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The Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine has an outstanding opportunity for a part-time Health Program Operations Specialist.
This is a (.80 FTE) position with substantial responsibility for directing and implementing activities associated with a federally funded, multi-site randomized trial of a clinical communication intervention for patients with critical illness, their families and clinicians. This intervention is being implemented throughout the UW Medicine Healthcare System (e.g., UWMC-Montlake, HMC, Valley Medical Center, UWMC -Northwest).
This position is for one of two study ‘Communication Facilitators’. The nurse facilitators support, model, and teach communication strategies that enable patients and their families to secure care in line with patients’ goals of care over an illness trajectory, beginning in the ICU and continuing to care in the community (e.g., rehabilitation facilities, skilled nursing facilities and home care). The facilitators work primarily with family members of seriously ill patients for three months. The facilitators are expected to accurately explain clinical information and provide emotional support, skill-building, advocacy and mediation as needed to families and patients enrolled into the intervention. Facilitators work closely with caregivers and clinicians to improve care for patients with serious illness.
The successful candidate will possess advanced clinical and project management skills needed to address and enhance clinical intervention design and team oversight. This position will be responsible for identifying and addressing implementation challenges for both the initial intervention and any subsequent modifications.
This position is with the Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence/End-of-life Care Research Program whose mission is to improve care for patients with serious illness and their family members. This randomized trial is designed to evaluate the feasibility and effectiveness of an intervention to improve care for patients in critical care settings and through transitions in care through the use of a communication facilitator.
Responsibilities include: implementing the intervention; acting as a liaison to enrollment sites and participants; working with study coordinators in screening and recruitment of intervention participants (clinicians, patients, family members); collecting, organizing and overseeing data collection; creating written reports tracking the activities and progress of the intervention, and contributing to reports to funding agencies and manuscripts. This position will be responsible for training study assistants and overseeing data acquisition activities.
Implementation of intervention: patient and family visits and phone calls (e.g. information, emotional support); documentation of research study activities; maintaining study protocol fidelity; updating team with weekly case review (60%)
Initiating and maintaining contacts with implementation sites and health care professionals and acting as liaison to UW and implementation sites on behalf of study investigators (10%)
Designing and developing clinical intervention protocols and methodologies (5%)
Coordinating and implementing screening, recruitment, intervention and data acquisition protocols (10%)
Training and supervising study assistants and data entry personnel (5%)
Preparing and reviewing funding applications, institutional review board applications, reports to funding agencies, and authoring manuscripts (5%)
Bachelor's degree in Nursing with 4-5 years relevant experience.
Experience working with patients with serious, life-limiting diseases and their families
Strong clinical assessment skills
Clinical experience in palliative care, case management or related field
Current nursing license to practice
Able to travel to UW Medicine clinical sites, community sites where care is provided
Ability to relate well to a diverse, multidisciplinary team of investigators, investigative staff, management teams, and health care providers from multiple organizations
Excellent analytical, organizational and written and interpersonal communication skills
Proficient in MS Office programs, particularly Access, Word, Excel, and OutLook
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Experience with clinical intervention protocol development
Experience with study design, statistical analyses, and manuscript development
ICU experience; experience in outpatient settings
Demonstrated flexibility and willingness to take on all levels of tasks in the development of research projects, from administrative duties to study design. Experience with palliative care screening tools
Master's Degree in Nursing
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