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Clinical Nurse Coordinator, RN - Neurology
Category: Nursing, Neurosurgery/Neurology
Job Requisition: 27241
Department: Physician Services - Rehabilitation
Facility: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
Geographic Region: Washington, DC
Schedule: Part Time
Shift: 8am-4:30pm, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
Hours per Week: 24.00
Location: Washington, DC
General Summary of Position:
Coordinates MDA/ALSA programs of the Department of Neurology. Facilitates the operational management and administration of those activities that promote the delivery of safe, efficient and therapeutically effective care to an ambulatory population. Provides direct and indirect patient care utilizing the nursing process to assist with patient care for the MDA/ALSA service, under the supervision of the attending physicians. Provides patient and family education, facilitates QA/QI activities and in-services for nursing and non-nursing personnel, and assists with research protocols as indicated. These functions are performed in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital's philosophy, policies, procedures, and standards.

  • EDUCATION AND/OR TRAINING REQUIRED: BS in Nursing and Basic Life Support required. MS in Nursing preferred.
  • LICENSURE AND/OR CERTIFICATION: Current RN licensure in the District of Columbia.
  • EXPERIENCE: Minimum three to five years of patient care experience, preferably in neurology (nursing), involving supervising nursing staff and designing, implementing and monitoring policies and procedures relating to ambulatory care.
  • SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES: Requires an experienced nurse familiar with outpatient and inpatient settings. Knowledge of and experience with a variety of neurological disorders with an emphasis on neuromuscular patients. Knowledge of medical equipment and instruments used to administer patient care. Skilled in the application and modification of the principles, methods and techniques of professional nursing to provide ongoing patient care. Excellent communication and report-writing skills. Ability to facilitate communication and treatment between physicians, ancillary staff and patients. Strong personal computer and word-processing skills.

Consideration will be given to an appropriate combination of education/training and experience.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Coordinates and evaluates day-to-day patient care-related operations of the MDA/ALSA program.
  • Collaborates in the development of principles of patient care while maintaining communication with appropriate allied services and agencies. Promptly requests consults from other services when indicated. Makes referrals to appropriate agencies and/or support systems to facilitate patient well-being. Works with nursing administration and/or nursing service to facilitate and improve patient care. Serves as liaison for the Department of Neurology MDA/ALSA program by attending assigned meetings as a representative of the department.
  • Provides patient care for patients in MDA/ALSA clinics under the supervision of Nurse Manager and attending physicians. Assists physicians with patient's history. Performs general and specialized nursing care activities. Documents individualized nursing care for outpatients. Provides educational materials and instruction for patients and families regarding the diagnosis, treatment options and side effects, and prognosis of epilepsy.
  • Provides patient care via telephone for patients in the MDA/ALSA program under supervision of the Nurse Manager and attending physicians. Triages calls and coordinates with medical staff and/or other resource to ensure appropriate care. Returns phone calls the day they are received, and obtains accurate information regarding patient's care. Refills prescriptions under attending physician's supervision. Documents phone calls and notifies attending physician of pertinent information.
  • Identifies QA/QI indicators for service and participates in data collection and analysis related to indicators. Consults with appropriate medical staff to identify and reinforce issues related to modification in practice and standards of care.
  • Assists physicians with various research protocols in MDA/ALSA by identifying candidates for research studies and assisting research coordinators.
  • Maintains a database of the department's chronic neuromuscular patients with information including demographics, gene defects, certain symptom markers important for therapeutic monitoring/determination of new drug or clinical trial eligibility, etc.
  • Provides PEG teaching, including site care, tube maintenance, tube feed administration details, and troubleshooting.
  • Provides PICC line or Mediport maintenance teaching, troubleshooting if line issues.
  • Ensures patients on medications requiring certain monitoring labs have these labs ordered/that we receive the results (particularly when they go to outside labs).
  • Follows up with patients on labs/results, demonstrating basic common abnormalities (e.g., mild B12 deficiency with level 300-400 and to take a daily over-the-counter supplement) and communicating results of no clinical significance/normal results to patients.
  • Leads the department's post-MDA/ALSA clinic group wrap-up sessions to ensure our care team is on the same page for each patient.
  • Pre-checks MDA/ALSA clinics, verifying patients are appropriately scheduled, verifying members of the care team necessary for particular patients are present for their visit (e.g., geneticist), obtaining outside results/records where necessary, and communicating with the providers who are part of the multidisciplinary clinic regarding clinic schedules or anticipated patient needs.
  • Coordinates flow of clinics, including keeping a list of recommendations from each of the providers seeing a patient and wrapping up with the patient at the close of their visit to ensure they have all necessary orders/materials and to review how to proceed with each provider's recommendations (e.g., how to get a modified barium swallow scheduled).
  • Assists patients with coordination of their care, such as scheduling an appointment for an ordered study if they are unable to do so.
  • Performs other duties and responsibilities that are appropriate to the position and area.

The above responsibilities are a general description of the level and, nature of the work assigned to this position and are not to be considered as all-inclusive.
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