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COVID-19 Integration Nurse (RN)

Company: Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center
Location: Pendleton
Posted on: February 23, 2021

Job Description:

Job Summary
This nursing position is responsible for managing and participating in Yellowhawk's COVID (SARS-CoV-2) vaccination planning and management. The initial priority for this position will be to function as the local COVID-19 employee health vaccine point of contact. This person will be the main contact for the employee health COVID-19 vaccination program and will coordinate closely with the medical director, public health director and all nursing staff. This will include coordination and collaboration on all aspects of vaccination planning, documenting, reporting, and monitoring. This individual will make a conscious effort to stay updated on all Indian Health Service (IHS) vaccine COVID-19 task force initiatives and changes as well as the vaccine manufacturer updates. Additionally, this person will be assisting in Yellowhawk's COVID (SARS-CoV-2) testing, case investigation and contact tracing efforts. This includes performing enhanced symptoms screenings established by CTUIR and Yellowhawk's health initiative and prevention strategy, sample collection, contact tracing of positive cases within the Yellowhawk service area, arranging advanced healthcare if needed, professionally documenting encounter, telephone triage and scheduling. The RN is expected to adhere to the highest standard of confidentiality and provide patient education related to communicable diseases. It is expected RN will be proficient in donning and doffing of provided personal protective equipment (PPE). The RN will promote and assist patient health care needs by completing the nursing process; be knowledgeable of COVID-19 virus and federal/state guidances, collaborate with physicians and multidisciplinary team members; provide support to patients and their families; and supervision of assigned team members. All duties and responsibilities will be performed in accordance with the Yellowhawk Mission and Vision statements, policies and relevant laws.
Essential Job Functions:

  • Assures quality of care by adhering to and documenting subjective and objective data, nursing interventions, and therapeutic standards.
  • Follows Yellowhawk's and nursing philosophies, and standards of care set by state board of nursing, state nurse practice act, and other governing agency regulations.
  • Screens patients using nursing triage skills, obtains preliminary health history, and provides nursing intervention services.
  • Maintains and protects patient confidentiality.
  • Promotes patient's independence by establishing patient care goals by answering questions, and teaching patient and their family to understand condition, medications, and self-care skills.
  • Delivers targeted, culturally-appropriate information to help individuals and groups understand local public health guidance, policies, regulations and code.
  • Utilizes appropriate methods for interacting effectively and professionally with persons of all ages and from diverse cultural, socioeconomic, educational, racial, and ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, lifestyles and physical abilities.
  • Provides and assists in the provision of emergency treatment.
  • Assist in developing vaccination schedules and managing schedules to meet patient needs and provider efficiency.
  • Operates and ensures maintenance of a variety of medical and office equipment.
  • Shares responsibilities for maintaining adequate supplies and equipment, upkeep of the public health nursing service area, and ensuring a safe environment.
  • Maintains a cooperative relationship among health care teams and communicates information by; responding to requests, building rapport; and participating in team problem-solving methods.
  • Fulfills many significant functions to ensure quality patient care, from caring of patients to filling out appropriate forms.
  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge through approved educational workshops, reviewing professional publications, establishing personal networks, and professional societies.
  • Nursing procedures: Collecting swab samples, case management, vaccination administration protocol, monitoring vital signs
  • Phone and patient triage.
  • Other duties as assigned. PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS:
  • Ability to work independently; to plan, coordinate, and implement projects on schedule.
  • Skilled problem solving, professional peer relationships, and conflict resolution.
  • Maintain a positive and professional attitude.
  • Be knowledgeable and apply the current healthcare industry Privacy Act, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA), and security requirements.
  • An understanding of the Tribal community and cultural needs as associated with health care is required.
  • Proficient in various computer applications.
  • Adheres to Yellowhawk policies, procedures, all safety plans, and standards imposed by regulatory organizations.
  • Strong communications skills to build consensus and rapport among Yellowhawk's provider group and staff.
  • Must be a team player.
  • Should be comfortable working within a complex system, be able to multi-task, and prioritize effectively.
  • Be up-to-date on vaccines required for healthcare workers.
  • Performs other work as requested or required related to Covid 19. POSITION REQUIREMENTSMinimum Qualifications
  • Graduate from an accredited technical school of nursing; ADN required.
  • Current license as a Registered Nurse in State of Oregon.
  • Current BLS certification
  • Ability to communicate positively and effectively through verbal interactions and in writing.
  • Must possess a valid driver's license and maintain insurance requirements to operate General Services Administration (GSA) vehicles.
  • Submit to and pass a reference and criminal background check.
  • Submit to and pass a pre-employment drug and alcohol screening.Preferred Qualifications
  • Two (2) years of ambulatory care or public health nursing experience. One-year experience and new graduate nursing student experience may be considered with remarkable applicants.
  • Knowledge of history, culture and health needs of Tribal communities preferred.

Keywords: Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center, Yakima , COVID-19 Integration Nurse (RN), Healthcare , Pendleton, Washington

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