RN Coordinator Cardiothoracic Surgery 1.0FTE

POSITION TITLE: Coordinator - Cardiothoracic Surgery

DEPARTMENT: Heart Institute - Cardiothoracic Surgery


COLLABORATIVE RELATIONSHIPS: Cardiothoracic Surgeons, Cardiologists, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Perfusionists and all members of the interdisciplinary team



PURPOSE OF POSITION: Demonstrate clinical expertise in coordinating and implementing care of cardiothoracic surgical patients and families. Work collaboratively with the multi-disciplinary team to deliver day-to-day management of patient care activities across the cardiothoracic service line. To functional as a professional nurse and apply an extensive background of knowledge and experience in the care of infants, children, adolescent and adult patients, displaying mature critical thinking skills. Meet the patient and family's needs through utilization of available and appropriate resources. To act as a leader in improving and advancing nursing practice and be accountable to high standards of nursing practice and foster accountability in others. To act as a leader who has earned the trust of others and has achieved recognition for nursing excellence.

Works on behalf of the patient and family; assesses personal values; aware of ethical conflicts/issues that may surface in clinical setting; makes ethical/moral decisions based on rules; represents patient when patient cannot represent self; aware of patients' rights. Assesses cultural diversity. Recognizes the potential impact of culture on the patient/family experience, and incorporates culturally diverse concepts into patient care.
Works collaboratively with all members of the multidisciplinary team to coordinate care delivery to cardiothoracic surgery patients. Participates in daily rounds and facilitates surgical plans for inpatient and patients from referring physicians preparing for surgery. Demonstrate caring practices follow the patient and family lead; orchestrates the process that ensures patient/family's comfort. Serves as a liaison between medical and surgical staff teams; acts as a clinical resource to staff and other members of the health care team. Demonstrates advanced competence in specific job knowledge, skills and behaviors. Requires evening, weekend and holiday on-call coverage and call back.
Matches formal knowledge with clinical events to make appropriate decisions uses available resources as needed. Collect & interpret complex patient data; makes clinical judgments based on an immediate grasp of the whole picture; recognizes patterns & trends by focusing on key elements while eliminating extraneous details. Responds to subtle patient/family changes; engages with each unique patient/family in a compassionate manner; tailors caring practices to the individuality of patient/family; recognizes the importance of a healing environment & tailors the environment to meet the needs of the patient/family; promotes safety throughout patient/family transitions along the healthcare continuum; recognizes that death may be an acceptable outcome. Proficiently integrates age specific concepts into patient care, taking into consideration both the patient's chronological age and developmental functioning. Adapts educational programs to meet the learning needs & styles of the patient/family; uses teach back strategies to evaluate effectiveness. Coordinates education with other members of the health care team. Integrates strategies in the plan of care that supports the patient/family's adaptation to the home environment.
Receptive and respectful of the contribution of all members of the interdisciplinary team in team meetings and discussions regarding patient care and/or practice issues. Attend weekly surgery disposition conference and collaboratively coordinate the schedule for surgical patients. Proactively adjust one's style and/or efforts to complement those of others. Develop positive working relationships with peers and colleagues within the hospital and community. Share knowledge and/or provide support for team members. Contribute to and promote a positive and professional work environment. Participates in shared governance as a member of unit based councils, divisional councils, committees, task forces or projects and contributing to shared decision making.
Follows hospital standards, policies and guidelines; assists with the implementation of clinical changes and research based practices developed by others; recognizes the need for further learning to improve patient care and professional growth; Uses self-appraisal performance review and peer review, including annual goal setting, for assurance of competence and professional development to promote safe and ethical practice using the nursing process. Demonstrates openness to coaching and mentoring from others; Serves as resource and mentor to others. Facilitates learning for members of the healthcare team and students. Actively works with department managers, nurse council and magnet representatives to identify, share, and implement.
Recognizes systems and processes within the healthcare environment that affect the patient experience; through care coordination, anticipates needs of patients and families as they move through the healthcare system; utilizes untapped and alternative resources as necessary. Sustains a comprehensive understanding of regulatory requirements and accreditation standards. Enthusiastically supports leadership in efforts to meet and sustain the regulatory compliance efforts of the department and hospital. Monitors and complies with safety and departmental policies and procedures. Ensures individual certifications and Safety College requirements are fulfilled in a timely basis. Is mindful of CCHMCs processes and compliance with CMS standards and assertively communicates safety and compliance concerns to leadership team members.
Remains current on all organizational, departmental and regulatory policies and procedures. Completes all required training for role. Participates in internal/external professional committees, agencies, councils, and/or activities.

Skills & Competencies
Proficient in characteristics of a Registered Nurse II.
·Interpersonal Communication
Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills. Capable of managing stressful and competing situations. Able to communicate thoroughly, accurately, and concisely.
Capable of relating to diverse age and demographic backgrounds.
·Professional Knowledge
Possess expert knowledge of growth and development in pediatric patients and in the evaluation of deviations from the norm. Capable of utilizing research techniques in application to nursing practice and serving as a resource for educational opportunities in these areas.Demonstrates strong customer service and service-recovery skills.
·Work Initiative
Demonstrate an independent work initiative, sound judgment, problem-solving skill, leadership ability, ability to critically think, strong organizational skills, decision making ability, diplomacy, flexibility, creativity and a professional demeanor. Able to manage multiple projects, simultaneously.
·Continuing Education
Motivation to promote continuing education, improved nursing practice and family-centered care.
·Organizational Skills
Strong organizational skills and decision making ability. Flexibility and creativity.

·Bachelor of Science in Nursing
·Current license to practice nursing in the State of Ohio
·5 years relevant of clinical experience

-Professional certification in nursing specialty