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Patient Safety Attendant

Houston Methodist Hospital

This is a Full-time position in Houston, TX posted August 16, 2023.

JOB SUMMARY At Houston Methodist, the Quality Outcomes Specialist position is responsible for assessing and facilitating clinical systems and/or processes to ensure that care delivered is safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient and equitable. This position identifies outcomes variances, taking initiative for timely resolution of potential concerns, and utilizes ability to synthesize an analysis of complex systems, developing and implementing solutions to improve complex processes and goals. Other responsibilities include supporting and promoting the organization-wide clinical performance improvement/patient safety program and culture; and serving as departmental expert for areas of expertise, sharing knowledge, effective tools and educational materials as appropriate. PRIMARY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES Job responsibilities labeled EF capture those duties that are essential functions of the job. PEOPLE – 25% Leads facility partners to bring expert assessment and problem solving skills to ensure reliable, safe systems of care for all patients. (EF) Develops and maintains positive working relationships with leadership, physicians, colleagues and peers and works collaboratively to achieve desired outcomes. (EF) Collaborates and effectively communicates and drives culture of safety and high reliability initiatives; partners with leadership and clinicians to implement improvements. Increases patient safety and evidence based practice awareness and practice among clinicians and staff through mentoring and education. (EF) Manages project and process improvement expectations to stakeholders, sponsors and others advising them on project progress, potential issues, obstacles, conflicts or challenges. (EF) SERVICE – 20% Serves as a key quality contact with leadership, managers and staff responsible for the execution of corrective actions initiatives/projects and compliance with customer requirements. (EF) Supports leadership with the development and implementation of quality improvement and patient safety process changes. Makes recommendations for unit-based process change activities. Evaluates the effectiveness of process change initiatives. (EF) QUALITY/SAFETY – 30% Facilitates and leads process and performance improvement teams and initiatives. Participates in and facilitates unit-based and departmental process change activities. Evaluates the effectiveness and sustainability of process change initiatives and makes changes as necessary to achieve goals. (EF) Tracks, analyzes, and uses data for trending and develops appropriate action plans and strategies in collaboration with clinicians and leadership. (EF) Abstracts pertinent information and enters into department databases using standardized methods and processes to maintain data integrity. Presents meaningful reports and analysis with measurement description, statistical information, and benchmarking information. Creates and presents executive summaries as needed to various audiences to drive change. (EF) Focuses on implementing and reinforcing principles that support a high-reliability organization. Contributes to the continued improvement of patient safety practices, employs evidence based practice and researches high reliability practices through national Patient Safety Organizations (e.g., Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF), Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), National Quality Forum (NQF)). Facilitates systems’ design to hardwire patient safety processes. (EF) FINANCE – 5% Utilizes efficient and cost-effective work practices with department resource and supplies; provides recommendations to reduce expenses. (EF) Facilitates performance improvement projects/initiatives to improve outcomes, ultimately impacting hospital finances. (EF) GROWTH/INNOVATION – 20% Identifies and recommends opportunities for improvement in accordance with hospital leadership. (EF) Analyzes and assesses present and future needs, trends, challenges, and opportunities related to hospital processes and operations. (EF) Communicates innovative and best practices to hospital leadership and clinicians. Identifies opportunities to align policy and procedure with regulatory/accreditation requirements. (EF) This job description is not intended to be all inclusive; the employee will also perform other reasonably related business/job duties as assigned. Houston Methodist reserves the right to revise job duties and responsibilities as the need arises. EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS o Bachelor’s degree in nursing o Master’s degree preferred EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS o Four years of experience in direct patient care activities in a hospital setting o Two years of experience in Hospital Quality Improvement, Case Management or Utilization Management role preferred o Two years of leadership experience preferred CERTIFICATIONS, LICENSES AND REGISTRATIONS REQUIRED o Texas RN license or temporary TX RN license, should obtain permanent license within 90 days. Compact license acceptable according to current Board of Nursing requirements. o Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) by the National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ), Certified Patient Safety Officer (CPSO) by the American Institute for Healthcare Quality (AIHQ), Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) or equivalent certification preferred KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED o Demonstrates the skills and competencies necessary to safely perform the assigned job, determined through on-going skills, competency assessments, and performance evaluations o Sufficient proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing the English language necessary to perform the essential functions of this job, especially with regard to activities impacting patient or employee safety or security o Ability to effectively communicate with patients, physicians, family members and co-workers in a manner consistent with a customer service focus and application of positive language principles o Demonstrates knowledge and application of process improvement tools and techniques (statistical process control tools and team tools) o Demonstrates knowledge of regulatory and accrediting standards as they apply to performance improvement o Skill in developing and maintaining interpersonal relationships with a wide variety of healthcare professionals and hospital leadership o Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions and evidence performance improvement via measurable results o Ability to enter and abstract data using personal computer, as well as the ability to utilize data to facilitate the improvement and change in processes o Computer skills to include Excel, Word, and PowerPoint o Ability to facilitate performance improvement teams, present data and promote a collaborative approach toward goal achievement o Ability to work independently and interdependently o Presentation skills and expertise in designing and implementing teams/educational offerings related to clinical quality SUPPLEMENTAL REQUIREMENTS Work Attire Yes/No Uniform No Scrubs No Business professional Yes Other (dept approved) No On-Call No Note that employees may be required to be on-call during emergencies (ie. Disaster, Severe Weather Event, etc) regardless of selection above. Travel May require travel within Yes Houston Metropolitan area May require travel outside No of Houston Metropolitan area Travel specifications may vary by department. Please note any other special considerations to this job: __________________________ Company Profile: Since its founding in 1919, Houston Methodist Hospital has earned worldwide recognition. Houston Methodist Hospital is affiliated with the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and New York-Presbyterian Hospital, one of the nation’s leading centers for medical education and research. In 2022, U.S. News & World Report named Houston Methodist Hospital to its prestigious Honor Roll for the sixth time. Also, in this year’s rankings, Houston Methodist Hospital was named the No. 1 hospital in Texas for the 11th year in a row. Houston Methodist Hospital directs millions of research dollars into patient care and offers the latest innovations in medical, surgical and diagnostic techniques. With 946 operating beds, 85 operating rooms and nearly 8,500 employees, Houston Methodist Hospital offers complete care for patients from around the world.

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