Telephone Triage Nurse
At Harris Health System, we champion better health for our patients, their families and our community, by connecting them to an integrated healthcare system that provides high-quality healthcare. Harris Health focuses on the delivery of primary care, wellness and prevention services to the residents of Harris County, Texas, through its extensive network of inpatient and outpatient facilities. Harris Health is a proud recipient of the prestigious National Committee for Quality Assurance designation for its patient-centered medical homes. Harris Health's medical faculty and residents are provided by its nationally recognized medical school partners: Baylor College of Medicine; McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth); and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Skills / Requirements
The Telephone Triage Nurse (TTN) is responsible for providing safe, appropriate, and timely evaluation of patient symptoms via telephone. The TTN utilizes clinical experience, knowledge, skills and sound judgment in identifying the nature and urgency of patient health care needs. Telephone triage interactions may require assessment, patient education, and crisis intervention. The TTN properly applies standard protocols and reliable tools or decision-support tool algorithm and directs the caller to the appropriate level of care or service. The TTN facilitates referrals to primary providers, specialists, health care facilities, community or other resources.
Education: Graduate of an accredited school of Nursing. BSN preferred.
Licensure/Certification: Licensed to practice professional nursing in Texas. Related specialty certification required within two years of employment.
Basic Life Support from a hospital-based American Heart Association (AHA) approved program.
Other certificates as required by unit/service.
Work Experience: Three (3) years of nursing experience
Equipment Operated: Office equipment related to job duties.
Above Average Verbal (Heavy Public Contact); Bilingual Skills Not Required but are preferred; Writing /Composing
Customer service focused/oriented, superior nursing process skills, critical thinking skills, problem solving skills, pleasant telephone voice, ability to answer incoming calls and keep encounter patient/client-focused; uses excellent hearing and listening skills to receive detailed information; works well as a team member; effective with minimum supervision.
Other Skills: Analytical; Medical Terms; Mathematics; PC
Work Schedule: Weekends; Holidays; Flexible
Other Requirements: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret Harris Health system software, clinical care guidelines, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.
Demonstrates proficiency in crisis intervention, teaching/coaching, disease management, and diagnostic/monitoring.