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Stroke Nurse Navigator, RN, BSN
Category: Nursing, Neurosurgery/Neurology
Job Requisition: 11860
Department: Nursing - Neurosurgery / Neuro Interm
Facility: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
Geographic Region: Washington, DC
Schedule: Full Time
Shift: Day Shift
Hours per Week: 40.00
Location: Washington, DC

General Summary of Position:
As part of an essential component of stroke services, this position is expected to provide professional nursing care for a disease-specific subset of stroke patients. Navigation services are expected to provide individualized assistance to patients upon entering and being discharged from the healthcare system who have experienced an ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke. The Stroke Navigator will serve as a resource for stroke patients and their families, physicians and others serving in the role of educator, quality improvement champion and consultant to patients and other key stakeholders. This is done in collaboration with the divisions of Neurology, Medicine and Neurosurgery. These functions are performed in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital's philosophy, policies, procedures, and standards.
 
Qualifications:

  • EDUCATION/TRAINING: BSN required.
  • EXPERIENCE: Three years of professional clinical experience. At least two years of experience in neurological care.
  • 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:

  • Develops, plans and implements evidence-based measures to increase the quality of stroke care as evidenced by achieving and maintaining Joint Commission Primary and/or Comprehensive Stroke Certification. 
  • Performs professional clinical service in the inpatient and outpatient clinical setting including, but not limited to, patient assessment, communication between patient and provider, communication between MGUH and referring physicians, and identifying and decreasing barriers to care.
  • Collaborates with the Stroke Coordinator to ensure compliance with guidelines.
  • Assists in collecting and reporting stroke quality data measures.
  • Works in collaboration with the Stroke Coordinator to develop action plans to address opportunities for performance improvement related to care of stroke patients. 
  • Collaborates and develops relationships with physicians and other departments to facilitate and support quality stroke care.  
  • Coordinates patient education, serves as a resource for patient and families during their treatment period, collaborates with other care providers to meet the needs of the patient and family during inpatient and outpatient phase, and assesses patient’s learning style and health literacy in order to provide education on the appropriate patient level.
  • Collaborates with community organizations and resources to provide education and events related to stroke prevention and care.
  • Communicates with patient and/or family 24 to 48 hours after discharge and up to 90 days after discharge to ensure patient understands importance of discharge care and follow-up.  
  • Identifies opportunities for patient participation in clinical trials whenever feasible. Communicates information to research coordinators and referring physicians as necessary to promote enrollment.
  • 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.
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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.

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