An exempt position responsible for providing general services including assessing, diagnosing, prescribing, treating, and educating patients. Works closley with physicians and other clinicians in a team approach to patient care. May specialize in a specific type of clinical care, e.g. general surgery, pediatrics, geriatrics.
Education and Experience:
Bachelor's degree and successful completion of accredited physician assistant program or advanced practitioner training and certification as a practitioner (general or specialized) from an approved nurse practitioner program. Prefer Four years of health care experience prior to applying to PA program, plus one year of experience as PA, preferably in a clinic and/or surgical setting. Prefer for NP, minimum three years of professional nursing experience in a clinic setting, plus two years of nurse practitioner experience.
- National certification from the National Commission on Certification of PA's. State PA license required.
- Current state registered nurse license. Current state license as an advanced practice nurse practitioner with prescriptive authority.
- Current DEA certificate. Also, ACLS or CALS certification.
Special Skills and Aptitudes:
- Adjusts to stressful situations with confidence and good judgment
- Must possess strong leadership, communication, and problem solving skills
- Effective interpersonal relationship skills including good listening and communication skills
- Knowledge of and the ability to apply the principles of administration in the changing healthcare environment
- Ability to handle confidential information discreetly and appropriately
- Ability to handle/operate medical instruments required for physical exams, surgical procedures and computer hardware/software
- Evaluate patients
- Obtain and record health histories
- Perform physical and development assessments
- Order appropriate diagnostic tests and labs
- Diagnose and treat health conditions related to chronic and acute pain
- Manage the health care of those patients for which they have been educated to provide health teaching and counseling
- Initiate referrals as appropriate consulting with supervising physician
- Complete all documentation timely, efficiently and in its entirety
- Maintain health record and document all items required for Meaningful Use
- Accurately complete all patient notes within 48 hours and forward completed documentation to supervising provider for signature
- Address and complete all patient tasks daily
- Assist supervising provider with completion of their tasks and assist with paperwork and forms as directed by the physician
- Return patient calls as needed
Working Conditions/Physical Requirements
Medical office, exam room and operating room settings involving standing, sitting, walking, bending, stooping, and twisting. Possible exposure to communicable diseases, biohazard, infectious diseases and other conditions related to a clinic setting. Possible injury from patients during excited phases of illness and cuts from sharp instruments. May be required to help transfer a patient. Possibility of strains or sprains due to lifting and moving patients. High level of responsibility and heavy workload can generate stress.
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Equipment Used In Postition
- Printers, copy and fax machines
- Medical equipment appropriate for specialty area