Advanced expertise and professional competence in the specialized nursing practice of Pediatric Medicine serving patients with complex health problems. The primary goals of this position are to provide patient care for Pediatric Gastroenterology patients (Tier 2 and Tier 3 patients), assess patient's regimen of care, and provide care plan oversight. Incumbent would be involved in working with members of the division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, caring for patients referred with an IBD symptom complex, and coordinating the clinical care of our Pediatric IBD Center, during a period of development and rapid expansion. An advanced practice clinical nurse expert who can work semi-independently, and with excellent skills in organization, care coordination and program development, helps implement team recommendations, coordinates team meetings as well as case management of Tier 2 and Tier 3 pediatric patients and their families. The mission of the Center for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) at UCLA is to offer IBD patients the best possible quality of life, permanent control of their disease and optimization of potential. The Center for IBD will operate from Westwood and Santa Monica. These programs are based upon two pillars: 1) Value-based Healthcare Delivery, and 2) Complete integration with translational research. The IBD Nurse plays a central role in the team of IBD health care professionals in informing, educating, instructing and monitoring IBD patients at the highest service level possible. The core components of this position are clinical case management according to the IBD scenarios; informing, educating and instructing IBD patients; training and monitoring the IBD Home Care Program; management; consultation with IBD specialists, surgeons, adult gastroenterologists, and other specialists involved; research on quality of care, performance and specific topics; service and Homecare development. Under the supervision of the IBD Center Director, the nurse will provide direct patient care, and will develop patient registries and working regimen and protocol for the Pediatric IBD Center. The nurse will educate, coordinate patient/caregiver teaching, create referrals and provide follow-up nursing care for IBD patients; work with the team social worker to assist IBD patients and their families; track data for patient compliance with visits and medical care recommendations; communicate with patients, parents, and guardians; facilitate optimal two-way communication with referring General Pediatricians; assist the IBD Center Director and other Pediatric Gastroenterology faculty to optimize the efficiency, performance, and cost-effectiveness of the Pediatric IBD Center as it integrates with the UCLA IBD Center.
Required: Clinical experience & knowledge of gastroenterology & inflammatory bowel diseases. Clinical Nurse III, B.S.N, required. Current California R.N. licensure. Between one and three years of clinical experience required. Venipuncture skills are required. Bilingual oral and written communication skills (English/Spanish) preferred. Ability to travel between campuses in Westwood and Santa Monica
Sensitive to patients’ needs.
Ability to work in an independent leadership role within a team of healthcare professionals. Ability to establish a close working relationship with IBD physicians.
Ability to place, confirm placement, and teach the placement of nasogastric tubes to patients and their parents.
Ability to assess a patient’s physical and behavioral status, using nursing framework. Knowledge of professional nursing standards & procedures & ability to assess clinical situations & triage clinical matters appropriately by level of urgency Ability to recognize abnormal laboratory and clinical data on a patient and take appropriate nursing action. Ability to complete necessary paperwork with proper attention to detail
Ability to coordinate patient care, using a team approach. Ability to set priorities and organize workload to effectively coordinate complex patient care. Must be willing and able to deal with delivery and/or coordination of all levels of case management for individual patients and their families. Ability to maintain strict confidentiality of patient records
Communication skills necessary for translating medical/technical material to patients and their families in a more simplified fashion so that it can be understood. Ability to speak clearly, concisely, and in an organized manner to individuals of different ethnic, socioeconomic, and age groups.
Demonstration of knowledge and proficiency of medical terminology to sufficiently read research protocols with comprehension.
Demonstration of skill in executing assigned projects in an independent and responsive manner. Skill in electronic data collection and analysis sufficient to evaluate and implement proper patient care and promote quality improvement efforts. Computer skills to allow for necessary communication & writing of necessary documents. Ability to operate PC & Macintosh computers (for data analysis, research presentations, literature search, PowerPoint presentations, etc. Communication & interpersonal skills to deal with a multi-disciplinary team & ancillary depts.
Ability to set priorities and organize workload to effectively coordinate complex patient care. Must be willing and able to deal with delivery and/or coordination of all levels of case management for individual patients and their families.
Ability to maintain strict confidentiality of patient records
Willing & able to obtain UCLA-specific training & certification as needed (laboratory, radiation, biohazard safety, etc.) Ability to perform effectively under conditions of fluctuating workload and/or frequent interruptions. Familiarity with the CCS and MediCal programs preferred. Ability to work in an independent leadership role within a team of healthcare professionals. Willingness and motivation to acquire new knowledge and skills.
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