University of Rochester Project Nurse in Rochester, New York


Full Time 40 hours Grade 044 Trauma Program


General Purpose:

Coordinate, develop, implement, evaluate, and manage a comprehensive Performance Improvement and Patient Safety (PIPS) program for the Department of Surgery in the Division of Acute Care/Trauma in a highly specialized regional quaternary program. This position will include data collection, database management, reporting, writing, and projects with an emphasis on the development of performance improvement plans and the overall PIPS program for the Trauma service. Participate in routine clinical team, program, department, and hospital meetings. Responsible for supporting the PIPS process, trending and analyzing data, and ensuring compliance for American College of Surgeons, Joint Commission, New York State, and other regulatory site visits and quality initiatives.


Coordination of Trauma Care:

  • Work with the trauma team to provide coordinated care of injured patients across the spectrum care, including prehospital, emergency department, operative and interventional procedures, critical care, rehabilitation, and recovery.

Clinical Practice Involvement:

  • Assess the needs for policies, procedures, protocols, supplies, and equipment related to the trauma patient, and works in coordination with the trauma program director, the trauma program manager, and multidisciplinary teams involved in the care of the patient.
  • Identify and coordinate the development and implementation of clinical pathways, protocols, and guidelines for the trauma patient, and incorporate members of multidisciplinary teams as needed.
  • Utilize focused review of individual patient cases, and develop new policies and procedures resulting from evidence-based practices.

Summarize Trauma Program Performance:

  • Summarize performance in regular reports and as directed by the trauma program manager.

Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate the implementation and communication of standards and protocols to multidisciplinary teams, including medical providers, nursing, technical, and administrative staff.
  • Monitor and maintain documented standards through routine competency review, including direct observations, review of records, and feedback from staff.
  • Maintain a close, working relationship with the Trauma registry staff to ensure appropriate data is collected to meet the ACS, NYS, and governing agency standards.
  • Assist the Trauma Program Manager with the operational, personnel, and financial aspects of the Trauma Program.

Quality and Patient Safety Monitoring:

  • Develop, implement, and evaluate a quality plan which is multidisciplinary and patient-outcome focused.
  • Identify quality issues through monitoring clinical team adherence to protocols and best practices.
  • Perform focused review of sentinel events, such as deaths, morbidity, transfers, co-morbidities, hospital length of stay, complications, variances, and observance of protocols.
  • Enter performance improvement issues in the registry, and ensure that all issues are addressed and closed in a timely fashion.
  • Coordinate routine peer review and operational meetings to review information.

Educational Support for Trauma Program Initiatives:

  • Develop and implement programs for hospital providers and staff based on appropriate leaning need in order to ensure that trauma patient care is standardized and consistent.
  • Participate in mandatory educational activities, as well as other development opportunities based on professional goals.

Professional Development:

  • Represent the Trauma program in regional and professional meetings.
  • Remain current through involvement in research, analysis, and distribution of results.

Patient Family Centered Care Skills:

  • Act in a professional manner in all interactions, making patient family centered care as important as the most advanced care of the trauma patients and their families.
  • Recognize the importance of a respectful and professional demeanor when assisting team members, customers, and all internal and external contacts.
  • Commit to having difficult conversations in a timely and professional manner with all internal and external customers.


Individual must be a graduate of an accredited school of nursing and currently licensed in NY State as a registered nurse with a minimum of two to three years of clinical experience in trauma patient care, including experience in emergency or critical care nursing. Demonstrate knowledge in the practice of trauma care and injury prevention with considerable knowledge of the diverse multidisciplinary resources available in a Level I Trauma Center, and possess a basic understanding of research methodology. Knowledge of the state’s emergency services system and trauma system design is desirable. Self-directed and resourceful in problem solving and critical thinking. Handle multiple priorities effectively. Strong organizational and planning skills. Fascicle with data reporting and Excel report writing. Excellent time management skills.

EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

Job Title: Project Nurse

Location: Strong Memorial Hospital

Job ID: 202701

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Full/Part Time: Full-Time