Registered Nurse Complex Discharge Coordinator - Children's Hospital, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Job ID: R0043043 | Registered Nurse Professionals | Full Time | Charlottesville, VA
In support of patient progression practice and organization of the discharge process, the NICU Complex Discharge Coordinator supports and facilitates patient- and family-focused interventions for a timely and effective discharge outcome. The NICU Complex Discharge Coordinator collaborates with multidisciplinary teams to achieve the highest level of coordination across teams to ensure preparedness of patient, family, and follow-up services prior to discharge or transfer.
  • Identifies patient and/or families requiring coordination of continuing care or community support through collaboration with the medical team, nursing team, case managers, social workers, and other members of the care team. Reviews medical records, attends rounds, and responds to patients' needs.
  • Collaborates across multidisciplinary teams to coordinate a patient's discharge/transition to home with home health medical equipment or to an outside facility.
  • Supports the discharge by providing/reinforcing an explanation of the plan and what the patient/family can expect.
  • Partners across multidisciplinary teams in support of patient education and identifying knowledge opportunities ahead of discharge, ensuring adequate resolution and preparedness. Supports caregiver education to help foster independence of the caregivers to the infant. Does not replace the role of the medical team and bedside nurse in the education process.
  • Partners with Case Management and Social Work to ensure that a discharge is facilitated in accordance with regulatory requirements, patient/family choice, financial resources, and third-party payer requirements.
  • Collaborates with unit team to ensure discharge process is standardized with processes in support of effective and safe outcomes.
  • Collaborates with the multidisciplinary team for a safe and effective handover to applicable follow-up specialties. Is a partner in support of the unique discharge needs of the patient and families.
  • Partners with ambulatory services and families to address barriers to coordinated care ahead of discharge and after discharge during follow-up calls.
  • Clinical materials, specific to each infant, are provided to primary care providers (PCPs) to enhance their knowledge and skill in managing the common problems of NICU graduates.

This job description integrates the ANA 2015 Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice, Third Edition; the ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements (ANA, 2015); and the UVA Nursing Professional Practice Model.
  • Relationship-Based Care – Self and Colleagues: reflects the influence of the nurse's relationship with self, colleagues, and patient/family on the patient experience.
  • Relationship-Based Care – Patients and Families: reflects the influence of the nurse's relationship with self, colleagues, and patient/family on the patient experience.
  • Expert Caring: encompasses clinical assessment, planning, prioritizing, coordinating, and implementation of care.
  • Empowered Leaders: demonstrate knowledge of and actively participate in shared governance.
  • Lifelong Learners: encompasses professional development through formal education, professional certification, and internal and external learning opportunities. Recognizes the value of external professional organizations. Supports onboarding of new team members and precepts as applicable.
  • Quality Achievement: includes adherence to clinical documentation guidelines, comprehension of outcomes data, engagement in performance improvement activities, and commitment to standard work.
  • Innovation: is demonstrated by application of technologies that support patient care, actively seeking to implement evidence-based practice and new knowledge generated by nursing research.

In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned.

ANA Scope and Standards of Practice definition of nursing:
Nursing is the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities; prevention of illness and injury; facilitation of healing; alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response; and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations.

Position Compensation Range: $65,249.60 - $107,660.80 Annually

  • Education: Graduate of an accredited nursing program required. Bachelor of Science in Nursing required within 5 years of hire.
  • Experience: 1 year of relevant experience.
  • Licensure: Licensed to practice as a registered nurse in the Commonwealth of Virginia. American Heart Association (AHA) Healthcare Provider BLS certification required.

Job requires standing and/or sitting for prolonged periods, frequently traveling, and bending/stooping. Proficient communicative, auditory, and visual skills. Attention to detail and ability to write legibly. Ability to lift/push/pull 20-50 lbs. May be exposed to chemicals, blood/body fluids, and infectious disease.

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