The RN for will perform clinical duties as directed by the Associate Director for Patient Care Services through the Chief Nurse of Primary Care Service and Nurse Manager/Assistant Nurse Manager (or designee), which provides nursing care to patients who present with a full range of health issues, including but not limited to; diabetes, hypertension, COPD, congestive heart failure, cancer, and psychological disorders, as well as coexisting medical/surgical conditions. The PACAT RN in Primary Care will provide nursing care to patient who present with a full range of health issues, including but not limited to; diabetes, hypertension, COPD, congestive heart failure, cancer, and psychological disorders, as well as coexisting medical/surgical conditions. Must demonstrate nursing knowledge and clinical skills with sound judgment and the ability to care for patients. Must be able to assess and control the therapeutic milieu to achieve the optimal outcomes for patients. Must possess effective communication skills and customer service practices. Additionally, responsible for performing in-person, telephone, video-telehealth, and care management appointment as necessary. Functions of assigned duties including but not limited to: Utilizes critical thinking skills and clinical decisional authority, prioritizes patient care by assessing the needs of the patient Assesses clinical data for neurological, cardiac/vascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, and skin and documents findings and reports abnormalities Incorporates assessment findings into a patient specific treatment plan Safely provides assessment and care for patients undergoing procedures and treatments Provides structure and maintains a therapeutic environment in collaboration with the client and other healthcare providers. Provides health teaching to clients, families, and groups to achieve satisfying and productive patterns of living Coordinates care with other healthcare providers in assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating treatment interventions Performs medication and immunization administration safely, accurately, and per policy guidelines Identifies patients at high risk for harm to self or others related to: mobility issues, disturbed/disruptive behavior, and/or withdrawal complications and provides them with appropriate treatment/follow-up] Assumes responsibility for telecare calls that can be handled by the RN, directing to the provider those calls that must have provider response. Serves as liaison with provider and patient and discusses concerns with the provider and calls the patient back Reviews lab and test reports and alerts the provider of significant findings and assists the provider with appropriate follow-up and treatment Triages a rapid first assessment and documentation of the patient's condition by being sensitive to various medical symptoms that are apparent or by comprehensive, compassionate questioning to determine a history of symptoms Identifies learning needs of the patient/family (diagnosis, medication, surgery, etc.) and implements teaching strategies or provides alternate methods of communication (eg., dry erase boards, picture charts, etc.) to patients with learning difficulties Understands the legal ethical implications of Patient Self Determination Act, Patient Bill of Rights, Advanced Directives, and Patient, and Patient Abuse (protection). Serves as a resource for patients, families, and, other staff when ethical issues arise Pursues an educational plan (literature review, continuing education, in-service certification, and formal education) to maintain/improve knowledge in up-to-date evidence-based practice Provides practical solutions to patient problems/complaints. Preserves the right of others while serving a a patient advocate and promoting mutual respect among colleagues and co-workers Demonstrates leadership in safe work practices; identifies potential problems involving resources and/or safety and takes action to avert or manage the situation Functions as the team coordinator assuming overall responsibility of the team and ensuring optimal access to medical care; demonstrates leadership in primary care by analyzing and utilizing primary care quality measures to improve patient outcomes Work Schedule: Days, Monday - Friday, 7:30am - 4:00pm or 8:00am - 4:30pm. This may change at the discretion of the agency. Functional Statement Title/#: Registered Nurse/000000 Recruitment/Relocation Incentive: Not authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required
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