The Structural Heart RN is responsible for coordinating the care for all Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), Transcatheter Mitral Valve (TMVR), Left Atrial Appendage Occlusion (LAOO) and Atrial Septal Defect (ASD)/Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) patients, Mitra Clip, Watchman, and all Structural Heart procedures. The incumbent is clinically and administratively responsible to the Nurse Manager of the Cath Lab under SIPS Nursing. The position is Temporary Not-to-Exceed: Six (6) months Work Schedule: Monday thru Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm; with flexibility to meet the needs of the patient and program needs. Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required The major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Coordinate the care of outpatients in structural heart clinic before and after procedures. Coordinate the delivery of complex outpatient and inpatient care for valvular heart disease patients including patient evaluation, triage to appropriate care settings, and oversee the scheduler's arranging travel, scheduling cardiologic and non-cardiologic diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, scheduling patients for admissions and gathering follow-up data. Serve as consultant to staff in initiating and implementing problem-solving strategies for patient with complex valvular heart disease. Develop practice guidelines as necessary to streamline cardiology practice throughout the VAPAHCS. Coordinate and participate in research designed specifically to improve quality of services provided by Cardiology and cardiology staff. Provides clinical consultation and education related to the management and care of the valvular heart disease patient for staff, physicians, and other disciplines who may have contact or care responsibilities for this population. Coordinate and participate in implementation of clinical practice guidelines used within the Cardiology Section or across departmental, divisional, or section lines. Develops a therapeutic relationship with the patient and family and maximizes the patient's participation and control in their own recovery while serving as the liaison and communication link between patients and their families with the primary care providers, and specialists. Teaches and provides reinforcement for valve patients and their families on how to care for themselves and provide feedback on their progress. Oversees and provides education to acute care staff. Assist with the coordination IFC consults and requests from outside the VAPAHCS, Support and enhance VAPAHCS philosophy and goals. Work effectively with others to initiate and lead interdisciplinary groups and establish relationships with professional and/or other health related groups within the community. Develop a professional practice by leadership and accomplishments in the development and implementation of best-practice guidelines in patient/healthcare delivery. Integral role in preparing and maintaining Joint Commission accreditation. Demonstrate ability to correctly interpret electrocardiograms and cardiac rhythms. Demonstrate ability in critical thinking and flexibility. Demonstrate advancing leadership, educational and professional communication skills (verbal and written). Demonstrate sound judgment, interpersonal, problem - solving and strong decision-making skills Demonstrate ability to function independently. Demonstrate ability to communicate verbally and in writing. Demonstrate ability to establish effective interpersonal relationships with all levels of Medical Center personnel. Demonstrate leadership ability including self-direction, problem solving, and project management skills. Ability to work effectively with diversity of patients. Support General Cardiology, Electrophysiology, Echo, all Cardiology Clinics, as needed. Administers moderate sedation and medications with appropriate patient monitoring, assessment, and documentation. Perform all other duties assigned.
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