OPAT provides medical treatment as well as coordinated and direct nursing care to Oregon and southwest Washington patients who require long term intravenous antibiotic therapy. The team is relatively small and responsibilities overlap as clinical roles are evolving. The program serves annually between 400-500 hundred patients and is expected to grow over rapidly the next two years.
Work Schedule, Hours, FTE, Salary Range
FTE: 1.0, Full Time (Temporary)
Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm
Salary Range: ONA Bargaining Position - Commensurate with Experience
Location: Marquam Hill (Portland, OR)
Job Type: Union Represented (ONA)
Functions/Duties of Position
OPAT Clinical Nursing Role:
Analyze, coordinate and evaluate the care from initial patient identification through the end of treatment..The nursing focus is on patient safety, infectious and related comorbid complications, pharmacological side effects, emotional or behavioral concerns, economic obstacles including insurance issues and respond to the unique problems that arise with this complex, acutely ill population.
OPAT Nursing Responsibilities:
Perform comprehensive assessments, in-depth education and coordination issues through some face-to-face and mostly telephone encounters with patients, families, facilities and agencies;
Round and collaborate with the medical teams and the inpatient case managers to identify appropriate patients, discuss patient post-discharge needs and future risks, next steps in discharge planning and plan implementation;
Determine the patients' community based risks as well as the patients and families' willingness and ability to engage and tolerate extended intensive antibiotic therapy at home or in a care facility;
Coordinate the transitions of care as patients and families move between the hospital, home or care sites and with the infusion and home health agencies and the clinic;
Refer and handover non-infectious disease patient concerns to the patients' primary care provider, OHSU specialist or social work or community based resources;
Communicate and coordinate the nursing concerns and nursing recommendations to the inpatient and outpatient interdisciplinary teams to shape outpatient care to match the patients' limitations and resources;
Manage the infectious disease needs through direct care of the patient in collaboration with the providers and by coordinating the patient needs with the care facilities, infusion agencies and homecare nurses;
Oversee the patients' intravenous access from provider order through end of treatment;
Serves as team leader for the outpatient interdisciplinary team.
External applicants- Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing from a program accredited by Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) or Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (CNEA)
Current OHSU employees: BSN preferred
Communication skills including fluency in oral and written English
Basic computer skills including the ability to send/receive email, navigate information technology associated with the position, and use Electronic Health Record information and tools
Current unencumbered Oregon RN license
Current BLS certification issued by the American Heart Association or the Military Training Network
Ability to lift, bend, stoop, reach, carry, push, pull and walk throughout the work period
Able to lift 35 lbs.
Must be able to perform the essential functions of the position with or without accommodation
The OPAT team is seeking a registered nurse who has the leadership skills and abilities in nursing management of acutely ill, community based patients with economic, emotional, behavioral and medically complex problems. The team candidates need the following skills and characteristics:
Established commitment to learning infectious disease pathophysiology and able to apply theory, research and growing clinical experience to direct patient care.
Willingness to adapt to evolving patient conditions, changing team decisions, new clinical research and developing in program direction.
Proficiency in speaking to nursing concerns in medically dominant discussions and can succinctly describe the patient and family risks in managing IV treatment in the community.
Healthy humility and confidence in nursing practice as the foundation for collaborative care and improvement processes.
Greater than 2 years RN work experience.
Knowledge of infectious pathophysiology, pharmacokinetics and therapeutics and expected treatment trajectories.
Experience in OPAT programs.
Experience in case management in ambulatory or community based settings.
Knowledge of drug or alcohol addiction identification, prevention or treatment
Sense of humor.
Greater than 5 years RN work experience
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