RN- Trauma Rounding and Research Clinician in Indianapolis, IN at Eskenazi Health

Date Posted: 10/6/2020

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Job Description

Organization: HHC

Division:Eskenazi Health  

Sub-Division: Hospital  

Req ID:  5379 

Schedule: Full Time 

Shift: Varied (Days/Evenings) 

Eskenazi Health serves as the public hospital division of the Health & Hospital Corporation of Marion County. Physicians provide a comprehensive range of primary and specialty care services at the 327-bed hospital and outpatient facilities both on and off of the Eskenazi Health downtown campus as well as at 10 Eskenazi Health Center sites located throughout Indianapolis.

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Job Role Summary

The Trauma Rounding and Research Clinician performs functions of a Staff Nurse II serving as the principal point of contact for the providers and care team during inpatient rounds with a focus on trauma protocol adherence, trauma outcomes, trauma research and quality patient care.   This position assists the principal investigator and trauma research coordinator in implementation of any trauma clinical research which may include data collection, analysis, monitoring, consent completion and protection of subject rights.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

•    Proactively contributes to Eskenazi Health's mission: Advocate, Care, Teach and Serve with special
emphasis on the vulnerable population of Marion County. Models Eskenazi Health values
•    Performs all functions of Staff Nurse II, providing professional nursing care to patients. Functions
independently, demonstrating superior problem-solving, decision-making and critical thinking skills
•    Provides direct patient care as needed. Is a technical expert and resources with the trauma patient
population or is able to provide access to expert care as needed
•    Functions as a clinical expert, clinical consultant and resource to nursing unit staff to facilitate consistent
quality patient care
•    Facilitates efficient patient throughput, which includes appropriate bed placement based on diagnosis,
acuity and staffing requirements in collaboration with staffing coordination
•    Supports consistent regulatory readiness for unit/area via rounding, counseling/coaching and monitoring. aware of standards and regulations applicable to clinical unit
•    Acts as a resource for unit/area emergencies, disaster management or other emergent situations by
responding, facilitating communication and resources with management/administrative support. This may include responding to codes, disasters or other identified high acuity events
•    Assists in the preparation for verification site visit process, and is knowledgeable regarding the Resources for Optimal Care of the Trauma Patient book provided by the American College of Surgeons
•    Assists in performance improvement activities with direction. Initiates processes to resolve clinical
problems, PI projects with direction including documentation compliance, death reviews, complication
reviews, transfers and trauma registry data validation
•    Monitors, adherence to protocols, and variances
•    Assists the Trauma Program Manager and Performance Improvement Coordinator in the development, implementation and evaluation of a quality plan, which is multidisciplinary and patient outcome focused
•    Maintains current working knowledge of external and internal quality indicators and standards as it pertains to the trauma patient
•    Collaborates with Eskenazi Quality and Risk Management Department
•    Participates in performance improvements for the unit, department or organization as directed by the Trauma Program Manager and Performance Improvement Coordinator 
•    Assists Trauma Coding Analyst with medical record data extrapolation for the Trauma Registry related to trauma outcomes 

Job Requirements

•    Active RN license in the State of Indiana, or the ability to obtain active licensure through application
•    Bachelor's degree in nursing preferred 
•    Minimum of 5 years of clinical nursing experience as a registered nurse
•    Maintains CPR, ACLS, TNCC, ENPC certifications 
•    TCRN, CEN or CCRN current or within 2 years of hire date
•    Completed Society of Trauma Nurses (STN) Trauma Outcomes and Performance Improvement Course (TOPIC) or complete within 1 year of hire date
•    Completed American Trauma Society (ATS) Trauma Registry Course or complete within 2 years of hire date
•    Completed AAAM AIS Course or complete within 2 year of hire date 

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

•    Knowledge of IRB practices and regulatory research requirements
•    Knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to research studies and designed to meet the
age of the patient. Must demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to
research studies.
•    Use age appropriate communication and cognitive abilities detailed in the unit specific job competencies.
Advanced skills in:
•    clinical nursing practice, use of equipment/instruments relevant to unit/area care, according to policies,
•    procedures and standards
•    effective interpersonal communication and team skills which include listening, interviewing techniques
•    with patients, families and staff
•    assessment, reassessment and monitoring of patients
•    concise, accurate, legible documentation
•    problem-solving techniques, critical thinking skills, decision-making
Knowledge and skills necessary to:
•    Provide care appropriate to meet the age and cultural needs of the patients served.
•    Demonstrate knowledge of principles of growth and development over the life span.
•    Ability to assess data/interpret appropriate information needed to identify each patient's requirements
•    relative to age-specific needs as well as clinical indications.
Knowledge of:
•    fundamental nursing theories and current clinical concepts of care
•    disease processes and related treatments/care/medications
•    departmental/hospital policies/protocols
•    infection control procedures and protocols
•    treatments/medications
•    diagnostic/therapeutic procedures and interventions
Ability to:
•    function as a member of the health care team
•    support and develop staff
•    delegate responsibilities/duties as appropriate
•    follow oral and written instructions
•    record and interpret information accurately
•    assess and respond to patient status or needs
•    perform CPR and other technical skills related to unit/department/assignment
•    work independently with little supervision
•    work effectively under stress/pressure and in crisis situations
•    establish care/work priorities
•    display good judgment

Accredited by The Joint Commission and named one of the nation’s 150 best places to work by Becker’s Hospital Review for four consecutive years and Forbes list of best places to work for women, and Forbes list of America’s best midsize employers’ Eskenazi Health’s programs have received national recognition while also offering new health care opportunities to the local community. As the sponsoring hospital for Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services, the city’s primary EMS provider, Eskenazi Health is also home to the first adult Level I trauma center in Indiana, the only verified adult burn center in Indiana, the first community mental health center in Indiana and the Eskenazi Health Center Primary Care – Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, just to name a few.


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