VMG Nurse Practitioner / Physician Assistant -General GI Clinic
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Internal Number: 2114675
Nurse Practitioner / Physician Assistant
A staff level Nurse Practitioner (NP) or Physician Assistant (PA) position is available in the Digestive Disease Center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Practice focuses on Gastroenterology and Digestive Disease. As a member of the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, this individual will provide direct care to patients, collaborate with physicians for optimum patient care, and participate in patient teaching.
Advanced degree and experience preferred.
Standard job description and expectations are as follows:
The specialty Nurse Practitioner (NP) or Physician Assistant (PA) in the ambulatory care setting works in collaboration with a multidisciplinary health care team. The specialty NP or PA is generally service/physician aligned, managing a distinct patient population in the outpatient setting. The NP or PA functioning primarily in a clinic setting may be required to perform some coordination of inpatient care and facilitate discharges/outpatient follow up. The specialty clinic NP or PA has a strong foundation in evidenced based practice/education and is responsible for ensuring adherence to clinical pathways/protocols and ensures an environment of safe quality care. The NP or PA demonstrates an advanced level of medical and nursing knowledge, clinical/technical competence, sound clinical judgment, professional communication skills, timely and compliant documentation, and responsible for professional development and competency validation.
Key Functions and Expected Performances:
Assessment of Health Status
Performs and documents in the medical record a complete history and physical examination for acute and complex chronically ill patients.
Orders and collects data using appropriate assessment techniques, relevant supporting diagnostic information and diagnostic procedures where indicated.
The NP or PA may serve as the first responder for both nursing and house staff in the event of patient status changes, orders, and in situations requiring procedural and resuscitative interventions.
Assesses for risks associated with the care of the acute and complex chronically ill patient including medication side effects, immobility, impaired nutrition, fluid and electrolyte imbalance, immunocompetence, invasive interventions and diagnostic procedures.
Coordinates daily clinic schedule with the attending physician team, presents patient report, collaborates in plan of care, and follows assigned patient population.
Diagnosis. Collaborates with interdisciplinary health care team in making diagnoses of acute and complex chronic conditions.
Manages diagnostic tests through ordering, interpretation, performance, and supervision.
Formulates differential diagnoses by priority.
Diagnoses complications and orders appropriate interventions.
Formulates Plan of Care. Identifies expected outcomes from diagnosis and formulates and documents a plan of care to address complex acute and chronic health care needs.
Utilizes evidenced based practice guidelines or protocols in an individualized, dynamic plan of care that can be applied across the continuum.
Implements and modifies plan of care. Prescribes diagnostic strategies and therapeutic interventions both pharmacologic, non-pharmacologic, and surgical, needed to achieve expected outcomes.
Manages further diagnostic tests through ordering, interpretation, performance, and supervision.
May perform advanced procedures consistent with privileges and competency validation, including minor suturing, complex wound management, line and tube placements and removals.
Communication and Collaboration. Maintains ongoing communication and collaboration with interdisciplinary health care team .
Facilitates and communicates with patient, family and staff to promote continuity of care across the outpatient continuum of care.
Documentation. Documents/dictates key components of patient's progress via daily progress note, transfer, and discharge summary, and/or clinic note where applicable. (h&p, daily progress notes, plan of care, problem lists, procedure notes, acute event note, discharge summaries in medical record per specific patient unit or service, death summary)
Documentation is timely, meets critical care compliance standards and captures patient acuity.
Professional Practice. Demonstrates Professional Practice behaviors including: preceptor/mentoring, education and instruction of students, nursing staff, nurses, graduate and novice nurse practitioners,
Seeks opportunities for active engagement in research and the analysis of evidenced based practice.
PRN council meetings, staff and unit meetings, M&M presentations. membership in a professional organization.
The goals of the Gastroenterology Division are to provide outstanding medical care to persons with diseases of the gastrointestinal tract and liver, to train gastroenterology and to perform cutting-edge biomedical research to improve our understanding of digestive diseases. We have 40 full time faculty in the division including research and clinical faculty.
There are three strong goals that define the GI Division. The first component is a strong biomedical research with faculty that is focused on innovative discovery-based research. The second is the education and training of medical students, residents, postdoctoral fellows, GI research and GI Clinical fellows. Third the clinical and endoscopic practice at Vanderbilt is focused on compassionate and outstanding patient care.
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