Under the responsibility and supervision of the physician, gathers data and provides care necessary for implementing the therapeutic plan of the physician. Coordinates clinic visits, maintains responsibility for all aspects of inpatient and outpatient care, and performs clinical research. Serves as a patient advocate in the medical care system serving as confidante, advisor, and liaison between patient/family, physicians and multi-disciplinary team.
Develops and implements tools to evaluate patient response to various programs and their components.
Evaluates responses for trends and recommends program changes as needed.
Develops educational information for specified problems for distribution to patients.
Keeps said materials up-to-date.
Works with the surgeons to come to consensus on operative and post-operative protocols.
In conjunction with nurse educators and managers, educates nursing staff regarding protocols and expectations of working with specified patient population.
Develops discharge plans and ensures a smooth transition from hospital to discharge destination.
Acts as the primary contact for patients with pre-operative and post-operative questions and problems by triaging and interacting with the department administrative assistant.
Negotiates, procures, and coordinates resources to achieve quality and cost-effective outcomes.
Participates in quality and patient safety improvement activities.
Assuming responsibility for identifying processes or systems that could potentially lead to errors and adverse events; knowing and following organizational and departmental policies and procedures applicable to assigned duties; participating in required organizational and departmental patient safety education programs and other activities designed to improve departmental and organizational patient safety; promptly reports serious events and incidents in accordance with established hospital policy and procedure.
Participates in department quality improvement initiatives.
Makes referrals to home health agencies and follows-up as necessary to ensure plan of care and renewal or updates in physician orders.
Reviews and formulates information for the electronic medical record system.
Assists in data collection and qualitative and quantitative research done in cooperation with the physician and the department.
Consults with the physician, mid-level and residents on patient progress toward the expected patient outcomes.
Identifies personal learning needs and keeps current in all aspects of specified surgery through reading literature and attending conferences.
Participates in telephone triage as needed.
Work is typically performed in a clinical environment. Accountable for satisfying all job specific obligations and complying with all organization policies and procedures. The specific statements in this profile are not intended to be all-inclusive. They represent typical elements considered necessary to successfully perform the job. Additional competencies and skills outlined in any department-specific orientation will be considered essential to the performance of the job related to that position.
Graduate from Specialty Training Program-Nursing (Required), Bachelor's Degree-Nursing (Preferred)
Minimum of 2 years-Clinical (Required)
Certification(s) and License(s)
Basic Life Support Certification - American Heart Association (AHA); Licensed Registered Nurse (Pennsylvania) - RN_State of Pennsylvania
We are an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer Women and Minorities are Encouraged to Apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability or their protected veteran status.
At Geisinger, our innovative ideas are inspired by the communities we serve – like our Fresh Food
Farmacy, a program that delivers life-saving healthy alternatives to patients with diabetes. With additional tools like our MyCode Community Health Initiative, one of the first health system genome sequencing
programs, and our new asthma app suite that we developed in partnership with AstraZeneca, it’s no wonder we’re ranked one of the Top 5 Most Innovative Healthcare Systems by Becker's Hospital Review. We continually work towards continuous improvement in a culture where everyone has a voice and firmly believe that better begins with all of us.
Founded more than 100 years ago, Geisinger serves more than three million residents throughout central, south-central and northeastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey. Our physician-led system is comprised of 30,000 employees, including 1,600 employed physicians, and consists of 13 hospital campuses, the Geisinger Health Plan, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine and two research centers.
What you do at Geisinger shapes the future of health and improves lives – for our patients, communities, and you.