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Research Clinician, RN

Overview

The Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit home- and community-based health care organization, serving the five boroughs of New York City, and Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties. For 125 years, VNSNY has been committed to meeting the health care needs of New Yorkers with compassionate, high-quality home health care. We offer a wide range of services, programs, and health plans to meet the diverse needs of our patients, members, and clients from before birth to the end of life.

Each day, more than 13,000 VNSNY employees — including nurses, rehabilitation therapists, social workers, other allied professionals, and paraprofessionals — deliver compassionate care, unparalleled medical expertise, and 24/7 solutions and resources to more than 48,000 patients and members, helping them to live the best lives possible in their homes and communities.

Responsibilities and Qualifications

JOB OPENING: Home Care Research Registered Nurse, per diem
Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY)
Center for Home Care Policy & Research


The VNSNY Center for Home Care Policy & Research is seeking to hire registered nurses to cover Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan or the Bronx for a study evaluating the effectiveness of a multi-component homebased intervention to enhance physical function of patients who have ADL difficulties following a recent hospitalization. The intervention is targeted toward VNSNY home care patients as part of a collaborative with Johns Hopkins University and will implement the Community Aging in Place - Advancing Better Living for Elders program (the CAPABLE study). The Center is looking for a registered nurse (RN) who will work with a multidisciplinary team on an intervention study.
The RN will be work closely with an Occupational Therapist on the study team to implement a 5-month intervention for participants who have agreed to be in the study. The RN will visit each study intervention patient approximately 4 times. The RN will assess the study participants’ pain, depression, strength and balance, medication management and communication with PCP using a CAPABLE study specific assessment tool and determine whether or not this has an impact on the patient’s daily function. In this assessment, the RN and the participant identify and prioritize health goals, and make plans to achieve those goals. The RN will work with the OT to help the participant work on the goals identified throughout the 5 month intervention. In each session, the RN reinforces strategy use, reviews problem-solving, refines strategies (such as exercises or pain management), and provides education and resources to address future needs (e.g., pill box for medication management).


Basic Responsibilities
• Provides the following services to patients: vital signs, comprehensive history (including episodic), screening for physical and/or psychological conditions, treatment recommendations, preventative health and maintenance activities.
• Requests necessary referrals/consultations.
• Plans specific objectives, goals and actions designed to meet client needs identified in the assessment. Focuses on action-oriented, time-specific and cost effective plans.
• Provides care in one or more care settings: travels to patients’ homes and/or other facilities with varying environments (e.g., elevated buildings, walk-ups, care facilities, single/multiple family homes, presence of pets, etc.) using approved transportation options.


Study Specific Responsibilities:
• RN meets with participants for up to 4 sessions during the 5-month intervention period
• Works one-on-one with study OT to adhere to treatment plan
• Assess patients’ current medical and lifestyle situation to identify any gaps or barriers that would impact participants’ activities of daily living
• Engage patient, family, caregivers, and healthcare providers to assure that a well-coordinated treatment plan is established
• Assist the patient in devising and achieving personal goals
• Implements the intervention study protocol as established
• Document clinical findings in electronic health record system
• Works closely with the Project Manager, Occupational Therapist and other members of the study team on monitoring and tracking patient contacts and progress


Basic Qualifications
• Great communication, organization and follow-up skills
• Excellent at engaging people on the phone
• Able to follow detailed study protocol when conducting study interventions
• Able to handle several assignments simultaneously
• Experience in patient counseling on behavioral change which is culturally sensitive to the target population


Mandatory Requirements
• License and current registration to practice as a Registered Professional Nurse in New York State required.
• Associates Degree in Nursing required; Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing preferred.
• Valid driver's license may be required, as determined by operational/regional needs.
• Experience: Minimum of two years of experience as a Registered Nurse required. Clinical experience in long-term care, home health care or acute care preferred.
• Available for at least 12 months
• Available in the daytime at least 2 days each week from Monday-Friday (to complete patient visits/telephone calls or to come into the office if needed)


For more information about the CAPABLE program, please visit this website: https://nursing.jhu.edu/faculty_research/research/projects/capable/index.html

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