The GI RN Navigator provides a wide range of outpatient care coordination between the patient and caregivers for the Medicine Service. This navigator will have a emphasis on GI however will also provide back up coverage for other specialties as needed. The role builds upon related professional experience and focuses on the expanded role of the nurse. This role will be accountable to the Chief Nurse for Medical Service through the Medicine Service Nurse Manager and the Chief of Medicine. PAY SCHEDULE NF45 - Guides veterans/families and caregivers through informed decision-making about their healthcare, diagnosis, and treatment. - Uses the nursing process to assess, plan, implement care and evaluate patients. - Function as a bridge between the patient and health care team; communicates with the other disciplines and the health care team, including providers and nurses, to ensure the patient sees the most appropriate provider first. This may involve being liason between patients & other specialties such as Primary Care, Cardiology, Renal, GI, Pulmonary, etc. to ensure full understanding of diagnosis and plan of care. - Collaborates with Clinic, MPU, and/or Cardiology medical staff to allow for timely screenings, diagnosis, treatment, and increased supportive care across the internal/external care continuum. -Plays a vital role in achieving successful outcomes for all veterans. - Demonstrates leadership by serving as an advocate for veterans and a team player to colleagues as she/he continues to enhance his/her own professional growth, development, and practice. - Involved in the care of veterans from the point of diagnosis providing resources, as needed, based on level of care and type of services required. - Works to ensure timely diagnosis, expedite the treatment process, and provides efforts to ease the journey for the veteran/family who is overwhelmed with scheduling consults, appointments, and procedures. - Works to minimize the number of visits required veterans/family members/identify such individuals and assist in scheduling the needed tests at their local VA facility, Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) and/or community providers ensuring timely completion. - Ensures the veteran/family has appointments with different sub specialists on the same day when the Veteran travels, taking into consideration Veteran preference and clinical needs. - Displays strong leadership, critical thinking, organizational skills, and knowledge with an ability to work autonomously and in a team to ensure all facets of the veteran's care are considered. - Coordinates interdisciplinary efforts across service lines and within the community to expedite provision of quality care. - Other related duties as deemed necessary. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday (8:00a-4:30p; may vary depending on workload) Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.