Director (RN) – Trauma Services

Rio Grande Regional Hospital Published: September 1, 2017
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Founded in 1982, Rio Grande Regional Hospital (RGRH), an HCA-affiliated facility, is proud of maintaining its status as one of the leading healthcare providers in the Rio Grande Valley. For nearly 30 years, we have remained focused and committed to providing quality healthcare to all members of our community.

With 320 beds and a team of more than 500 physicians representing over 35 specialties, we offer a range of inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical, and specialty services, including:

  • 24-hour emergency room
  • Level III Trauma Center
  • Comprehensive cardiovascular care
  • The only pediatric heart program in the Valley
  • 30-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Job Responsibilities

  • Coordination of trauma care, with the Trauma Medical Director (TMD), Administration, Department Directors and staff, from ED admission through operative intervention(s), ICU care, stabilization, rehabilitation care, and discharge.
  • Rounds on trauma patients and initiates the quality review while patient is still in the hospital, if applicable.
  • Reviews trauma transfers within seven days from date of service.
  • Coordinates Multi-disciplinary Trauma Committee with the Trauma Medical Director and actively oversees the PI program through loop closure.
  • Maintains day to day responsibility for process and performance improvement activities as they relate to nursing and ancillary personnel.
  • Prepares routine monthly statistics, as well as, statistical reports relating to current issues/inquiries.
  • Prepares material for Trauma Committee in timely and professional manner.
  • Provides ED nurses with feedback regarding their care and documentation of the trauma patient.
  • Provides nursing and ancillary department staff feedback regarding their care and documentation of the trauma patient.
  • Maintains readiness for trauma re-designation.
  • Provides follow-up information to referring hospitals
  • Oversees the Trauma Registrar and/or functions as the Trauma Registrar within the guidelines established by the Texas Trauma Registry. Ensures all data is appropriately entered and transmitted
  • Attends at least two Texas Trauma Director’s Forum in Austin on an annual basis
  • Participates in required continuing education and maintains a minimum of 16 CEU’s of trauma related education on an annual basis.
  • Attends TRAC Meetings quarterly as well as TRAC Committee meetings according to specified TRAC attendance by-laws.
  • Maintains a minimum of 4 CEU’s related to Trauma Registry on an annual basis, if applicable.
  • Assists with the Orientation and Continuing Education for nursing staff who care for trauma patients throughout the facility ie:ED, ICU, OR, PACU, general wards, etc.
  • Active participation in a leadership role in the hospital, community and regional emergency management (disaster) response committee(s).
  • Active participation and/or organization of community and TRAC injury prevention and trauma related educational opportunities.
  • Participates and provides input in staff meetings as requested
  • Maintains departmental attendance standards as per hospital-wide policy
  • Maintains confidentiality.
  • Efficient and effective in daily performance, uses time management skills to be a productive member of the department’s team.
  • Follows through with tasks / problems and gives necessary feedback.
  • Promptly investigates and follows up on unusual incidents and communicates with supervisors.

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing required, Master's Degree preferred
  • 2 years experience in Emergency Department and/or Critical Care required
  • Previous experience as a Trauma Nurse Director preferred
  • Current licensure as a registered nurse by the State of Texas
  • BLS, TNCC, ACLS, PALS and ENPC required
  • TNCC instructor certification preferred
  • CEN preferred
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