Oct 28, 2020

Registered Nurse (RN) Bariatric Program Coordinator - Bariatric Surgery Clinic

  • Ochsner Health
  • New Orleans, LA, USA
Full time

Job Description

We've made a lot of progress since opening the doors in 1942, but one thing has never changed - our commitment to serve, heal, lead, educate, and innovate. We believe that every award earned, every record broken and every patient helped is because of the dedicated employees who fill our hallways.

At Ochsner, whether you work with patients every day or support those who do, you are making a difference and that matters. Come make a difference at Ochsner Health and discover your future today!

This job provides care and nursing service to bariatric patients of all age groups. Mentors and trains RNs, LPNs, and other members of the bariatric team. Acts as a patient advocate and patient educator and promotes optimum patient independence, self-care, and rehabilitation. Is an integral member of the bariatric team and assists the bariatric physicians by independently monitoring certain patients, managing outpatient clinics, and periodically reviewing all patients with the physicians.


Required - Registered Nurse diploma
Preferred - Associate's or Bachelor's degree in Nursing

Work Experience

Required - None.

Preferred- 1 year experience in a Bariatric Program


Required - Current RN License in the state of practice

Preferred- Current Bariatric Nursing Certification

Knowledge Skills and Abilities (KSAs)

  • Must have computer skills and dexterity required for data entry and retrieval of patient information.
  • Must be proficient with Windows-style applications and keyboard.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills and the ability to present information clearly and professionally to varying levels of individuals throughout the patient care process.
  • Strong public relations skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills

Job Duties

  • Performs pre-bariatric clinical activities to ensure prospective patients are assessed and prepared for procedures.
  • Performs clinical activities including rounds, direct patient care, and lab/ test data reviews and interpretations.
  • Performs post-bariatric clinical activities to ensure patients receive appropriate aftercare.
  • Educates patients and colleagues on bariatric procedures.
  • Participates in the process to achieve COE designation, monitors processes that follow and maintains the COE designation.
  • Participates in activities for professional growth, including reading journals and attending seminars.
  • Adapts behavior to the specific patient population, including but not limited to: respect for privacy, method of introduction to the patient, adapting explanation of services or procedures to be performed, requesting permissions and communication style.

Other related duties as required. The above statements describe the general nature and level of work only. They are not an exhaustive list of all required responsibilities, duties, and skills. Other duties may be added, or this description amended at any time.

The employer is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.

Physical and Environmental Demands

The physical essential functions of this job include (but are not limited to) the following: Frequently exerting 10 to 20 pounds of force to move objects; occasionally exerting up to 100 pounds of force. Physical demand requirements are in excess of those for sedentary work. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Mechanical lifting devices (carts, dollies, etc.) or team lifts should be utilized.
Must be able to stoop, bend, reach and grab with arms and hands, manual dexterity.
Must be able to stand for prolonged periods of time.
Must be able to work a flexible work schedule (e.g. 24/7, weekend, holiday, on call availability).

Duties performed routinely require exposure to blood, body fluid and tissue.

The incumbent works in a patient care area; works in an area where patients enter; works directly with patients; and/or works with specimens that could contain diseases. There may be an occupational risk for exposure to all communicable diseases.

Because the incumbent works within a healthcare setting, there may be occupational risk for exposure to hazardous medications or hazardous waste within the environment through receipt, transport, storage, preparation, dispensing, administration, cleaning and/or disposal of contaminated waste. The risk level of exposure may increase depending on the essential job duties of the role.