Thursday, October 2, 2008

A Clinical Liaison

What is a clinical liaison? I'm not exactly sure. What I gathered is it is a multi faceted, multi task, multi skilled; do everything for everybody kind of job that nurses do. One aspect is to assess referrals to see if they are suitable for an LTAC- long term acute care, length of stay about a month. These patients are SICK! Many will be on ventilators or have multiple wounds. They are people who are exhausting their stay at the hospital= run out of eligible funds. They are people that with more time and good care may get better.

That means dealing with families who are grief stricken and upset. It means dealing with doctors, nurses, case managers, and entire health care teams to find the best solution for these patients to get what they need. It means making everybody happy as much as possible. The challenges are to have the right answer when the hospital is trying to dump a bad candidate on you, and have them still continue to refer. Another challenge will be with families, if their loved one is so sick why do they have to move? And another scenario, most of these patients are sick enough to have about a 50% chance of recovery. Sometimes hospice will be better. Selling a "no" is probably the toughest but in hospice care you learn to say no often, gently. I have worked in hospice.

I will be one of the faces that represents the facility. I'll be recruiting with other health care personnel and facilities to let them know what we can do for their patients. It's sales, service, and health care all intermingled, lots of pieces and parts.

I just hope I will be good at it. I can be dumb for a smart girl, sometimes. Dumb with reading people between the lines and politics. I am very literal and straight forward. I can miss the upset person that is smiling at you and ready to get your job yanked. I've learned and am much better at it, but there is still the occasional unpleasant surprise.

The perks are great. I get to work Monday-Friday during the daytime. There is no CALL. I'll have a company phone, have to dress up pretty, and travel around, mileage reimbursed. I will be on a salary. When our team performs well we will get bonuses! Look out Colombia my whole family is coming! I won't ever be in a boring routine. I get to solve problems. I get to help people through a decision crisis and establish good relationships with everybody. I think it's perfect for me and I'm really nervous about doing well. But I can do all things through HIM who gives me strength.

12 comments:

Sex Goddess said...

GOOD LUCK!!! Sounds a bit trying and hectic, but will keep you on your toes!

Laura ~Peach~ said...

I want to come work for you... I am the nurse you send to do physical care ! I need a home case :)
HUGS Laura

Becky said...

Wow! That sounds like an amazing job! God must know you are something special to be able to take on all that. :-)

noble pig said...

You are going to be so perfect for this. You are such a compassionate person, it's perfect. You're biggest enemy will be the pain you will feel for others. But you can do this. It sounds fabulous, keep us updated.

Chris H said...

It sounds like the PERFECT JOB for you mate!

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

You are well-suited for this great new job. You will learn the politics and reading between the lines with time. One way to combat this and/or to learn more quickly is to hire someone who IS good at reading between the lines. Good teams are comprised of people with different strengths. Perhaps the friend of yours you're trying to hire is really good at the political angle? Anyway, all this will come with time and practice.

You'll be great.

Rebeckah said...

I am so excited for you! In just the short time I have been reading your blog, I have come to see your beautiful heart and spirit. I love that you will be able to help families during a very difficult time! YAY!

Debbie in CA : ) said...

I'm dancing the "Happy Dance" and praying without ceasing. This sure sounds like a match made in Heaven. : ) God is soooooo GOOD!

Coffee Bean said...

Congratulations! You will be fabulous!

imbeingheldhostage said...

THIS job is YOU! You have to be compassionate and be able to handle situations that are difficult. We had a liason when our boy was hospitalized in a Portuguese hospital. She took care of all of the stuff we were too worried to deal with. She explained things to us in our terms, and did a lot of translating as well. I can't imagine having had the experience without her.
You're going to be great!

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