The Orthopedic Nurse Care Coordinator builds upon related professional experience and follows a caseload of patients working collaboratively with physicians, nursing staff and other health care providers to plan, implement and evaluate care, schedule procedures, and provide education for patients, families, students and staffing the Orthopedic Clinics. Is an active participant in an interdisciplinary team approach to patient care in the Orthopedic clinics. Major duties include but are not limited to; Use the nursing process to assess, plan, implement, and evaluation patients prior to surgery. Demonstrates leadership in the education of the patient, family/significant other and the health care team members. Functions as an integral part of the orthopedic team and case manager, working collaboration with the nurses, physicians/providers, social workers and other healthcare professionals to enhance the overall care of the patient prior to surgery and postoperatively. Have or gain a working knowledge of Orthopedic Surgery Operating Room procedures and diagnoses. Understand these procedures, operation time, and equipment or needed supplies. Have a knowledge of aseptic technique, and classification of clean and contaminated cases. Assists in scheduling patients for outpatient clinic appointments, surgery, and necessary testing as directed by service protocols, expanded functions. Ensures that the OR and SDS are kept informed of scheduling changes, wait list, and clinic access. Works with the OR scheduler or charge nurse to schedule add-ons as needed. Be aware of each attendings' specialization in performing operations and schedule patients accordingly. Monitor and oversee Orthopedic clinic schedules and adjust as necessary. Maintain a clinic prep list each week, and be able to evaluate the necessary tests, imaging and documents needed prior to a clinic visit. When necessary, order labs and imaging needed prior to clinic visit. Assist patients traveling outside SLC to our VA in the arrangement of multiple appointments to minimize visits. Obtain necessary imaging/records from outside facilities when missing from scanned chart. Be proficient in CPRS. Have the ability to find labs, imaging reports, operative reports, and scanned documents. Track patients needing to return to clinic after tests and imaging ordered through clinic (ie. CT scans, Ultrasounds, cardiology consults, pulmonary consults) are completed. Serve as a resource person to the residents, medical students, and podiatry students during their rotations at the VA. Keep attending physicians notified of changes in clinic, OR schedule, changes in hospital protocol and new information in the department of Surgery. Serve as point of contact for most patient incoming calls. Triage calls, answer questions and refer medication inquiries to licensed team member. Other responsibilities discussed and agreed upon between Chief of Ortho and Chief of Surgery. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Financial Discloser Report: Not required
Internal Number: 599749900
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