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The Urology Nurse coordinator is one of three Nurse Coordinators for one of largest specialty services at the Seattle VA. They provide daily service level support for 10 attendings, 1 nurse practitioner and 3 residents rotating every 2-3 months. They coordinate care for urology patients pre, intra and post-surgery/procedures. The population of complex patients that require case management range from routine catheter changes, stones, BPH, SCI related urinary issues and metastatic cancers that result in suprapubic catheter or urostomy placement. The Urology nurse coordinator provides education for patients and families prior to surgery and continues to assist with post-surgery care and follow up. They collaborate with the interdisciplinary teams (ie. General surgery, Heme-Onc, Radiology, IR, SDU/PACU, OR, primary care, wound, etc) to ensure complete and efficient care for the patient. The Urology nurse coordinator also plays an integral part in the outpatient clinic setting. S/he assesses, plans, implements and evaluates age specific care for urology patients. This is done through supporting the face to face and vvc clinics throughout the week, triaging phone calls and communicating with patients via my healthy vet secure messaging. The urology nurse coordinator is also trained to assist with coverage in cystoscopy clinic and prostate biopsy clinic. The urology nurse coordinator assures that we are keeping up with evidence-based practice - often bringing on more user friendly and female appropriate catheters and supplies. The urology nurse coordinator also is part of the LGBTQ committee stays abreast of how to offer all-encompassing health care. The urology nurse coordinator also keeps up with the latest comp and pen benefits of patients that were exposed to agent orange during their military service and gives patients the points of contact and eligibility information to receive a higher service connection. Due to the multiple comorbidities and complex care of these urology patients, they often have difficulty managing their healthcare independently. The Urology nurse coordinator provides assistance with transportation, social services and ongoing education. Many of these patients require lifelong care so the nurse coordinator is an essential part in maintaining their health and well being by coordinating services on their behalf. The urology nurse coordinator tracks cancer patients closely and prevents any follow up care from falling through the cracks. The Urology Nurse Coordinators in Seattle also work closely with the Urology Nurse Coordinator at American Lake as they often share the same patients. Duties include but are not limited to: coordinate and manage the consult process in collaboration with the multidisciplinary team provide tracking and reintegration of patients referred for outside care via Veterans Choice Program and Non-VA care service assist in organizing, scheduling and supporting clinics work collaboratively with patients, their families and health care providers to ensure optimal care for patients throughout the continuum of care. provide multidisciplinary approach to patients needs, working closely with clinicians, the OR, Anesthesia and OEC telephone triage for patients including outside consultations develop and coordinate seamless transitioning of patients through the inpatient and outpatient care processes The RN will cross-train and cover all subspecialties as needed. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 7:30AM to 4:00PM Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized EDRP Authorized: Contact Stacy Hermann at Stacy.Hermann@va.gov, the EDRP Coordinator for questions/assistance Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Pay: Competitive salary, regular salary increases. Paid Time Off: Annual leave at the rate of eight (8) hours per biweekly pay period; Sick leave at the rate of four (4) hours per biweekly pay period; 11 paid Federal holidays per year. Retirement: Traditional federal pension (5 years' vesting) and federal 401K with up to 5% in contributions by VA. Insurance: Federal health/vision/dental/term life/long-term care (many federal insurance programs can be carried into retirement). Licensure: 1 full and unrestricted license from any US State or territory. This position is eligible for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP), a student loan payment reimbursement program. You must meet specific individual eligibility requirements in accordance with VHA policy and submit your EDRP application within four months of appointment. Approval, award amount (up to $200,000) and eligibility period (one to five years) are determined by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services program office after complete review of the EDRP application. Learn more
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.