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Nurse Practitioner

  • R0005077
  • Atlanta, Georgia — Market - Georgia (inactive)
  • August 21, 2018

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Job Description
The Nurse Practitioner (NP) acts as part of the clinical operations team and is responsible for providing direct patient care in ChenMed/Jencare medical centers, nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities (SNF) and home settings depending on the nature of the assignment or providing assessments to members in SNF and home settings. The responsibilities include but are not limited to: geriatric assessment, medical history, physical exam, diagnosis and treatment, development of the nursing plan of care, health education, physician referrals, case management referrals, follow-up and clear documentation according to ChenMed standards for quality, service, productivity and teamwork. It also includes the participation in clinical rounds and conferences plus in-depth documentation through written progress notes and summaries.

The Nurse Practitioner must demonstrate the ability to function both independently and in collaboration with other health care professionals. Consults with the manager, physician, and medical director to ensure compliance with guidelines. This position may require participation in risk and quality management programs, clinical meetings and other meetings.

The Nurse Practitioner will adhere to strict departmental goals/objectives, standards of performance, regulatory compliance, quality patient care compliance, and policies and procedures.
Functions independently as a certified nurse practitioner for a patient population in collaboration and consultation with a licensed patient care team physician. Practices in accordance with a written or electronic practice agreement.

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Independently assesses acute and non-acute clinical problems. Performs and documents physical assessments and patient histories, analyzes trends in patient conditions, and develops, documents and implements a patient management plan in response to the data obtained. This also includes assisting in the development of the nursing plan of care in addition to providing appropriate patient/ family/significant other counseling and education.
  • Plans patient care based on in-depth knowledge of the specific patient population and/ or protocol, anticipating and identifying physiological and/ or psychological problems commonly encountered including the consideration of the patient’s cultural background, level of understanding, personality and support systems. Serves as patient advocate.
  • Patient management includes the following:
  • Writes admission, transfers and discharges orders.
  • Orders and interprets appropriate laboratory and diagnostic studies.
  • Orders of appropriate medication and treatments.
  • Refers patients for consultation when indicated i.e. dermatology, neurology, ophthalmology, endocrine, surgery, intensive care, infectious disease, hematology, psychiatry, social service, dietary, etc.
  • Documentation through in-depth progress notes and summaries.
  • May perform invasive procedures independently upon the completion of documented competency. 
  • Participates in patient care rounds and conferences. Communicates patient management strategies to members of the patient care team. Collaborates with members of the multidisciplinary team to ensure that patient management strategies are successful in meeting patient care needs.
  • Recognizes situations which require the immediate attention of a physician, and initiates life-saving procedures when necessary.
  • Uses advanced communication skills to problem solve complex situations and to improve processes and service to patients.

Other Responsibilities may include:

  • Collaborates with other multidisciplinary team members to analyze and evaluate current systems of health care delivery to identify and implement new practice patterns as appropriate.
  • Participates in outside activities that enhance personal and professional growth and development.
  • Initiates arrangements and writes orders for SNF discharges and completes appropriate paperwork.
  • Works collaboratively with physicians, nurses, PT, social workers, family and key caregivers to transition the patient to a lower level of care as soon as medically appropriate. 
  • Introduces self to patient/family and explain nurse practitioner role.
  • Facilitates patient/family conferences to review treatment goals, optimize resource utilization, provide family education and identify post-SNF needs.
  • Enhances a collaborative relationship to maximize the patient’s/family’s ability to make informed decisions re:  goals of care, palliative care and hospice.
  • Facilitates discharge to appropriate level of care and uses preferred providers when additional services are required.
  • Prescribes medication to patients based on State of practice.
  • Other duties as assigned and modified at manager’s discretion.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Demonstrated record of consistently achieving clinical performance metrics in current role
  • Strong Critical Thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Time management skills with the ability to work well under pressure
  • Must be caring and empathetic and have great listening skills
  • Must be detail-oriented, and able to pay close attention to patient charts, medications, and follow-up on details of patient care
  • Basic computer skills and some knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
  • This position may require 50-75% of local travel
Additional Job Description

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE CRITERIA:

  • Current RN licensure and Nurse Practitioner Certification in the State of practice required
  • Certification in Basic Cardiac Life Support required
  • Board certification by AANP or ANCC is preferred but may be required for certain States
  • Current DEA number from the DEA for schedule II-V controlled substances may be required based on State of practice
  • 3 year(s) of Nurse Practitioner experience

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