The Nurse Practitioner (NP) provides assessment and clinical management of patients with advanced illness in the following settings: hospital inpatient and outpatient, extended care facilities, and in the patient’s home. In support of the palliative care service line, the NP develops new programs with Genesis Healthcare System and collaborates with local organizations to advance quality palliative care, serves as a clinical expert to support clinical competencies of other staff members, and works as a member of an interdisciplinary team. The NP will function within the protocols established by Genesis Medical Group and the hospital medical staff and within his/her scope of practice.
1. Provides a broad range of clinical services, including but not limited to the following: Conducting in-depth interviews with patients and/or family members, gathering comprehensive history and performs initial and periodic physical examinations, identifying normal and abnormal findings, implementing standard plan of care for acute and non-acute patients and communicating findings to physician and interdisciplinary team.
2. Evaluates patient behavior and explores patient’s interpretation of health needs, counsels patients and families regarding preventative care, medical and psychological problems and use of prescribed treatment including medications.
3. Explains management plan and procedures to patients/families demonstrating courtesy and tact, developing rapport and establishing confidence.
4. Develops and implements long and short-term management plans that are appropriate, accurate and organized. Demonstrates sound clinical judgment. Completes a sufficient amount of work on schedule. Actively seeks ways to improve and streamline processes.
5. Orders and acts upon lab, radiologic, and other diagnostic testing including invasive procedures. Manages patient following diagnosis.
6. Rounds on inpatients consulted to or admitted to palliative care services.
7. Documents in medical record as appropriate.
8. With appropriate permission, writes and signs prescriptions within the scope of practice in Ohio.
9. Collaborates with the physician to discuss diagnosis, treatment, medications and therapeutic or corrective measures as needed.
10. Provides leadership in evaluating, planning and implementing new programs of care. Consults with staff members institution-wide to establish and implement education plan in the group and one-on-one settings. Upholds respect for the profession at work and in the community setting.
11. Demonstrates financial prudence, does not waste supplies/materials. Seeks out ways to reduce costs.
12. Knowledgeable of regulatory and legislative mandates related to perioperative services.
13. Manages communicable disease exposures and follow-up in surgical infections.
14. Participates in departmental performance improvement and quality assurance monitors.
15. Promotes guest relations; anticipates and responds to the needs of others; provides assistance in a courteous, quick manner; treats others with care and respect maintaining privacy, confidentiality and dignity. Maintains a professional appearance and a clean, safe environment.
16. Serves as an expert resource and assists in the education of department and hospital staff. Serves as a role model and mentor for learners and other health professionals. Shows professionalism, cooperation and courtesy in working with co-workers, supervisors, staff and other members of the healthcare team.
17. Collaborates with Director and Managers in the development and implementation of annual strategic plans, goals, scorecard indicators and benchmark targets. Gives input on capital budget needs.
18. Provides emergency care as needed.
19. Refers patients to appropriate licensed physician or other health care provider.
20. Participates in development of departmental policies.
21. Attends and participates in pertinent department meetings. Participates in regular performance evaluations.
22. Maintains continuing educational requirements as determined by the Ohio State Board of Nursing and credentialing body for advanced practice certification.
1. Minimum one (1) year of work experience as a Registered Nurse or Nurse Practitioner, one (1) year of experience as a Nurse Practitioner preferred.
2. Familiarity with working within a healthcare team, interpersonal dynamics and knowledge of end of life and bereavement issues preferred.
3. Graduate of approved School of Nursing: Registered Nurse in the State of Ohio. Specialty certification required.
4. Valid certificate of authority to practice as a Nurse Practitioner in the state of Ohio within 6 months of hire.
5. Valid certificate to prescribe in accordance with sections 4732.48-4723.483 of the Ohio Revised Code, Rules of Ohio Board of Nursing and in the Ohio Board of Nursing formulary.
6. Active BLS (BLS) certification and Acute Care Life Support (ACLS) or must obtain BLS within 3 months and ACLS within 1 year of hire.
7. Highly motivated, self directed professional.
8. Knowledge of nursing theory and advanced practice.
9. Excellent verbal and non-verbal communication skills.
10. Basic PC knowledge. Ability to interpret research findings and incorporate into practice.
11. Utilizes principles of problem solving and conflict resolution.
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