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Infectious Disease Nurse Clinician II, RN
Category: Nursing
Job Requisition: 19682
Department: Infectious Diseases
Facility: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
Geographic Region: Washington, DC
Schedule: Full Time
Shift: 8:30am-5pm
Hours per Week: 40.00
Location: Washington, DC
About MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Division of Infectious Disease:
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Division of Infectious Diseases treats an array of infectious diseases in adult patients only both in the outpatient and inpatient settings. In addition, the division also has a tropical medicine outpatient clinic that specializes in tropical medicine, post-travel illnesses and pre-travel treatment.

General Summary of Position:
Provides professional nursing care for clinic patients following established standards and practices. Monitors quality and safety issues. Functions in a nursing work and clinical skills mentoring capacity to Medical Assistant staff. These functions are performed in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital's philosophy, policies, procedures, and standards.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • EDUCATION/TRAINING: Graduate of an accredited school of nursing. BSN preferred.
  • EXPERIENCE: A minimum of two years of professional nursing experience. Must have strong organizational skills. Office management/administrative experience is highly desired.
  • LICENSE/CERTIFICATION/REGISTRATION:: Registered Nurse license in the District of Columbia. CPR certification.
  • KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:: Knowledge of professional nursing theory and practice to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate patient care. Knowledge of medical equipment and instruments to administer patient care. Skill in applying and modifying the principles, methods and techniques of professional nursing to provide ongoing patient care. Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with patients, medical staff and the public. Ability to react calmly and effectively in emergency situations.

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

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Performs general nursing care to patients. Administers prescribed medications, vaccines, treatments, and procedures in accordance with nursing standards. Observes, records and reports patient's condition and reaction to drugs and treatments to physicians. Dispenses medication as directed. Ensures that nursing documentation is complete, accurate and legible. Greets patients and prepares them for physician examination. Screens patients for appropriate information. Instructs and teaches patients in the collection of samples and tests. Prepares equipment and aids physician during treatment, examination and testing of patients.
  • Participates with the Administrator I in quality and process improvement initiatives and assists in maintaining fiscal objectives. Performs mock The Joint Commission surveys to ensure regulatory compliance.
  • Performs patient telephone triage, assesses needs and coordinates needs with nursing and medical staff. Also provides coverage to nurses within the unit.
  • Educates/counsels patient and family about diagnostic procedures, medication adherence, nutrition, and maintenance of health and wellness. Maintains and reviews patient records, charts and other pertinent information. Posts test and examination results. Educates patients by providing information concerning HIV/AIDS-related medications, side effects and the disease process.
  • Maintains established departmental policies and procedures. Attends required meetings and participates in committees as requested. In conjunction with the Nurse Manager, develops and supports continuing education opportunities for clinic staff. Maintains own clinical expertise by attending in-service programs.
  • Documents all vital signs, treatments and medication immunization administration promptly.
  • Monitors patient progress and referrals through regularly scheduled face-to-face appointments, telephone calls and hospital visits. Coaches patients receiving antiretroviral therapy towards successful treatment outcomes.
  • Collaborates and coordinate with the HIV/AIDS case manager in identifying and addressing psychosocial needs impacting patient adherence.
  • Collects clinical data relevant to initiate and complete prior authorization for oral medication.
  • Participates in weekly case conferences and works within a multidisciplinary team on assessment and treatment planning.
  • Promotes continuity of care by facilitating access to primary care providers and community linkages. Liaison with other AIDS service organizations and network to create cooperative relationships.
  • 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 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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