JOB DESCRIPTION: Manages patient bed placement and the utilization of beds in accordance with established standards and policies. Determines patient priority and the ability to transfer patients between units when requested beds exceed available beds. Acts as a liaison for physicians and hospitals to facilitate the transfer of patients into the institution. Supervises staff and manages employee performance. Provides on-going performance feedback, addresses problems, orients and trains employees, verifies competency and identifies and suggests ways to develop skills. Monitors workflow. Keeps abreast of and demonstrates sensitivity to and understanding of the ethical and legal ramifications related to patient placement and utilization of beds. Uses advanced clinical knowledge to direct proper patient placement and utilization of beds in accordance with established standards and policies. Utilizes advanced theory to provide transfer and customer satisfaction. Communicates patients' needs through appropriate verbal and written communications. Works with manager to formulate plan for professional development. Attends educational in-services as appropriate. Participates in professional activities and organizations to maintain knowledge of current trends, practices, and developments. Collects and analyzes data from various hospital departments to appropriately determine patient placement. Regularly reviews census and acuity information to determine or anticipate potential problems or trends and to prevent the disruption of services. Collects and analyzes transfer specific data to assure efficiency of most current processes. Maintains complete and accurate documentation concerning activities and decisions related to the admission, transfer or discharge of a patient. Collects, organizes, and analyzes data to generate and provide accurate and complete reports. Serves as a resource on bed status of hospital patient care units and on placement of particular patients. Supports and participates in research and related activities as needed. Helps identify problems and develop research projects and protocols to improve the quality of patient care.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Current licensure as a Registered Nurse in the state of Georgia. Three years of recent (within the past five years) nursing experience that includes supervision and patient bed placement. Basic Cardiac Life Support Provider, ACLS, and Healthcare Provider certifications required.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS (Medium): 20-50 lbs; 0-33% of the work day (occasionally); 11-25 lbs, 34-66% of the workday (frequently); 01-10 lbs, 67-100% of the workday (constantly); Lifting 50 lbs max; Carrying of objects up to 25 lbs; Occasional to frequent standing & walking, Occasional sitting, Close eye work (computers, typing, reading, writing), Physical demands may vary depending on assigned work area and work tasks.
ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS: Factors affecting environment conditions may vary depending on the assigned work area and tasks. Environmental exposures include, but are not limited to: Blood-borne pathogen exposure Bio-hazardous waste Chemicals/gases/fumes/vapors Communicable diseases Electrical shock, Floor Surfaces, Hot/Cold Temperatures, Indoor/Outdoor conditions, Latex, Lighting, Patient care/handling injuries, Radiation, Shift work, Travel may be required. Use of personal protective equipment, including respirators, environmental conditions may vary depending on assigned work area and work tasks.