Full Job Description
General Summary of Position:
The incumbent is a registered professional nurse practitioner who is responsible for providing professional nursing services that supplement and complement the professional nursing staff and the medical staff's delivery of patient care services. These functions are performed in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital's philosophy, policies, procedures and standards.
Newly Renovated Unit – C5-3 Spine Surgery/Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU)
C5-3 is a newly renovated adult surgical unit, scheduled to open in early 2020. This 14-bed adult unit will be part of MedStar Georgetown’s nationally renowned Neurosciences Center of Excellence.
C5-3 nurses will provide postoperative care for adult neurosurgical and orthopedics patients with spine disorders. Additionally, clinical nurses will provide expert care for patients who are admitted to either rule out epilepsy or determine more advanced treatments for their epilepsy. EMU Patients will be on 24 hour video EEG monitoring and may be candidates for Ictal-SPECT scans to determine the area of the brain that is generating their seizures. Our goal is to help all of our patients be seizure-free.
C5-3 nurses will work collaboratively with members of the healthcare team to provide high-quality, patient-centered, specialty care. The healthcare team includes Neurosurgeons, Neurologists, EEG Technicians and Advanced Practices Nurses to manage the healthcare needs of this complex patient population.
MedStar Georgetown is currently hiring nurses to be the founding members of this team. Join our team of extraordinary people and together we will build this unit from the ground up! If you are interested in learning more, please contact our Nurse Recruitment team at 202-444-1215!
Schedule: M-F, Days
EDUCATION AND OR TRAINING REQUIRED: Graduate of a nurse practitioner program from an accredited School of Nursing. Acute Care Nurse Practitioner preferred. Nurse Specialist will be considered for this role. Master’s degree in Nursing required.
LICENSURE AND OR CERTIFICATION: Current RN/Advanced Practitioner Licensure in the District of Columbia; Current Certification in Acute Care, Family Care, Adult Nurse Practitioner or Nurse Specialist. Current BLS certification; current ACLS certification; Credentialed as a member of the MGUH professional staff.
EXPERIENCE: Previous experience in acute care or surgical experience preferred
SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES: Judgement and leadership skills; familiarity/experience with perioperative/perianesthesia process and physiological monitors desirable; excellent interpersonal skills; must be mature, able to set priorities and work independently; must be able to articulate procedures to patients and families; excellent physical assessment skills.
Consideration will be given to an appropriate combination of education/training and experience.
Duties and Responsibilites:
CLINICAL PRACTICE: Performs clinical functions including:
Performs post-operative evaluation including physical examination, ordering and interpreting appropriate diagnostic testing, obtaining informed consent for procedures and providing patient education.
Provides comprehensive postoperative care utilizing protocols and assists physicians/house staff in ongoing patient management as needed.
Notifies appropriate physician(s) of abnormal test findings and participates in defining and implementing the plan of care of response to findings
Participates in interpretation of diagnostic studies as part of the multidisciplinary team.
Provides case management services to patients and coordinates discharge planning and patient education in collaboration with appropriate physicians and multidisciplinary teams.
Maintains open communication with referring physicians by providing patient updates and recommendations for discharge planning.
Participates in and assists with research protocols and patient recruitment for studies approved to be conducted at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.
Provides patient and family education about procedures performed, ongoing care needs related to procedures, and disease management.
Participates in Performance Improvement activities by developing evidence-based protocols and guidelines in collaboration with other members of the team; attending monthly Morbidity and Mortality Conference; and participating in other departmental meetings and conferences regularly.
Conducts follow-up contacts with patients, as appropriate.
Assumes other duties and responsibilities that are appropriate to the position and area. The above are a general description of the level and nature of the work assigned to this position and are not to be considered as all-inclusive
Communicates clearly, accurately, and effectively to peers, nurses, physicians, patients, visitors, and other departments to facilitate patient care
Demonstrates a team approach by utilizing open communication and mutual respect with peers, nurses, physicians, patients, visitors, and other departments.
Supports unit, department, and organization goals
Participates in the development, implementation, and evaluation of performance improvement and research activities
Participates in the orientation and education of department personnel as required by unit needs
Participates in educational programs
Incorporates evidence-based practice into patient centered care and outcomes
About MedStar Georgetown University Hospital:
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is a not-for-profit, acute-care teaching and research hospital with 609 beds located in Northwest Washington, D.C. Founded in the Jesuit principle of cura personalis—caring for the whole person—MedStar Georgetown is committed to offering a variety of innovative diagnostic and treatment options within a trusting and compassionate environment.
MedStar Georgetown's centers of excellence include neurosciences, transplant, cancer and gastroenterology. Along with Magnet® nurses, internationally recognized physicians, advanced research and cutting-edge technologies, MedStar Georgetown's healthcare professionals have a reputation for medical excellence and leadership.