Clinical Nurse - Clinical Admission Nurse, In-house Registry, Rotating

Northwestern Medicine Winfield, IL

To serve as an access point resource for physicians, staff, and patients. To assist with the most appropriate level of care and admission status. To apply approved criteria and guidelines in decision making, as well as managed care rules and practices. To ensure a smooth admission experience for patients by coordinating clinical needs with operational processes and insurance benefits. Ensures the patient is at the most appropriate level of care for the expressed severity of illness and level of services required. Applying national guidelines and clear communication with physicians. Assists in easy access to incoming patients by arranging transportation when necessary, coordinating services, and notifying points of entry of patient's impending arrival. Queries the admitting physician for additional information as needed to meet medical necessity for admission or appropriate level of care. Refers cases to physician advisor for any outlier cases. Coordinates admission with registration staff to obtain accurate patient demographics as indicated. Refers appropriate cases to patient financial services, risk, peer review, infection control and patient relations. Knowledgeable of the available outpatient resources and sites of care within the organization for referral to lesser levels of care when appropriate. Coordinates patient activity and flow or movement between levels of care. Identifies potential throughput barriers and acts proactively to inform and alert upper management of anticipated delays. Reviews clinical against Milliman criteria to help determine patient class and level of care needed. Confers with MD to discuss clinical and appropriate level of care when needed. EOE Minorities/Women/Disabled/Veterans. VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

Minimum Qualifications:


* At least two to five years patient care experience in a hospital setting

* BSN required for all new hires as of 1/1/2011

* Able to multi task quickly, and process multi factoral stimulation accurately

* Requires critical thinking skills, decisive judgment, and the ability to work with minimum supervision


* Past experience in admissions, utilization review activities, discharge planning, and/or case management