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Registered Nurse Complex Discharge Coordinator - Children's Hospital, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) - Full Time


Registered Nurse Complex Discharge Coordinator - Children's Hospital, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) - Full Time

  • R0043043
  • Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
  • Registered Nurse
  • UVA Medical Center
Job Description: In support of patient progression practice and organization of the discharge process, the NICU Complex Discharge Coordinator supports and facilitates patient and family focused interventions for a timely and effective discharge outcome. The NICU Complex Discharge Coordinator collaborates with multidisciplinary teams to achieve the highest level of coordination across teams to ensure preparedness of patient, family and follow up services prior to discharge or transfer.

  • Identifies patient and/or families requiring coordination of continuing care or community support through collaboration with the medical team, nursing team, case managers, social workers and other members of the care team. Reviews medical records, attends rounds, and responds to patient’s needs.
  • Collaborates across multidisciplinary teams to coordinate a patient’s discharge/transition to home with home health, with medical equipment, or to an outside facility.
  • Supports the discharge by providing/reinforcing an explanation of the plan and what the patient/family can expect.
  • Partners across multidisciplinary teams in support of patient education and identifying knowledge opportunities ahead of discharge ensuring adequate resolution and preparedness. Supports caregiver education to help foster independence of the caregivers to the infant. Does not replace the role of the medical team and bedside nurse in the education process.
  • Partners with Case Management and Social Work to ensure that a discharge is facilitated in accordance with regulatory requirements, patient/family choice, financial resources, and third party payer requirements.
  • Collaborates with unit team to ensure discharge process is standardized with processes in support of effective and safe outcomes.
  • Collaborates with the multidisciplinary team for a safe and effective handover to applicable follow up specialties. Is a partner in support of the unique discharge needs of the patient and families.
  • Partners with ambulatory services and familiesto address barriers to coordinated care ahead of discharge, and after discharge during follow up calls.
  • Clinical materials, specific to each infant, are provided to primary care providers (PCPs) to enhance their knowledge and skill in managing the common problems of NICU graduates.

This job description integrates the ANA 2015 Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice, Third Edition and the ANA Code of Ethics for Nurses with Interpretive Statements (ANA, 2015), and the UVA Nursing Professional Practice Model.
  • Relationship Based Care - Self and Colleagues: reflects the influence of the nurse’s relationship with self, colleagues and patient/family on the patient experience.
  • Relationship Based Care - Patients and Families: reflects the influence of the nurse’s relationship with self, colleagues and patient/family on the patient experience.
  • Expert Caring: encompasses clinical assessment, planning, prioritizing, coordinating and implementation of care.
  • Empowered Leaders: demonstrate knowledge of and actively participate in shared governance.
  • Lifelong Learners: encompasses professional development through formal education, professional certification, internal and external learning opportunities and recognizes the value of external professional organizations. Supports onboarding of new team members and precepts as applicable.
  • Quality Achievement: includes adherence to clinical documentation guidelines, comprehension of outcomes data, engagement in performance improvement activities and commitment to standard work.
  • Innovation: is demonstrated by application of technologies that support patient care, actively seeking to implement evidence based practice and new knowledge generated by nursing research.
  • In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned.

ANA Scope and Standards of Practice definition of nursing:
  • Nursing is the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, facilitation of healing, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, groups, communities and populations.

Position Compensation Range: $65,249.60 - $107,660.80 Annual

  • Education: Graduate of an accredited nursing program required. Bachelor of Science in Nursing required within 5 years of hire.
  • Experience: 1 year of relevant experience.
  • Licensure: Licensed to Practice as a Registered Nurse in the Commonwealth of Virginia. American Heart Association (AHA) Health Care Provider BLS certification required.

  • Job requires standing and/or sitting for prolonged periods, frequently traveling, bending/stooping. Proficient communicative, auditory and visual skills; Attention to detail and ability to write legibly; Ability to lift/push/pull 20 - 50lbs. May be exposed to chemicals, blood/body fluids and infectious disease.

COVID Vaccination Requirement and Guidelines

Please visitthe UVA COVID-19 Job Requirements and Guidelines webpageprior to applying for current information regarding vaccination requirementsandguidelines for employment at UVA.

The University of Virginia, i ncluding the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.


Each agency within the Commonwealth of Virginia is dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and maintaining a competent and diverse work force. Equal Opportunity Employer

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