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J OB SUMMARY:
T his Clinical Program Coordinator is needed to support the Orthopedic and Infectious Diseases providers to care for patients with orthopedic infections. At any given time there are 50-75 patients per week on home intravenous antibiotics for these types of infections. This requires regular and careful monitoring of labs and potential adverse events. Frequent interaction with a variety of home health agencies and pharmacies is also needed to provide safe and effective care. The person in this role provides this key coordination and oversight. This person also provides assistance in the ambulatory care setting during patient follow-up appointments.
E SSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
- In a team setting, attends selected ambulatory care sessions each week in the Bone and Joint Center, working directly with Orthopedic-Infectious Diseases patients to assess patient problems, provide patient/family education and contribute to the formulation and implementation of the treatment plan; performs wound dressing changes and PICC removals (once certified). Educates selected inpatients prior to discharge regarding intravenous antibiotics and care of central line/PICC.
- C oordinates the outpatient intravenous and long-term oral antibiotic care plans for Orthopedic-Infectious Diseases patients after the transition from inpatient to outpatient care; reconciles medications, assesses laboratory test results, serves as a liaison with home health agencies and pharmacies, and assists with troubleshooting for antibiotic side effects and line-related complications, with Infectious Diseases provider oversight.
- S erves as a primary point of contact for the Orthopedic-Infectious Diseases patients for concerns, questions, and test results, communicating with patients via telephone, the patient portal, and other modalities; keeps providers and other team members updated regarding relevant clinical changes.
- P articipates in team meetings, conferences, and QI activities, if applicable, working effectively within a team setting with the unified goal of optimal patient care and patient satisfaction; additional team members include nurses, pharmacists, administrative assistants, advanced practice providers, physicians, others.
- C ompletes paperwork/faxes for patient orders, often related to the outpatient intravenous antibiotic program; also completes periodic paperwork for insurance authorizations for patient medications, diagnostic tests, FMLA, etc., with assistance from other team members as needed.
M INIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
L icense to practice as a registered nurse in the state of Pennsylvania required.
B achelor's degree in nursing required.
T hree (3) years of nursing experience required.
I n addition to a rewarding career, we also offer great benefits including but not limited to:
P aid Time Off and Personal Time
Medical Benefits (No waiting period)
Dental and Vision Benefits
Penn State University Tuition Assistance (Full-Time Employees)
Elder Care/Child Care Resources
Company Sponsored 401K
Relocation Bonus for those who qualify
I f chosen for this position, you may be required to pass a Post Offer Employment Physical Exam in accordance with the measurements listed in the Work Task Analysis (WTA) report. This job description is a general outline of duties performed and is not to be misconstrued as encompassing all duties performed within the position. All individuals (including current employees) selected for a position will undergo a background check appropriate for the position's responsibilities.
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U nion: Non-Bargained
Internal Number: 19741
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