The Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant- provides care and
treatment to patients under the auspices of a designated physician
through a collaborative practice agreement. Responsibility includes
patient assessment, initiation and evaluation of diagnostic
testing, documentation of physical findings, and formulation of
treatment plan and prognosis based on patient's medical condition.
In accordance with established collaborative practice agreement and
evidence-based guidelines, the APRN obtains health histories,
performs physical examinations, identifies problems, establishes
goals, and formulates comprehensive plans of care for patients and
teaches preventive health measures. Functions as a facilitator to
coordinate clinical care, educate patients and families, and
support collaboration between various disciplines and agencies as
necessary. Demonstrate respect, dignity, kindness and empathy in
each encounter with all patients, families, visitors and other
employees regardless of cultural background.
Direct Patient Care
Provide care to patients including assessment, comprehensive
evaluation, interpretation of diagnostic data, and coordination of
patient plans of care as well as staff, patient and caregiver
education. Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of St.
Elizabeth Healthcare's clinical pathways (for appropriate area of
practice) and applicable clinical policies and procedures.
Demonstrates competence in patient assessment, prescribing of
pharmaceutical agents, and utilization of evidence-based practices.
Initiates medical orders including, but not limited to, orders for
prescribing and dispensing certain medications within the APRN/
PA-C scope of practice as defined by applicable state law and
established hospital protocols.
Organize and prioritize clinical responsibilities to maximize
time, efficiency, and productivity. Implements and evaluates
progress toward goals for prescribed plan of care based on
protocols/guidelines/pathways. Provides patient care information to
staff and collaborates with primary care physicians about the
patient's progress. Participates in the quality improvement
activities and community education.
Maintain effective verbal and written communication skills with
all members of the healthcare team to promote continuity of care.
Documentation in the patient's medical record regarding all
treatments and interventions is clear, concise and completed in a
timely manner. Interactions with all health care professionals are
conducted in a professional manner. Keeps hospital staff/management
informed of pertinent information. Provides educational sessions
for facility staff as needed.
General Work Practice
Maintain a safe work environment, which is conducive to and
complies with all state, federal, and facility and regulatory
standards, policies, and procedures. Maintain a current
collaborative practice agreement with applicable physician(s).
Adhere to HIPAA guidelines, professional code of ethics and
appropriate billing practices in executing role. Participates in
the quality improvement activities and community education.
Health and Safety
Adhere to infection control, emergency, safety, fire and
disaster plans and policies, completing required initial training
and updates. Demonstrate consistent use of standard precautions and
proper body mechanics. Participates in accurate and complete
surgical counts. Follow OSHA guidelines. Provide a safe environment
to protect patients, visitors and facility staff.
Participate in the development, implementation, data collection
and interpretation of clinical research studies and databases in
area of specialty. Utilizes and communicates current research
literature to enhance care and outcomes. Reviews and updates
treatment care plans for adherence to current evidence-based
Personal Growth and Development
Evaluate own educational needs and seeks to enhance knowledge
base. Participate in professional organizations associated with
area of specialty.
Education, Credentials, Licenses:
- Graduate of an accredited Nurse Practitioner or Physician
Assistant Program and meets the requirement for
certification/re-certification by the National Commission on
Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) or master's degree in
nursing with National Nurse Practitioner Certification in
appropriate specialty area.
- Licensed as a Nurse Practitioner / Physician Assistant (PA-C)
in the state where work is being performed.
- Requires Certificate of Authority and Standard Care Arrangement
with collaborating physician to practice as a nurse practitioner or
- Must have SEH medical staff privileges as an allied health
Demonstrated skills and knowledge as a Nurse Practitioner or
Physician Assistant in area of expertise.
Kind and Length of Experience:
Certification in appropriate specialty