**POSITION SUMMARY** **:**
_Note: For the purpose of this document the position will be referred to as “Coordinator” to be designated as the Heart Failure RN Coordinator._
The **Heart Failure RN Coordinator** coordinates all services/systems required for an organized multi-disciplinary team approach to the evaluation, treatment and follow-up of the patient needing HF (Heart Failure), TAVR (Transcatheter aortic valve replacement) and/or ACHD (Adults with Congenital Heart Disease) services.The Coordinator will have responsibilities to heart specialty physicians and/or heart specialty mid-levels (Nurse practitioners and physician assistants). The Coordinator will have an area of specialty, however, will be cross trained to cover responsibilities for all HF, TAVR and ACHD patients. In addition, cross training to cover heart and kidney transplant patients, VAD (Ventricular Assist Device) patients, and Cardiac Rehab patients. Population served includes adults, adolescents, and geriatrics.
**I. Plans and delivers expert clinical care (both inpatient and outpatient) for the adult the patient with heart failure, aortic insufficiency or with congenital heart disease.**
· Utilizes specialized clinical knowledge of heart specialty area to assess, explain and direct patient care through the program’s process by functioning as a participant in direct patient team care. Anticipates patient problems based on the knowledge of patterns of physiological, pathological and psychological responses in the adult patient participating in the heart specialty process.
· Utilizes specialized clinical knowledge of heart specialty to assess, explain and direct patient care by functioning as a participant in direct patient team care. Anticipates patient problems based on the knowledge of patterns of physiological, pathological and psychological responses in the adult patient with heart failure, aortic insufficiency and/or those patients with congenital heart disease.
· Uses assessed information to formulate a comprehensive plan of are which uses patient centered goals and provides for continuity of both inpatient and outpatient care.
· Collaborates with administrative/clinical staff and physicians to develop and implement treatment protocols and standards of care using a multidisciplinary approach.
· Evaluates outcomes as a participant in direct patient care: Evaluates quality of patient care and nursing practices based on established standards and needs of the patient and family. Evaluates short-term and long-term responses to therapeutic intervention throughout all phases of the heart specialty process.
· Collects and evaluates data pertinent to heart specialty area with recommendations for suitability of program’s identified criteria for selection and protocols as indicated.
**II. Provides and coordinates Patient and Family Education and Participates in Staff Education**
· Establishes and maintains criteria and standards for formulating heart specialty patient/family teaching plans, identifying, planning, and implementing interventions for the educational needs of heart specialty patients and families using a multidisciplinary approach. Designs and implements teaching strategies that assess learning readiness, demonstrates application of the adult teaching and learning theories and utilizes hospital/community resources as appropriate.
· Establishes educational priorities in collaboration with appropriate members of the administrative and clinical staff regarding staff educational and developmental needs and assists in applying the adult teaching/learning theory to meet identified needs.
· Participates in the planning and implementation of conferences, seminars, and other educational offerings within and outside of the Sutter Health Care System to promote awareness of heart specialties.
**III. Acts as Coordinator/Liaison/Consultant**
+ Functions as a participant in direct patient care team to provide effective integration of the patient into heart specialty clinics by coordinating the services throughout the process.
+ Develops collaborative interdisciplinary relationships and communicates to facilitate and support quality care of the heart specialty patients.
+ Serves as a resource/liaison for physicians, nursing staff and other members of the multidisciplinary staff.
+ Works in conjunction with the Public Relations Department to provide community agencies, including referring doctors and patient families, with information on heart disease.
**IV. Serves as an Evaluator/Researcher**
+ Evaluates the transplant and heart specialty clinics for quality, efficiency, safety, and effectiveness of established standards and protocols.
+ Ensures that a heart specialty and ECP database is accurate and up-to-date.
+ Actively participates in the review of heart specialty cases with appropriate committees/individuals to assist in the selection of Quality Service Indicators, auditing, analyzing and reporting within the established Quality Assessment Program.
+ Uses scientific methods to further nursing knowledge of heart failure patients by participating in the development and implementation of clinical research projects that reflect a review of the current literature and are relevant to patient care issues.
**V. Maintains documentation as required by hospital, state and federal regulatory bodies.**
· Documents patient/family assessments, plans, interventions, and the patient/family’s response to intervention in the medical record based on the direct patient care given.
Ensures that outpatient medical records are maintained on heart specialty clinic patients with accurate and complete information **.**
**MINIMUM POSITION REQUIREMENTS**
Graduation from an accredited school of registered nursing. Current California RN license. Bachelor’s Degree preferred or required within 3 years of hire; Masters preferred (or equivalent heart specialty clinical experience) and clinical research knowledge, preferably within area of heart specialty (ie, HF, TAVR, ACHD).
Recent patient care experience in area of heart specialty required. (2 years clinical heart specialty experience is preferred).
Knowledge of pathology and physiology related to heart specialty required. Knowledge of adult educational planning, implementation, and evaluation. Demonstrated knowledge of participation in a multi-disciplinary team is required.
· **Special Skills/Equipment:**
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written are required; excellent organizational and time management skills. Clinical research skills preferred. Basic computer skills to access, enter, and retrieve data; MS Word and Excel spreadsheets. BLS certification required. ACLS Certification preferred.
· **Physical Requirements:**
Moderate physical effort. Must have body mechanics knowledge to safely move/handle equipment and/or office supplies.
**Primary Location:** California, Greater Sacramento Area, Sacramento
**Organization:** Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento
**Employee Status:** Regular
**Employee Referral Bonus:** No
**Position Status:** Exempt
**Job Shift:** Day
**Shift Hours:** 8 Hour Shift
**Days of the Week Scheduled:** Monday-Friday
**Weekend Requirements:** None
**Schedule:** Full Time
**Hrs Per 2wk Pay Period:** 64
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, registered domestic partner status, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, ancestry, national origin (including possession of a driver's license issued to individuals who did not present proof of authorized presence in the U.S.), age, medical condition, physical or mental disability, military or protected veteran status, political affiliation, pregnancy or perceived pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or related medical condition, genetic information or any other characteristic made unlawful by local, state, or federal law, ordinance or regulation. External hires must pass a background check/drug screening. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with Federal, state, and local laws, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.
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