Satellite Healthcare, Inc. has been among the nation’s leading not-for-profit providers of kidney dialysis and related services since 1974. Through its affiliated services, Satellite Wellbound, Satellite Dialysis and Satellite Research, Satellite Healthcare, Inc. provides unparalleled early patient wellness education, personalized clinical services, and a complete range of dialysis therapy choices. In addition, Satellite Healthcare, Inc. has a well-recognized, ensuring commitment to philanthropy and community service, from funding millions of dollars in research grants to sponsoring kidney programs nationwide. Satellite Healthcare, Inc. is committed to advancing the standard of chronic kidney disease care so patients can enjoy a better life.
At Satellite Healthcare, Inc. (SHC), we work with Purpose at the heart of everything we do. It starts with our Mission to make life better for those living with kidney disease and our Vision to be unsurpassed in our individualized experience, our quality, and our compassion. Our core Values round out our Purpose by defining how we choose to show up each day. As a member of our team, you will be invited to discover your own personal purpose at work and ways to active that purpose to create a more fulfilling work-life for yourself. It is our hope and belief that, as you and your colleagues learn to courageously live and work by your purpose, you will find that it not only lifts your work and your career, but the organization, and the community of patients as well.
The Float Pool Nurse functions as a coordinator of patient care collaborating with other care providers and health team members to provide required care. The Float Pool Nurse acts as a patient teacher and advocate, assisting the patient in seeking information, assuring the patient has the opportunity for informed consent for treatment decisions, and promotes the maximum level of patient-desired independence.
The Float Pool Nurse floats to a variety of centers as needed to meet staffing needs, and is available for assignment on an ad hoc basis, usually to assist in times of unusually heavy workloads or to assume the duties of absent nursing personnel.
The Acute Dialysis Nurse (Acute Nurse) is responsible for the delivery of safe, quality care of dialysis treatments under indirect supervision in accordance with state law and policies and procedures. The Acute Nurse is required to make independent decisions using professional nursing knowledge. The Acute Nurse directs, assists, and is the primary resource for the Acute Patient Care Technician (Acute PCT) providing direct services to the patients. The Acute Nurse will fulfill the Satellite Dialysis Mission Statement: “I will ensure superior outcomes and achieve exceptional patient satisfaction by always providing compassionate, high quality, individualized care to my patients.”
Understands basic renal function and the consequences of renal failure; understands the underlying disease processes contributing to necessary dialytic and related therapies; provides, directs, and supervises the care of the patients undergoing hemodialysis, CRRT, peritoneal dialysis, and other therapeutic treatment modalities supported by the Acute Dialysis Program; shows an awareness of the general course of all patients on treatment
Provides direction and education to the Acute PCTs under their supervision
Uses professional discretion in critical or emergency situations and directs the necessary intervention; recognizes changes in patient’s condition on dialysis and makes necessary adjustments in their therapy; notifies the physician in a timely manner, providing the appropriate information, and implements physician’s orders
Makes assignments, when working with Acute PCTs, based on priorities for patient care and skill level of the staff; consistently reviews and evaluates patient priorities as changes occur in the condition of the patient or facility; directs Acute PCTs in work assignments to address these changes; revises patient schedule and assignments for maximum efficiency on a daily basis
Delegates functions to others as needed to comply with management objectives; assures that all tasks necessary for the safe, smooth, and efficient operation of the unit are completed
Communicates significant information to the physicians, hospital staff, and case managers in a clear, concise and accurate manner
Policies & Procedures:
Is knowledgeable and provides oversight in compliance with policies and proceduresUnderstands the consequences associated with failing to follow company procedures
Makes recommendations for changes in policies and procedures for improvement of patient care or staff compliance
Effectively communicates with staff and patients regarding changes or new policies and procedures
Provides assistance to patients and/or staff in problem resolution, and has the ability to make decisions based on nursing knowledge and compliance with policies & procedures; maintains accountability for independent decisions
Documents in a clear, concise and thorough manner; ensures staff documents thoroughly and completes documentation in both manual and online medical records
Verifies the accuracy of all orders during treatment and either implements them or delegates appropriate staff to deliver the care
Understands and adheres to all infection control policies and procedures and provides instructions to co-workers as needed; understands the consequences associated with failing to follow those procedures
Wears appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)
Follows all clean/dirty procedures in order to eliminate cross-contamination
Proper procedure for cannulation using aseptic technique for needle insertion, catheter care* and all other required procedures
Note: * Has documented training in the care and procedures for patients with central lines catheters. Delegates such procedures only to those who have completed adequate training and it is within their scope of practice.
Understands and teaches principles of medication administration and possible side effects; administers and ensures that medications are given as ordered with correct technique
Obtains laboratory specimens as ordered
Ensures that laboratory specimens are obtained as ordered, and confers with physician about abnormal findings
Understands the basic legal consequences of nursing actions both immediate and long-term
Promotes the education of patients and their understanding of the disease and its treatment
Accurately assesses patient’s readiness to learn
Plans and implements appropriate teaching method for each patient
Evaluates the patient’s learning progress
Assists other staff members in developing these skills
Participates in dialysis call schedule as assigned
Demonstrates the ability to assume the day-to-day functions of the Clinical Manager in their absence, i.e. staffing, patient assignments, etc.
Assumes responsibility for special Acute projects as directed by the Clinical Manager
Actively participates in the Acute Program Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) process
Develops and/or participates in in-service education programs
Assists in orientation of new staff members as directed by the Clinical Manager
Maintains professional competence through participation in continuing education and annual competency reviews
Maintains standards of cleanliness in assigned area
Leads in CPR as needed
Contributes to performance evaluations and competency testing for patient care staff
Ensures the confidentiality of patient and employee information according to HIPAA and policies and procedures
Responsible for driving the Satellite Healthcare culture through values and customer service standards
Accountable for outstanding customer service to all external and internal customers
Develops and maintains effective relationships through effective and timely communication
Takes initiative and action to respond, resolve and follow up regarding customer service issues with all customers in a timely manner
The essential functions listed are not a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned. All employees must work in accordance with Satellite’s I-CARE Standards. Employees must abide by all Satellite’s standards of patient care, patient’s rights and ethical treatment, and adhere to safety and quality programs.
Education & Experience:
Graduation from an accredited nursing school or equivalent
One-year dialysis experience preferred
Nephrology Certification within one year of eligibility to take test
Current state license as a Registered Nurse
Current CPR certification
Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities as well as possession of any required licenses or certifications is qualifying
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Knowledge and competencies in general nursing with expanded training and knowledge in the care of the renal patient
Understands the implications of common lab results as they apply to the ESRD patient
Proven supervisory/leadership skills
Able to promote a teamwork approach and participating in team nursing by offering information, advice, and assistance to all staff members in a positive, courteous, and cooperative manner
Able to contribute to harmonious and constructive working relationships with all staff members to promote a positive and productive atmosphere
Able to read, write, speak, understand and satisfactorily communicate with others in English in person, over the phone and via email
Satellite Healthcare, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Satellite Healthcare, Inc. does not discriminate in employment on account of race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship status, ancestry, age, sex (including sexual harassment), sexual orientation, marital status, physical or mental disability, military status or unfavorable discharge from military service.
Satellite Healthcare, Inc. offers a drug free work environment.
Satellite Healthcare – Improving the Lives of Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)In 1973, Norman S. Coplon, M.D. began Satellite Healthcare with the objective of improving the quality of life of his dialysis patients. Dr. Coplon established Satellite Healthcare as a not-for-profit, community benefit organization, which allows us to focus primarily on patients.Four decades later, Satellite Healthcare has shaped CKD healthcare in our industry, and continues to elevate the standards of patient care and innovation.Today, we provide a range of expert services to patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Satellite strives to individualize each patient's care to help him or her enjoy their life to the fullest.Satellite Dialysis — We operate 40 high-quality, state-of-the-art, patient-friendly dialysis centers that meet the long-term clinical needs of more than 4,000 CKD patients.Satellite WellBound — With more than 20 centers in place, we focus on personalized training and support for patients performing dialysis at home. In addition, WellBound provides a robust complement of pre-dialysis patient wellness education programs that can help prevent or slow the progression of early st...age CKD.At each of our centers, we put our patients first by providing:Compassionate care with a personalized touchWellness education to empower longer, healthier livesBest clinical practices resulting in outcomes that consistently exceed industry performance standards Opportunities for nephrologists to focus on their patients in comfortable, state-of-the-art environmentsIn addition to patient care, our clinical research division works on finding medical breakthroughs for CKD patients by conducting both internal and external research.For more information, contact Info@SatelliteHealth.com.