Patient Care Coordinator
Singing River Health System - Ocean Springs, MS

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Associate's Degree
Position Overview
The Patient Care Coordinator is a professional nurse who is educated in the art and science of nursing, with the goal of assisting patients attain, maintain, and restore health when possible. He/She manages throughout a shift in a designated clinical area with key responisbilities. The Patient Care Coordinator demonstrates advanced knowledge, skills and understands the unique aspects of the care of the patients. This nurse must organize and facilitate the care of the patients on the shift. This will include making and altering assignments based on patient needs, problem solving with the staff, and leading performance improvement projects.

Competency is determined by demonstrated possession of the knowledge, attitudes, and skills required for this position. The Patient Care Coordinator provides patient care utilizing the Nursing Process within the MS Nurse Practice Act, ANA Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice, and the ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses and ANA Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice, ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses, the Joint Commission Standards, the CDC Guidelines for Infection Control, and SRHS Departments of Nursing Plan for Provision of Care, Treatment, and Services. As such, this performance evaluation is based on these standards.

This individual must be forthcoming, honest and cooperative in departmental matters involving self or others, and must promote the SRHS mission of "world class healthcare and wellness" and understands that the SRHS Corporate Compliance Program places the burden of proof on the provider to show that there was no intent to commit fraud.

Graduate from an approved School of Nursing and currently licensed as a Registered Nurse to practice in the State of Mississippi. BSN or actively pursing preferred.

Two (2) years experience as a registered nurse with demonstrated leadership skills are required.

All RNs are required to complete and maintain BCLS certification. RNs working in the ICU and/or Emergency Department are required to complete and maintain ACLS certification. RNs working in the nursery are required to complete and maintain Neonatal Resuscitation certification. RNs working with pediatric patients are required to complete and maintain PALS certification. RNs have 12 months, from the date they begin working in the specialty area, to acquire the appropriate certification.

Reports To
Patient Care Manager

Staff RN, LPN, Certified Nurse Assistant / Nurse Tech, Diversified Tech, Unit Coordinator

Mental Demands
Keen mental faculties/assessment and decision making skills in the management of acute and chronically ill patients. Communication/speaking/enunciation skills to receive and give information in person and by telephone. Emotional stability conducive to dealing with high stress level for 10-12 hours/12 hour shift associated with care of acute patient/family, rapidly changing patient conditions, emotional demands of patients and families, and demands of maintaining effective working relationships with peers, managers, physicians, and other health care workers.

Physical Demands
Stands, turns, bends, stoops, lifts, climbs, and uses many physical motions in performing day-to-day activities. Auditory acuity to hear patient verbal communication and gather data using auscultory skills. Manual dexterity of hands and feet to ambulate 10-11 ½ hrs per 12 hr shift and adroitly manage multiple pieces of equipment/tubes/invasive lines. Must be able to stand for extended periods of time and do a great deal of walking without experiencing undue fatigue. Must have high energy level and be capable of handling high pressure situations. May be exposed to communicable disease or radiation.

Special Demands
Must be able to demonstrate appropriate clinical judgment and apply appropriate professional skills to a patient population of all ages.

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