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Director Patient Care Services - Hospice & Gero Psych, Tucson, AZ


Organization: TMC Healthcare
Category: Director
Location: Tucson, AZ
Date Job Posted: October 13, 2020
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Our Inpatient Hospice unit is a beautiful 16 bed facility that provides care and treatment for adult and pediatric patients who are imminently dying or are in need of symptom management and/or respite care. All rooms are private with doors that open up to an outdoor patio so patients and families can enjoy the outdoor courtyard. Families and friends may visit 24/7 and overnight accommodations are available. We offer complimentary therapy to include: massage, music, and pet therapy. TMC also provides Outpatient Hospice services where adult and pediatric patients are cared for as outpatients in their place of residence with access to a hospice nurse 24/7. We provide a care team that includes RNs, home health aides, social workers, chaplains and providers that provide personal care to patients and complimentary therapy with massage. Additionally we have comprehensive volunteer services and a bereavement program. We also have a pediatric hospice program and provide hospice services in the Benson area.

Our Geropsychiatric Center is a 16 bed Specialty Hospital licensed to provide short- term, inpatient mental health to older adults. A full range of services are offered for patients with major psychiatric diagnoses. The patient population served is adults 65 and over. Services may be provided to individuals 55-64 if they have issues of aging (medical and/or cognitive) that would preclude them from admission to an adult behavioral health unit. All patients will be medically stable prior to admission. High-quality treatment is provided by a group of highly trained health professionals in a caring and compassionate environment. The multidisciplinary team consists of registered nurses, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, hospitalist, psychologist, social workers, recreational therapist, occupational therapist, patient care technicians and dieticians. We specialize in treating acute emotional and behavioral disorders related to aging, such as depression, dementia and adjustment difficulties. An older adult may be in need of treatment when experiencing a severely disordered behavior that is out of the norm with their typical behavior. Services provided will include psychiatric evaluation and treatment; physician history and physical and ongoing medical oversight; individual, group and family therapy; recreational therapy and leisure activities/skills, occupational therapy, treatment planning, medication management, 24 hour nursing care, therapeutic milieu and discharge planning.

SUMMARY:

Assists in the organization and administration of Patient Care Services. Analyzes nursing and ancillary services to improve quality of patient care and attains maximum utilization of staff time and resources. Assumes other responsibilities delegated by Chief Nursing Officer.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

EDUCATION: Master’s degree in Nursing required.

EXPERIENCE: Eight (8) years of nursing experience in an acute care setting required.

LICENSURE OR CERTIFICATION: Current RN licensure permitting work in the State of Arizona required. Additional certifications may be required per department.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Knowledge of critical care techniques, tools and responses required to ensure optimal patient care.
  • Knowledge of processes and procedures to follow during a rapid response, code, or stroke call.
  • Knowledge of surgery specialties and how to prepare, assess and provide post-operation patient care to ensure best practices are followed.
  • Knowledge of infectious diseases, OSHA and CMS requirements, microbiology and surveillance practices for infection control.
  • Skill in evaluating performance and recommending improvements.
  • Skill in developing and managing budgets.
  • Skill in developing training materials and educating staff in the proper responses for critical care issues.
  • Skill in the use and maintenance of computer systems and programs, especially NRCPR, PC File and Folder, Word, EXCEL, e-mail and attachment capabilities, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
  • Skill in communicating with staff involved in critical care, and physicians to ensure the proper care of patients.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
  • Ability to complete routine reports and correspondence.
  • Ability to listen and accurately interpret others’ communication or instructions to take appropriate action.
  • Ability to speak and communicate effectively.
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
  • Ability to interpret an extensive variety of instructions and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

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