JOB TITLE: Infusion Coordinator Registered Nurse Case Manager
LOCATION: Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center
DEPARTMENT: Vitaline Pharmacy
WORK SCHEDULE: Days
WORK TYPE: Full Time (1.0 FTE)
Serves in an expanded nursing role with the focus on home infusion discharge planning. Acts as liaison between inpatient and outpatient providers and the infusion pharmacy clinical and support staff by collaborating with the physicians and care management staff to ensure a smooth transition for all patients and their caregivers from hospital to home.
Collaborates with members of the multidisciplinary team to ensure the delivery of quality, efficient and cost effective infusion therapy in the home setting through attendance of the daily interdisciplinary team meetings at Geisinger Health System (GHS) facilities. Members of this team may include but are not limited to the attending and consulting medical staff (may include the GHS antimicrobial staff), the IV therapy team and/or Ambulatory Infusion Center (AIC), those involved with reimbursement and insurance concerns, case management staff, home health agency staff and VITALine clinical and support staff. Collaborates with discharge planning teams at non-GHS facilities, as well as home health agencies to facilitate successful discharge for clients receiving infusion services in home.
Provides education to patients and their caregivers of all ages and of varied educational and socioeconomic backgrounds. Introduces them to home infusion and the role VITALine and the home health agency will play from the time of discharge through completion of the infusion therapy.
Provides education at an appropriate level for patients and caregivers regarding the infusion process including but not limited to: prescribed therapy including side effects and adverse drug reactions, care of and troubleshooting for the vascular access device as well as the therapy’s method of administration.
Assesses, evaluates, plans, implements and coordinates home infusion needs and required therapy services.
Utilizes evidence-based clinical guidelines, protocols and procedures to develop individualized plans of care.
Works closely with the VITALine Marketing Representative to increase referrals received from GHS and non-GHS providers. Assists VITALine Marketing Representative to develop and improve relationships with referral sources, including home health, assisted living facilities, skilled nursing facilities acute rehabilitation facilities.
Works under the direct supervision of the Director of VITALine.
COMPETENCIES AND SKILLS:
Demonstrates a broad clinical knowledge base, has proficient clinical assessment skills and has a working knowledge of the care and maintenance of vascular access devices.
Demonstrates knowledge of basics concepts and principles of managed care, infusion therapy and vascular access devices and their care.
Demonstrates basic computer skills.
Demonstrates customer focused interpersonal skills to interact in an effective manner with practitioners at all levels, the interdisciplinary health care team, community agencies, patients and their families and/or caregivers with diverse opinions, values, religious and cultural values and ideals.
Demonstrates ability to work autonomously and is directly accountable for practice.
Demonstrates ability to influence and negotiate individual and group decision making processes.
Demonstrates the ability to function effectively in a dynamic and rapidly changing environment.
Demonstrates leadership qualities including time management, verbal and written communication skills, listening skills, problem solving and decision making skills, priority setting, work delegation, and work organization skills.
Demonstrates knowledge of, including but not limited to, administration of total parental nutrition, enteral nutrition, chemotherapy including handling of cytotoxic drugs and biohazardous waste, wide range of antibiotic therapy and pain management therapy.
Demonstrates the ability to calculate infusion rates, appropriate dosing by weight for applicable therapies, and infusion pump program changes in response to physician orders or therapy changes.
Must exhibit an understanding and a strong commitment to working in a team environment.
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:
Must be a graduate of an accredited school of nursing. Current license to practice in the state of Pennsylvania is required.
Bachelor’s degree in the health care field preferred.
Minimum of 3 years nursing experience with a minimum of 1 year in an acute care setting is required. Home health experience is preferred.
Case management and patient education experience preferred.
Valid Pennsylvania driver’s license and willingness to do work related travel as required.
WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL DEMANDS:
Typically works in a clinical setting/environment.
May have exposure to hazardous materials and to disease and illness including but not limited to hepatitis B and HIV.
Frequently stands, walks, sits and climbs stairs.
Cooperates and shares responsibilities for covering week day and week end on-call
services with other VITALine nursing staff to ensure 24 hour 7 day a week nursing availability.
Involves holiday work coverage in a rotation with other VITALine nursing staff
The specific statements shown in each section of this description are not intended to be all-inclusive. They represent typical elements considered necessary to successfully perform the job.
OUR PURPOSE & VALUES: Everything we do is about caring for our patients, our members, our students, our Geisinger family and our communities. KINDNESS: We strive to treat everyone as we would hope to be treated ourselves. EXCELLENCE: We treasure colleagues who humbly strive for excellence. LEARNING: We share our knowledge with the best and brightest to better prepare the caregivers for tomorrow. INNOVATION: We constantly seek new and better ways to care for our patients, our members, our community, and the nation.
ABOUT GEISINGER: Geisinger is a physician-led health system comprised of approximately 30,000 employees, including nearly 1,600 employed physicians, 13 hospital campuses, two research centers, and a 583,000-member health plan Geisinger is nationally recognized for innovative practices and quality care. Geisinger serves more than 3 million people in central, south-central and northeast Pennsylvania and also in southern New Jersey with the addition of National Malcolm Baldridge Award recipient AtlantiCare, A member of Geisinger. In 2017, the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine became the newest member of the Geisinger Family.
We offer healthcare benefits for full time and part time positions from day one, including vision, dental and domestic partners.* Perhaps just as important, from senior management on down, we encourage an atmosphere of collaboration, cooperation and collegiality. For more information, visit www.geisinger.org, or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.
** Does not qualify for J-1 waiver. 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.
*Domestic partner benefits not applicable at Geisinger Holy Spirit.
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