Perinatal Safety Specialist - Women & Children's Administration
The University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI HEALTH) is seeking a Perinatal Safety Specialist to join our team.
The primary responsibility of the Perinatal Safety Specialist is to promote safe care for mothers and babies by keeping patient safety as a focus on all unit operations and clinical practice.
This position works collaboratively in the perinatal area with the Director of OB Services and the Associate Chief Nursing Officer. Facilitates adherence to national physician and nursing perinatal clinical standards and promotes perinatal patient safety. Provides formal and informal perinatal safety education. Facilitates goal-setting and ensures data collection is completed as required. Active participation in unit's goals and objectives is expected. This position is an active participant in Labor & Delivery Leadership decisions. Actively participates in OB safety committee meetings and related initiatives. Proactively liaises with Risk Management and Patient Safety regarding perinatal safety issues identification, adverse events, and perinatal safety initiatives. Provides regular progress updates to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Quality & Patient Safety. Ensures all perinatal safety approaches, tools, and practices are consistent with those defined and led by Risk Management and Patient Safety.
Serves as a perinatal patient safety advocate and clinical role model in obstetrics:
Under the direction of the Director of OB Services, provides administrative support to the OB QI process. Participates in perinatal patient safety or administrative/leadership rounds and presents perinatal patient and staff safety concerns to appropriate clinical forums. Contributes to departmental performance review activities and strip rounds.
Engages Risk Management and Patient Safety to assist and support the healthcare team with disclosure when an adverse event or untoward outcome occurs. Consults with OB/Perinatal Senior Risk Manager regarding coordinating review of adverse events and near misses.
Keeps abreast of changing national standards of clinical practice and perinatal safety science literature. Disseminates pertinent safety- and specialty related information.
Performs collaborative reviews of adverse occurrences and near-misses and incorporates findings into educational efforts. Participates in Root Cause Analysis and maintains a database of records reviewed, issues identified, and plans of correction. Coordinates briefing, debriefing, and analysis of selected charts with perinatal healthcare team members.
Facilitates review of Neonatal Injury with established criteria and compiles clinical synopses and physician/nursing analyses for those records meeting. Participates in neonatal quality review as requested. Provides regular perinatal patient safety educational programs for staff and facilitates clinical drills for high-risk situations (e.g., shoulder dystocia, postpartum hemorrhage, emergency cesarean birth, and neonatal resuscitation).
Works with physicians and nurses to create perinatal training programs. Fosters and promotes participation by all clinicians in educational programs and clinical drills. Facilitates and supports teamwork-training program for all department members.
Implements perinatal safety initiatives including administering safety surveys and developing NCC certification program for OB services.
Perform other related duties and participate in special projects as assigned.
Graduate degree in Nursing required.
Current license as a Professional Registered Nurse required.
Current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) required.
Demonstrated experience in leadership, multidisciplinary collaboration, interpersonal communication, education, clinical experience and change management required.
Understanding of medical record documentation to substantiate accurate billing.
Intermediate computer skills with Microsoft, PowerPoint, and Excel.
Electro Fetal Monitoring Certification from National Certification Corporations completed within 6 months of hire.
NRP Certification is required within 6 months of hire.
Significant (5-7 years) obstetrical clinical experience with progressive responsibility and accountability.
Advanced Obstetric practice.
Clinical experience in an academic tertiary High Risk hospital environment.
Strong knowledge base and clinical skills in electronic fetal monitoring, labor, birth, and high-risk obstetrics.
Demonstrated clinical leadership.
Strong communication skills as a collaborator and facilitator.
Salary & Benefits: UI Health offers competitive benefit packages, including: vacation days, paid holidays, Floating Holidays, State University Retirement System, tuition waiver, tuition discount for dependents, and excellent medical, dental, and vision packages.
For fullest consideration, please submit a complete application and supplemental resume by July 18, 2017. All applications must be received by the close date of August 1, 2017.
The University of Illinois at Chicago is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
The University of Illinois may conduct background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.