Physician Assistant
Boston, MA
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Job Description

GENERAL SUMMARY: To provide direct patient care and clinical assessment of Orthopedic patients. Works in close cooperation with the Orthopedic Surgeons in the Department. Acts a liaison for nursing and ancillary health professionals. Assists in development and delivery of educational classes for patients and health professionals. Involvement in various research studies.

This position is a clinical role, in the Operating Room and managing peri-operative patients; arthroplasty service. PA's will be rounding on joint patients and scrubbing on total joint cases. 40 hours a week, no call and no weekends.

PRINCIPAL FUNCTIONS:

1. Exemplifies the values of New England Baptist Hospital and the ROSE philosophy.

  • Complies with all New England Baptist Hospital policies and the Code of Excellence.

Maintains a safe and clean work environment.

3. Assists Orthopedic Surgeons in surgery:

  • Responsible for knowledge of and adherence to all policies and procedures of the NEBH Operating Room.
  • Participates in those surgeries assigned by the Orthopedic Service physicians, the chief PA and the Chief Resident.

4. Coordinates and provides clinical support for the NEBH Orthopedic Surgeons:

  • Rounds on Orthopedic patients.
  • Performs Histories and Physicals, as needed.
  • Initiates appropriate laboratory tests, diagnostic studies, and writes prescriptions within parameters of license.
  • Makes accurate identification of problems/diagnoses based on correct interpretation of findings.
  • Communicates with primary physician the plan of care being initiated or discontinued.
  • Assists patients in meeting health needs by identifying existing or potential problems, exploring available alternatives and providing support to the patient to make an informed decision regarding health care.
  • Acts as a liaison between Medical Staff and patients, and between Medical Staff and other allied health professionals.
  • Assists in tracking and evaluating patient demographics.
  • Maintains current, accurate, medical record documentation including discharge summary page 1's.
  • Participates in the Physician Assistant and orthopedic department Improvement initiatives, Education and Research Programs.
  • Assists with the development/expansion of protocols, clinical pathways and physician orders.
  • Interfaces with the Case Manager and Orthopedic Surgeons to identify complex patients pre-operatively. Works closely with Case Manager in identifying individual patient variances from established protocols throughout the course of care.

5. Assists with the implementation of an inpatient pain management program:

  • Evaluates on a daily basis the effectiveness of the pain plan in meeting the patient's needs with the pain management team.

6. Miscellaneous:

  • Responds to calls for orthopedic consultation from all areas, including nursing units, Pre-Admission Screening, the Ambulatory Care, PACU and Bond Center.
  • Assists residents and medical records staff with accurately documenting comorbidities in the medical record.

7. Education/Research:

  • Participates in the training and education of Physician Assistants and medical students.
  • Attends grand rounds in Orthopedics weekly.
  • Assists attending physicians with research and presentations as time allows.
  • Attends daily morning lectures in orthopedics as time permits.
  • Collaborates with interdisciplinary team for the development of educational materials for patients and allied health professionals.
  • Assists in the development of continuing education conferences for health professionals.
  • Assists with data collection for research studies.

8. Plans time away from work appropriately:

  • Arrives and leaves at appropriate times based on OR schedule and patient load on floors.
  • Uses unplanned earned time appropriately (Based on full time hours. Standards are pro-rated for part-time employees based on agreed hours).

10. Performs other related duties as required.

11. Participates in annual safety review.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

  • Minimum Formal Education: Graduate of an accredited PA program or masters prepared in an accredited Nurse Practitioner Program.

LICENSE, CERTIFICATION REQUIRED: Must be licensed and certified in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a PA or be licensed as an RN, NP in Massachusetts and certified by the ANA as a Nurse Practitioner. Registered with the DPH and DEA for prescriptive privileges.

LIFE SUPPORT CERTIFICATION REQUIRED: BLS

Job Type Part Time