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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 4372 - Admissions Nurse Liaison

Job Description

FLSA STATUS: Exempt
GRADE: 312

POSITION SUMMARY
Under general direction; performs work of moderate difficulty in facilitating, assessing and coordinating clinical admission activities for the DuPage Convalescent Center; performs related work as required.

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
An employee in this class is responsible for the assessment and evaluation of potential residents. Work involves establishing the appropriate level of care, rehabilitation appropriateness, medical stability of the applicant, and medical equipment needs. This position provides leadership to the Admission Coordinators in ensuring the timely and accurate execution of all steps of the admission process. General direction is received from the Sub-Acute Head Nurse and Nursing Administration.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed by positions in this class.

• Facilitates, assesses and coordinates the admission program for the Convalescent Center Sub acute operation and long term care
• Visits hospitals to provide and collect applicant information, assess patients seeking admission for clinical appropriateness, and determine admission for the facility
• Performs admission evaluations and assessments to recommend an appropriate level of care
• Works closely with families and medical professionals in assessing the appropriateness of admissions and the applicant’s health care needs
• Maintains communication with the Sub-Acute Head Nurse, Nursing Administration and unit nurses regarding clinical status of potential admissions
• Develops positive relationships with the discharge planners, physicians and families and facilitates awareness of the DuPage Convalescent Center’s programs and services
• Obtains necessary payer source information from applicants
• Conducts clinical review and assessment of long-term care applicants, initiates medication reconciliation process, arranges for needed medical equipment, serves as a resource person to personnel within the DuPage Convalescent Center and surrounding community
• Acts as a lead to ensure that clinical admission records are accurately established, coordinated, and maintained
• Maintains regular attendance and punctuality

NON-ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Adjusts work assignments and schedules in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities as assigned.
• Depending on assignment may maintain required emergency management training, licensure and/or certifications.
• Performs related duties as required or assigned within job classification.

QUALIFICATIONS
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and /or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Knowledge of:
• Admission and discharge planning, and related procedures within a health care institution
• Medical/nursing standards regarding the stability and suitability of a potential resident
• Guidelines of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA), Medicare, skilled care resource utilization group (RUG) levels, Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Joint Commission and other regulatory agency standards and practices affecting eligibility and assistance
• Community resources
• Current office practices, procedures and equipment
• County policies and procedures
• Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes

Skill in:
• Planning and coordinating admission activities;
• Applying the principles and methods of professional nursing to the admission process;
• Interviewing and counseling clients skillfully and effectively;
• Using computer hardware and software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, email, etc
• Applying an acquired knowledge of procedures, rules, regulations and services applicable to the assigned office

Ability to:
• Plan, organize, manage and evaluate the work of the division to ensure efficient, timely and cost-effective services
• Prioritize and assigning work
• Manage projects and multiple priorities simultaneously
• Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals
• Plan, analyze and evaluate programs and services, operational needs and fiscal constraints
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with department and division staff, other departments and others, such as vendors
• Communicate and use interpersonal skills to interact with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction
• Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
None

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
Completion of a Bachelor's degree as a Registered Nurse and three (3) years of clinical hospital experience; or an equivalent combination of training and experience. or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

WORK ENVIRONMENT
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Position is typically office or administrative work and is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
None