The role of the Trauma Nurse Navigator is to partner with patients and their families throughout the continuum of care. This is accomplished through multidisciplinary interaction, symptom assessment, nursing management, education, care coordination, resource allocation, and communication as identified by continuous needs assessments. The expectations are that the navigator function autonomously and will demonstrate professional behavior as he/she interfaces with the community, healthcare team, and the patients. In addition he/she will be accountable for tracking identified navigational and quality metrics as well as implementation of interventions to obtain and maintain set metrics.
Graduated from an Accredited School of Nursing. Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (required within 2 years of hire)
Three to Five years of nursing experience, with two years of adult ICU or adult ED nursing experience.
Previous case management, quality improvement and/or discharge planning experience.
Position Requirement(s): License/Certification/Registration
Current Licensure to practice nursing in the State of Tennessee
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification
Basic Life Support (BLS) certification within 30 days of hire
Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC) certification*
Advanced Trauma Care for Nurses (ATCN) certification*
*May obtain within 12 months of hire
Trauma Nursing Core Course (TNCC) instructor
Advanced Trauma Care for Nurses (ATCN) instructor
Trauma Certified Registered Nurse (TCRN) certification
Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN) certification
Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN) certification
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification
Department Position Summary:
The Trauma Nurse Navigator is responsible for ensuring coordinated quality, seamless, and comprehensive services throughout the continuum of care. The Navigator functions on the multidisciplinary team as an advocate, educator, clinical liaison, counselor, and collaborator for trauma patients and their caregivers. She/he will identify patients potential and realized barriers to care and will work to obtain resources to mitigate those barriers. She/he will develop relationships with the multidisciplinary team to assist in education on patient screenings, create increased ease of access to Trauma Services and transition of patient through the continuum of care. Identify, educate, and facilitate appropriate patientï¿½s integration into the Trauma Survivor Network and the established Trauma Support Group. He/she will assist, as deemed appropriate, in research activities. He/she will participate in trauma critical care rounds and provide feedback to the PI coordinators when appropriate. Collaborate with the Trauma Surgeons, trauma residents and other disciplines daily to organize care delivery and to facilitate the flow of the patient through the system. Provide input in the development of standardized procedures and guidelines designed to improve patient care and outcomes. Be willing to assist the Trauma Program Manager and the clinical administrator to meet department goals and objectives. He/She must be flexible and willing to take on new tasks and participate in new projects. This individual will remain clinically competent and assist with patient care when needed.
The Trauma Nurse Navigator demonstrates knowledge, skill and competency when applying evidence based practices, theory, principles and processes of professional nursing. She/he will have experience working collaboratively with medical teams and has the ability to build and maintain solid interdepartmental relationships. The Navigator is knowledgeable of current methods of treatment, new pharmaceutical agents, available community resources, insurance, financial assistance, counseling and support services. The Navigator will ensure that all personal, patient and departmental safety guidelines are upheld.