RN STROKE COORDINATOR
Department: University Hospitals
Full/Part Time/PRN: Full-Time
Experience and Education
Speciality areas may have increased experience requirements as dictated by unity or standard of care. Must be able to read, write and communicate in English.
Identifies, tracks, & supports all inpatient stroke care provided in University Hospitals & reports findings/results on a monthly basis to Stroke Committee. s opportunities to teach and_mentor other nursing and ancillary personnel.
Coordinates and facilitates provision of educational opportunites for staff, physicians, patients, external providers of care, and the community. Identifies and pursues opportunites to provide information and/or services to the community to promote UTSW and the Stroke Program. Identifies relevant areas for nursing research, initiates projects and participates on research team outcomes.
Leads and directs achievement in the provision of quality care to the stroke patient population. Oversees development of appropriate policies and procedures required for the provision of effective and efficient stroke care. Analyzes data & coordinates implementation of practice changes as needed. In conjuction with Clinical Education and Department Managers, coordinates education and verifies competence of staff performing NIHSS.
Adheres to appropriate hospital and/or Department of Nursing policies, procedures, clinical pathways and nationally accepted standards of nursing practice. Incorporates ANA standards, professional practice model (Shared governance) and care delivery model (Relationship Based Care) into the provision of safe, quality patient care. Nursing care is based on current literature and research.
Provides timely, confidential coaching and/or counseling of nursing personnel as appropriate and follows up with accurate reports to Clinical Nurse Manager.
Assures first person reporting of events through RL Solutions. Ensures all staff are competent in entering event reports & serves as a resource when necessary. Investigates facts of event reports as able. Facilitates timely receipt of these reports for follow-up by the Clinical Nurse Manager. Notifies Nurse Manager/Risk Manager immediately of high risk situations.
Actively participates in routine & special patient care conferences. Promotes and enthusiastically supports professional growth of staff by providing equal opportunities for participation in unit based activities, patient care/unit decisions, hospital committees, and/or continuing education.
Collects information and maintains records regarding performance and contributions on an on-going basis throughout the fiscal year. Provides input and/or conducts annual performance reviews and orientation evaluation of personnel assigned to the unit.
Coordinates self scheduling to maintain appropriate coverage for unit needs. Maintains Kronos records on a daily basis, monitoring for trends that require intervention ie., late clock-ins, incremental overtime, missed punches.
Assumes delegated responsibility for inventory control of equipment and supplies to ensure safe and effective patient care. Facilities timely return of rented or borrowed specialty equipment. Solicits staff input regarding equipment and supply needs for the unit.
Assists with staff meetings, special projects and the development, implementation & evaluation of performance improvement activities. Communicates data and solicits input from staff regarding performance and quality imporvement ie. patient safety, infection control. Actively participates on hospital work groups. Performs other duties as assigned.
UT Southwestern Medical Center has received Joint Commission certification as an Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center because we:
- Have dedicated neuro-intensive care unit beds that provide neuro-critical care 24 hours a day, seven days a week for complex stroke patients
- Use advanced-imaging capabilities
- Provide care to patients diagnosed with subarachnoid hemorrhage, perform endovascular coiling or surgical clipping procedures for aneurysm, and administer IV tPA.
- Coordinate post-hospital care
- Use a peer-review process to evaluate and monitor the care provided to patients with ischemic stroke and subarachnoid hemorrhage
- Participate in stroke research
As the only Joint Commission designated center in North Texas, one of only two in the state of Texas, and the only dual-certified hospital system in the nation, we are proud to offer our patients:
- Improved quality of care
- A commitment to a higher standard of service
- Specific abilities to receive and treat the most complex stroke cases
The Stroke Coordinator will act as an Educator for nursing staff, track and audit for quality measures. The perfect candidate will need to be cheerleader for education, data quality and moving our patients care to the next level.
UT Southwestern Medical Center is committed to an educational and working environment that provides equal opportunity to all members of the University community. In accordance with federal and state law, the University prohibits unlawful discrimination, including harassment, on the basis of: race; color; religion; national origin; gender, including sexual harassment; age; disability; citizenship; and veteran status. In addition, it is UT Southwestern policy to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.