Vanderbilt University Medical Center Discharge Planner Associate (PRN) in Nashville, Tennessee

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Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Transitions Management Office (TMO) is accepting applications for the Discharge Planning Associate . This is a PRN (on-call) position (day shift) with the capability to work 2-3 days per week to cover business needs and employee time off. Finally, you will have the opportunity to work with top-notch healthcare professionals.

In this role, you will facilitate and organize safe and timely discharge of patients requiring care coordination and resources. Advocates for patient/ family to referral sources and demonstrates a strong internal and external customer focus.

Additionally, you will typically receive information from Case Managers who make referrals of patients to home care, SNFs, Rehab facilities (Vanderbilt and non-Vanderbilt facilities). You may process between 15-20 patient discharges per day and may work on a multitude of units depending on the business requirement. Note, this position has limited direct patient interaction; rather you will be verifying criteria for patient placement, confirm insurance coverage, and facilitate service denials by insurance companies.

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Hours: 8-5:30 pm (weekends may be required), position located within Vanderbilt University Hospital and Medical Center North.

Key Functions and Expected Performances:

  1. Core Accountabilities

a. Organizational Impact: Delivers job responsibilities that impact own job area/team with some guidance.

b. Problem Solving/Complexity of Work: Uses existing procedures, research and analysis to solve standard job related problems that may require some judgement.

c. Breadth of Knowledge: Requires subject matter knowledge within a professional area to meet job requirements.

d. Team Interaction: Individually contributes to project/ work teams.

  1. Key Responsibilities

a. Assists treatment team in locating resources necessary to patients' safe discharge.

b. Assists in identifying service gaps and/or system issues that interfere with timely/appropriate discharge.

c. Demonstrates ability to advocate for patients and families to referral sources.

d. Identifies, maintains, and updates information on agencies and resources necessary for patients' continuing care.

e. Maintains accurate records.

f. Contributes to the organization by actively participating in process improvement initiatives and shared decision making.

  1. Core Capabilities: Supporting Colleagues

a. Develops Self and Others: Continuously improves own skills by identifying development opportunities

b. Builds and Maintains Relationships: Seeks to understand colleagues priorities, working styles and develops relationships across areas

c. Communicates Effectively: Openly shares information with others and communicates in a clear and courteous manner

  1. Core Capabilities: Delivering Excellent Services

a. Serves Others with Compassion: Invests time to understand the problems, needs of others and how to provide excellent service

b. Solves Complex Problems: Seeks to understand issues, solves routine problems, and raises proper concerns to supervisors in a timely manner

c. Offers Meaningful Advice and Support: Listens carefully to understand the issues and provides accurate information and support

  1. Core Capabilities: Ensuring High Quality

a. Performs excellent work: Checks work quality before delivery and asks relevant questions to meet quality standards

b. Ensures continuous improvement: Shows eagerness to learn new knowledge, technologies, tools or systems and displays willingness to go above and beyond

c. Fulfills safety and regulatory requirements: Demonstrates basic knowledge of conditions that affect safety and reports unsafe conditions to the appropriate person or department

  1. Core Capabilities: Managing Resources Effectively

a. Demonstrates Accountability: Takes responsibility for completing assigned activities and thinks beyond standard approaches to provide high-quality work/service

b. Stewards Organizational Resources: Displays understanding of how personal actions will impact departmental resources

c. Makes Data Driven Decisions: Uses accurate information and good decision making to consistently achieve results on time and without error

  1. Core Capabilities: Fostering Innovation

a. Generates New Ideas: Willingly proposes/accepts ideas or initiatives that will impact day-to-day operations by offering suggestions to enhance them

b. Applies Technology: Absorbs new technology quickly; understands when to utilize the appropriate tools and procedures to ensure proper course of action

c. Adapts to Change: Embraces change by keeping an open mind to changing plans and incorporates change instructions into own area of work

  1. Technical Capabilities

a. Planning & Organizing: Demonstrates ability to anticipate complex resource needs, identify discrete tasks, set priorities, define dependencies, schedule activities, meet deadlines, and organize work beyond areas of direct responsibility. Merges diverse points of view into a coalition with shared goals and objectives. Plans for and anticipates events outside of immediate responsibility. Anticipates problems and obstacles before they arise. Able to absorb changes to major assignments while maintaining a high level of performance. Competently handles multiple assignments and projects simultaneously. Sets priorities with a proper sense of urgency and importance. Develops creative ideas and takes innovative action. Understands and identifies with the basic goals and values of the organization.

b. Consulting Services: Demonstrates in-depth knowledge of consulting services in practical applications of a difficult nature. Possesses mastery of the core technology, products, services and operations within field of work and is fully capable of their delivery without requiring support and instruction from others. Able to train and educate by setting the example and giving technical instruction. Demonstrates acute knowledge of industry trends and emerging technologies. Attends industry seminars and forums on a regular basis.

c. Family Advocacy: Demonstrates mastery of family advocacy in practical applications of a difficult nature. Possesses sufficient knowledge, training, and experience to be capable of successfully delivering results without requiring support and instruction from others. Able to train and educate by setting the example, giving instruction, providing leadership, and generally raising the level of performance of others while on the job.

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  • The Leapfrog Group: grade "A" in Hospital Safety Score

  • National Institutes of Health: among the top 10 grant awardees for medical research in the US

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  • Technical School or the equivalent

  • Three 3 years of healthcare experience or the equivalent

  • Attentive to detail and well-organized

  • Ability to think critically and to work independently

Job Professional and Managerial

Organization: Transition Management 303217

Title: Discharge Planner Associate (PRN)

Location: TN-Nashville-Vanderbilt Hospital (VUH)

Requisition ID: 1809923

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