Cardiothoracic Surgery Advanced Practice Practitioner Job

Children's Health - Advanced Practice Careers

Job Number: 43897

Location: Dallas, TX

Date Posted: 8-4-2017


Position Summary

The practitioner functions as a health care provider within the Heart Center Cardiothoracic Surgery Services for the purpose of providing age-appropriate and culturally sensitive care.

This position is open to Acute Care Nurse Practitioners (NPs) and Physician Assistants (PA-Cs)

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • The practice will involve care and management of patients in the Heart Center Cardiothoracic Surgery Operating Room setting. Care will include verifying admission H & Ps and preoperative consents of Heart Center Cardiothoracic Surgery Services patients. Practitioner will perform first assist duties (in collaboration with the attending) during the entire intraoperative course. Practitioner will initiate referrals and follow up on consults to other providers.
  • Practitioner will take call every third night for the Heart Center Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery team.
  • This position will require credentialing through our Medical Staff Services Department.



  • 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.


  • Previous pediatric cardiothoracic surgery/critical care experience preferred.

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 21 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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