Job Description

Ortho Advanced Practice Professional-on-call

SUMMARY The Orthopedic Trauma Advanced Practice Professional is a Physician-dependent practitioner responsible primarily for the surgical management of patients admitted to the Orthopedic Trauma service under the supervision of the attending Orthopedic Surgeon on emergency call room for the day. The APP performs his/her functions based on his/her personal experience and professional judgment and: (1) discussion with the physician; (2) knowledge of physician preference; (3) written protocols developed with the Orthopedic Trauma program and Munson Medical Center (MMC); (4) written policies of this institution. In addition; the APP will perform, under the supervision of a surgeon, advanced diagnostic and therapeutic tasks related to the orthopedic patient from the Emergency room phase, in the OR as necessary and throughout the patient's admission to MMC. At the direction of the surgeon, the APP will be responsible for the History and Physical examination, admission notes, daily progress notes, admit and routine orders, daily rounds, consultation notes, ED consult notes and attendance of at least 75% at the Trauma Performance Improvement and 75% of the Orthopedic Section meetings.

ORGANIZATION The position is under the direct supervision of the Trauma Orthopedic Surgeon on call and general supervision of the Orthopedic Director. The position also has responsibility to the Operating Room manager/clinical director of Surgical Services, and Chief of Surgery. The incumbent will be expected to work effectively and positively with Trauma Orthopedic Surgeons and any staff that they come in contact with in providing care while at Munson Medical Center.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Licensure as a Nurse Practitioner in the State of Michigan and,

Nurse Practitioner Certification by the American Nurse Credentialing Center (or other organization recognized for the credentialing of Nurse Practitioners.

Having certification regarding Trauma Orthopedic Surgery is preferred.

OR Documentation of completion of an Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) (or appropriate predecessor agency) approved program and,

Current certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) and,

Licensure as a Physician Assistant in the State of Michigan Two years of work experience as a clinical practitioner performing advanced diagnostic and therapeutic tasks related to surgery preferred

Ability to work on projects related to the development of the Trauma Orthopedic program as determined by the Director and Section Chief.

Able to communicate in oral and written format

Able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with physicians, superiors, team members and Medical Center staff.

Experience in working in a hospital clinical department is a plus

Experience in working with EMR in the hospital is a plus.

SUCCESS FACTORS: Good organizational skills. Ability to manage multiple tasks in a busy clinical environment. Exceptional customer service skills. Above average oral and written communication skills in being a "team player" Demonstrated ability to work independently Ability to effectively communicate and work with physicians, nurses, patients, families, staff, other health care professionals, and management. Ability to work with and maintain confidentiality of patient information

SPECIFIC DUTIES Supports the Mission, Vision and Values of Munson Healthcare

Embraces and supports the Performance Improvement philosophy of Munson Healthcare.

Promotes personal and patient safety.

Uses effective customer service/interpersonal skills at all times

On-call requirements are an expectation of the job. Times and frequency will be determined based on staffing and coverage needs.

Respond to consults to the ED department within 30 minutes of being called.

Manage patient care in the ED under direct supervision of the Trauma Orthopedic Surgeons when appropriate but limited to: performing comprehensive history and physical examinations, ordering of appropriate lab and radiographic studies, interpretation of lab and x-ray results, consults, admission/discharge orders, addressing code status.

Dictation of history & physicals, consultations, procedure notes, and discharge summaries.

Communicate with Operating Room Scheduler regarding status of patient and room availability on orthopedic patients that may be going to surgery.

May assist with the Trauma Orthopedic Surgeon in the Operating Room if the Trauma Orthopedic Surgeon deems it a necessity and rest of patients have direction for their daily care.

Daily contact with Trauma Orthopedic Surgeon on call for that day.

Completes appropriate documentation of all evaluations, care, and services rendered in the medical record/Powerchart.

Expedites disposition by identifying patient and family issues for referral to appropriate personnel (transportation, housing, psychosocial, financial or caregiver)

Performs pre-and post-operative patient education to patients and their families

Responds to telephone inquiries on discharged patients and provides appropriate medical care or counseling

Communicates with referring or primary care physicians regarding patient care and treatment

Rounding and management of inpatients including: monitoring progress, progress notes, ordering daily labs and x-rays, interpretation of labs and x-rays, appropriate consults, floor calls, assessing patients, developing and implementing treatment plans, monitoring the effectiveness of therapeutic interventions by medical staff approved protocols, and discharge activities.

Exercising physician-delegated prescriptive authority pursuant to state and federal restrictions. This position will periodically serve in a first assist role in the Operating Room.

Assists in surgery to include, but not limited to first assist, deep and superficial tissue closures, application of appliances and any other action delegated by the surgeon. These are primary responsibilities. Participates in all safety initiatives - time outs, etc. Assist in setting up for and turning over cases in the Operating Room. Adheres to JCAHO and other regulatory agency requirements for documentation, patient care, competency and environment of care issues.

Attends CME seminars and conferences to maintain licensure and currency in field.

Maintains current BLS.

Demonstrates effective judgment and ability to understand, react competently, and treat unique needs of the orthopedic patient population.

Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Company Info

Company Name
Munson Medical Center
Zip/Post Code
49696
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