K.A. Recruiting Boston , MA 02108
Highly regarded Medical Center in the Boston area is seeking a Patient Safety and Risk Specialist to join our team!
This is a full time position offering a competitive compensation plus benefits. The ideal candidate will be an RN (or other clinical professional) with direct clinical care experience PLUS risk management experience. Bachelors degree is required, Masters preferred.
The Patient Safety Risk Specialist is responsible for participating in the development, implementation, and coordination of a highly visible, proactive institution-wide program to maximize the safety of services delivered to hospital patients. The Specialist proactively identifies and reduces risk of patient harm, learns from individual cases, identifies risk trends, and actively educates leaders, administration, clinicians and staff regarding methods to maximize patient safety and simultaneously reduce professional liability claims.
ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES / DUTIES:
Proactively seeks to identify circumstances that present a threat to patient safety
Performs risk surveys and assessments of various departments, services and systems
Investigates and analyzes actual and potential patient/visitor safety events (near-misses) for improvement opportunities and for the potential for legal action
Participates in the on call system to provide immediate consultation, recommendations and mitigation to hospital staff in responding to adverse events.
Utilizes an electronic database for tracking patient safety events. Participates in activities to use this database to identify trends and opportunities to improve patient safety.
Participates in follow-up action plans required to minimize patient safety risks
Actively collaborates with quality improvement to implement safer systems of care
Actively collaborates with Claims Department to assist system efforts to minimize legal/financial liability
Interacts with wide variety of personnel throughout health system including administration, clinicians, staff, senior management and Department Chairpersons
Actively participates in Patient Safety Steering Committee
Help to ensures compliance with various codes, laws, rules and regulations concerning patient care, including those mandated by state, federal agencies and compliance with the Joint Commission risk management standards.
Develops and maintains understanding of relevant patient safety sciences including but not limited to culture of safety, accident causation, and human factors engineering
Maintain awareness of legislative and regulatory activities related to patient safety and health care risk management.
Assists in the development, maintenance and revision of policies and procedures to improve patient safety and minimize loss exposure.
Develops and presents educational sessions on patient safety and professional liability risk reduction to physicians and employee. Assists with process of obtaining credits so that physicians can meet state-mandated requirements for risk management continuing medical education.
Helps ensure that risk management policies and procedures are communicated to employees.
Assists clinical chairs and department chiefs to design patient safety and risk management programs specific to their individual areas.
Periodically reports on risk management matters and prepare reports for various committees and boards, including the health system Claims Committee as requested.
Responsible for ensuring that all information necessary to prepare for the defense of claims is collected and properly maintained in a timely manner, including the preparation of reports of investigation. Helps to meet the needs of the Director of Claims in his/her efforts to manage claims and potential claims.
Other duties as assigned by Director of Patient Safety, Risk Management and Regulatory Compliance.
Bachelors Degree required. Graduate degree (Masters or Doctorate) preferred.
Clinical degree required (e.g., RN, PharmD, RPh, RRT)
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS REQUIRED:
Requires at least 5 years of direct clinical care. Relevant risk management experience preferred.
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:
Must have interpersonal skills necessary to deal effectively with a administrative and clinical leadership, staff, Clinical Chairpersons, and other healthcare professionals
Ability to effectively interview individuals and groups from diverse professional backgrounds
Maintain strictness confidentiality of information
Ability to collect event information and organize into a coherent narrative
Highly self-motivated. Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and adhere to work deadlines.
Ability to inspire trust and be seen as someone who provides support and assistance
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Excellent presentation skill including ability to speak before large audiences and prepare and provide Power Point presentations.
Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Office; ability to learn new computer applications such as adverse event reporting software (STARS).
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