RN-Transfusion Free

Location
Tacoma, WA
Salary
Competitive
Posted
2/7/2018
Closes
2/22/2018
Specialty
Other
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
CHI Franciscan Health has exciting and rewarding careers with competitive salaries and benefits.  We are a family of hospitals, health care services, and medical providers delivering compassionate care to people throughout the South Puget Sound. We are part of Catholic Health Initiatives, one of the largest not-for-profit health care systems in the country.

Our mission is to deliver high quality care that meets our patients' medical needs while providing emotional and spiritual support to patients and their families. We believe this three-part approach — physical, emotional, and spiritual — is essential to healing the whole person. Come join our team!

Job Summary:

This job is responsible for educating patients on the elements and options of the Franciscan Health System’s (FHS) Transfusion-Free Medicine and Surgery Program (TMSP) to facilitate informed decision-making with respect to alternatives to the transfusion of banked (stored) allogeneic blood or primary blood components.  An incumbent acts as liaison between the patient, physician, family and hospital staff, communicating with various disciplines to ensure that the patient’s religious beliefs and/or personal convictions regarding alternatives to blood transfusion are understood and adhered to by all caregivers. Work also includes: 1) rounding in-house to perform nursing assessment of TMSP participants, including reviewing clinical data/test results and advising healthcare providers of viable treatment options consistent with non-blood management concepts, 2) consulting with patients to refer them to physicians who are suited to their needs; and 3) providing education to healthcare providers and the public on the benefits of non-blood medical management. 

Work requires professional nursing expertise and an understanding of patient care standards/practices sufficient to make appropriate recommendations regarding the care path of participating patients.  Knowledge of non-blood medical management services, standards, protocols and resources is also required.   

An incumbent must be willing to carry pager during assigned working hours, and be on-call during off-hours on a rotating basis involving clinical assessment/triage of patients presenting to the Emergency Department and/or admission to an FHS facility.

Essential Duties:

Provides TMSP and transfusion alternatives education to patients, healthcare providers, and the community.

Acts as a liaison and patient advocate for patient/family in decision-making discussions, preserving and protecting patient autonomy, dignity, rights and cultural beliefs.

Rounds in-house, reviewing clinical data (e.g. radiology, laboratory, surgery records, etc.) and performs nursing assessment of TMSP participants relative to conditions and trends.

Keeps abreast of trends and new developments within Transfusion-Free Medicine and advocates the TMS program within FHS and the community.

Additional Responsibilities

Adheres to and exhibits our Core Values of Reverence, Integrity, Compassion and Excellence. 

Education/Experience:

Associate’s degree in nursing, and three years of related work experience that demonstrates the attainment of the requisite job knowledge, skills and abilities, preferably in a hospital acute care or physician’s office environment. Work experience with a special focus on transfusion alternatives and blood management is strongly preferred.

License/Certification:

Current licensure by the state of Washington Board of Nursing as a Registered Nurse (RN) is required.