Essential functions are those tasks, duties and responsibilities that comprise the means of accomplishing the job’s purpose and objectives. The staff member legally performs essential functions that are critical or fundamental to the performance of the job. They are the major functions for which the person in the job is held accountable.
Hospitalist Nurse Specific Duties
- Triage of new patients: take calls from the ED and/or clinics/outside hospitals, and assign new patients to providers
- Round (or pre-round) with providers, review charts, gather key items of clinical information for the provider, and follow up on outstanding tests or treatments
- Ensure provider attention to order sets, pathways, core measures, length of stay targets, etc.
- Update white boards, answer patient/family questions, serve as liaison between patient/family and provider, and deliver patient education
- Coordinate with nursing, care coordination and patient/family for discharge planning. Lead care coordination rounds (CCRs)
- Assist with discharge preparation, including assisting with medication reconciliation and other paperwork, making post-discharge appointments, and pre-loading discharge instructions and orders
- Field calls from discharged patients, outside pharmacies, mortuaries, etc., and fill out documents (death certificates, FMLA forms, hospice, home health, and DME requests) for physician signature
- Follow up on tests resulted after discharge
- Make post-discharge phone calls to patients
- Delegates nursing care activities and monitors care given by appropriate care team members in accordance with patient needs, and the team member’s professional capabilities and qualifications.
- Assists in creating a positive work environment by mentoring of staff/students, and working with team members to develop and facilitate initiatives to strive for positive outcomes in quality and care of patients.
- Complies with all policies and procedures, and guides team members with compliance.
- Reliable attendance is an expectation of the team member role, as well as a leader in the unit.
- Assumes responsibility for continued growth in areas of competencies, lifelong learning and involvement in unit and hospital quality of care projects. Specialty certifications and continuing education are strongly encouraged.
- Supports use of Evidenced Based Practice and incorporates best practices into daily care routine.
- Participates in mandatory education and unit meetings per established guidelines.
- Compiles with all safety goals, infection prevention and risk management policies and procedures.
- Completes annual mandatory education.
- Communicates utilizing the FOCUS values in all aspects of care and interactions with others.
- Patient/Family Centered Care is encouraged with both patient and family being updated and informed about all care needs.
- Effectively communicates with all team members, physicians, ancillary staff and all customers. Verbal communication is clear and concise, and written communication is legible and done using approved abbreviations.
- Practice indicates compliance with HIPAA, DNV, OSHA and all other regulatory agencies.
- Demonstrates the ability to be flexible in meeting needs of the department as a team member.
- Works effectively with multidisciplinary team assessing needs of the patient/family, establishing goals for the patient/family, and also assists in development of quality improvements that may cross over from department to department.
Delivery of Care:
- Delivers high quality care utilizing the nursing process, and demonstrates knowledge and clinical skills of the specialty required on assigned unit in accordance with established policies and procedures.
- Utilizes the Patient Family Centered Care model of care with the combination of the Katarine Kolcaba’s Comfort Theory.
Follows compliance requirements for federally funded programs (e.g. Medicare and Medicaid) regarding fraud, waste and abuse. Compliance concerns are brought to the immediate attention of management or the Compliance Officer