The George Washington University Hospital (GW Hospital) is a 385-bed tertiary care, academic medical center located in downtown Washington, DC, next to the Foggy Bottom metro. GW Hospital serves a diverse group of patients - from local residents to our nation's leaders. As an academic medical center, GW Hospital has the resources and clinical expertise necessary to provide specialized, complex care. This expertise includes cardiac, cancer, neurosciences, women's health, trauma, and advanced surgery including robotic and minimally invasive surgery.
GW Hospital is jointly owned and operated by George Washington University and a subsidiary of Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS), one of the nation's largest healthcare management companies. The GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), adjacent to the hospital, is the 11th oldest medical center in the country and the first in the nation's capital.
The mission of GW Hospital is to provide the highest quality healthcare, advanced medical technology, and world-class service to its patients in an academic medical center dedicated to education and research.
Communicates with Clinical Supervisor/Charge Nurse, Care Managers, and Providers to identify patients nearing discharge. Monitors for length of stay and pending discharge status.
Identifies key elements of discharge teaching plan including medication information, activity, wound care, home monitoring, required follow up, signs and symptoms that require provider notification, and patient specific needs.
Ensures plan identifies anticipated needs for teaching, caregiver support, and collaborates with Social Work and Case Management to ensure needs and resources are identified.
Collaborates with providers to ensure patient has full understanding of discharge expectations.
Reviews and discusses the discharge plan with the patient and family to ensure understanding of instructions, documents discharge teaching, provides written instructions to patient/family/care giver.
Communicates what aspects of the discharge process have been completed with the primary RN responsible for the patient
Receives patient on unit and performs initial admission history and assessment.
Collaborates with Providers to ensure admission orders are complete.
Orient patient to the room and establishes expectations of the stay including safety precautions, hourly rounding, bedside shift report, and the need for patients and families to clearly express their needs and concerns
Ensures safe handoff of newly admitted patients to primary RN
Collaborates with nursing personnel and the PLC daily to prioritize work to assist with optimal throughput.
This position will impact patient experience by improving the quality and efficiency of discharge teaching and an effective transition of care.
Improvement in hospital throughput as measured by discharge order to depart time and ED pull times to the inpatient units.
Decrease in overall boarding hours.
Improved nursing satisfaction in the practice environment