The Clinical (RN) and Research Coordinator in the Division of Thoracic Surgery will serve a unique role with both clinical and research responsibilities. The research and clinical role will be approximately 50% and clear dedicated time for needed research studies and organization will be respected.
Coordinate and participate in the overall medical and surgical management of patients being evaluated and treated by the Thoracic surgery program
The RN will render direct patient care, including but not limited to: obtaining patient's history, performing physical examinations, triaging patient's requests and calls in both the pre and postoperative setting, review patient's charts prior to surgery and bring to attending physicians attention an deviations from normal.
Discuss cases with the attending and other health professionals to prepare a comprehensive patient care plan
Assist the attending physician on any procedure falling within the RN's scope of practice. Perform therapeutic procedures, such as suture removal and chest tube removal, in accordance with training.
Develop and provide patient education and discharge instructions, including ongoing efforts to further streamline a pre- and post-operative education program that fosters patient care, research, quality and education under the supervision of the Thoracic Surgery attending surgeons
Evaluate test findings; make initial medical diagnosis and initial therapeutic plan consistent with the continuing healthcare needs of the patient.
Initiate and document in the patient care chart and medical orders all other appropriate orders based on patient's condition and progress.
Ensure that patient's referral process and transition into specialty services are timely and efficient
Anticipate patient and family needs throughout the continuum of care, communicate and facilitate ongoing care with multidisciplinary team members, departments, primary care practices and community clinical organizations
Provide and reinforce patient and family teaching as needed. Participate in professional development activities to keep current with trends and practices in health care administration. Represent the organization at public professional meeting and conferences as requested
Responsible for the initiation of initial and subsequent office evaluation of patients referred to the division, assess patients for postoperative visits, based on the established practice of the surgeons and coordinate multidisciplinary care of patients with other specialties as required
Participate in quality improvement projects relating to disease diagnosis, patient care and perioperative processes, supervise and contribute to research and the research database under direct supervision of the attending surgeons
Participate in the initiation of new and continuing of ongoing research processes as directed
Available for assessment of patients triaged for short-term and same-day appointments in the office as necessary.
Develop reasonable competence in trouble-shooting common postoperative problems after surgery, return prompt telephone calls to patients updating progress, management plan and directing their treatment.
Coordinate inpatient and outpatient care.
All other duties as assigned
Employee will ensure patient centered care by demonstrating behaviors that reflect a Culture of Service and will strive to meet the expectations of the "Seven Competencies". The seven competencies for a "Wow" experience are as follows:
Patient Centered Care
Collaboration and Teamwork
Pride and Excellence
Integrity and Credibility
Conforms to all applicable HIPAA, Billing compliance and safety guidelines.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree or equivalent in education and work experience required.
Minimum related experience:
Minimum licensing requirements:
New York State RN license required.
Minimum certification requirements:
Minimum computer skills:
Intermediate MS Office skills
Must be able to successfully complete systems training requirements.
Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran
Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.
Internal Number: 510673
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