Physician Assistant - Cardiovascular Services / Open Heart Surgery

Baltimore, MD

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Position Summary:

MedStar Union Memorial Hospital is currently seeking a full-time Physician Assistant or Acute Care Nurse Practitioner to join the inpatient Cardiovascular Services Team. Schedule includes Monday through Friday, 7am-5:30pm with rotating weekends and holidays (four 10-hour shifts per week).

Job Summary:
Performs a variety of duties, such as history and physicals, and provides care to assigned patients. Assesses, diagnoses, documents findings, and writes medical orders. Makes clinical decisions relative to patient management through collaboration with physicians.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Education/Training – Graduation from a Physician Assistant program accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Bachelor's degree; Master's degree preferred.
  • Experience – No experience required. Experience in cardiovascular highly desired.
  • License/Certification/Registration – National Commission of Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) certification. Current license with the Maryland Board of Physicians. Current BLS Basic Life Support (BLS)/Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certifications.
  • Knowledge, Skills & Abilities – Verbal and written communication skills. Basic computer skills preferred.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Analyzes the assessment data in determining diagnoses by defining and prioritizing actual or potential care problems as the basis for designing interventions for the restoration of health. Responds appropriately to patient care emergencies.
  • Contributes to the achievement of established department goals and objectives and adheres to department policies, procedures, quality standards, and safety standards. Complies with governmental and accreditation regulations.
  • Develops treatment plan and discusses proposed course of treatment with patient's attending physician and other healthcare team members as appropriate, including consultants and referrals.
  • Documents H&Ps (history and physicals), treatment plans, pre- and post-op orders, progress notes, and discharge planning on all actual or potential patients undergoing cardiac surgery and/or interventional procedures.
  • Evaluates all patient's progress toward attainment of expected outcomes. Through continuous evaluation of the patient's changing condition and response to therapeutic interventions, modifies the plan of care to optimize patient outcomes. Provides follow-up progress notes on all cardiac patients undergoing cardiac surgery and/or interventional procedures.
  • Identifies expected patient outcomes that are individualized to the patient. Under the direction of the physician, ensures that the patient and other healthcare team members identify expected outcomes of care as the basis for developing multidisciplinary plan of care.
  • Initiates, performs, and interprets appropriate diagnostic tests necessary in routine and emergent care of patients.
  • Maintains current certification in ACLS and CPR and as a Physician Assistant. Completes competency evaluations in appropriate areas. Demonstrates knowledge and skill to provide care appropriate to the age of patients served and completes mandatory in-services.
  • Monitors patients and communicates significant patient findings or changes in patients' status to the appropriate physician and other members of the healthcare team.
  • Obtains detailed and accurate history, performs physical examinations, and reviews medical records to assess patients' health status. Develops patient problem list in order to ensure that patient receives comprehensive care. Uses approved forms for documentation of patient information (i.e., N/P/PA Cath Lab Assessment Form). Initiates appropriate referral/consultations, keeping in mind patient safety and cost containment issues.
  • Participates in multidisciplinary quality and service improvement teams and participates in meetings and on committees. Represents the department and hospital in community outreach efforts.
  • Responds appropriately to all nursing and ancillary status calls. Provides emotional and educational support to the patient and family as may be appropriate.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

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