Home Infusion, Registered Nurse

Home Infusion, Registered Nurse

OPTUM, a UnitedHealth Group company

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The primary role of the Home Infusion Nurse is to provide clinical care and education to home-based and AIS patients receiving a wide range of parenteral medications dispensed from Optum Infusion Pharmacy (the “Company”). The most common route of administration is intravenous. However, medications are also given via subcutaneous, intramuscular, or intraspinal (intrathecal and epidural) infusion. Service delivery occurs in patient homes, alternate care settings, and ambulatory infusion suites (AIS), where available. All infusion services and medication delivery are provided by Optum Infusion Pharmacy policies, procedures, and therapy-specific protocols and based on complete orders received from a physician or licensed practitioner. The Home Infusion Nurse fills an integral role in the organization’s clinical operations, working collaboratively with the multi-disciplinary team needed to prepare, deliver, and seek reimbursement for the infusion therapy safely and effectively administered to each patient.

Primary Responsibilities:
• Establish and maintain positive clinical rapport with patients and their families, working closely with them in the provision of infusion therapy, education related to self-care and self-administration, and clinical monitoring of patient response to therapy
• Assess patient appropriateness for home infusion therapy, including the safety of the home environment, availability of caregiver support, and willingness of patient and caregivers to become as independent in therapy administration and monitoring of response to therapy as possible
• Obtain and document patient’s medical history at the start of care and ongoing, mainly as related to the diagnosis being treated with the prescribed infusion therapy
• Complete all required clinical documentation thoroughly and timely, including nursing plans of care (POC), plans of treatment (POT)/485’s, supplemental physician orders, visit notes, clinical summaries, medication profiles, discharge summaries, and any updates provided to members of the patient’s care team, as well as obtaining patient and caregiver signatures on relevant consents and require forms.
• Participate in case of conferences as needed to plan patient care with the multi-disciplinary care team comprehensively.
• Provide comprehensive skilled care to patients of varying ages and medical conditions, as outlined in the care plan and according to physician orders and the treatment plan.
• Establish, secure, and maintain vascular access devices as prescribed, including (but not limited to) peripheral IV (PIV) placement, PICC and tunneled central venous catheter dressing changes, and implanted port access
• Administer medications as prescribed, performing clinical assessments by the Company’s policies, procedures, and protocols, which may include frequent vital sign monitoring, management of acute infusion reactions, monitoring of side effects, and procurement of laboratory specimens, as well as reporting of patient status as it relates to other concomitant medical conditions
• Communicate observations of patient response to therapy and overall physical assessment/condition with members of the care team promptly, which may include the nursing supervisor, dispensing pharmacist, registered dietitian, and licensed prescriber, among others
• Establish collaborative relationships with home health agencies (HHAs) delivering services on behalf of/or in conjunction with the Company, providing agency education and support as requested by the nursing supervisor
• Maintain a comprehensive knowledge base of infusion therapies administered in the home and ambulatory infusion center, utilizing Company policies, procedures, and protocols in addition to all available training resources to ensure understanding of each therapy before initiating treatment
• Maintain current nursing licensure in all states in which patients are serviced, as required by the respective State Boards of Nursing and Department of Health
• Comply with all State and Federal regulations and laws, including employee health and safety protections mandated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), patient privacy and data security required by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), as well as all home infusion standards of practice
• Complete all training required upon hire and annually per policy, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification.
• Serve as a professional representative of the Company when meeting with and providing education to external customers, payers, and referral sources.
• Assist in staff orientation and training, serving as a clinical educator and resource as requested
• Drive personal/rental vehicle (per travel policy) in the completion of job duties, including (but not limited to) travel to the Company office, patient homes, area hospitals, physician offices, home health agency offices, and the Company’s Ambulatory Infusion Suite (AIS)
• May be required to work any day or shift as needed to accommodate patient schedules, including participation in the after-hours on-call schedule.
• May be required to transport, lift, or carry equipment and supplies into patient homes.

You’ll be rewarded and recognized for your performance in an environment that will challenge you, give you a clear direction on what it takes to succeed in your role, and provide development for other positions you may be interested in pursuing.

Required Qualifications:

• Active and unrestricted licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN) in the state(s) of practice and others as requested
• One (1) + years of experience working as an RN in a clinical care setting that contributes to proficiency in infusion therapy (such as medical-surgical unit, emergency department, intensive care unit, post-anesthesia care unit, or similar environment)
• Willing and able to work with an interdisciplinary team of professionals including pharmacists and technicians, physicians and other licensed prescribers, registered dietitians, home health agencies (HHAs), sales representatives, and others as needed to provide comprehensive care and support of patients and caregivers
• Willing and able to work independently in home or alternate-site settings
• Willing and able to assume a flexible work schedule in meeting attendance, overtime, after-hours on-call, and other reliability requirements of the position
• Access to reliable transportation that will enable travel to customer and patient sites

Preferred Qualifications:

• Knowledge of the Infusion Nursing Society (INS) standards of practice, policies, and procedures
• Experience administering infusion therapy in a home or alternate-site setting
• Knowledge of HIPAA patient privacy and data security requirements, OSHA employee protection regulations, and the ACHC’s accreditation standards for home health and home infusion pharmacy (and other relevant accrediting organizations, as applicable)
• Proficient with Microsoft Office
• Effective teaching skills
• Excellent organizational and critical thinking skills
• Effective interpersonal communications, both written and verbal

Careers with Optum Infusion Pharmacy. Suppose you choose a career with Optum Infusion Pharmacy. In that case, you’ll join a team dedicated to delivering the latest in-home infusion therapy and providing that care in a patient-first approach that offers better outcomes. As part of the Optum and UnitedHealth Group family of businesses, we strive to help our patients feel comfortable in their regimen so they can receive the treatment they need while maintaining the lifestyle they prefer. At Optum Infusion Pharmacy, you’ll join a team that inspires you to do better every day, resulting in your life’s best work. (sm)

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