Advanced Practice Practitioner - Neurosurgery Job

Children's Health - Advanced Practice Careers

Job Number: 54446

Location: Dallas, TX

Date Posted: 6-6-2018


Position Summary

The APP functions as a health care provider within Neurosurgery for the purpose of providing age-appropriate and culturally sensitive care. This position is open to Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants (PA-Cs). This full-time position will require variable shifts including days, nights and weekends.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • This practice will involve the care and management of patients on the inpatient Neurosurgery Service including participating in daily rounding on the inpatient pediatric neuroscience unit through multidisciplinary collaboration. Additionally, the APP will be responsible for participating in Neurosurgery consults in the Emergency Department and throughout the institution.
  • The APP will be responsible for providing care to infants, children, and adolescents with acute and chronic diseases and disorders of the brain, spine and nervous system often involving serious symptoms that may call for highly skilled surgical procedures.


•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 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.


  • Previous experience preferred but not required.

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 Nurse Practitioners/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

Physical Demands

  • Heavy - Exerting 60-100 lbs. occasionally, 25-60 lbs. frequently, or up to 10-20 constantly.

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