Under the direct supervision of a collaborative physician, physician site leader, and practice manager, the Physician Assistant (PA) provides medical care to patients within a detailed scope of practice. The scope of practice identifies the range of clinical modalities and protocols agreed upon between the PA and collaborative physician. Within the ambulatory care setting, under the collaborative physician and scope of practice, the PA completes physicals; orders diagnostic and therapeutic modalities: e.g., laboratory, x-ray, EKG, etc.; performs therapeutic procedures such as injections, immunizations, suturing and wound care, and infection management; prescribes medications; instructs and educates patients and their families in proper healthcare, appropriate illness prevention, and home care; and documents in the patient chart progress notes, orders, etc. These aforementioned responsibilities are performed under the scope of practice to optimize clinical outcomes. The PA must be credentialed as a mid-level provider by same Hospital(s) in which the collaborative physician has admitting privileges.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Patient Examinations and Treatment: Performs and records complete physical examinations, as needed to evaluate a specific health problem, including a history and physical. Analyzes and interprets data, formulates presenting problems and causes, and establishes care plans for resolutions. Evaluates and treats acute minor illnesses and traumas according to established practice protocols. May assist physician with procedures or based on scope of practice, under review conduct invasive or non-invasive procedures.
- Orders Diagnostic and Therapeutic Modalities: In consultation with the collaborative physician, orders laboratory, x-ray, and/or other non-invasive diagnostic tests and procedures. Initiates referrals to appropriate physician or other health care professional of problems that exceed the NPs scope of practice.
- Prescribes Medication: Prescribes medications as determined under scope of practice with collaborative physician oversight and mid-level practitioner controlled substance license.
- Patient and Family Education: Instructs patients and families in proper healthcare, appropriate illness prevention measures, and home care in accordance with practice protocols and patient's physical condition. Adjusts communication and instruction to the patient's age, psycho-social, and cultural needs to obtain optimal health outcomes.
- Hospital Daily Rounds:Depending on scope of practice and hospital requirements, may make daily rounds of hospitalized patients under supervision and communication with the collaborative physician. May be expected to contribute to care discussions and provide consultation to patients, physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals to improve clinical care. Provides updates back to physician.
- Patient Documentation: Ensures appropriated documentation of patient-related information is in the medical chart, including discharge summaries and instructions.
- Performs all other duties/responsibilities as assigned as dictated under scope of practice.
KNOWLEDGE SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
- Service Orientation: Capable of providing excellent service to customers, friendly and approachable demeanor, resolving customer complaints, and understanding customer service principles.
- Age and Cultural Specific Care: Able to adjust treatment, instruction, and education to meet the patient's age and cultural background.
- Organization: Able to provide order and structure to daily processes and work environment.
- Verbal Communication: Capable of interacting with, and relating to, people of varying educational levels and backgrounds, conveying information clearly and succinctly, applying listening, tact, responsiveness, empathy, and confidentiality.
- Decision Making: Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
- Adaptability: Able to be flexible and comfortable in adjusting to changing activities. Maintains calm under pressure and is able to think clearly to enhance problem solving.
- Team Work: Works effectively with others to accomplish objectives and goals. Willingly offers assistance to others when the need arises.
- Computer Proficiency: Able to learn and become proficient in EMR software as well as have basic knowledge of Microsoft applications, i.e. Outlook, Word, Excel, and demonstrate keyboarding speed and accuracy, minimum 30 wpm.
EDUCATION and / or CERTIFICATION/LICENSURE:
- Graduation from an approved school for Physician Assistants.
- National certification as Physician Assistant in applicable specialty required.
- Current state licensure in good standing as Physician Assistant.
- Current CPR certification must be maintained (BLS).
- Based on prescriptive authority, active Mid-level Practitioner Controlled Substance License may be required.
- Minimum 1-2 years working as Physician Assistant with experience consummate to the specialty for which the PA is applying.
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