Manages patients and coordinates service delivery for ALS patients by multiple disciplines on a life-long basis, beginning at the point of entry into the Mary Free Bed system. Maintains a collaborative practice arrangement with the ALS physician(s). Provides independent judgment in the assessment,, diagnosis and initiation of selected protocols/procedures. Provides educational support for patients/significant others, team members and the community liaisons. Coordinates quality improvement studies to measure outcomes of care and develops research opportunities.
Essential Job Qualifications
-- Registered Nurse with current Michigan Nursing License
-- Master's Degree in nursing/health related field
-- Certified and licensed as a Nurse Practitioner (NP) by the State of Michigan
-- 3-5 years of nursing experience with neurologically impaired patients, including experience with ALS and/or other
-- Current Basic Life Support (BLS) certification
Physical Demands/Work Environment
The work environment described here are representative of those an employee will encounter while working as a LPN at Mary Free Bed. The ability to perform these tasks are required in order to provide the necessary patient care required by MFB patients:
-- Required to stand, sit, talk, type, read and hear
-- Required to use hands and arms to handle, feel, carry and work
-- Required to frequently stand, walk, bend, kneel and rise from a kneeling position while performing patient care
-- Required to be independently mobile, with frequent bending, and reaching overhead, for activities such as
positioning and transferring of patients and equipment.
-- Must be able to exert 20 to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 10 to 25 pounds of force frequently, and/or
greater than negligible up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects(*).
-- Due to possible exposure to blood-borne pathogens and hazardous materials, must be able to understand and follow
department policies related to employee safety.
-- Must be competent with computer systems for the purpose of documenting patient care.
-- Must be able to work effectively under time requirements and deadlines, problem-solve when facing unexpected
issues, handle interruptions and prioritize effectively.
Other Preferred Qualifications
-- Previous experience as a Nurse Practitioner
-- Previous experience functioning in a collaborative role
-- Excellent problem solving and initiative
-- Excellent organizational and time management skills
-- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
-- Previous experience in quality improvement and research.