• Job Title: Patient Representative
  • Job ID: 448987
  • Location: James Cancer Hospital/CCC
  • Department: James Cancer Hospital
  • Full/Part Time: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Shift: Night
  • FTE %: 100
  • Salary Range Min: $14.25
  • Salary Range Max: $21.40

Position summary

Multiple 3rd Shift Positions Available

Scope of Department: The Ohio State University Medical Centers Speciality Waiting Area encompasses medical and surgical care areas in which patients families receive specialized care and benefit from revolutionary research which can improve lives. Physicians, nurses, researchers, and other health care staff within the Speciality Waiting serve adult patients with various medical and surgical health needs. As a Level 1 trauma and regional referral academic medical center, the OSUMC staff strives to provide the best care possible to the critically ill patients who receive care at the Medical Center.

Scope of Position: The Ohio State University Medical Center is committed to enhancing the quality of care provided to patients and families. This position is responsible for providing family support, education, mediation/issue resolution, project support, and patient information in the Speciality Waiting areas so that optimal quality and communication can be achieved. This position supports the development, implementation and coordination of programs and services that promote positive patient relations and patient/family satisfaction including promoting customer service behaviors and Service Plus skills.

Position Summary: Through personal interaction with families and visitors, collaboration with volunteers, and connections with other OSUWMC and OSUCC James services, the Patient Representative ensures family and visitor needs for information, visitation, physical comfort, and emotional and spiritual support.

The Patient Representative functions include responding to patient, family and visitor concerns through empathetic verbal communication skills. This employee provides proactive customer service interventions by anticipating the needs and feelings of families and visitors. The Patient Representative utilizes, as necessary, interpersonal, diplomacy, and conflict management skills, and service recovery approaches.

Effective and timely communication is the primary tool and goal of the Patient Representative. Because the waiting area environment can sometimes become overwhelming and confusing to patients, families and visitors, the Patient Representative, actively communicates family issues, questions, and concerns; regular rounding in the Speciality Waiting Area and units also facilitates communication and updates to families and visitors. This employee will be responsible for providing important non-clinical information, and clinical information when appropriate, to families and visitors.

The Patient Representative reports directly to the Manager of Patient Experience. While on duty, the Patient Representative works with the Emergency Department team, registration and security staff. The Patient Representative provides regular updates to the on-duty charge nurse or Nurse Manager of the Emergency Department regarding customer service and patient relations issues. The Patient Representative documents interactions with patients and families and keeps a log of complaints/issues which is turned in daily to the Patient Experience Coordinator Lead and monthly to the Manager of Patient Experience.

Education and experience

Required:  Experience equivalent to 1 year of full-time employment in a clinical or critical care area role.  Evidence of customer service skills/training and ability to collaborate with a variety of individuals across the organization.  Evidence of highly refined interpersonal skills, skills in conflict resolution, problem solving, program planning, and writing and verbal communication skills.  Preferred:  Bachelors degree in a healthcare-related field, communication, social science, or related field.