About MedStar Georgetown University Hospital:
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is a not-for-profit, acute-care teaching and research hospital with 609 beds located in Northwest Washington, D.C. Founded in the Jesuit principle of cura personaliscaring for the whole person
MedStar Georgetown is committed to offering a variety of innovative diagnostic and treatment options within a trusting and compassionate environment.
MedStar Georgetown's centers of excellence include neurosciences, transplant, cancer and gastroenterology. Along with Magnet nurses, internationally recognized physicians, advanced research and cutting-edge technologies, MedStar Georgetown's healthcare professionals have a reputation for medical excellence and leadership.
General Summary of Position:
This position provides clinical services to the pediatric liver, intestinal and multivisceral transplant inpatient unit. This unit allows in-hospital family centered care with parent/caregiver living in with children undergoing evaluation for or post-transplant care from around the country. Evaluates and manages care of patients during evaluation and post transplant and post surgical procedures including history taking and physical examination; ordering and interpreting diagnostic testing; clinical management of patients postoperatively. Coordinates discharge planning and outpatient care. Providing patient education; coordinating and conducting clinical follow-up of patients. Coordinates a variety of research protocols and projects in the Division of Transplant Surgery. Participates in the collection and management of outcome data in the Division of Transplant Surgery. These functions are performed in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations and Georgetown University Hospital's philosophy, policies, procedures, and standards.
EDUCATION AND/OR TRAINING REQUIRED: B.S.N. from an accredited School of Nursing. Successful completion of an approved Nurse Practitioner program.
LICENSURE AND/OR CERTIFICATION: State License in DC as a Registered Nurse and Nurse Practitioner certification. CPR certification.
EXPERIENCE: Three years of nursing experience, inclusive of at least one year of experience in transplant related clinical specialty, pediatric acute or critical care or both.
SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES: Knowledge of professional nursing theory, practice, and medical care to give and evaluate patients. Knowledge of organizational policies, regulations, and procedures to administer patient care. Skill in applying and modifying the principles, methods, and techniques of professional nursing to provide ongoing patient care. Skill in taking medical histories to assess medical condition and interpret findings. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with patients, medical staff, and the public. Ability to maintain quality control standards. Ability to remain calm and effective in emergency situations. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
Consideration will be given to an appropriate combination of education/training and experience.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
Performs Pre-operative and pre-transplant evaluations including taking a medical history and performance of physical examination, orders and interpreting appropriate diagnostic tests, obtains informed consent for surgical procedures, and provides patient education.
Summarizes patient history through record review, compilation of inpatient diagnostic studies, and integration of such evaluation into overview review letter for physicians.
Assists in postoperative care following the transfer of patients from the ICU utilizing the Transplant protocols; assists physicians in ongoing patient management as needed.
Coordinates services provided to patients on the Pediatric Transplant Surgical Service by accepting referrals independently and in coordination with staff physicians; assuring prompt scheduling of services; communicating with referring physicians as indicated.
Maintains open communication with referring physicians by providing patient updates and recommendations for outpatient treatment. Sees patients in outpatient setting for follow-up evaluations in conjunction with nurse coordinators.
Ensures continuity of care by managing medication orders in transition from inpatient to outpatient setting.
Makes rounds with attending and resident staff. Writes orders and performs procedures in coordination with attending transplant physician.
Coordinates patient participation in research study by screening all patients for participation in appropriate protocols, providing patient education; obtaining informed consent; and ordering appropriate tests and medications per study protocol; and performing required clinical and telephone follow-up as required by study protocol.
Provides ongoing communication with Primary Investigator, Study Sponsor, Data Coordinating Center and the IRB.
Provides staff education about new clinical protocols, patient management, research protocols. Develops staff competencies in cooperation with NC and ANC on the patient care units.
Coordinates re-admissions of transplant patients, makes rounds, and facilitate discharge procedures.
Educates and assists Transplant Surgery Fellows, Pediatric Residents, and Interns, in execution of protocols.
Exemplifies Commitment to Caring (C2C) standards in all activities.
Assumes other duties and responsibilities that are appropriate to the position and area. The above are a general description of the level and nature of the work assigned to this position and are not to be considered all-inclusive.
About MedStar Health
MedStar Health is dedicated to providing the highest quality care for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. Our 30,000 associates and 5,400 affiliated physicians work in a variety of settings across our health system, including 10 hospitals and more than 300 community-based locations, the largest visiting nurse association in the region, and highly respected institutes dedicated to research and innovation. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University for more than 20 years, MedStar is dedicated not only to teaching the next generation of doctors, but also to the continuing education and professional development of our whole team. MedStar Health offers diverse opportunities for career advancement and personal fulfillment.