Serves as clinical expert liaison among the Departments of Neurology, Medicine, Emergency Medicine and Nursing as it pertains to the care of acute stroke patients. Prepares reports and statistical analysis for Quality Assurance, Utilization Review and team conferences. Acts as a resource representative by providing information and facilitating services. Assists in the clinical evaluation of patients.
1. Responds to acute stroke codes. Screen for eligibility for Intra-Venous (IV) or Intra-Arterial (IA) thrombolysis.
- Participates in daily rounds for stroke patients.
2. Maintains New York State Stroke Center Designation and assists with application to become a JCAHO Stroke Center by:
- Assisting with the preparation for the Joint Commission Comprehensive Stroke Certification. Maintain a constant state of readiness.
- Ensuring all policies are current and reviewed annually
- Ensuring all educational requirements are up to date
- Conducting monthly Stroke Committee Meetings to review quality measures and implement improvement plans.
3. Collects data for stroke databases by recording information concurrently and reviewing charts. Maintains database. Review data collected as part of ongoing quality assurance program.
4. Educates ED, Nursing, and Medical staff about stroke protocol. Develops and ensures verification of on-going competency in conjunction with Nursing Education and Medical credentials.
5. Coordinates with related Hospital and/or Health System services in the continuum of care.
6. Reports to Hospital-wide Performance Improvement Coordinating Group (PICG) pertinent data on strokes, trends, issues, etc. Participates in System committee and participates in other committees as necessary.
7. Performs related duties, as required.
- Bachelor's Degree in Nursing, required.
- Current license to practice as a Registered Professional Nurse in New York State.
- Minimum of four (4) years of clinical nursing experience, required.
- Experience with stroke preventions and therapy, preferred.