The Antibiotic Nurse Specialist or Outpatient ParenteralAntibiotic Therapy (OPAT) RN will provide a high level, comprehensive approachregarding monitoring of outpatient intravenous antibiotic therapy and treatmentplans. This individual will act as the liaison between Infectious Disease (ID)and non-ID providers, home health providers, discharge planners, visiting nurseassociations, home infusion companies and the patient. This is anexcellent role for individuals who thrive with a high degree of autonomy, workwell with multidisciplinary teams, and enjoy being accountable for a patientpopulation, while also having interest in being innovative and working ina dynamic environment that brings a high degree of variety.
Providesexpert education and mentoring for nursing staff, hospital administration,physicians, patients and families, and the community. Applies specializedknowledge, demonstrates skills and competencies in the delivery of nursingcare. Actively plans, participates, implements, and cooperates with clinicalresearch. Is responsible for developing educational programs and in-services,and leading interdisciplinary councils and committees. Serves as role model,mentor and patient advocate.
- Pre-discharge patient assessment in conjunction with ID specialist
- Post-discharge care coordination with Case Managers, home infusion companies, and visiting nurses associations
- Phone triage
- Clinic triage and on-site assessments in conjunction with ID specialist
- Tracking and documentation:
- Keep list of active and pending patients
- Document phone calls and clinic visits
- Gather external lab results, follow up results and review with ID specialist; enter crucial external labs to eDH
- Maintain eDH/OPAT database
- Develop and update program and patient information materials
- Participate in program outcomes assessments and ongoing quality improvement
- Maintains contact with patients and theirfamilies to provide information and to answer their questions
- Facilitates clinic visits and provides on-siteassessments in conjunction with team members. Follows up on and facilitates all recommended changes
- Performsother duties as required or assigned.
Desired skills and knowledge include:
- Experience with Infectious disease syndromes, antibiotics, and IV access preferred but not mandatory
- Ability to communicate patient history and discharge plan
- Ability to assess patient clinical status (over the telephone and in person) and communicate to the ID specialist and other members of the care team
- Ability to work cooperatively with multiple service providers
- Clinical data management
- Quality improvement
- Graduate from an accredited Nursing Program required.
- Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN) with 3 years of combined staff nurse and leadership experience required.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
- Training in or experience with antibiotics is preferred.
- Licensed Registered Nurse in New Hampshire required.
- Basic Life Support (BLS) Certificate required.
Registered Nurse Certified
Basic Life Support