ViTAL ( V anderb I lt Center for T obacco, A ddiction, and L ifestyle) is seeking a full-time, highly motivated, flexible, organized, and independent nurse to serve as a member of the Tobacco Treatment Service (TTS). The TTS is a clinical service, which provides tobacco cessation counseling and medication recommendations to smokers in the hospital and the clinics. As a member of the TTS, the successful candidate will perform the clinical duties with an eye toward quality improvement, which necessitates maintaining awareness of and familiarity with the tobacco-specific EHR fields, data entry into a REDCap quality improvement database, and reviewing and interpreting quality improvement data with the ViTAL team. The candidate will work in collaboration with a multidisciplinary health care team and have a strong understanding of evidenced based care/education, including critical review of evolving medical literature pertinent to tobacco treatment, including pharmacotherapy. This individual should demonstrate medical knowledge, clinical competence, sound judgment, advanced professional communication skills, timely documentation and a commitment to ongoing scholarship and professional development. Additionally, the candidate will serve as an ambassador for change across the clinical enterprise, including the adoption of system-wide improved methods to treat tobacco use.
Completion of Tobacco Treatment certification training and maintenance of TTS certification is required.
Design, implement, conduct, and evaluate health wellness and education services relevant to tobacco cessation for the Tobacco Treatment Service (TTS).
Assess patient's individual health risks as they relate to tobacco use and serve as a source of knowledge of available treatment options. Comprehensively evaluate patients' tobacco use and recommend proven cessation methods such as pharmacotherapy and counseling.
Track program participation and gather program data using the electronic health record and REDCap.
Perform critical review of evolving medical literature. This means proactively looking up the answers to clinical questions that arise during practice, and using trusted sources such as Pubmed.
Create, maintain, and disseminate health education information relevant to tobacco cessation to hospital staff, patients, and team members. One example is creating a "patient information sheet" on a given topic, such as smoking and eye disease, after a review of the medical literature on this subject.
Strive to continually improve the tobacco treatment service by evaluating efforts and processes, researching relevant topics and developing and/or revising modules and presentations as needed.
Contribute to an annual report highlighting the impact of the Tobacco Treatment Service. Report data to team members, contribute to manuscripts, and draft correspondence as needed.
Conduct program needs assessments and analyze available data to inform decisions on development of treatment programs. Works with Director, Coordinator, data manager/programmer, and other team members to organize, interpret, and present clinical QI data related to tobacco control.
Partner with related supportive organizations including the TN Department of Health Tobacco Control Division, the TN state quit line operator, the North American Quitline Consortium (NAQC), TelASK (Interactive Voice Recognition vendor), other federal stop smoking campaigns (Smokefree.gov), etc.
Other duties as necessary.
Registered Nurse license required.
Experience in counseling or health coaching required. Must be able to interact effectively with high acuity of illness typical of tertiary care medical center inpatients, who tend to be very sick.
Efficiency of medical record review and conduct of consults is required. The expectation is 5 completed consults per day as a minimum target, with additional consults as the TTS is able to accommodate. This includes re-checks and brief consultations.
Proficiency in word processing and database management skills is necessary. Familiarity with Microsoft Word, Access, Excel, Power Point, Endnote, and REDCap strongly preferred. Candidates who do not possess these skills must make a commitment to acquiring and honing them quickly.
Must demonstrate strong organizational and communication skills and ability to multi-task, follow processes and work independently but also be able to work well as part of a team.
Proactivity, independence, adaptability, and taking ownership of one's work is a must for all aspects of the position.
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