Nephrology Nurse Practitioner
Category: Nurse Practitioners
Job Requisition: 14693
Department: Surgery - Transplant
Facility: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
Geographic Region: Washington, DC
Schedule: Full Time
Shift: Day Shift with Rotating Weekend
Hours per Week: 40.00
Location: Washington, DC
General Summary of Position:
This position provides clinical services to the pediatric liver, intestinal and multivisceral transplant inpatient unit. This unit allows in-hospital, family-centered care with parent/caregiver living with children undergoing evaluation for or post-transplant care from around the country. Evaluates and manages care of patients during evaluation and 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.
EDUCATION/TRAINING: BSN from an accredited school of nursing. Successful completion of an approved Nurse Practitioner program.
EXPERIENCE: Three years of nursing experience, inclusive of at least one year of experience in transplant-related clinical specialty, pediatric acute or critical care or both.
LICENSE/CERTIFICATION/REGISTRATION: State license in D.C. as a Registered Nurse and Nurse Practitioner certification. CPR certification.
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.
Consideration will be given to an appropriate combination of education/training and experience.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
Performs preoperative and pre-transplant evaluations, including taking a medical history and performance of physical examination and orders; 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; 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, 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 NC and ANC 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.
Exemplifies Commitment to Caring (C2C) standards in all activities.
Assumes other duties and responsibilities that are appropriate to the position and area.
The above are a general description of the level and nature of the work assigned to this position and are not to be considered 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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