Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Categories: Advanced Practice Provider
Department: Heart Lung Vasc Svc Admin
Full/Part Time/PRN: Full-Time
Experience and Education
National nurse practitioner cert. Prescriptive authority by the BNE and BME. BCLS and ACLS. A current Basic Life Support_(BLS) cert. course accredited by the American Heart Association (AHA).**
Computer skills, basic equipment such as IV pumps, defibrillators, heart monitors, pulse oximeters. One year if nurse practitioner/physician assistant critical care experience preferred.
Orders and interprets appropriate diagnostic testing with fiscal accoutability. Provides examples in which cost savings were achieved through change in testing practices.
Analyzes data to formulate diagnosis or diagnoses. Ensures that chart reviews demonstrate complete list of diagnoses on all pro- gress notes.
Selects appropriate pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic interventions with cost awareness for both patient and hospital. Provides evidence showing that medication changes were made by NP which resulted in overall patient and hospital savings.
Provides on-going patient education with regard to procedures, medications, treatment plan and follow-up care. Ensures that appropriate medication literature is provided to our patients.
Expedites patient discharge by monitoring length of stay and timely completion of discharge instructions and dictation of discharge summaries. Completes ninety percent of all discharge summaries within 72 hours following discharge.
Makes appropriate referrals based on patient priorities. Arranges for follow-up care and home care. Initiates discharge planning upon patient's arrival to hospital as evidenced by chart review.
Maintains and continuously updates order sheets and forms used in program areas. Evaluates, revises as necessary and redesigns NP protocols in conjunction with physician sponsor on annual basis.
Provides education to staff, in form of inservices, at least three (3) times per year. Mentors staff and does frequent, informal teaching using plan of care as dynamic tool. Functions as precep- tor for at least two (2) nurse practitioner students.
Reviews own charts and charts of NP peers for quality review. Monitors nursing care on on-going basis as round on patients. Gives frequest feedback to managers. Provides example of change in nursing practice related to NP input, i.e., own knowledge, current research etc.
Formulates plan based on priority issues for patient and family. Ensures that chart reviews reveal on-going attention to plan and outcome on all patients.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Work with a team of 4 full time APP's, Fellows, RIsidents and interns. A great multidisciplinary team. at Williams P. Clements University Hospital.
Care of all post cardiovascular, valve replacements and thoracic patients.
7 day a week coverage- weekend call every Fifth weekend- No nights
Must have acute care certification
Experience in cardio-thoracic surgery preferred
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