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Sepsis Coordinator (RN)

JOB SUMMARY:
The Sepsis Coordinator (RN) is accountable for assessing and overseeing the management of potential Septic patients or those who have been diagnosed with Sepsis.Serving as a role model, the Sepsis Coordinator (RN) provides clinical and professional guidance, makes ethical decisions in practice and conducts needs assessments. S/he provides education programs that meet the needs of the patients, staff, and the organization.The Sepsis Coordinator (RN) serves as a professional practice and clinical expert at the bedside and in the classroom. The Sepsis Coordinator (RN)ensures that septic patients receive appropriate care in a timely manner.S/he may participate in independent and collaborative research activities that align with the mission/vision/values, identifying quality/performance improvement opportunities, and addressing staff development issues as needed throughout the organization.
EXPERIENCE/QUALIFICATIONS:
Minimum 3 years in acute care setting.
Effective communication skills including speaking, enunciating, and writing.Able to receive and effectively give information in person, by telephone, and in writing.
Must have intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Office Products, incuding Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
Must be detail-oriented and organized.Must have excellent follow-through.
Need to be familiar with using data-driven methods to track and monitor patients on a daily basis
Must have anylytical skills for collecting and analyzing data
Must thoroughly understand the Primary Stroke Center requirements and the Core Measure/CMS Sepsis Bundle requirements, and remain current on any changes or updates to either initiative.
Must be very comfortable communicating with physicians and other nursing staff
EDUCATION:
Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing, Education or related field required
Masters in Nursing highly desired
LICENSURES/CERTIFICATION:
Current licensure with the California Board of Registered Nursing required; CNS/NP preferred
Current BLS and ACLS certification
LA City Fire Card certification at the time of hire or within the first 30 days of employment
ANCC, CNRN, SCRN, or AACN certification in specialty area preferred.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (These are the essential job functions for this position. The essential functions of this job include, but may not be limited to those listed in this job description. Employees hired for this position must be able to perform the essential function of this job without imposing significant risk of substantial harm to the health or safety of themselves or others):
On a daily basis, identifies potential septic patients and initiates measures to comply with the sepsis core measures.
Educates staff nurses on sepsis initiatives and the importance of timely interventions
Works with physicians and other health care providers to implement sepsis protocols in a timely manner
Evaluates current clinical staff knowledge of sepsis protocols and based on findings, creates a robust program which includes education, monitoring, reporting, creating nursing order sets, and managing order sets through final approval processes
Monitors the sepsis program for compliance.Presents recommendations based on findings; implements performance improvement plans to improve sepsis patient outcomes
Advises hospital staff, medical staff and/or communities regarding opportunities and methodologies for improvement.Educates staff and details physicians regarding performance improvement processes/initiatives and patient safety.
Attends and/or leads appropriate clinical team meetings to report findings from the Sepsis program.
Communicates appropriately and clearly to physicians, staff and administrative team.
Performs concurrent and retrospective data review on Sepsis patients within designated timeframe and assists with data abstraction as needed.
Collaborates with the Quality Department to ensure timely and accurate data collection for reporting purposes.
Accesses hospital databases and reporting applications as needed for data reporting.
Develops ongoing Sepsis educational classes/training, including annual competencies, new grad training and nursing orientation.
Stays abreast of all new requirements and/or clinical information regarding Sepsis.Regularly reviews the Sepsis core measure requirements and communicates any changes in requirements to appropriate committees.
Fosters a culture of continuous performance improvement and metrics driven outcomes
Acts as a change agent to develop new processes, enhance existing workflow, and train clinical and medical staff in new processes
Works with Information Technology team to develop enhanced EHR triggers and documentation support that enhance and improve documentation of Sepsis status and interventions
Performs any or all other assigned duties related to clinical excellence as assigned by director
Patient Care
Assures the stages of the patient care process occur, including assessment, planning, intervention and evaluation through mentoring and policy/standards development
May orient new staff to their physical environments, safety requirments, and patient care areas as identified in the competency checklists and performance appraisal tools.
Demonstrates advanced clinical skills, and independent judgment.
Assures appropriate patient education and assists staff, as appropriate, in adhering to the professional and clinical standards
Assists the staff in accommodating special patient needs by serving as a consultant and/or providing alternative materials or resources
Serves as a resource in utilizing hospital wide documentation tools and technology (electronic health record) according to professional standards, regulatory requirements and hospital policies
Functions as a patient advocate through independent intervention, as deemed appropriate, and through assuring adherence to required standards initiated by the Patient Representative and Ethics Committee when necessary.
Facilitates bedside educational needs and care conferences on complex patients/families.
Provides required Stroke and Sepsis education to patients
Education
Identifies learning needs through employee and patient needs assessments
Demonstrates sound knowledge of Adult Education Principles and educational theories, principles and methods.
Designs educational activities/programs, based on adult education principles, that align with standards/program objectives and goals
Implements educational activities/programs relevant to learning needs of participants and goals of the organization
Evaluates the effectiveness of educational activities/programs
Collaborates with nurse leaders in preparation of 90-day evaluation of Nurse Residents and orientees.
Completes documentation for class presentations in a timely manner; prepares education documents/education files/staff development tools according to standardized methods/tools
Contributes to policy development and evaluation
Understands Administrative, Patient Care and Departmental policies and procedures at an expert level.
Contributes to preparation and monitoring of ongoing compliance with regulatory standards
Develops stroke and sepsis competencies for nursing staff
Conducts concurrent monitoring activities for documented competencies and makes appropriate changes in educational strategies.Uses QI data in development of educational activities.
Demonstrates ability to use appropriate independent judgment in the development and coordination of education and staff development programs.
Discusses issues of concern directly with others, reporting to Director only when attempts at resolution are not succeeding
Actively serves on committees on a voluntary and appointed basis at hospital, medical, department and area level committees.
Consistently remains aware of research/literature/evidence-based findings and utilizes in practice
Conducts independent/collaborative P.I, and research with the goal of quality improvement
Operations
Demonstrates awareness of and responsibility to legal issues in all aspects of professional and patient care
Directs and implements an appropriate, effective response to emergency situations or other circumstances
Demonstrates the ability to enforce policies and standards through appropriate disciplinary action and gives input in the performance appraisal process
Serves as a workflow and information systems consultant when needed
Evaluates products and promotes cost effective quality care in all aspects of the position.
Documents program requirements and validation of requirements
Organization of certification visit details
Community Outreach
Organizes school programs and lectures for community groups to promote Stroke and Sepsis awareness.
Professional role model
Exhibits professionalism in appearance, conduct, communication, and behavioral appropriate to the situation.
Imparts requirments of the Nurse Practice Act, Code of Ethics and Professional Standards into practice, policies and educational offerings.
Promotes advanced education and certifications.
Demonstrates and validates self-directed learning and participates in continuing education to meet own professional development
The following job accountabilities are not unique to this particular job but are common to all jobs at VPH:
Complies with VPH policies and procedures on customer satisfaction and service excellence. Demonstrates professionalism and cultural sensitivity in coordinating activities and communicating with all customers, peers, and the community at large. Conducts self in a professional, respectful and courteous manner during all interactions. Works effectively and collaboratively with others toward common goals.
Communicates accurately, honestly, supportively and in a timely manner with department and interdepartmental team members. Demonstrates effective business writing and oral communication skills, handwriting is clear and legible.
Participates in operational aspects of the department, and maintains/participates in performance improvement activities within the department.
Participates in all departmental specific training, Environment of Care (injury/illness prevention, fire/life safety, hazardous materials, emergency preparedness, utilities management, medical equipment management, safety and security management), infection control (standard precautions, TB Exposure Control Plan, Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Control Plan).
Demonstrates knowledge of and follows safety practices. Understands the importance of safety, including patient safety in the work place. Maintains a safe environment for self and others.
Actively participates in the Patient Safety Program, including event reporting. Identifies sentinel events/near misses and responds per defined organization processes. Participates in education activities and process implementation. Demonstrates advocacy for the patient/customer and appropriately acknowledges patients, customers and visitors.
The above statements reflect the essential functions considered necessary to describe the principle content of the job. They are not intended to be a complete statement of all work requirements or duties that may be inherent in the job.
WORK ENVIRONMENT:
Primarily an inside building/office environment, well lighted and ventilated, which may consist of multiple treatment and/or work sites.
Fast and continuous work pace with variable workload.
Frequent contact with staff and public under a variety of circumstances.Requires ability to communicate clearly (in English) verbally and in writing for effective communication with other staff members, physicians, vendors, community members, patients and patient families, employees and applicants of all socio-economic levels from a diverse cultural and ethnic population.
Subject to many interruptions from multiple calls and inquiries and potentially emotional situations involving accidents, injuries, illness and/or death.
Handles emergency/crisis situations in accordance with Hospital policy.
Answers phones or pages; may carry a beeper/pager, and/or use a two-way radio.
Occasional travel may be required.
Potential risk of exposure to hazards from chemicals (toxic and non-toxic), flammable materials, gas or electrical or radiant energy or equipment with/without moving parts
PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
Patient Care ( Continuous: 66 to 100% of time, Frequent: 33 to 65% of time, Occasional: 0 to 32% of time)
Frequent sitting and standing/walking with frequent position change.
Continuous use of bilateral upper extremities in fine motor activities requiring fingering, grasping, and forward reaching between waist and chest level.
Occasional/intermittent reaching at or above shoulder level.
Occasional/intermittent bending, squatting, kneeling, pushing/pulling, twisting, and climbing.
Occasional/intermittent lifting and carrying objects/equipment weighing up to 25 pounds.
Continuous use of near vision, hearing and verbal communication skills in handling telephone calls, interacting with customers and co-workers and performing job duties.



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