University Health Care System Home Health Performance Improvement Nurse in Martinez, Georgia


Provides support, under the direction of the Director of Home Health, for Home Health Department wide performance improvement initiatives. Using the cognitive skills of application, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation, the Performance Improvement Nurse is responsible for all home health Performance Improvement as relates to policies and procedures, Joint Commission continuous survey readiness, and Performance Improvement studies that support the needs of the agencies and meet all State, Federal, and accrediting requirements. The performance improvement process, (assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating care) will be the framework in which educational needs are identified and addressed. The Performance Improvement Nurse is responsible for developing and implementing the Performance Improvement Program for all divisions of University Home Health that support quality nursing care of all patients: adult and geriatric. Accountable for assisting in assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of mechanisms (policies, procedures, etc.) to comply with all regulatory standards. (Joint Commission, COP’s, State HH regulations) Position has no line authority, and therefore, must use influence and persuasion to be a change agent and catalyst in accomplishing goals and objectives. Key functions include the collection of agency data, compiling and analyzing data, and assisting agencies with performance improvement activities that foster compliance and implementation activities. Provides professional nursing services in accordance with applicable state licensure status and in compliance with University Hospital policies and procedures. Accountability will be monitored through direct observations; achievement of service goals including satisfaction, quality, and performance improvement activities.

Demonstrates population-specific competencies (e.g. age-specific, cultural sensitivity, patient-centered communication) in performance of role.


EducationGraduate of an approved school of nursing required. Must successfully complete orientation program during initial orientation/cross-training period.

Bachelor’s degree and/or Master’s degree in nursing, business

administration or education is strongly preferred.

Licensure/CertificationCurrent and valid professional nurse license in Georgia and South Carolina. Current BCLS required. BCLS Instructor certification preferred.

ExperienceNormal experience gained in school of nursing required. Six (6) years RN experience required, of which four (4) have been in Home Health. Administrative/supervisory experience strongly preferred.

Experience with education and development activities strongly preferred. One (1) year experience with performance improvement activities strongly preferred.

Valid driver’s license and current automobile liability insurance required. Report of Motor Vehicle Record for past five (5) years required.

Knowledge, skills, abilitiesAbility to be flexible.

Advanced written communication skills, including the preparation of educational materials.

Advanced oral communication skills, including the ability to clearly present educational programs.

Ability to think critically and prioritize multiple tasks and responsibilities.

Advanced nursing knowledge of growth and development relevant to the ages of the patients served.

Advanced nursing knowledge of the diseases and health care needs of the patient population served.

Advanced knowledge of home health legal and agency requirements, quality management principles, and Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement regulations.

Advanced assessment, analytical, and synthesis skills sufficient to interpret and analyze patient health data; identify nursing diagnoses; prioritize needs; and develop an individualized plan of care.

Ability to perform nursing functions.

Evaluation skills adequate to evaluate patient response to care and take appropriate action.

High level of interpersonal skills in order to effectively communicate with patients, families, physicians and other home health care personnel with whom daily interactions must take place.

Advanced knowledge and skills in management sufficient to effectively supervise other home health staff.

Advanced problem solving skills sufficient to allow effective problem and conflict resolution.

Ability to perform job assignment with minimal supervision.

Ability to provide reliable means of transportation.

Demonstrated traits of initiative and dependability required.

Ability to perform job assignment efficiently and effectively under stress.

Philosophy of health care service is compatible with that of the mission of University Hospital.

Physical Demands

Standing for long periods of time (6-8 hrs.).

Sitting for extended periods of time (at desk telephoning, making schedules, writing reports).

Full range of motions including handling, lifting and turning patients, and transferring patients from chair to bed.

Bending and stooping (as needed to provide nursing services, treatments and preventative procedures as required).

Frequent walking.

Lifting of heavy patients and supplies (supplies weighing approximately 25 - 50 pounds).

Sensory: sight to observe patient symptoms.

Auditory to hear patients.

Tactile to feel patient symptoms (warmth, induration).

Olfactory to smell disease specific smells.

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Job ID2018-7269

CategoryHome Health

Department8350 - Home Health Administration

ShiftDay Shift

Pay Grade22

FT/PT/PRNFull Time

RecruiterJamelle Wells