RN Care Coordinator, Digestive Disease

Job Description

Location: UC Medical Center
Department: Digestive Disease/Gastro Clinic
Hours: Full Time, 40 Hours/Week
Shift: First Shift

At UC Health, we're proud to have the best and brightest teams and clinicians collaborating toward our common purpose: to advance healing and reduce suffering.

As the region's adult academic health system, we strive for innovation and provide world-class care for not only our community, but patients from all over the world. Join our team and you'll be able to develop your skills, grow your career, build relationships with your peers and patients, and help us be a source of hope for our friends and neighbors.

UC Health is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of employment.

The Clinical Coordinator is responsible for assisting with the coordination of Digestive Disease care plans while providing support and supervision to GI team personnel in the performance of their duties. The Clinical Coordinator is a clinical resource who ensures patients receive the highest quality care by serving as a professional role model, supervising the GI care team's daily operations assuring regulatory compliance and acting as a liaison between management and staff. The CC will provide direct patient care. The Clinical Coordinator is instrumental in creating a positive public image and working environment. Demonstrates Duties and responsibilities of a Gastroenterology care Registered Nurse.

Responsibilities

PATIENT POPULATION -

Engages in population appropriate communication. Has knowledge of growth and development milestones and tasks. Gives clear instructions to patients/family regarding treatment. Involves family/guardian in the assessment, initial treatment and continuing care of the patient. Identifies any physical limitations of the patient and deploys intervention when necessary. Recognizes and responds appropriately to patients/families with behavioral health problems. Interprets population related data and plans care appropriately. Identifies and responds appropriately to different needs resulting from, unique psychological needs or those associated with religious / cultural norms. Performs treatments, administers medication or operates equipment safely. Recognizes and responds to signs/symptoms of abuse or neglect.

GI Care Team Operations:
  • Providing direct patient care. Implementing interventions to carry out long-range goals.
  • Participating in team and unit based performance improvement activities.
  • Assuring compliance to policies and procedures.
  • Promoting the use of the nursing process according to standards set forth by the institution.
  • Identifying issue/problems that need investigation, resolution, and appropriate follow-up Facilitates the maintenance of a clean, safe, and organized environment.

LEADERSHIP:
  • Managing care though others.
  • Understanding of the organizational structures of the unit, hospital and key departments is displayed.
  • Understanding of the Nurse Practice Act, hospital policies and procedures, and unit protocol is demonstrated. With guidance, hospital policies and procedures are interpreted to other staff members including legal implications.
  • Responsibility for patient/resident care is delegated and accepted.
  • Open lines of communication are maintained between staff and management and makes staff needs known to management.
  • Remains cognizant of staff morale, attempts to alleviate inter-staff tensions and when indicated, directs pertinent complaints to management.
  • Actively participating in problem solving, decision-making and conflict resolution.
  • Maintaining a team environment that encourages retention, development of staff and patient satisfaction.
  • Facilitating the planning, implementation and evaluation of the orientation of the new employees. Is aware of and supports effective use of staff.
  • Promoting economic and efficient use of resources.
  • Delegates tasks to appropriate levels.
  • Utilizes time management skills.
  • Constructive use of time on unit by staff is promoted and maintained. Assuring availability and appropriate use of supplies.
  • Supplies are conserved. Identifying the learning needs of the staff and facilitating methods to meet these needs.

ASSESSMENT:
  • Assesses physical, psychosocial, spiritual and educational needs of patients/residents using appropriate parameters.
  • Knowledge base is demonstrated of normal physiological and psychosocial functions. Understanding of signs and symptoms data related to disease process is demonstrated.
  • Collects, reports, and records subjective and objective data about the health status of clients in an accurate and timely manner consistent with established unit/departmental standards, policies, and procedures.

PLANNING:
  • Utilizes collected data to establish and prioritize a list of actual and potential patient/resident problems and or needs.
  • Care plans are prepared, revised and coordinated in a collaborative effort with other health care members to identify need for change.
  • Care plans which identify nursing diagnoses, patient/resident problems, interventions and goals is initiated according to policy and procedure.
  • Ability to establish priorities of care is demonstrated.
  • Updates computerized patient/resident profiles and incorporates changes in status into plan of care (as per policy).
  • Incorporate holistic approach to patient care.
  • Appropriate referrals are made.
  • Education needs of patient/family are identified.

IMPLEMENTATION:
  • Implements and maintains standards of nursing practice according to the priority of identified problems/needs.
  • Nursing actions are implemented either by direct care or delegation of responsibility based on patient's/resident's care plan and skill level of assigned personnel. All care given to assigned patients/ residents is safe, therapeutic, timely and completed by the end of the shift. Physician's orders are carried out according to prescribed care. Treatments and medications are administered as ordered, according to hospital-based clinic policies and procedures.

EVALUATION:
  • Continuously evaluates effectiveness and quality of care rendered.
  • Evaluation and documentation include patient/resident's physical, psychological and emotional response to plan of care.
  • Evaluation and documentation include the response of family when directly related to patient/resident care.
  • Revises as necessary the care plan to meet the changing needs of the patient/resident.
  • Response to pain is appropriately evaluated.
  • Documenting change in patient status when applicable. Communicating w/ physician and/or RN re: possible revisions to treatment program and plans of care based on patient response.

DOCUMENTATION:
  • Completes documentation of nursing process.
  • Nursing process is accurately and concisely documented. Applicable chart forms (patient care notes/flow sheets) are documented on according to policy and procedure and standards of care. Knowledge & competency w/ documentation system.
  • Documenting ongoing care. Flow sheets are documented on according to policy/ procedure. Pain documentation will be complete according to policy and procedure.
  • Demonstrates knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients served (patient population unit specific).
  • Maintains high level of expertise in specialty area.
  • In service education programs are scheduled and attended to assure staff is updated on current specialty practice, equipment and supplies attends 75% of in services. Annual mandatory classes are maintained- annual review and skills days. The location of fire alarms, fire extinguishers, emergency exits, fire and disaster plans are identified. Hospital-based clinic policies and procedures are followed for controlling and reporting infections. Independent studies to increase professional competency is participated in and specialty education sessions are attended. Learns and applies new techniques and technologies. Employee Health requirements are maintained. Staff meetings are attended at minimum 75% of meetings.


Qualifications

Education:

Minimum Required: Associate's Degree Graduate of an accredited school of nursing. Preferred: Bachelor's Degree.

Licensure: Holds a current RN license in the State of Ohio. BLS and ACLS certification.

Experience:

Minimum Required: 3 - 5 Years equivalent experience. Preferred: 5 years specializing in GI/Liver disease.