Peritoneal Dialysis Nurse

Somatus

Falls Church, VA, US / Alexandria, VA, US
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Function: Life Sciences R&D/Engineering
  • Post Date: 04/10/2021
  • Website: www.somatus.com
  • Company Address: 1861 International Dr, McLean, Virginia 22102, US

About Somatus

Somatus partners with leading health plans, health systems, nephrology and primary care groups to provide integrated care for patients with or at risk of developing kidney disease. As the market leader in value-based kidney care, Somatus’ vertically integrated clinical services and technology delay or prevent disease progression, decrease avoidable hospital utilization, improve quality and care coordination, and increase the use of home dialysis modalities and rates of kidney transplantation.

Job Description

FUNCTION:

The Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) Registered Nurse provides peritoneal dialysis treatment, including developing initial and ongoing assessments, and providing patient training and education as applicable.

He/she is responsible for providing communication with the physician and other members of the health care team to interpret, adjust and complete all care plans in a timely manner.

The PD Registered Nurse is responsible for assisting and supporting the acute unit management team in achieving high standards for quality, patient satisfaction, staff development, business management as appropriate, teamwork, culture and employee satisfaction.

He/she is also responsible for understanding, supporting, interpreting, implementing and complying with the policies, mission and values of the company.

The PD Registered Nurse provides safe, effective delivery of care under the oversight of the Medical Director, Facility Administrator, Director of Special Projects & Operations, and Vice President of Operations. He/she must comply with the standards outlined in the policy and procedure manual, as well as the regulations set forth by the company and any applicable state and federal agencies.

 

REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES:

 

The PD Registered Nurse will be responsible for the performance of all the duties listed. The distribution of effort between the duties listed can be expected to vary and will be under the supervision of an Facility Administrator (AHA), Director of Special Projects and Operations, and Vice President of Operations.

 

  1. Demonstrates high level of knowledge and experience skills and competencies related to the Peritoneal Registered Nurse.
  2. Demonstrates ability to perform technical skills for the PD Registered Nurse including the patient’s treatment, water treatment and preparation, and emergency procedures as determined by the competency assessment program.
    1. Delivers care to assigned patients as prescribed, including all aspects of the PD procedure in accordance with state requirements.
    2. Demonstrates ability to work with any patient or staff and does not discriminate on any basis, including, but not limited to, race, gender, disease process, lifestyle and religious or cultural beliefs.
    3. Initiates, monitors and discontinues dialysis treatments according to established procedures. Assesses patients pre/post treatment and reports problems to the Clinical Coordinator (CC) and/or Facility Administrator.
    4. Establishes priorities of care, both emergent and non-emergent.
    5. Develops and assimilates theoretical and technical knowledge with observations, assessments, and communication skills to detect dialysis and non-dialysis related problems.
    6. Recognizes and utilizes opportunities for patient and family education and training.
    7. Maintains a safe environment for self, patients and staff by utilizing proper body mechanics, and following universal infection control precautions and cleaning procedures under OSHA regulations.
    8. Dialyzes isolation patients utilizing isolation precautions and prescribed procedures.
    9. Assesses patients utilizing isolation precautions and prescribed procedures.
    10. Administers and documents medications as authorized and documented in patient’s health record by the physician and further authorized or limited by the State Board of Nursing Practice.
    11. Reports any significant information or change in patient’s condition to the Clinical Coordinator (CC) or Facility Administrator.
    12. Documents clearly, completely, and accurately all pertinent information during downtime of the electronic record.
    13. Participates in the formulation, update, and revision of nursing care plans, including long and short-term goals, according to established guidelines.
    14. Performs or assists in the performance of all emergency operational procedures, including the evacuation of patients in the event of a fire and/or ordered mock drills.
    15. Obtains blood samples and other specimens as ordered and as outlined in hospital’s policy and procedure manual.
    16. Assists with and performs all procedures of safe operation, disinfections and inventory control according to corporate and departmental policy, manufacturer recommendations and regulatory agency guidelines.

 

  1. Assists in ordering supplies and maintaining supply inventory and records in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
  2. Assists in maintaining neat, orderly, and well-stocked unit.
  3. Utilizes equipment, time and supplies economically.
  4. Maintains competency in operations, sanitization, maintenance, and of all equipment used for dialysis, water treatment and special procedures.
  5. Actively participates with the supervisor and Biomedical Engineering Department in the care, routine maintenance, cleaning, and use of equipment.
  6. Reports all equipment and supply problems appropriately and according to policy to repair personnel/biomedical support staff.
  7. Picks up and delivers supplies, blood samples, records, and reports as directed by the Clinical Coordinator (CC) or Facility Administrator.

 

  1. Assumes administrative duties under the direction of the Clinical Coordinator or Facility Administrator.
    1. Assists in orientation and training of new and existing staff.
    2. Assists in CQI projects with the health care team.
    3. Communicates any water, equipment, or facility problems quickly and appropriately following facility guidelines for reporting.
    4. Communicates effectively with physicians, supervisor, co-workers, patients, and families.
    5. Maintains positive working relationships with Medical Director/Medical Staff.
    6. Actively participates in unit staff meetings and in-services.
    7. Assist the Clinical Coordinator (CC), Facility Administrator, Director of Special Projects and Operations, and Vice President of Operations in staff scheduling, including rotations, to ensure adequate coverage.

 

  1. Assumes responsibility and utilizes opportunities for personal and professional growth.
    1. Promotes, supports, and adheres to all policies outlines in the Employee Handbook.
    2. Completes clinical and corporate training programs(s) to successfully master chronic patient care for peritoneal dialysis (as appropriate). Also, fosters development of leadership and management skills and listening and communication skills.
    3. Acquires information on the latest developments of dialysis technique by participating in scheduled in-service classes.
    4. Seeks resources for direction, when necessary.

MACHINES, EQUIPMENT AND WORK AIDS:

Responsible for maintaining a working knowledge of all hemodialysis and related ancillary and emergency equipment utilized in the facility such as:

  • Peritoneal Cycler
  • Reverse Osmosis equipment
  • Water treatment equipment
  • Computers
  • Home Hemodialysis machines
  • Sphygmomanometer
  • Conductivity meters
  • Glucometers
  • Scales
  • Electronic thermometers
  • IV infusion pump
  • Code carts
  • Suction machines
  • Oxygen administration equipment
  • Personal protection equipment
  • PD Home choice cyclers
  • Amia automated PD system
  • Prisma Flex CRRT machines.

WORK TRAITS:

Aptitudes

  1. Ability to communicate clearly and concisely; both orally and in writing.
  2. Ability to listen and respond in an understanding manner.
  3. Ability to utilize computer skills to generate effective reports.
  4. Ability to teach adults and incorporate ethnic and spiritual needs of patients.
  5. Ability to foster an environment of cooperation, collaboration, and teamwork.
  6. Ability to relate to various levels within the corporate structure.
  7. Ability to recognize and deal with prioritizing needs.
  8. Ability to maintain confidentiality.

Temperaments

  1. Ability to work independently in unstructured environment.
  2. Ability to motivate other team members.
  3. Ability to relate to people in a manner which instills confidence and establishes rapport.
  4. Ability to be flexible and adaptable in the unit and corporate level.
  5. Ability to gain support and input from team members.
  6. Ability to make sound decisions in a timely manner.
  7. Ability to remain calm, interpret data and conditions as presented, and to provide solutions under stress.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING CONDITIONS:

  1. Moderately active work involves lifting and carrying; walking and standing for considerable lengths of time.
  2. Talking and listening to communicate ideas or requirements to individual staff members.
  3. Visual acuity to prepare and read written material accurately.
  4. Audio acuity to listen attentively and accurately.
  5. Ability to push, pull, mobilize (with assistance of wheels, carts, and other equipment) approximately 50 lbs.
  6. Ability to work overtime as needed to complete general responsibilities.
  7. Full use of all extremities with hand dexterity.
  8. Ability to travel when necessary to meet the needs of the unit and corporation.

NOTE: For individuals that meet the standards for the American Disability Act (ADA), reasonable accommodations will be made to ensure equal opportunity to fulfill physical demands and improve working conditions. 

ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS:

Potential exposure to hazardous/infectious materials.

He/she must observe and comply with the safety regulations/requirements of the facility and governmental agencies.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Mandatory: prior experience as PD Registered Nurse
  2. Graduate from an accredited school of nursing. Bachelors in nursing or health related field preferred.
  3. Current appropriate state licensure.
  4. At least one year nursing experience.
  5. Hemodialysis experience preferred.
  6. ICU/CCU experience preferred but not required.
  7. Successful completion of training course in theory and practice of hemodialysis.
  8. Valid driver’s license and insurance, when business travel is applicable.
  9. Computer knowledge preferred.
  10. Successful completion of the American Heart Association BLS.
  11. Possesses reliable transportation.

JOB RELATIONSHIPS:

            Supervised by:

            Clinical Coordinator

            Facility Administrator

Director of Special Projects & Operations

Vice President of Operations

This position will have interaction with other direct care staff as well as support staff, physicians, and management team.

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