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Coordinator, Patient Placement (LPN or RN)
Category: Nursing
Job Requisition: 15092
Department: Nursing - Patient Placement
Facility: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
Geographic Region: Washington, DC
Schedule: Full Time
Shift: Day Shift with Rotating Weekend 7am-7:30pm, Every Other Weekend
Hours per Week: 40.00
Location: Washington, DC
General Summary of Position:
Acts as liaison throughout the hospital with regard to availability of beds to ensure the prompt and accurate placement/assignment of patients into a bed/unit. Works with Nursing and other clinical departments to determine the best placement of a patient based on the patient’s clinical needs and the availability of services. These functions are performed in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital's philosophy, policies, procedures, and standards.

  • EDUCATION/TRAINING: Graduate of an accredited school of practical nursing. BSN strongly preferred.
  • EXPERIENCE: A minimum of seven years of progressively more responsible job-related nursing experience exhibiting strong clinical skills and the ability to coordinate effectively. Bed utilization is preferred.
  • LICENSE/CERTIFICATION/REGISTRATION: Current D.C. licensure as a Licensed Practical Nurse or Registered Nurse. BLS required.
  • KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES: Job requires a relatively high level of problem-solving to find solutions to difficult human, technical or clinical problems.

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

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Acts as a liaison between and physicians and other MGUH departments to facilitate the prompt and accurate assignment of patients into beds, resolve operational issues and make recommendations to improve access to MGUH.
  • Works with nursing to determine availability of bed(s) on the units, balancing unit census, patient acuity and staff availability to meet patient’s needs. Confers with Case Management, attending physicians or their designee, ancillary department representatives, Nursing and other departments to strategize the most efficient use of patient beds.
  • Assigns beds based on patient’s diagnosis, physician specialty and service, and bed and support availability via Pre-Admit Tracking System.
  • Updates Patient Access Associate when necessary.  Maintains own knowledge of bed availability by routinely visiting units/floors.
  • Facilitates daily staffing huddles by reporting the “State of the House” in regards to bed demand and bed availability.
  • Identifies, recommends and develops/implements quality assurance systems for improvement in access. Develops systems, procedures and/or policies with the various departments throughout MGUH to facilitate communication and expeditious patient placement/flow.
  • Develops and presents in-services/educational programs for nursing units, administrative support staff, Environmental Services, and other department personnel with the goal of fostering better communication and collaboration and improved patient flow.
  • Generates reports on bed assignment(s), turnover time, etc., for supervisor and management. Analyzes reports and gives recommendations to improve service/access. Reviews daily admission and clinical procedure reports and collaborates with other departments for efficient of bed flow.
  • Informs Director, Patient Placement, Flow and Throughput and other identified stakeholders of significant events, problems, any corrective actions taken, and/or suggested approach.  Provides written documentation/reports as needed.
  • Maintains own knowledge of current trends and developments in the field of nursing, nursing management and bed management by reading literature and attending related seminars and conferences.
  • Assumes 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 classification and are not to be considered as all-inclusive.
About MedStar Health

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.

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