Performs the functions of a registered nurse in providing care coordination, family health education, and direct patient care of children and young adults in the Foster Care Clinic. Utilizes the nursing process in the delivery of developmentally appropriate and family-centered care. Works effectively with members of the healthcare team and community partners in the provision of care coordination to patients and families.
Essential Duties and Responsibility
- Provide competent care for families based on practice patterns which reflect awareness of suffering, patient/family psychosocial needs, and complexity of clinical judgment: Demonstrates competence in the delivery of nursing care; recognizing the impact of personal involvement in therapeutic relationships, working with health plan to identify children assigned to CMCD Foster Care clinic and asissting with initiating first appointment. Uses telehealth tools and formalizes assessment to collect data in a comprehensive manner. Identifies underlying child and family needs and assets to assist the healthcare team in developing and implementing an individualized plan of care. Tracks compliance with THSteps requirements, developmental screenings, medical and mental health visits, community-based health services, and educational services, reporting issues to providers and agencies when needed. Conducts routine and post ED or hospitalization telehealth follow up with families using a formalized computerized health record to conduct needs assessment, track and record patient's progress on his/her individualized plan of care.
- Collaborates with internal and external resources to establilsh community care continuums for patients and to manage external resource relationships to the benefit of the patient: Develop network of usual services and disciplines required by children in CPS custody, assisting with coordinating approved clinic-based services by non-ARCH providers. Assists caregivers and patients receiving health plan benefits, federal and state mandated services, and assistance from CPS as needed. Solicits court papers and affidavits for Foster Care Clinic patients. Works with healthcare team to select responsive external providers of care across the continuum. Provides information related to coordinating patients' progress throughout the continuum of care. Works with school districts and Child Find to facilitate referrals for school-based interventions and assessments.
- Participates in the development of professional and educational activities: Assist in identifying learning needs of staff nurses and other healthcare workers. Assists in developing strategies to meet idenfitied learning needs. Supports and/or maintains membership in a professional organization. Shares pertinent information gained from professional seminars, conferences, books, and journals.
- Applies nursing research to clinical proactice: Reads and evaluates current nursing research that has implications for clinical practice. Modifies own practice based on nursing research and quality improvement findings. Evaluates clinical practice to identify problems for potential study. Participates in research and/or quality improvement activities.
- Two-year Associate's degree or equivalent experience required
- Four-year Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience preferred
- Graduation from an accredited school of nursing or respiratory care required
License & Certifications
- Current license to practice professional nursing in the state of Texas or current license to practice respiratory care in the state of Texas required
- Must be able to maintain CPR and (PALS or PEARS) certification required
- Minimum 1-2 years of job related experience required
- Ability to provide care appropriate to patients ranging in age from 0-18 years. Effective organizational skills and attention to detail required
Specific knowledge, skills, and abilities
- Physical and emotional health adequate for performance, which requires extended or flexible work hours, rapid assessment and response to patients, families, employees, and practitioners
- Analytical ability to effectively prioritize, assess, plan, coordinate, evaluate, and recognize variances in the care of patients and their families to promote optimal outcomes
- Effective verbal and written communication skills with interdisciplinary team members, families, peers and community health care providers
- Evidence of self-direction, flexibility, adaptability, creativity, prioritization, and effective time management
- Basic knowledge and experience with use of computer
- Effective interpersonal skills with evidence of problem-solving skills
- Appearance and dress projects a professional image and engenders the confidence of others
Light - Exerting up to 20 lbs. occasionally, 10 lbs. frequently, or negligible amounts constantly and may require walking or standing to a significant degree.
Location: Dallas, Texas
Activation Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Expiration Date: Tuesday, April 1, 2014