UI Health is seeking to hire an OB Safety & Quality Specialist. The OB Safety & Quality Specialist primary responsibility of the OB Safety and Quality Specialist is to promote safe care for mothers and babies by keeping patient safety and quality as a focus on all Obstetric Service operations and clinical practice.
This position works collaboratively with the OB Safety Officer, the Associate Chief Nursing Officer and the Director of Obstetrics Service and Patient Safety. Facilitates adherence to national practitioner and nursing OB clinical standards and promotes OB patient safety and quality. Provides formal and informal OB safety education. Facilitates goal setting and ensures data collection is completed. Participation in OB Service goals and objectives, with active involvement in OB safety and quality activities, is expected. The OB Safety and Quality Specialist actively participates in OB committees related to safety and quality. Assists with Risk Management on safety and quality issues, adverse events, and OB safety and quality initiatives. With the OB Safety Office, provides regular progress updates to the Director of Obstetrics and Patient Safety and the Associate Chief Nursing Officer.
Serves as an OB patient safety and quality advocate and OB clinical role model.
Full time position with 70-80% administrative role and 20-30% OB nurse position in the OB Service.
In collaboration with the OB Safety Officer, or designate, the OB Safety and Quality Specialist collects, evaluates, analyzes and reports data required for clinical service quality evaluation. This role requires review of patient medical records, relevant staff interviews, and appropriate documentation. The OB Safety and Quality Specialist has prescriptive authority to assess, identify, evaluate, and monitor risks and hazards identified through data collection. Performs chart reviews and audits to support investigations are being undertaken within the Hospital and/or requested by state, federal and/or local regulatory authorities for the Obstetrical service. Provides analysis and input to OB leadership about trends and results of analyses; participates in the development of action plans and implementation of recommendations.
In collaboration with the OB Safety Officer, or designate, the OB Safety and Quality Specialist works with Risk Management, Director of OB Service and Patient Safety, and the Associate Chief Nursing Office, to assist and support the OB Service with disclosure when an adverse event or untoward outcome occurs. Works with OB leadership to investigate adverse events and “near misses” with development of action plan and implementation.
Keeps up to date with changing national standards of clinical OB practice and OB safety and quality literature. Disseminates pertinent safety and quality information related to Obstetrics Services.
Performs reviews of adverse events and “near misses” and incorporates findings into educational efforts. Participates in Root Cause Analysis and maintains a database of records reviewed, issues identified, and plans of correction. Coordinates briefing, debriefing, and analysis of selected charts with OB healthcare team.
In collaboration with the OB Safety Officer, or designate, the OB Safety and Quality Specialist investigates and leads sentinel and adverse events, reviews medical records, interviews staff, examines equipment, and prepares reports. Participates in filing the reports, development of Action Plans, and tracks progress. If another individual leads a sentinel event or adverse event analysis, the OB Safety and Quality Specialist tracks the completion of the report. In collaboration with the OB Safety Officer, or designate, and working with the Risk Management, Director of OB Service and Patient Safety ACNO and Chief of OB Service, assists UI Health/UIC legal with quality improvement initiatives, by acquiring documents, fetal monitor strips and other data, and preparing reports.
Facilitates review of newborn injury, based on established criteria, and compiles clinical synopses and physician/nursing analyses for presentation. Participates in OB Quality Review and Perinatal Morbidity and Mortality meetings, as assigned.
In collaboration with CNCII educators, assists with regular OB patient safety educational programs for staff practitioners, and assists with OB clinical drills for high-risk situations (e.g., shoulder dystocia, postpartum hemorrhage, emergency cesarean birth, and neonatal resuscitation).
Fosters and promotes participation by the practitioners, nurses and staff through educational programs, simulations and clinical drills.
In collaboration with the OB Safety Officer, or designate, develops and administers OB safety surveys to OB healthcare team.
Perform other related duties and participate in special projects as assigned.
A Master’s degree in Nursing or healthcare administration or related field is required.
Illinois Registered Nursing license required.
Five (5) years of obstetrical clinical experience with progressive responsibility and accountability. Experience in OB safety and/or quality initiatives in a leadership role required.
Current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) required.
Clinical experience in an academic tertiary level Obstetrical Service preferred and clinical skills in electronic fetal monitoring, labor, birth and high-risk obstetrics, preferred.
Computer skills with Microsoft, PowerPoint, and Excel.
Strong communication skills as a collaborator and facilitator.
Salary & Benefits:
UI Health offers competitive benefit packages, including: vacation days, paid holidays, Floating Holidays, State University Retirement System, tuition waiver, tuition discount for dependents, and excellent medical, dental, and vision packages.
For consideration, please submit a complete application and supplemental resume by April 17, 2020.
The University of Illinois at Chicago is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
The University of Illinois may conduct background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.