Transplant Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant - Hospital Based

GW Medical Faculty Associates Washington, DC
To perform, under the responsibility and supervision of physicians, clinical patient care services.

Primary client base includes patients referred for outpatient and inpatient follow up care after solid organ transplantation. The Nurse Practitioner participates in the care of pre-transplant patients and coordinates discharge planning; provides patient and family education; and coordinates outpatient follow-up care. The Transplant NP will be credentialed according to the medical staff regulations of the MFA and GWU Hospital and will be under the supervision of an appropriately credentialed attending physician.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Other duties may be assigned. The NP, working with a multidisciplinary team, manages all aspects of care of transplant recipients and performs necessary procedures for their care.

* Obtains comprehensive histories and performs complete physical examinations.

* Orders, conducts and interprets diagnostic tests (including but not limited to EKG, laboratory tests, and radiologic studies) and therapeutic interventions.

* Performs evaluation and problem identification of patients.

* Prescribes and orders medications, therapeutic agents and non-pharmacologic agents.

* Monitors patient status and response to treatments.

* Documents findings in the medical record.

* Recommends and orders appropriate therapeutic interventions.

* Participates in multidisciplinary rounds and interacts with consultants as appropriate.

* Maintains open communication with referring physicians by providing patient updates and recommendations for outpatient treatment.

* Serves as patient advocate by transmitting patient and family concerns to multidisciplinary team members.

* Instructs patients on prescribed therapeutic regimens, home care and health maintenance.

* Creates and maintains required records and documents in patient charts as to status, treatments and procedures.

* Provides follow-up and health maintenance care to patients in accordance with protocols established by the Transplant Institute and The George Washington University Hospital.

* Enrolls patients in treatment programs and follows them throughout treatment phase.

* Medically manages patient complications and responses to treatment.

* Serves as a consultant and resource person to patients, team mates, and others as necessary.

* Presents and participates in continuing educational and inservice education programs for inpatient and outpatient staff and other members of the health care team.

* Presents and participates in community educational programs.

* Provides education and counseling for patients. Directs patient and/or family to agencies dealing with specific illnesses/diseases.

* Supervises NP, PA, health science and medical students as appropriate.

* Performs procedures for which practitioner is credentialed as dictated by patient need.

* Interacts positively with team, nursing and technologist staff.

* Participates in daily team rounding, periodic M&M sessions and department conferences/teaching opportunities.

* Participates in departmental quality assurance, risk management, and compliance efforts.

* Demonstrates knowledge of Joint Commission required quality indicators, performance improvement and patient safety goals.

* Maintains current Certification of Basic Life Support (BLS)

Non Essential Functions (Responsibilities)

Helps to maintain a safe, clean and orderly work environment.

Organizational Responsibilities

Understands and supports The GW Medical Faculty Associates and The George Washington University Hospital's mission statement, vision, and values and guiding principles.

Carries out safety and infection control procedures to ensure patient, staff and visitor safety.

Responds to customers in a friendly, prompt, and caring manner, maintaining confidentiality and respect.

Demonstrates positive behaviors toward patients, families, physicians, and all coworkers.

Promotes mutual respect and professionalism.

Participates in Performance Improvement activities by identifying areas needing improvement and taking action to improve, trend, and report through PI process.

Characteristics

Proven interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with patients, families, physicians and other health care team members.

Demonstrated flexibility and dedication to team involvement.

Capable of accepting new challenges and developing programs from start to finish.

Self-directed, with sound decision making, written and verbal communication skills.

Able to maintain confidentiality.

Effective interpersonal skills with strong facilitation, conflict resolution and negotiating skills.

RequirementsThe requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education:

NP: A master's degree in nursing and completion of an approved course of study as a nurse practitioner. Current ANCC certification and D.C. licensure as a NP is necessary.

Experience:

Some previous experience is recommended. Excellent communication skills required.

Competencies:

Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills. Must be able to communicate providing verbal feedback in a professional manner. Must be able to follow and understand instructions, and react favorably in all work situations. Must have strong interpersonal skills and be mentally adaptable and flexible in dealing with a variety of people at various levels within and outside the Medical Faculty Associates (MFA). Must be able to do math calculations and input data into the computer.

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