Patient Placement RN, Full Time, Nights (15270-394)

Status: Full-Time, Non-Exempt
Schedule: 6:45 PM - 7:15 AM and every third weekend.
Basic Functions:
This position embodies the Memorial Health System Performance Excellence Standards of Safety, Courtesy, Quality, and Efficiency that support our mission, vision and values. These standards are evident in the daily work, which includes the following:
Understands regulatory compliance and payer requirements, as well as efficiency in patient throughput processes
Facilitates timely transfers from outlying facilities by coordinating an appropriate admitting physician and accepting the condition report, following approved MMC-STAY program guidelines
Coordinates patient admission and transfer processes, including in-house transfers
Monitors and accurately records all patient movement throughout the hospital and provides up-to-date information of census status and bed availability via electronic bed board/teletracking system
Places patients on care units considering diagnosis, clinical criteria for admission, acuity, bed availability, and staffing
Prioritizes patient placement from all sources ? Emergency Department, PACU, direct admits, etc.
Works directly with admitting physicians and nursing units to meet patient needs while matching patient needs with appropriate unit for placement
Works with nurse managers, charge nurses and physician leaders to facilitate patient placement according to applicable SAFECON census criteria
Collaborates and negotiates with other regional health care providers to facilitate safe and timely patient transfers/patient admissions from outlying facilities, especially during peak census periods
Receives physician orders and determines proper unit placement in conjunction with nursing policies and clinical criteria
Verifies the correct admission status (inpatient, general bed, IMC or ICU) based on established criteria and applies appropriate intervention when orders/diagnosis fail to meet criteria
Works directly with Medical Directors, Emergency Room physicians, and other appropriate physicians as needed to facilitate patient triage
With the Director, Nursing Business Operations & Memorial Access develops annual personal goals that support those of the Patient Placement Office, Memorial Access program and the nursing division
Assists with the maintenance of patient placement training manuals and staff competencies
Stay apprised of regulatory requirements (Medicare, Medicaid, HIPAA, etc.) and insures compliance
Improves and maintains patient intake and flow processes
Identifies quality improvement opportunities and uses appropriate tools to evaluate potential solutions
Monitors admission, discharge, transfer and delay of notification data
Offers recommendations to address undesirable data trends
Works collaboratively with Nursing, Environmental Services, Infection Control, Emergency Department, Surgical Services and Admissions & Testing to facilitate and optimize patient throughput
Maintains collaborative working relationships with Patient Access Services, Health Information Management, Patient Financial Services and Case Management at Memorial Health System
The Patient Placement RN will coordinate all patient placement activities throughout the facility while utilizing clinical triage expertise and negotiation skills to facilitate the intake and placement of all patients, verifying appropriate patient admission status and orders received from physicians. S/he is responsible for data collection, analysis and reporting to accomplish corporate and division goals. The Patient Placement RN will partner with physicians and nursing staff to move patients along the continuum of care to optimize quality patient outcomes and customer satisfaction.
Requirements for this position include:
Current license as an RN in the State of Illinois, BSN preferred
Minimum of 3 years recent acute care clinical experience; Supervisory experience desirable
Excellent interpersonal, communication, negotiation and customer service skills required
Demonstrated problem solving, decision-making, critical thinking and physician relations'' expertise required
Knowledge of insurance requirements and admission status criteria
Knowledge of federal healthcare regulations, including Medicare and other compliance requirements

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