The Staff Nurse is accountable for the delivery of quality, age-specific healthcare; for utilizing critical thinking skills and sound clinical judgment to ensure positive patient outcomes; demonstrates ethical practice; and for participating in performance improvement activities to improve the quality of care and ensure performance measures are met and/or exceeded. he incumbent supports the Medical Center's mission through the utilization of Relationship Based Care to support Indy Excellence. Duties include but are not limited to: a. Meets all mandatory requirements for assigned area and will perform activities that reflect the educational, experimental, and competency requirements outlines in the 4 Dimensions and the criteria identified under each Dimension. b. Uses the nursing process to assess, plan, implement care and evaluate patients. c. Demonstrated leadership in the education and support of the patient, family/significant other and health care team members. d. Functions as a bridge between the patient and health care teams; communicates with the referring teams, including providers and nurses to ensure the patient's palliative care needs are addressed. e. Provides outreach to patients and families of patients with life limiting illness. Includes explaining Palliative Care and/or hospice services and the roles involved, providing psychosocial support and addressing concerns about medical care and symptom management. f. Facilitates communication between providers. Includes working with the patient's care team, attending departmental meetings, developing working relationships with multiple departments, and ensuring patient and family needs are identified and addressed in a timely manner. g. Collaborates with other service team members during the patient's medical course. h. Coordinates appointments, reviews medical records and ensures the patient's palliative needs are met. Also ensures timely follow-up appointments are made. i. Facilitates communication between the- Pharmacy- and providers in regards to medication management (side effects, proper paper work completion, pain). j. Collaborates with Pharmacy- for transition of care at discharge and transfers to other VISN facilities in regards to prescription dosing. k. Provides education for patients and families. May include addressing questions regarding procedures, treatments, symptoms, and terminology; and discussing, explaining and reviewing recommendations of the Palliative Care Team. l. Monitors and manages symptoms. Includes identifying symptoms and working with patients, providers and resources to manage them appropriately. m. Assist providers as needed in clinic and between clinic visits with order entry, follow-up and general coordination of care issues. n. Request and send pertinent medical records/reports. Applicant must obtained ONS/ONCC Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Certification within 6 months as a condition of employment into position. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 7:30am-4:00pm Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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