Clinical Practice Nurse Expert - Outpatient Clinic
at La Rabida Children's Hospital

Date Posted: 5/8/2019

Job Description

One (1) Full-time position for Sickle Cell Clinic

Provide clinical support for an identified group of patients and families and managing their on-going health treatment plan.  Support the clinical care needs of the patients cared for by the physician they are aligned with in the outpatient clinic. Use critical thinking skills and nursing expertise to ensure timely completion of both clinical and episodic care coordination and ensures successful attainment of HEDIS and other quality related needs. 

Approximately 80% of time is spent in patient care related activities, 20% in other nursing activities.

  1. Utilizes knowledge, skill and expertise in pediatrics and/or a specialty to coordinate the clinical care of pediatric patients throughout the healthcare continuum.  May evaluate patients via intake process  to determine appropriateness of patients for services provided at La Rabida.
  2. Assists physician in all aspects of the consultation, treatment plan execution and follow up care needs of the patient.
  3. Conducts review of and education with the patient/family as it relates to the physician prescribed treatment plan. 
  4. Facilitates clinic huddles with advance review of scheduled patients and updates clinical team as to clinical support service that may be needed, conducts follow up on labs, ensures patient compliance with outside referral adherence and identification of needed clinical care and quality gaps. 
  5. Responsible for the submission of prior authorization requests, while adhering to payer guidelines, for physician ordered patient DME equipment, medications and supplies.  Provides patient/family education on use of prescribed equipment.
  6. Provides intermittent/as needed patient follow up between clinic visits.  Monitors patient quality/care gap needs and ensures completion prior to patient discharge from clinic visit.
  7. Serves as clinical team liaison for families, care coordination entities, external agencies and other internal/external individuals providing services to specific families.  Assists with completion of plans of treatment, prescriptions, school forms and other similar documents as needed and with the approval of the medical provider. Delegates appropriate patient follow up needs to the Access Center as requests are received. 
  8. Consults on patient care issues in areas of expertise and functions as a resource to the nursing staff as well as members of the community.  May perform specific clinical assessments or procedures for patients if trained and competent to do so.
  9. Actively monitors patient outcomes data, recommends appropriate clinical interventions  to ensure that HEDIS/quality care gaps are being met and ensuring organizational maximization of associated financial incentives.  Documents follow up efforts in the medical record.
  10. Provides clinical leadership through membership and/or leadership in professional organizations, La Rabida committees, and professional presentations and/or publications.
  11. Participates in or leads quality improvement activities.

Job Requirements

  •  FORMTEXT Graduate of an approved school of professional nursing. BSN required, MSN preferred   
  • Three years experience in pediatric nursing required
  • Experience in care management or a clinical specialty preferred
  • Current Illinois Professional Nursing Licensure required. APN license preferred.
  • Certification in Pediatric Nursing, Case Management or specialty preferred.
  • Experience with Sickle Cell patient highly preferred.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills required
  • Excellent interpersonal skills required
  • Demonstrated knowledge and expertise in pediatrics and any specialty areas, as well as family education required
  • Active membership in appropriate professional organizations preferred
  • Ability to speak Spanish preferred.
  • CPR from American Heart Association or the American Red Cross required

Job Snapshot

About Us

La Rabida Children’s Hospital is the only is the only hospital of its kind in Chicago.  We specialize in treatment of chronic illnesses, developmental disabilities, abuse and trauma.  La Rabida provides comprehensive, interdisciplinary health services to children across a continuum of care, serving as a model for family-centered care.

La Rabida is a very special place.  Triumphs occur here. Children overcome odds and excel beyond hope. This is where those who serve gain more than they give. La Rabida offers rewarding job opportunities across a wide array of clinical, administrative and support service functions. We also offer psychology training programs in child clinical and pediatric psychology.

Our comprehensive employee benefits program is competitive. Our lakefront location is spectacular. We are an equal opportunity employer. We promote healthy eating and our facilities are smoke free.

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