This position provides clinical services to the pediatric liver, intestinal and multi-visceral transplant inpatient unit. This unit allows in-hospital family centered care with parent/caregiver living in with children undergoing evaluation for or post-transplant care from around the country. Evaluates and manages care of patients post-transplant and post-surgical procedures, including history taking and physical examination, ordering and interpreting diagnostic testing, and clinical management of patients postoperatively. Coordinates discharge planning and outpatient care. Provides patient education. Coordinates and conducts clinical follow-up of patients. Coordinates a variety of research protocols and projects in the Division of Transplant Surgery. Participates in the collection and management of outcome data in the Division of Transplant Surgery. These functions are performed in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital’s philosophy, policies, procedures, and standards.
MedStar Georgetown Transplant Institute
The MedStar Georgetown Transplant Institute (MGTI) is seeking an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner for our rapidly expanding multi-organ transplant program.
MGTI is a proud member of MedStar Health, the premier health system in the mid-Atlantic region and one of the nation's leaders in solid organ transplants.
MGTI is one of MedStar’s Centers of Excellence and offers evaluation and treatment of advanced liver disease, intestinal disorders, chronic kidney disease and complications of diabetes. Our goal is to restore patients to their optimum level of health and return them to a productive life. We specialize in innovative treatments and provide our patients with access to groundbreaking research and clinical trials.
- EDUCATION AND/OR TRAINING REQUIRED: BSN from an accredited school of nursing. Successful completion of an approved Nurse Practitioner program.
- LICENSURE AND/OR CERTIFICATION: State license in D.C. as a Registered Nurse and Nurse Practitioner certification. CPR certification.
- EXPERIENCE:Three years of nursing experience, inclusive of at least one year of directly related experience in transplant-related clinical specialty, pediatric acute, critical care or both.
- SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES: Knowledge of professional nursing theory, practice and medical care to give to and evaluate patients. Knowledge of organizational policies, regulations and procedures to administer patient care. Skill in applying and modifying the principles, methods and techniques of professional nursing to provide ongoing patient care. Skill in taking medical histories to assess medical condition and interpret findings. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with patients, medical staff and the public. Ability to maintain quality control standards. Ability to remain calm and effective in emergency situations. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
- Performs pre-operative and pre-transplant evaluation, including taking a medical history and performing a physical examination; orders and interprets appropriate diagnostic tests; obtains informed consent for surgical procedures; and provides patient education.
- Summarizes patient history through record review, compilation of inpatient diagnostic studies and integration of such evaluation into overview review letter for physicians.
- Assists in postoperative care following the transfer of patients from the ICU utilizing the Transplant protocols, and assists physicians in ongoing patient management as needed.
- Coordinates services provided to patients on the Pediatric Transplant Surgical Service by accepting referrals independently and in coordination with staff physicians, ensuring prompt scheduling of services and communicating with referring physicians as indicated.
- Maintains open communication with referring physicians by providing patient updates and recommendations for outpatient treatment. Sees patients in outpatient setting for follow-up evaluations in conjunction with nurse coordinators.
- Ensures continuity of care by managing medication orders in transition from inpatient to outpatient setting.
- Makes rounds with attending and resident staff. Writes orders and performs procedures in coordination with attending transplant physician.
- Coordinates patient participation in research study by screening all patients for participation in appropriate protocols, providing patient education, obtaining informed consent and ordering appropriate tests and medications per study protocol, and performing required clinical and telephone follow-up as required by study protocol.
- Provides ongoing communication with primary investigator, study sponsor, Data Coordinating Center, and the IRB.
- Provides staff education about new clinical protocols, patient management and research protocols. Develops staff competencies in cooperation with clinical managers on the patient care units..
- Coordinates re-admissions of transplant patients, makes rounds and facilitates discharge procedures.
- Educates and assists Transplant Surgery Fellows, Pediatric Residents and Interns in execution of protocols.
- Assumes other duties and responsibilities that are appropriate to the position and area.
MedStar Health is dedicated to providing the highest quality care for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. Our 30,000 associates and 5,400 affiliated physicians work in a variety of settings across our health system, including 10 hospitals and more than 300 community-based locations, the largest visiting nurse association in the region, and highly respected institutes dedicated to research and innovation. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University for more than 20 years, MedStar is dedicated not only to teaching the next generation of doctors, but also to the continuing education and professional development of our whole team. MedStar Health offers diverse opportunities for career advancement and personal fulfillment.
MedStar Health is an Equal Opportunity (EO) Employer and assures equal opportunity for all applicants and employees. We hire people to work in different locations, and we comply with the federal, state and local laws governing each of those locations.
A qualified individual with a disability will be considered for employment on the same basis as non- disabled applicants if he/she can perform the essential functions of the job sought, with or without a reasonable accommodation, and without imposing a direct threat to the health or safety of others or him/herself.