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Nurse Clinician/VAD coordinator The Nurse Clinician is responsible and accountable for clinical expertise for patients with heart failure treated with mechanical circulatory support devices, including Left Ventricular Assist Devices (VAD). The incumbent functions as clinician, educator, consultant and leader. Clinical judgements are based on a syntheses of current research, concepts, principles, theories, and outcomes to solve complex problems. The Nurse Clinician functions as an integral part of an interdisciplinary team, contributing to excellence in patient care, research, teaching, and in providing leadership in the organization.
Specific Job Responsibilities and Standards
Assessment of outpatient and inpatient VAD patients
Participate in phone triage/on call pager coverage for Duke VAD emergency pager
Provide patient follow up via faxes, phone calls, emails and electronic medical record communication
Complete paperwork for prescription prior authorizations in collaboration with physician and/or advanced practice provider
Remain up to date with clinical resources and most recent guidelines pertaining to the care of the VAD population
Coaching / Education, in coordination with multidisciplinary team
Serve as a VAD resource for patients and families by providing pre-operative evaluations and counseling
Identify patient/family education needs and priorities
Coach patients and families to help them prepare for discharge from hospital after index VAD implant
Provide ongoing VAD education for patients and families
Participate in developing, implementing and evaluating patient education resources and programs
Assess learning needs of nursing staff and multidisciplinary team; plan and implement appropriate educational forums and opportunities to address critical learning needs and skills
Establish and maintain collaborative relationships within and across departments that promote patient safety, culturally competent care, and clinical excellence in the care of patients with VADs
Practices collegially with with multidisciplinary team including but not limited to medical staff, advanced practice providers and other members of the healthcare team
Role model professional nursing through conduct, appearance, communication, mutual respect, leadership, ethical decision-making, critical thinking, continuous learning and problem-solving skills
Provides clinical experience in a preceptor roles for nursing students attending institutions that have contractual agreements with DUHS. Participates in the orientation of new nursing staff and provides expert coaching and guidance through both formal and informal one-on-one teaching with nursing staff
Evidence based practice, Quality Improvement and Research
Employs evidence-based clinical practice guidelines tailored to the individual
Integrates evidence in the management of patients, families and groups
Collaborates in quality/performance improvement programs and projects, product evaluation, outcomes evaluation studies and/or clinical research
Assists with clinical research when appropriate
The work environment involves risk discomfort that are typical of an acute care setting to include working with patients under isolation and universal precautions. IT requires safety precautions, ongoing education and health risk monitoring. Contact with specimens, chemicals, sharps, radiation, technical equipment and fumes are possible. Employees are required to wear personal protective attire according to hospital policies and OSHA guidelines. The work activity and patient activity levels can create a stressful atmosphere.
Required Qualifications: BSN required
Experience: 3 years of nursing experience required
VAD experience strongly preferred
Degrees, Licensure, and/or Certification: Current or compact RN Licensure in the state of North Carolina required. AHA BLS and ACLS required.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Must have basic computer skills including use of excel and powerpoint. Should have experience with electronic medical record use, Epic preferred.
Work Hours and Shift:
Full time: Day Shift, Monday to Friday 8-5
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