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Company: West Virginia University Medical Corp. D/b/a University Health Associates-hr

Location: Morgantown, WV

Date Posted: June 25, 2014

Source: HEALTHeCAREERS Network

Minimum Qualification:
Minimum of 4 years recent clinical experience as a registered nurse in a Neuroscience Unit in the Hospital setting.
Master's degree in nursing required. Completion of Nurse Practitioner curriculum and eligible to sit for next offered NP Certification Exam. Successful completion of NP certification exam. **
Licensure to practice as a professional registered nurse in West Virginia.**
Certification in Neuroscience Nursing preferred.

** May not be waived.

Summary:
The Stroke Nurse Practitioner is a registered professional nurse who uses specialized skills in the care of stroke patients and families. Completes comprehensive patient health evaluations in collaboration and consultation with the Neurologists and the Neurosurgeons. Assesses and coordinates the educational and psychosocial needs of the patient and family. Reviews the plan of care with bedside nurse and coordinates discharge planning in collaboration with Clinical Care Coordinator and Outcomes Manager.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: include the following. Other duties may be ...










Minimum Qualification:
Minimum of 4 years recent clinical experience as a registered nurse in a Neuroscience Unit in the Hospital setting.
Master's degree in nursing required. Completion of Nurse Practitioner curriculum and eligible to sit for next offered NP Certification Exam. Successful completion of NP certification exam. **
Licensure to practice as a professional registered nurse in West Virginia.**
Certification in Neuroscience Nursing preferred.

** May not be waived.

Summary:
The Stroke Nurse Practitioner is a registered professional nurse who uses specialized skills in the care of stroke patients and families. Completes comprehensive patient health evaluations in collaboration and consultation with the Neurologists and the Neurosurgeons. Assesses and coordinates the educational and psychosocial needs of the patient and family. Reviews the plan of care with bedside nurse and coordinates discharge planning in collaboration with Clinical Care Coordinator and Outcomes Manager.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

1.0 Manages comprehensive and individualized care for stroke patients and families in the inpatient phase of hospitalization.

1.1 Completes daily rounds and/or pre-procedure evaluations.
1.2 Completes integrated assessments.
1.3 With the collaboration of Neurology/Neurosurgery, or by following established stroke clinical Guidelines and Protocols, orders additional tests or consults.
1.4 Performs, interprets and communicates results of common diagnostic tests in the
Clinic (as applicable) and hospital setting.
1.5 Consults and communicates with Neurology/Neurosurgery, clinic and hospital staff regarding abnormal findings in the evaluations of patients.
1.6 Performs history and physical examinations and documents findings in progress
notes.
1.7 Facilitates patient discharge be coordinating appropriate services and tests prior to
scheduled outpatient follow-up appointments in the clinic.

2.0 Manages comprehensive and individualized care through the inpatient and immediate post-discharge phase of the patient's hospitalization experience.

2.1 Develops a comprehensive individualized plan of care for patients, which includes teaching, discharge planning and necessary referral to other members of the health care team, with specific emphasis on anticoagulation therapy management.
2.2 Demonstrates expertise in caring for patients across the age continuum.
2.3 Participates in physician rounds, as applicable
2.4 Identifies unstable or complex patient care situations and facilitates appropriate intervention in the clinic (as applicable) and hospital setting.
2.5 Facilitates patient discharge by coordinating appropriate services and tests prior to scheduled outpatient follow up appointment in the Stroke Clinic.
2.6 Evaluates patients in the outpatient setting in Stroke Clinic in conjunction with the Neurologist (as applicable). Acts as a coordinator for follow up procedures and tests in the outpatient setting (as applicable).
2.7 While in the clinic setting, assists Neurologists in the collection of outcome measures (as applicable).
2.8 Demonstrates critical thinking and diagnostic reasoning skills in clinical decision making by the identification, evaluation and management of the individual needs of patients/families.
2.9 Demonstrates the ability to utilize basic equipment in a safe manner.
2.10 Recognizes emergency situations and initiates effective emergency care.
2.11 Bases decisions made/actions taken on relevant scientific principles, established standards of care and/or research findings.

3.0 Utilizes teaching/learning theory and appropriate teaching strategies in the provision of
education to nursing staff, hospital staff, patients and families, and the community.
3.1 Promotes an environment that facilitates learning by responding to appropriate
patient/family preferences, priorities and readiness to learn.
3.2 Evaluates the effectiveness of patient/family teaching and collaborates with the nursing staff in the completion of education plan.
3.3 Updates own knowledge base throughout the year.
3.4 Completes all identified clinical competencies.
3.5 Serves as a resource person for staff caring for stroke population.
3.6 Provides educational programs to professional and paraprofessional personnel in
area of expertise, at minimum, once per year.
3.7 Mentors nursing personnel in all levels of clinical practice.
3.8 Participates in community programs, distribution of stroke literature, stroke survivor
groups and others, as appropriate.
3.9 Actively participates in the Appalachian Stroke Network.

4.0 Communicates effectively with patients/families, physicians and ancillary services at all levels to assure coordinated efficient patient care.
4.1 Documents the plan of care, interventions and evaluations in a clear and concise
manner.
4.2 Documents all interventions in the patient chart following approved hospital policies for documentation.

5.0 Collaborates with other leaders and staff to effectively achieve needed change.
5.1 Provides leadership in the development and implementation of changes in practice that positively impact patient outcomes.
5.2 Works collaboratively with medical and nursing staff to facilitate creative problem solving and provide professional support.
5.3 Participates and initiates inter-disciplinary approaches to patient care, program development and education. Serves as a professional role model.
5.4 Promotes and practices innovation of the expanded role in the delivery of care to patients and families throughout the inpatient hospitalization.
5.5 Participates and provides leadership for committees and task forces, such as the Stroke Care Committee.
5.6 Documents hours and submits billing reports, as appropriate.

6.0 Participates in the WVU Stroke Program Performance Improvement Plan.

6.1 Applies information from Performance Improvement activities, changing practice as necessary, to improve care provided to patients.
6.2 Reviews and interprets stroke data from sources such as the stroke registry, clinical and financial reports, length of stay, and cost per case reports and recommends/implements changes as necessary.
6.3 Participates in clinical trials and research studies with the Principal Investigator.
6.4 Assists Neurologists/Neurosurgeons and Administrative Director in the collection of outcome measures.

7.0 Other duties/projects as assigned.

Performance Standard: Adheres to the established Performance Expectations for WVUH Employees in the areas of People, Service, Performance Improvement, Shared Values & Culture.

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The environmental factors and fundamental physical requirements essential to perform all the expected and potential duties of the ANP role are as follows:

I. Physical Requirements
Heavy/Hard work: Work requires strength and/or stamina, lifting, moving, stooping, reaching, positioning of patients, standing, walki

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