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Clinical Specialist Performance Improvement Data Analyst - Relocation Offered!

  • Washington, DC

Full Time

  • No Travel Required

Job Description

  • Job Summary

    • Functions as a clinical expert and health care provider, educator, collaborator, consultant, leader and researcher for a specific patient population or specialty topic. Uses a framework for professional evidence-based nursing practice within three spheres of influence: patient/family, nursing, and system/organization. Acts as a consultant to address complex patient care issues, providing guidance in prevention and management of patient care practice. Coordinates, coaches, educates, and leads nursing staff in evidence-based clinical practice, quality improvement and patient safety. Conducts, facilitates, or applies research to enhance patient care and outcomes.

  • Supports operational and clinical stakeholders in the identification, development, and execution of process improvement initiatives. These activities include the identification of needs, scope definition, measurements, and report of progress on all active projects. Coaches and facilitates teams in the implementation of lean management methods. Provides statistical support, project team leadership and presentations, as needed.
  • Supports on-site teams with data collection, reporting, interpretation, and analysis. Functions as an analyst, facilitator, consultant, and/or project manager, as required. Supports team to effectively transition responsibilities to operational partners and drive a culture of continuous improvement and data-driven decision making.
  • Experience with data definitions (i.e., NDNQI, CMS, AHRQ, etc.) to ensure accurate and consistent integration in support of data integrity. Supports accurate reporting of nursing sensitive indicators in the Patient Safety Event Management system.

  • Minimum Qualifications

    • Education/Training

      • Bachelor's of Science and Master's degree in Nursing is required. Doctoral degree in Nursing, Education, or Healthcare Administration is preferred.

    • Experience

      • Five years experience of progressively more responsible job related experience in Nursing. Experience in nursing advanced practice role is preferred.

    • On The Job Experience

      • Approximately one year to gain familiarity with the Hospital environment, department routines and procedures, and the full range of job duties.

    • License/Certification/Registration

      • A license as a registered nurse in the District of Columbia is required. Specialty certification from a nationally recognized nursing organization is required or must be obtained within one year of hire in his/her clinical specialty. Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification required.

    • Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

      • PROBLEM SOLVING: Job requires the highest level of problem solving. The work requires identifying and resolving very complex problems, such as developing innovative solutions based on extensive cross-functional knowledge of the entire WHC organization.
      • INTERNAL CONTACTS: Internal contacts necessary to effectively negotiate, persuade, or present issues to others within the Hospital.
      • INDEPENDENT JUDGEMENT: Work assignments are generally received in the form of broad goals for area(s) of responsibility and require considerable judgment regarding the interpretation of policies, development of procedures, and selection of appropriate courses of action.

  • Primary Duties and Responsibilities


      • 1. Builds trusting, collaborative relationships with all members of the health care environment. Facilitates departmental, nursing and other meetings, meetings as appropriate. Functions collaboratively and effectively with interdisciplinary teams. Accomplishes objectives through persuasion.

        2.Engages in external and internal, formal and informal teaching to nursing and other health disciplines. Functions within a faculty role, as applicable. Acts as a preceptor for affiliation students. Collaborates in planning educational activities in accordance with American Nurse' Credentialing Center standards as appropriate.

        3.Serves as a collaborative source of clinical expertise and professional advice. Plays a significant role in developing, maintaining, and applying nursing standards, standard order sets, patient care protocols, and policies and procedures in collaboration with health care team members.


      • 4.Provides specialized nursing leadership for a defined patient population where professional and clinical leadership skills are clearly demonstrated.

        5.Supports the patient care delivery model which is accountable for assessing the patient, planning, evaluating and modifying nursing care and treatment based on data obtained through observation, interviewing and analysis of patient records.

        6.Participates in the assessment, implementation and ongoing evaluation of clinical services for a designated patient population.

        7.Assesses and analyzes patient data and evaluates appropriateness in care.

        8.Demonstrates a holistic approach to care regarding patient/family clinical, education and psychosocial needs.

        9.Utilizes approaches and strategies that support and optimize patient care outcomes that are based on the interdisciplinary plan of care and absolutes of IMOC and Contemporary Primary Nursing.

        10.Takes action to support the National Patient Safety Goals, nursing sensitive indicators, regulatory requirements (i.e. DC Health, TJC) and other identified quality metrics.

        11.Serves as a resource to nursing and medical staff and other disciplines in the provision of the patient's plan of care and discharge planning.

        12.Provides expertise and support for health care surveys and regulatory and compliance reviews from local, regional, and national entities Including, but not limited to, the D.C. Department of Health, The Joint Commission, and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Supports survey readiness. Collaborates with facility leadership in the development of post-survey action planning and execution.

        13.Participates in departmental and hospital interdisciplinary teams and committees to determine policy, standards, clinical procedures and nursing scope of practice.

        14.Participates in risk management as it relates to nursing practice including investigating, identifying and communicating issues. Incorporates evidence into all clinical activites. Actively participates in research, evidence-based practice (EBP) and performance improvement activities. Disseminates research findings through presentations and publications. Leads and mentors nursing research activities at the unit/departmental level.

        15.Supports the development and implementation of an organization-wide patient safety program including participation in nursing peer review, compliance with national patient safety goals and support for a non-punitive reporting environment.

        16.Guides and facilitates the development and modification of performance improvement planning and activities. Documents existing processes within the DON to establish a baseline for the development of improvements. Leads teams to improve processes that will optimize outcomes for designated patient populations. Participates in the development, coordination and dissemination of measureable objectives and outcomes. Creates an environment that facilitates teams to initiate actions that produce results.

        17.Leads and manages a wide array of high visibility, multidisciplinary projects aimed at improving hospital performance in areas including, but not limited to, infection prevention, safety, compliance, regulatory and nursing practice. Functions as a facilitator and collaborator at the highest level in order to ensure the development and execution of action plans, participation and engagement of committee participants, and communication of successes and opportunities to executive leadership.


      • 18.In support of the Department of Nursing mission and vision, promotes an environment that embraces continuous learning, performance improvement and clinical regulatory compliance. Identifies organizational barriers and uses effective change management strategies.

        19.Collaborates with nursing education and management in the assessment of staff competencies and learning needs. Develops key educational materials to promote knowledge of changes to nursing practice, facility initiatives, and important project milestones. Assesses and analyzes data to identify practice environment and patient care issues to develop appropriate programs and change processes to improve clinical nursing practice.

        20.Assists in establishing and maintaining a therapeutic and safe environment that facilitates and supports the framework for professional nursing practice based upon evidence based practice, in order to achieve quality patient outcomes.

        21.Promotes Pathway to Excellence standards through daily practice.


      • 22.Maintains knowledge of current trends and developments in the field of clinical specialty through a variety of professional activities including but not limited to, research and study of literature and attending related seminars and conferences. Pursues continuous scholarly growth by engaging in innovative program work, research, papers/presentations at regional or national conferences, publications and additional graduate work.


      • 23.Functions as a facilitator and innovator for state-of the-art nursing care with direct involvement in implementing and evaluating new techniques and equipment for safety, cost-effectiveness, and benefits related to nursing practice. Provides cost /benefit analysis for any clinical program, equipment or change in practice when necessary.

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MedStar Health is dedicated to providing the highest quality care for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. Our 30,000 associates and 5,400 affiliated physicians work in a variety of settings across our health system, including 10 hospitals and more than 300 community-based locations, the largest visiting nurse association in the region, and highly respected institutes dedicated to research and innovation. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University for more than 20 years, MedStar is dedicated not only to teaching the next generation of doctors, but also to the continuing education and professional development of our whole team. MedStar Health offers diverse opportunities for career advancement and personal fulfillment.