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Sanford Health Patient Placement Specialist - Bed Management in Bismarck, North Dakota

Job Title: Patient Placement Specialist | Bed Management | Bismarck

City: Bismarck

State: North Dakota

Department : Bed Management

Job Schedule: Full Time

Shift: Evenings

Hours Per Shift: 8 hr


Responsible for continuity of operations within the facility by overseeing patient admissions and transfer activity while monitoring bed/patient care capacity both currently and prospectively. Responsible for facilitating continuous throughput of patients from all points of entry by utilizing effective verbal and written communication; must be able to make efficient, effective clinical decisions; and coordinate and deploy ancillary services to needed areas. The patient placement specialist is the liaison between clinical and ancillary departments. Responsible for evaluating patient status, reviewing patient chart regarding current clinical conditions, and determining placement of patient based on patient history and stability. Requires flexibility, ability to prioritize multiple tasks at one time and effectively manage conflict and stress. Requires a thorough understanding of organization. Current knowledge related to departmental policies and each departments clinical practice. Must have current understanding of regulations and scope of practice for various roles. Connect with clinical leaders to assess patient flow. Coordinate the placement of all admissions (elective and emergent) and transfers in accordance with the clinical standards and guidelines. This position will also be responsible for directing patient admissions to the most appropriate bed available using criteria for admission. Providing oversight of patient throughput to minimize delays in bed turnaround times. Planning for required staffing resources needed to support patient placements. Make appropriate patient placement decisions using admission guidelines that define the level of care each unit can provide and specialty care availabilityUses proactive demand capacity planning to project needed beds and staffing for the number of patients expected to present for admission. Communicates regularly with timely updates to ensure optimal patient flow and address throughput barriers. Utilizes data measurement and patient flow event information to drive for improved results. Participates in review of staffing effectiveness in relation to impact on patient flow. Mentors and assists nursing staff to maximize proficiency and timeliness in the admission, transfer and discharge processes. Reviews patient flow events and participates in root cause analysis and improvement activities. #featuredjob


Adapts listening and facilitation styles to others' communication styles. Conducts patient triage in situations of varying scope and complexity. Escalates systemic problems that could affect customer satisfaction. Helps promote collaboration across generations, functions, regions, and levels. Obtains information and addresses questions that can facilitate movement from problem to resolution stage. Provides a quality of service that customers describe as excellent. Provides direct service to internal or external customers. Responds to unexpected customer requests with a sense of urgency and positive action. Uses a variety of computer hardware, operating systems, utilities and applications.


Currently holds an unencumbered RN license with the State Board of Nursing where the practice of nursing is occurring and/or possess multistate licensure if in a Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) state. Obtains and subsequently maintains required department specific competencies and certifications. Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Basic Life Support (BLS) required within one year.

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City: Bismarck

State: North Dakota

Job Function: Nursing

Job Schedule: Full Time

Shift: Evenings

Req Number: req26950