Job no: 0049985
Work type: Fixed Term
Location: Hospital based
Division/Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Department/School: Melbourne Medical School
Salary: $87,007 - $94,181 (UOM 6)
Role & Superannuation rate: Professional - Full time - 9.5% super
We are seeking an experienced nurse who will be responsible for the coordination, monitoring, progress and case management of patients participating in ‘The REsilience to Seasonal ILlness and Increased Emergency admissioNs CarE (RESILIENCE) Trial.’ The position will be located within the Cardiovascular Research Group, Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne based at the Austin Hospital.
The RESILIENCE Trial Nurse will be primarily responsible for delivering and coordinating the study intervention for those randomised to the intervention group.
Specific duties include assisting in the identification of eligible subjects and recruitment. They will also help with the comprehensive socio-demographic and clinical profiling needed to establish the extent of multimorbidity at index admission of those participating. They will assist with height, weight, waist, hip circumference, blood pressure, hand-grip strength and ability to sit and stand measurements, taking blood samples and fitting a physical activity watch monitor. As part of the study intervention, the RESILIENCE Nurse will be responsible for conducting a post-discharge home-visit and, subsequently, case-manage each patient on an individual basis in conjunction with the RESILIENCE Clinic physician according to their seasonal vulnerability for a period of 12-months.
The home visit post-discharge involves assessment of the patient’s physiological status, and a questionnaire to assess behaviour, environment and socioeconomic factors. They will prepare a comprehensive report for review and action by the RESILIENCE physician at the time of the RESILIENCE Clinic visit. This will inform subsequent management (including any immediate actions for attention by the health care team) to promote seasonal resilience in high-risk patients. Based on the priorities established in consultation with the patient, the RESILIENCE nurse and Physician will then apply an individualised program to address seasonal vulnerability. At 12 months, a second home visit will be conducted prior to the final RESILIENCE Clinic visit.
Other duties include co-ordination of appointments, being available by phone or in person for day-to-day support; liaising with the patients GP, and if required sourcing warm clothing and blankets via charities and facilitate access to government subsidies for home insulation/power bills; efficient sources of heating/cooling; social-support services (e.g. cleaning).
This position is part of a larger, highly cohesive research team, and the successful applicant will be expected to be able to communicate and function well as a team member. Collected data is entered into a centralised database, requiring a high degree of accuracy and care in the collation of study data.
The nurse should be highly motivated, pro-active and organised in helping to deliver the RESILIENCE Program, with a passion for reducing the risk of rehospitalisation for Australians living with chronic heart disease and/or multimorbidity.
This position reports to Professor Louise Burrell and the trial co-ordinator Dr Sheila Patel.