The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless seeks a Registered Nurse to work collaboratively within the Integrated Health Care for the Homeless team and within the Transitional Care Management team. The RN in this position is responsible for coordinating health care transitions for patients of The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless (CCH). This position will work collaboratively with partner hospitals to improve patient outcomes with hospital discharges and improve access to hospital follow up visits at CCH. This RN will assess patient needs and goals and assist in connecting patient to the correct resources. This position is responsible performing both independent and delegated duties in the provision of providing comprehensive health care to all patients. This position is responsible for providing nursing and triage support to the CCH Respite team and on-site nursing support at Stout Street Health Center (SSHC) and affiliated satellite clinics, as needed. This position is located at 2130 Stout St., Denver, Colorado 80205 and reports to the Community Health Nurse Manager.
Qualified candidates are eligible for the NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program which offers payment of 60% of unpaid nursing education debt in exchange for a two-year commitment at a NURSE Corps approved site with an option to extend to a third year for an additional 25% of the original balance.
NOTE: In order to ensure that our consumers receive the best possible care the candidate chosen to fill this position will be required to complete our internal credentialing and privileging process prior to a start date. The credentialing and privileging timeline is dependent on the selected candidate's submission of documents necessary for clearance. Please note that a start date will be scheduled once credentialing and privileging is complete.
In addition to the unique challenges and extraordinary rewards of our work, eligible Coalition employees enjoy a rich benefits package, including:
- Health insurance coverage on the first day of employment: full-time employees contribute only 1% of their earnings for their own health coverage and no more than 4% of their earnings for coverage of eligible dependents. We’re proud to offer same- and opposite-sex domestic partner coverage;
- Dental, vision, and flexible spending/dependent care/public transit accounts;
- Free basic life insurance and long-term disability coverage;
- Dollar-for-dollar retirement plan matching contributions up to 5% of earnings;
- Extensive paid time-off, including 8 holidays, 12 days of sick leave, and three weeks of vacation for new full-time employees in their first full year.
Essential Job Functions
- Provide skilled nursing services according to accepted community standards of care to pediatric and adult patients served at the health center including monitoring and maintaining patient flow; gathering and entering patient data; performing injections, treatments and diagnostic tests; assisting with minor surgical procedures; triage; emergency/urgent care response; wound care; medication monitoring; and patient education.
- Coordinate and manage patient care according to patient goals with other members of the integrated health care team and other programs within CCH.
- Build and sustain positive and professional relationships with the staff of local hospitals.
- Visit or call patients during their ED visits and hospitalizations to offer support, advocacy, and education and to identify needs and barriers accessing health and other community resources after hospitalization.
- Schedule hospital follow up appointments for patients when appropriate.
- Liaison with local hospitals and respite programs regarding discharge follow-up. Assists patients with referrals to specialists, in house CCH services.
- Ability to perform quick and accurate triage assessments either in person or via telephone and implement proper course of action in accordance with established protocols or on consultation with medical or behavioral health providers. This includes the ability to coordinate emergency responses when necessary.
- Conduct telephone callbacks to patients requiring follow up or with other patient communication and problem solves symptom or side effect management with patients in between patient appointments. Monitors the nurse phone line.
- Provides nursing care to program participants at Samaritan House and Beacon Place, on an as needed basis as determined by individualized needs assessment.
- Travels between many hospitals, partner facilities, and SSHC as needed.
- Gathers information for a complete patient database including: a complete physical and psychological history and assessment; list of current medications, dosages, and allergies; obtains vital signs; gathers pertinent information such as laboratory and other test Page 3 of 5 results; performs laboratory procedures independently and/or as requested by the healthcare provider.
- Assists in answering the referral line and triaging respite referrals based on patient acuity, program requirements and bed availability.
- Provide appropriate patient education that is tailored to the individual’s learning style, education, cognitive and/or reading level, and is sensitive to their health beliefs and homeless status. Assist patients in understanding treatment plans, and follow-up instructions. Ability to schedule one-on-one patient education sessions around nutrition, healthy lifestyle, and specific disease self-management (diabetes for example).
- Communicate ongoing patient contact through timely, thorough record keeping, data entry, with both digital and verbal communication.
- Demonstrate competency in all database systems: primarily the Electronic Health Record (EHR), Electronic Practice Management (EPM), Azara and CORHIO.
- Maintains EHR / EPM core competencies as evidenced by:
- Uses the telephone template to record communications regarding a patient.
- Records all patient visits into NextGen EHR, helping to ensure that patient medical history, social history, family history and allergies are recorded.
- Uses the Inbox to manage tasks.
- Records vital signs and clinic diagnostic test results into NextGen EHR.
- Enters immunizations into NextGen as well as CIIS State of Colorado database.
- Submits superbill codes into NextGen for proper billing for RN and care management services.
- Completes intake note when indicated. h. Ability to enter current patient medications and signature into the medication template and perform medication reconciliation with patients
Employee must be able to perform essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodation and without posing a direct threat to safety or health of self or others. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. Employee will perform job according to applied laws. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- AD, BSN, or MSN in nursing from an accredited college or university.
- Current licensure from the State of Colorado to practice as a Registered Nurse.
- Certification in Basic Life Support.
- Successful completion of the privileging and credentialing process for nurses at Colorado Coalition for the Homeless.
- Experience working with individuals who have co-occurring medical, mental health and substance problems preferred.
- Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred.
WHERE A CANDIDATE IS PLACED IN THE COMPENSATION RANGE DEPENDS ON TOTAL RELEVENT YEARS OF EXPERIENCE
- Job Family Healthcare
- Pay Type Hourly
- Min Hiring Rate $30.22
- Max Hiring Rate $36.26
- 2130 Stout St, Denver, CO 80205, USA