Description of Position:
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The Trauma Coordinator is a registered nurse with recognized clinical expertise in trauma care. The Trauma Coordinator is responsible for the coordination of activities relating to the provision of trauma care both internally and externally and to act as a liaison with appropriate agencies or activities specific to the trauma services.
Essential functions are the duties and responsibilities that are essential to the position (not a task list). Do not include if less than 5% of work time is spent on this duty. Be specific without giving explicit instructions on how to perform the task. Do not include duties that are to be performed in the future. Duties should be action oriented and avoid vague or general statements.
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Clinical Excellence/Patient Care
· Assumes primary responsibility for the plan of care for a patient or group of patients, per unit standards and nursing care required for the specified patient population.
· Effectively delegates tasks and responsibilities to other health care team members and assumes responsibility for follow-up and collaboration.
· Performs admission assessment process per specific department standards to include patient history, physical, and psycho-social assessment. Utilizes physical assessment data, diagnostic data (lab, radiology, diagnostic testing), pharmacological information and patient/family perceptions in formulating nursing diagnosis related to focus problem areas and identifying goals of care.
· Assumes responsibility for developing a plan of care that is mutually established with the patient and family. Each patient is treated as an individual, with their identified goals and expectations reviewed each shift to verify priorities.
· Implements the plan of care according to current standards of nursing practice, evidence-based practice, and hospital protocol/procedures.
· Integrates multidisciplinary approach to maintain comfort, support human functions and responses, and maintain an environment conductive to safety and well-being. Implements measures to promote a safe environment.
· Partners with healthcare team to achieve the patient care outcomes and goals of care.
· Administers medications and nursing treatments within scope of practice.
· Works with Trauma Services Medical Director and the Emergency Department Medical Director in developing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating the care of trauma patients throughout hospitalization.
· Assists the Trauma Services Medical Director and Emergency Department Medical Director in establishing policies and protocols related to trauma care, throughout the hospital.
· Maintains hospital Trauma Registry. This includes data collection through chart reviews and data entry into the Image Trend Trauma Registry.
· Works with the Trauma Services Medical Director to establish and maintain the performance improvement plan for trauma service.
· Facilitates Nursing Trauma Reviews to include all ancillary services and nursing units involved in the trauma patient’s care throughout their hospital stay.
· Works with ancillary services and nursing units to provide an interdisciplinary approach to trauma care.
Development & Patient Education
· Continues professional development and involvement in professional activities that enhance nursing practice by sharing knowledge through networking and research.
· Assess and chooses teaching strategies appropriate to the patient’s and their families’ age specific needs, culture, gender, readiness to learn and level of comprehension.
· Consults appropriate resources within the hospital to provide specialized education.
· Demonstrates knowledge that patient and workplace safety is a priority by preventing errors, accidents and infections and reporting potential or actual concerns immediately.
· Integrates patient/family teaching throughout the hospitalization, including the plan and goals of care, pre- and post-operative procedures, diagnostic procedures, and discharge teaching.
· Integrates preventative health maintenance into the education plan.
· Utilizes current trauma data in collaboration with the trauma services and hospital committee to coordinate public education in injury prevention.
· Identifies and provides educational needs to the Emergency Staff, ancillary staff, and nursing units related to trauma.
· Works to promote and participate in state prevention criteria as listed;
o Injury control studies
o Collaboration with other institutions
o Monitor progress/effect of prevention programs
o Designated prevention coordinator- spokesperson for injury control
o Outreach activities
o Information resources for public
o Collaboration with existing national, regional, state prevention programs
o Coordination and/or participation in community prevention activities.
· Assists in the orientation of new associates by acting as a resource and mentor to associates. Collaborates with unit leadership, as appropriate. Serves in preceptor role, as appropriate.
· Participates in the education experiences of students and/or RN interns.
· Utilizes evidenced based models of learning.
· Works with the Trauma Services Medical Director and Emergency Department Medical Director to plan and organize the quarterly Trauma Committee Meetings.
· The associate is aware of hospital and department compliance for federally funded healthcare programs (e.g. Medicare and Medicaid) regarding fraud, waste and abuse. Brings any questions or concerns regarding compliance to the immediate attention of department or hospital administrative staff.
· Purposefully conducts all aspects of the job in an ethical manner in support of the hospital’s commitment to ethical behavior in all areas of personal and professional activity.
· Successfully completes hospital-wide orientation, annual hospital competencies and department specific competencies.
Basic UPH Performance Criteria
· Demonstrates the UnityPoint Health Values and Standards of Behaviors as well as adheres to policies and procedures and safety guidelines.
· Demonstrates ability to meet business needs of department with regular, reliable attendance.
· Employee maintains current licenses and/or certifications required for the position.
· Practices and reflects knowledge of HIPAA, TJC, DNV, OSHA and other federal/state regulatory agencies guiding healthcare.
· Completes all annual education and competency requirements within the calendar year.
· Is knowledgeable of hospital and department compliance requirements for federally funded healthcare programs (e.g. Medicare and Medicaid) regarding fraud, waste and abuse. Brings any questions or concerns regarding compliance to the immediate attention of hospital administrative staff. Takes appropriate action on concerns reported by department staff related to compliance.
Disclaimer: This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.
Demonstration of UPH Values and Standards of Behaviors
Consistently demonstrates UnityPoint Health’s values in the performance of job duties and responsibilities
· Leverage the skills and abilities of each person to enable great teams.
· Collaborate across departments, facilities, business units and regions.
· Seek to understand and are open to diverse thoughts and perspectives.
Own The Moment:
· Connect with each person treating them with courtesy, compassion, empathy and respect
· Enthusiastically engage in our work.
· Accountable for our individual actions and our team performance.
· Responsible for solving problems regardless of the origin.
· Commit to the best outcomes and highest quality.
· Have a relentless focus on exceeding expectations.
· Believe in sharing our results, learning from our mistakes and celebrating our successes.
· Embrace and promote innovation and transformation.
· Create partnerships that improve care delivery in our communities.
· Have the courage to challenge the status quo.
Identify items that are minimally required to perform the essential functions of this position.
Preferred or Specialized
Not required to perform the essential functions of the position.
· Completion of an accredited nursing program
· RN degree
· Bachelors or Master’s degree in nursing or healthcare-related field
· Proven experience and expertise in trauma care
· Three to five years of clinical Emergency / Trauma nursing experience
· An understanding of the Iowa Trauma System
· Ability to work with trauma registry to provide data entry and reports
· Three years of leadership experience with evidence of successful change management
· Valid driver’s license when driving any vehicle for work-related reasons
· Current RN licensure in the State of Iowa or compact state
· Current BLS certification
· TNCC (or within 6 months of hire)
· TNCC Instructor
· Demonstrates clinical competency in care of trauma patients
· Sound background in trauma nursing principles and procedures with demonstrated ability to provide safe, effective trauma care
· Has understanding of trauma related policies and procedures
· Possesses strong leadership and decision making abilities
· Identified educational needs and provides learning opportunities
· Good interpersonal skills with physicians, co-workers, ancillary services, EMS providers, patients and their families
· Has a knowledge base of the entire age spectrum as related to trauma
· Use of usual and customary equipment used to perform essential functions of the position.