The practitioner functions as a health care provider within the inpatient pulmonary specialty service for the purpose of providing age-appropriate and culturally sensitive care.
This position is open to AcuteCare Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (PNPs) and Physician Assistants (PA-Cs).
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Care of patients on D9 with pulmonary needs that require medical care. Patients on this unit may include but are not limited to those with the following: asthma, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, chronic respiratory failure with tracheostomy or ventilator dependence,bronchiolitis, muscular atrophy, cerebral palsy,cystic fibrosis, seizure disorders, GERD, short gut syndrome, and spinal muscular atrophy. Care includes performing H & Ps, writing orders, formulating a daily plan of care in collaboration with attending physician, coordinating and participating in admissions and discharges as well as follow up on consults and parent/patient teaching.
All documentation is electronic and expected to be completed the day of the care encounter. All patient encounters and procedures should be documented in the electronic health record.
As staffing permits, the APP is scheduled for administrative time for the purpose of completing data entry; work on special projects and research and/or engaging in educational and professional development activities. Administrative time is to be conducted on site unless otherwise approved by the APS manager.
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- Master's degree in Nursing or Graduate of an educational program for physician assistants or surgeon assistants accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Educational programs, or by that committee’s predecessor or successor entities.
Licenses & certifications
- Current RN license (or eligible) in the State of Texas.
- Recognition as an Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (or eligible) by the Texas State Board of Nurse Examiners, or
Physician Assistant (PA-C), licensed in the State of Texas.
- Current American Heart Association CPR/BLS for the Healthcare Provider, and current PALS certification.
- 1 or more years experience as a physician assistant or acute care pediatric nurse practitioner
- Experience in pulmonary or ICU medicine a plus
Specific knowledge, skills, and abilities
- Must possess the ability to actively identify new areas for learning; regularly create and take advantage of learning opportunities, and use newly gained knowledge and skill on the job and learn through their application
- Must possess the ability to hear and communicate with others in a clear,understandable, and professional manner
- Must be flexible and adaptable; conditions and environment are unpredictable and change frequently
- Must be able to hear the wider range of sound frequencies in order to detect murmurs and other abnormalities
- Must possess the ability to maintain regular, reliable and punctual attendance
- Must possess the ability to learn and apply new information, knowledge and experiences in a timely manner
- Each member of the Advanced Practice Service will function in a role that, by its very nature, requires a high degree of professionalism. It is imperative that Physician Assistants manage their individual performance
- Demonstrate ownership and responsiveness in their customer service approach to patient care and contributes to an atmosphere of teamwork within their group
- This job requires the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to patients ranging in age from 0 to 18 years. The individual must demonstrate knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span,must possess the ability to assess data reflective of the patient's status and interpret the appropriate information needed to identify each patient's requirements relative to his or her age-specific needs, and must be able to provide the care needed as described in the unit's policies and procedures
Heavy - Exerting 60-100 lbs. occasionally, 25-60 lbs. frequently, or up to 10-20 constantly.