Registered Nurse Practitioner
POSITION SUMMARY: Nurse Practitioners are registered nurses with specialized advanced education and clinical competency. The Nurse Practitioner works in collaboration with the Medical Director and Interdisciplinary Team to provide care services to patients and families in a variety of patient care settings. The Nurse Practitioner will also perform procedures for which he or she is privileged to do and will document assessments, evaluations, consultation reports and progress notes. Home visits/evaluations, and impatient evaluations will be part of the Nurse Practitioner’s role. All duties are performed in collaboration with the Medical Director or attending physicians and in compliance with the state Nurse Practice Act. Orders, progress notes and other chart entries made by Nurse Practitioner will be reviewed and cosigned by the Medical Director.
REPORTS TO: Medical Director
Education: Graduated from an accredited School of Nursing Program. Graduated from a Nurse Practitioner Program approved by the Board of Registered Nursing with specialty in geriatrics, oncology, or palliative care preferred. Must have a current California Registered Nurse license, a current unrestricted Nurse Practitioner license issued by the State of California, a current Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Certificate, and a current CPR Certificate.
Experience: Minimum three (3) years clinical nurse experience, including acute care. A minimum of year (1) year experience in home health, palliative, or hospice preferred.
Core Competencies: Possess critical thinking skills, in-depth knowledge of clinical disease entities common to related care, the Medicare benefit, and Conditions of Participation.
Skills: Excellent observation, verbal and written communication skill, problem solving skills, mathematical skills; nursing skills per competency checklist.
Other: Valid driver’s license and auto insurance.
FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Developing and assuring, in collaboration with the staff, implementation of policies for the medical care of patients.
2. Providing counsel regarding medical issues within the team and relationships with the medical community.
3. Advising and reporting activities and developments that relate to the medical care, of patients.
4. Promoting the program, including developing and maintaining effective and positive relationships with health care professionals within the community.
5. Participating in the continuing education of the Interdisciplinary Team Conferences to review patient care planning.
6. Serving as the attending physician for patients who have elected Nurse Practitioner as their attending physician; provided that Nurse Practitioner shall render such services in accordance with medical policies and Medicare/Medical guidelines; and further provided that Nurse Practitioner shall at no time certify, review or re-certifying patients’ medical eligibility for services.
7. Communicating with Nurse Practitioner’s or other health practitioners providing services for patients at appropriate intervals, serving as a resource person in medical management.
8. Participating in routine record review of patients.
9. Providing orientation/educational information to such team practitioners as designated from time to time.
10. Presenting in-service programs and makes educational presentations to staff and volunteers, nursing home staff, hospital staff, medical students, nurses and resident physician’s assistants to promote understanding of company concepts, medical techniques, problem management and promotion of good working relationships.
11. Being available in an on-call capacity for consultation with staff.
12. Remaining current in the techniques of palliative medicine, through continuing medical education, medical journals, clinical research and peer contact.
13. Participating in utilization review and quality assurance activities, including chart review and audits, and resolving physician’s assistant conflicts.
14. Selecting and supervising associate practitioners as approved by the company.
15. Acting in accordance with company policies and procedures.
16. Participating as a member of the interdisciplinary group that establishes and/or updates the individual's plan of care, when serving as the attending physician; provided that Nurse Practitioner may not serve as or replace the medical director or physician designee.
17. Any other tasks and duties deemed necessary and appropriate.
The above statements reflect the general duties considered necessary to describe the principle functions of the position as identified and shall not be considered as a detailed description of all work requirements that maybe inherent in the position.
Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM; some on-call schedule