UofL Physicians

  • RN-Stroke Resource, University of Louisville, Varied, Full Time

    Job Locations US-KY-Louisville
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  • Overview

    The Stroke Resource RN is responsible for responding to all Code Stroke activations within the ED or in other areas of the hospital. The Stroke Resource RN will work collaboratively with the all hospital staff to coordinate and facilitate optimal and timely care of all stroke patients as guided by the clinical practice guidelines established by the executive committee of the Stroke Institute. This RN acts as the liaison between ED, ICU, PCU, Charge RN, Access Center and physicians to coordinate efficient through put and safe care and is accountable at each part of the process. During the time this RN isn’t facilitating the immediate care of stroke patients during activation, the Stroke Resource RN will round on stroke patients as their primary clinical advocate to insure care in keeping with clinical practice guidelines, particularly for those patients admitted to non-traditional stroke areas, and will available to assist and teach clinical staff in the care of stroke patients as needed. They will act as family liaison in an effort to promote patient family centered care.


    Patient Care

     · Responds to all Code Stroke Activations within the ED and elsewhere in the hospital and provides clinical expertise in collaboration with all services providing stroke care

    • Coordinates and monitors the care of stroke patients as guided by the clinical practice guidelines designated by the stroke executive committee of the Stroke Institute.
    • Facilitates transportation of patient through Emergency Department, Diagnostic Testing, Operating Room, Interventional Radiology, and elsewhere as needed until care of patient is transferred to designated nursing unit.
    • Ensures complete documentation of all orders, consents, vital signs and stroke scales in accordance with the clinical practice guidelines for the Stroke Institute.
    • Attend multidisciplinary rounds daily and round with the attending and residents as needed to remain familiar with all patients’ medical statuses.
    • Insure that stroke patients (hhg or ischemic) who are not admitted to established stroke ICU or PCUs meet outcome metrics by being a resource to the staff and the patient throughout their stay.
    • Work with the ED and Access Center to insure that no critical stroke patient is admitted to a non-stroke unit by facilitating lateral transfer of stable patients.



    • Ensures complete and accurate hand-off to any receiving nurse.
    • Serve as the primary problem-solving agent in the event of patient/family complaints or breaches in the program standards for patient care by meeting and reviewing the care for each admission within 24 hours and as needed thereafter, providing the patient and family with your contact information and explaining your role as their key program advocate
    • Assist with case review for morbidity and mortality as requested
      • Advise program director of any issues that threaten program integrity, patient care or Joint Commission Certification status and participate as needed in process improvement projects.
      • Assist program director in obtaining data as requested.



    • Provide educational offerings to staff and other customers as requested (i.e. stroke symposiums, case conferences, telemedicine site presentations, etc.)
    • Serve as a resource to the Stroke Education Nurse to assist in achieving ongoing staff education requirements and competencies as requested.
    • Attend stroke operational and executive meetings as requested.
    • Develop and keep current a mandatory program of resident orientation and education to improve compliance with the program’s standards of care.



    Education / Accreditation / Licensure (required & preferred):


    • Active RN license in Kentucky required
    • Graduate of an accredited baccalaureate program of nursing.
    • Master’s degree in healthcare discipline preferred
    • BLS (required), ACLS (required), NIHSS certification (required)
    • Must maintain and provide requirement of 8 hours each year of stroke education per TJC requirements
    • Superior interpersonal skills
    • Effective change agent


    Experience (required and preferred):


    • Minimum of 2 years clinical ICU/ED healthcare experience required
    • Minimum of 2 years experience working in area caring for acute stroke patients as a primary patient population


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