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Clinical Service Leader, RN - Plastic Surgery OR

Company: Tufts Medical Center
Location: Boston
Posted on: January 16, 2022

Job Description:

Company DescriptionIt takes a lot of very smart, hard-working and talented people to provide the level of care that we give to our patients. Tufts Medical Center is an internationally respected academic medical center and we pride ourselves not only on the sophistication of the care we deliver, but the compassionate way in which we provide it. And that starts with our employees.Job DescriptionThe Clinical Service Leader, RN, is responsible for the development of nursing staff within a specified area of practice and for impacting patient outcomes through consultation on patient care issues in addition to perioperative RN duties. The Service Lead responsibilities encompass the following areas: clinical practice, professional development, collaboration/consultation, staff development, leadership and evidence based practice.PRINCIPLE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:CLINICAL PRACTICE

  • Interprets, supports, and practices the mission and philosophy of Tufts Medical Center and the Operating Room.
  • Serves as a clinical resource, consultant and role model for nursing staff providing support in the practice of perioperative nursing.
  • Provides support and expertise to the Department of Surgery in the care and education of staff, physicians and patients within area of specialty. Keeps preference cards updated.
  • Integrates knowledge, research findings and experience to enhance nursing practice and to promote excellence in patient care. Validates nursing practice within specialty area by benchmarking with Best Practices.
  • Maintain flexibility and adapts to a variety of workload assignments.
  • Precepts inexperienced team members, uses expert clinical skills to provide initial and ongoing assessment and evaluation of nursing care.
  • Establishes and maintains effective written and verbal communication skills. Can communicate with a wide variety of audiences.
  • Able to work independently and utilize time management concepts to maximize time efficiency.
  • Develops, monitors, and evaluates QI projects on a unit and hospital level using quality outcome indicators. Plans one QA project per year, related to service area.
  • Serves on a committee at the unit, surgical services or hospital level.
  • Responsible to respond to service related needs for new products and equipment, and following established processes for acquisition of these.
  • Responsible for service related resource materials, including preference cards and nursing help manuals.PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
    • Maintains competency in organizational, departmental, and outside agency safety standards relative to job requirements. Meets all hospital/ operating room mandatory requirements.
    • Develops leadership skills and promotes clinical expertise using various methods such as networking, professional development classes and literature review.
    • Networks with management, other hospitals, physicians, peers, and Manager of Quality Outcomes for role development.COLLABORATION/CONSULTATION
      • Serves as a clinical and collaborative role model.
      • Collaborates and coordinates resources to facilitate patients' plan of care; provides direct and/or indirect care to patients including scrubbing and circulating. Reviews the OR schedule 3 days in advance to determine resources required. Escalates concerns/variances to nurse manager.
      • Collaborates/consults with other affiliates in the value analysis of supplies and equipment and evaluates the impact of supply and equipment changes on the environment of care.
      • Consults with other members of the unit based management team on patient care, staff development and practice issues.
      • Collaborates on an interdisciplinary basis to develop protocols, policies and procedures and practice guidelines.
      • Collaborates with nurses and other members of the health care team related to the patient plan of care.STAFF DEVELOPMENT
        • Collaborates with the management team and staff in the development, facilitation, and evaluation of orientation framework for the specialty area. Creates specific orientation checklist for assigned service.
        • With the Professional Practice Director , helps develop, implement, and evaluate unit based / specialty based competencies.
        • Assesses learning needs of staff and provides formal and informal educational opportunities to increase knowledge and improve clinical care.
        • Trains staff (preceptor) or arranges education on new products and/or service related equipment and monitors compliance and ongoing competency.
        • Assists in mandatory education activities. Gives at least one service-related educational presentation per year.
        • Evaluates current practice in service area using national bench marking.LEADERSHIP
          • Facilitates an empowered environment that recognizes and responds to psychosocial, developmental, and professional practice issues through mentoring, group support, personal consultation, resource identification and team building.
          • Demonstrates a commitment to addressing ongoing cost effectiveness of patient care delivery, a skill set in financial management, to include cost management for service area.EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE
            • Accountable for providing clinically sound and evidence-based information. Helps write policies based on AORN standards, Best Practices and other outside agency requirements, such as the Joint Commission and FDA.
            • Participates in research activities.AGE SPECIFIC COMPETENCIESIncorporates cultural and age appropriate care in all aspects of patient care and interactions with physicians, management, peers, and visitors in the OR, and anyone who will be greeted as a customer of Tufts Medical Center. Has the skills and knowledge to provide care to the age groups of the population served including:

              • Knowledge of growth and development
              • Ability to interpret age specific data and response to care
              • Provide age appropriate communicationQualificationsEDUCATION
                • Graduate of recognized school of nursing; BS in nursing preferredEXPERIENCE
                  • 2-3 years of Nursing experience preferred, plus
                  • One-year experience in clinical specialty, preferably at Tufts Medical CenterLICENSE
                    • Must have current Commonwealth of Massachusetts Registered Nurse license; BSN highly preferredPHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORKING CONDITIONS
                      • Prolonged, extensive, or considerable standing/walking
                      • Lifts, positions, pushes and/or transfer patients and equipment
                      • Considerable reaching, stooping, bending, kneeling, crouching
                      • Frequent exposure to hazardous chemicals, sick patients, bodily substances, noise and possible exposure to radiation, lasers, electric shock, etc.
                      • Regularly exposed to the risk of bloodborne diseases and other transmissible infections
                      • Contact with patients under wide variety of circumstances
                      • Subject to varying and unpredictable situations
                      • Handle emergency and crisis situations
                      • Subjected to irregular hours
                      • May have contact with hazardous materialsAdditional InformationAll your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES STATEMENT:Must be able to perform all essential functions of this position with reasonable accommodation if disabled.The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed, as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified. Tufts Medical Center reserves the right to modify position duties at any time, to reflect process improvements and business necessity.COVID-19 POLICY:Please note that effective October 1, 2021, as a condition of employment at Tufts Medical Center, all employees and new hires must have received their complete dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, unless they have been granted an exemption.

Keywords: Tufts Medical Center, Boston , Clinical Service Leader, RN - Plastic Surgery OR, Healthcare , Boston, Massachusetts

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