcomes; and assistance in program development including system processes to provide cost-effective quality care.
Provides ongoing care (assess, plan, intervention, and evaluation), according to the age specific and developmental needs of the patient. Assesses educational needs and provides teaching and counseling to the patient and their family. Integrates health promotion and preventive aspects of care. Assumes primary responsibility for caseloads consisting of patients in specialty area.
Anticipates and recognizes changes in a patient s status and need for care. Determines priorities of patient care based on essential patient needs. Provides on-going assessment of patient s response to services and teaching and applies interventions as appropriate. Updates and revises care plan as needed. Communicates with physicians to confirm, correlate, and update patient s plan of care. Provides status update to physician on a regular basis.
Maintains and updates accurate clinical and patient records according to agency, state, and federal guidelines.
Provides telephone consultation/triage to patient, family, and/or significant others according to protocol and established guidelines.
Participates in community education programs and continuous quality improvement activities.
Assists in development and implementation of staff orientation and educational activities.
Follows published agency policies and procedures and regularly monitors changes or additions to them.
Continually strives to advance knowledge and practice of clinical skills in specialty area including certification as warranted.
Licenses & Certifications
Registered Nurse license issued by the state in which the team member practices, and Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers certification issued by the American Heart Association (AHA).
Associate s Degree in Nursing.
Required Functional Experience
Typically requires 2 years of experience in acute care nursing that includes experiences in an applicable clinical specialty (such as: cardiology, urology or orthopedics).
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Ability to work independently and make sound judgments. Exceptional organization and communication skills (oral and written).Ability to multi-task with frequent interruptions.