Employment Opportunities

Nurse Practitioner - Cardiology

The Cardiology Department is seeking an experienced Nurse Practitioner to be responsible for pre and post operative/ procedure, patient evaluation, assessment and treatment of EP procedures. Specifically, he/she will follow the patients that have undergone endovascular procedures/ EP procedures up to the time of hospital discharge, provide discharge instructions and education and arrange follow-up in ambulatory setting.  The Nurse Practitioner will provide ambulatory follow-up care in clinic setting during post-hospital discharge visit along with attending EP/ cardiologist, evaluating post-operative complications and assuring compliance with treatment regimen and secondary prevention. Maintain database for Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement.  Assist in supervision of cardiovascular stress testing serving as a back-up for non-invasive RN/NP.

Essential Job Functions and Duties:

  • Provides pre and post-procedure care to patients undergoing EP intervention.
  • Helps coordinate the outpatient follow-up visit and assist the physician during the procedure by scrubbing and facilitate the patient hospital discharge.
  • Provides counseling and education regarding risk factor modification and secondary prevention.
  • Helps provide care to patients during follow-up ambulatory visit after the invasive procedure.
  • Assesses patient’s pre-operative status through history taking, physical assessment, and laboratory interpretation as fitting his/her level of training.
  • Formulates comprehensive care plans for patients with staff.
  • Instructs patient and/or the patient’s family on disease process and appropriate therapy.
  • Provides counseling in adapting to and coping with changing health status.
  • Implements plans for utilizing appropriate resources.
  • Provides ongoing follow-up care as necessary via ambulatory visits and telephone contact with patients, families and/or public health nurses.
  • Documents medical care in the patient’s record utilizing the SBAR format.
  • Acts as patient/family advocate in patient conferences.
  • Ensures continuity of care by coordinating the patient’s health care and social services needs.  Shares pager calls responsibilities with cardiology hospitalist and cardiology fellows.
  • Treats, prescribes, diagnoses, and manages patient’s health care needs, with input from the collaborating physician as necessary.

Establishes the Standards of Nursing Care

  • Collaborates with the nursing administrative leadership when indicated in establishing the policies and procedures necessary to provide quality patient care for EP patients.
  • Assists in evaluating the quality of patient care through application of a quality assurance process.
  • Contributes to the continuing education and professional development of health.
  • Assumes responsibility for maintaining own competency and continuity education in area of specialization and in professional practice.
  • Attends relevant workshops, conferences and seminars locally and nationally.
  • Participates in independent and/or collaborative research projects.

Administrative

  • Attends and participates in team meetings and work with the director on EP service line expansion.
  • Acquire skills for device clinic and interrogation for EP patients.
  • Complies with standards and regulations of licensure, regulatory and accrediting agencies.
  • Maintains a comprehensive record of all active patients on cardiology/
  • EP services. This includes new consultations, patients that have already been consulted on and require continued input from cardiology consultant, patients in CCU/MCIU and SICU (including post-CABG patients) and patients on primary cardiology service.
  • Following initial patient evaluations, reviews the medical data with the attending physician supervising the cardiology service, formulate a plan of action, make progress note entry into the medical record and discuss the same with the patient.
  • Maintains an ongoing and open communication between the primary service (hospitalist attending physician, resident in-charge and the Primary Care Physician) and notify all concerned of recommendations made by cardiology service.
  • Follows-up on all diagnostic testing ordered as a part of cardiology consultation, incorporates the results (preliminary in some cases) into the medical record and communicate with the primary service attending physician.
  • Removes patients from the active list of cardiology/ EP patients as and when the cardiology service signs off from the case, including entry of sign-off note into the medical record.
  • Schedules return visits in cardiology/ EP clinic at appropriate intervals depending on severity of symptoms in consultation with attending physician.
  • Assists patients with application process for obtaining “Medical Assistance; Disability Benefits” or other such issues after being considered eligible by the attending physician.
  • Assists in obtaining prescription drugs via several industry sponsored programs for eligible patients.
  • Assists with secondary intervention preventive programs in targeted patient populations e.g. smoking cessation counseling in patients with coronary artery disease in conjunction with other services (smoking cessation counseling service.)
  • Develops continuous quality improvement tools and QA database regarding JCAHO recommended parameters (e.g. aspirin, beta blocker, ACA-Inhibitor and statin use at admission and discharge in patients with CAD, documentation of risk factor modification at discharge etc.)
  • Assists in ambulatory EP/cardiovascular clinic for following up patients discharged from the hospital.
  • Assist cardiology hospitalist in triaging of telemetry twice daily and collaborating with bed nurse coordinator, charge nurse, emergency room director, and administration in ensuring efficiency in flow of telemetry beds.
  • Provides appropriate referral of patients to the heart failure clinic, electrophysiology service, and cardiothoracic service.
  • Provides collaborative and concurrent electrophysiology consultations and assistance as needed.
  • Audits for proper billing/charging of cardiology consultants
  • Develops and assists in development of patient educational tools and pamphlets including acute myocardial infarction folder, patient discharge contract, post cardiac cath discharge instruction sheet, heart failure clinic pamphlet.
  • Performs other clinical duties as assigned by the Chief of Cardiology and or Director of Cardiology.
  • Provides educational in-services and seminars to the nursing staff and quality improvement staff.
  • Provides assistance and participation in research studies conducted by medicine residents on cardiovascular topics.
  • Provides assistance in cardiovascular projects (e.g. Heart Failure Consortium)
  • Collaborates with pharmaceutical industry representatives in obtaining guidelines, research, educational knowledge and support for implementation of quality improvement initiatives in cardiovascular care.

Job Requirements

MINIMUM EDUCATION:

  • Master’s Degree from an accredited nursing program. 
  • National certification and maintenance of certification as a cardiovascular nurse practitioner.

REQUIRED LICENSES and CERTIFICATION:

  • Current RN Illinois license. 
  • Current Advanced Practice Illinois Licensure. 
  • Current DEA licensure

 

Special instructions on how to apply:

To apply for this position please email your resume to marisa.robertson@sinai.org with the position title in the subject line. You may also fax your resume to (773)257-6290 attention Marisa Robertson. Applications can also be obtained in person at 15th and California from the Human Resources department Monday - Friday from 8:30am - 4:30pm. Sinai Health System is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/V/D. TTY number: 773-257-6289.

 

 

Location

1500 S. California Avenue

Department

Cardiology

Hours

8:00am - 5:00pm

Shift

Days

Contact

marisa.robertson@sinai.org