The Discharge Registered Nurse performs duties to support the goals and objectives of Geisinger Health System in its efforts to provide quality service and patient satisfaction.The primary focus will be on the safe, efficient management of the patient discharge process. Exhibits compassionate care during patient-nurse interactions. Meets the qualifications to interact with patients on all med-surg and telemetry units. Reports directly to manager or designee.
Collaborates with an interdisciplinary team of key stakeholders to participate in, and provide oversight of, the various elements of the patient discharge process
Responds to various inpatient units, with the purpose of completing the discharge process for those patients with discharge orders entered into Epic
Ensures timely and thorough completion of the discharge process, with accurate documentation
Reviews discharge orders and plans, prints the 'After Visit Summary' from Epic, and utilizes these resources as a guide for review and teaching with the patient, including the family as appropriate.
Includes medication review at time of discharge
Utilizes a prescribed checklist to ensure that required elements of the discharge have been addressed.
Collaborates with charge nurses, unit leaders, House Supervisor, and/or Providers as needed for assistance with prioritization
Maintains flexibility with daily flow, and models effective independent time management
Communicates positively and collaboratively
Identifies opportunities for practice changes and performance improvement. Actively participates in meeting quality and safety targets and hospital initiatives.
Serves as a role model and mentor for staff nurses relative to the patient discharge process
Participates in completing discharge phone calls, utilizing the prescribed workflow and reporting identified issues to the appropriate resource
Actively participates in education and professional development activities, including required certifications, as well as the Magnet mission
Performs other duties as assigned or required by emergency or other operational reasons, for which the employee is qualified to perform
Work is typically performed in a clinical environment. Accountable for satisfying all job specific obligations and complying with all organization policies and procedures. The specific statements in this profile are not intended to be all-inclusive. They represent typical elements considered necessary to successfully perform the job. Additional competencies and skills outlined in any department-specific orientation will be considered essential to the performance of the job related to that position.
COMPETENCIES AND SKILLS
Proficient with inpatient documentation in the hospital EMR.
HEALTHCARE KNOWLEDGE-Knowledge of the operating principles, major issues, governmental regulations, and code of ethics for the healthcare industry; ability to apply this understanding appropriately to healthcare related situations.
GENERAL COMPUTER COMPETENCIES-Knowledge of and ability to use personal computers or workstations.
TEAM PLAYER-Must be able to work and communicate effectively in a team environment.
INDEPENDENT WORK-Demonstrates ability to work independently or with limited supervision. Demonstrates excellent clinical nursing skills, knowledge, judgment and leadership in a multidisciplinary environment. Demonstrates the capability of making rapid and clinically accurate decisions based on evidence-based practice.
Minimum of two years of RN experience in acute inpatient units
Nursing School Graduate, RN currently licensed in the state of Pennsylvania required.
BLS, other certifications as determined. BSN preferred.
Graduate from Specialty Training Program-Nursing (Required)
Certification(s) and License(s)
Licensed Registered Nurse (Pennsylvania) - RN_State of Pennsylvania; Basic Life Support Certification - American Heart Association (AHA)
We are an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer Women and Minorities are Encouraged to Apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability or their protected veteran status.
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