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Excela Health PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT - ORTHOPEDICS - GREENSBURG - FULL TIME in Greensburg, Pennsylvania

Description

Evaluates, examines, diagnose, and treats patients in collaboration with their supervising and or substitute supervising physician according to established guidelines and protocols. Maintains and promotes the well-being of the patient through preventative healthcare and guidance. Provides care in the outpatient setting only – predominately Monday through Friday.

Core Essential Functions:

  • Regular, consistent, on-site, and timely attendance.

  • Ensures the assessment of the patient and the direct and indirect care of the patient is delivered in accordance with all appropriate licensing boards, hospital policies, procedures, and all other professional standards.

  • Collects patient assessment data in a systematic manner, focusing on the physical, psychosocial, age, cultural and spiritual needs of the patient.

  • Performs systematic physical exam and history of present illness.

  • Documents assessment data, history of present illness and physical findings as appropriate in the medical record within established time frame.

  • Involves patient and family and other healthcare providers when appropriate directed by individual physician practice.

  • Prescribes appropriate medications based on the patient's condition per state prescriptive authority guidelines and the Excela Health Allied Health Committee directed by individual physician practice.

  • Demonstrates leadership by utilizing the behaviors inherent to the practice of a professional physician assistant.

  • Solves problems utilizing critical thinking skills and seeks assistance from supervising physician as appropriate

  • Maintains accountability for actions taken

  • Effectively functions as a resource person

  • Functions as a patient advocate

  • Performs effectively in the role of preceptor for new employees

  • Assists in maintaining/decreasing organizational costs.

  • Completes competencies required annually.

  • Assists in the department's compliance with state, JCAHO, OSHA and other regulatory agencies

  • Assists in the preparation for surveys/inspections

  • Participates in the non-punitive medication reporting system.

  • Ensures accountability for narcotics per regulatory requirements.

  • Participates in health system/office fire, safety, utility, hazard, and disaster drills.

  • Provides for patient safety in compliance with nursing, hospital, and physician practice guidelines and policies.

  • Utilizes two forms of patient identification before implementing any form of patient care

  • Assumes appropriate code team role during emergency situations

  • Responds effectively during emergency situations

  • Assists in maintaining a safe and clean environment for patients, visitors and staff

  • Adheres to infection control processes, including standard precautions to reduce the risk of acquiring or transmitting infections.

  • Practices the National Patient Safety Goals.

  • Participates in unit performance activities designed to enhance the quality of patient care and customer service

  • Identifies initiatives to improve patient outcomes, satisfaction, or effectiveness.

  • Assists in chart reviews/audits as needed for performance improvement data collection.

  • Supports initiatives implemented to improve patient outcomes and/or office efficiencies.

  • Manages the physical and psychological problems of the patient.

  • Identifies normal and abnormal findings.

  • Implements a plan of treatment and reassesses as needed directed by individual physician practice.

  • Evaluates the physical and emotional responses to medications and treatments.

  • Prescribes immunization per recommended schedules directed by individual physician practice.

  • Seeks appropriate consultation with others of the healthcare team.

  • Communicates effectively with physician supervisor and other healthcare providers to achieve desired outcomes and assures a continuous flow of patient care.

  • Initiates and maintains problem list and medication lists.

  • Assesses and facilitates consultation when indicated.

  • Directs patients to appropriate level of care and communicates all pertinent information in a timely organized manner.

  • Assists in identifying and utilizing resources and or social agencies for further treatment or rehabilitation.

Specialty Essential Functions:

  • Performs procedures, assists in surgery, and provides care to the patient as per established guidelines.

  • Positions patients and assists surgeon in the operating room.

  • Preps and drapes the patient as per established guidelines.

  • Assists in surgery by performing tasks defined by the surgeon.

  • Assists and maintains sterile techniques through procedures.

  • Per supervising physician's direction performs skin closures as directed.

  • Monitors patients until clinically stable unless requested by the surgeon to perform other duties.

  • Performs suture removal, and dressing changes as per supervising physician's directions.

  • Be available for call from home to assist in emergency surgeries.

  • Directs and provides appropriate Pre and Post-operative care.

  • Performs history and physicals as designated by the physician. Identifies normal and abnormal findings and reports to the physician in a timely manner.

  • Provides preoperative teaching to patients and or families.

  • Performs patient rounds ensuring accurate assessment, review of labs and diagnostic procedures, and reports overall progress to supervising physician.

  • Orders appropriate testing per established guidelines and as outlined by supervising physician.

  • Documentation supports a review of lab/diagnostic results, is reflective of all required history and physical assessment elements.

  • Communicates with supervising physician in a timely manner regarding changes in the patient's progress, status, or critical test results.

  • Prepares for and develops discharge planning in conjunction with supervising physician.

  • Dictates discharge summaries timely and appropriate.

  • Provides counseling and instruction to patients and or families as appropriate.

  • Performs clinical responsibilities in a manner that maximizes patient care and outcomes.

  • Assumes appropriate code team role during emergency situations and responds effectively.

  • Facilitates timely treatment of abnormal labs or other relevant findings.

  • Develops workflow patterns to facilitate patient transfers or discharges.

  • Participates in outcome management and Press Ganey scores.

  • In collaboration with the physician: Interviews, evaluates and assesses patients in the clinic setting. Provides recommendations for treatment.

  • Evaluates patient's current status providing recommendations for ongoing treatment. Assesses for alternate levels of care as necessary

  • Adjusts medication as indicated

  • Provides patient/family education regarding medication, rationale for use and possible side effects

  • Collaborates with the supervising physician and or substitute supervising physician and members of the treatment team to achieve desired outcomes and to assure continuous flow of patient care.

  • Alerts the treatment team to any significant changes in the patient's status

  • Within prescribed time frames reviews treatment goals and objectives with patients making modifications as appropriate

  • Communicates pertinent information timely and efficiently to the supervising or substitute supervising physician

  • Documents in the medical record.

  • Records patient's current mental status

  • Documents all screenings and assessments performed

  • Records medication changes, prescriptions written and samples provided

  • Documents patient's complaints, concerns and questions as appropriate

  • Documents any/all telephone contact with patients, families, pharmacists or physicians

  • Records beginning and end times of each session

  • Signs and dates all documentation

  • Demonstrates leadership by utilizing the concepts inherent to the practice of a professional physician assistant.

  • Demonstrates an ability to problem solve independently utilizing critical thinking skills and seeks assistance from immediate supervisor when appropriate

  • Maintains accountability for actions taken

  • Effectively functions as a resource person

  • Acts as a patient advocate

  • Performs effectively in the role of preceptor/mentor to new hire/students

  • Participates in Performance Improvement activities designed to enhance the quality of patient care, customer service, or practice efficiencies.

  • Identifies initiatives to improve patient outcomes and satisfaction

  • Assists in chart review/audits as needed for performance improvement data collection

  • Supports initiatives implemented to improve patient outcomes and or efficiencies

  • Provides for patient safety in compliance with hospital and or physician practice policies.

  • Adheres to infection control processes, including standard precautions, to reduce the risk of acquiring or transmitting infections

  • Utilizes two forms of patient identification before implementing any form of patient care

  • Practices the National Patient Safety Goals

  • Marginal Functions: Defined as duties that are not essential in nature and do not take a considerable amount of time to complete (less than 10%).

  • Performs any and all other duties as assigned and appropriate.

  • Required Skills and Knowledge: Minimum level of education, skills and abilities necessary in performing the job.

Education:

  • Graduate of an accredited Physician Assistant Program

Certification / Licensure / Regulation:

  • Current licensure to practice in the State of Pennsylvania

  • Current Basic Life Support (BLS) approved curriculum of the American Heart Association (CPR and AED) program.

  • Current Certification as a Physician’s Assistant from the National Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). Current DEA license. Completion of required CME's

  • PA Act 153 Clearances (Act 34-PA Criminal record Check from the PA State Police system, Act 33-PA Child Abuse History obtained through the Department of Public Welfare, Act 73-FBI Fingerprinting screening within 2 weeks of hire in order to meet 30 days of hire or transfer position requirements).

Prior Experience:

  • Related training/experience (preferably within the past five years)

  • One-year medical/surgical experience

Other Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and organizational skills

  • Strong leadership ability, independent thinking and decision-making ability; analytical problem solving skills, sound judgment; excellent oral and written communication skills, must be able to function in a team environment.

  • Strong time management and organizational skills; ability to work independently and in a team setting; creativity in treatment in various settings including inpatient, skilled nursing and outpatient clinics; ability to transition smoothly between various treatment settings; flexibility in scheduling.

  • Sound judgment, problem solving skills, strong oral and written communication skills, ability to follow directions from other team members; works independently assigned duties.

  • Ability to communicate with all members of the health care team

  • Independent thinking and decision-making ability

  • Proficient oral and written communication skills

  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize assignments

  • Basic working knowledge of computers and office equipment

  • Ability to plan, organize and prioritize multiple projects simultaneously. Interpersonal skills that facilitate positive, constructive interaction with personnel both intra and interdepartmentally. Ability to support an interdisciplinary team approach to patient care that crosses a comprehensive care continuum. Experience with JCAHO requirements.

Preferred Factor:

These are job related enhancements that are preferred or would benefit the performance outcome of the job but are not essential or required for the job to exist.

  • Experience with case management of the orthopedic patient. Prior orthopedic surgical experience a plus.

The above job descriptive information is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this job. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities, as an employee may be assigned other duties other than described in this document.

Essential Working Conditions:

Constantly = (5 1/2 to 8 hours or more) or 200 reps/shift

Occasionally = (1/4 to 2 1/2 hours) or 2 - 32 reps/shift

Frequently = (2 1/2 to 5 1/2 hours or more) or 32 - 200 reps/shift

Rarely = (Less than 1/4 hours) or < 2 reps/shift

Sedentary Work -

Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally.

Light Work -

Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly.

Medium Work -

Exerting 20 to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 10 to 25 pounds of force frequently, and/or greater than negligible up to 10 pounds of force occasionally.

Heavy Work -

Exerting 50 to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 25 to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or 10 to 20 pounds of force constantly.

Very Heavy Work -

Exerting in excess of 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or in excess of 50 pounds or force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

Working Conditions:

Never

  • Extreme Cold

  • Extreme Heat

  • Heights

  • Confined Spaces-Cramped Quarters (Labeled)

  • Extreme Noise (> 85 dB)

  • Mechanical Hazards

  • Use of Vibrating Tools

  • Operates Vehicle

  • Operates Heavy Equipment

  • Use of Lifting/Transfer Devices

  • Rotates all shifts

Occasionally

  • 10 - 12 hour shifts

  • On Call

  • Overtime (more than 8 hrs. /shift, 40 hours/week)

Constantly

  • 8 hour shifts

Protective Equipment:

Never

  • Head (hard hat)

  • Hearing

Rarely

  • Respirator-Breathing Equipment

Frequently

  • Eye

  • Hands

  • Feet, Toes

  • Body

Occupational Exposures:

Never

  • Solvents

  • Paints (direct use of)

  • Dust (Sanding)

  • Ethylene Oxide

  • Cytotoxic Drugs (Chemo)

  • Mists

  • Wax Stripper (direct use of)

  • Radiation

  • Ionizing Radiation

  • Lasers

Rarely

  • Chemicals (direct use of)

Frequently

  • Blood and Body Fluids

Constantly

  • Latex (Rubber, erasers, balloons, gloves, rubber bands, etc.)

Essential Physical Conditions:

Marginal

Frequently = (2 1/2 to 5 1/2 hours or more) or 32 - 200 reps/shift

Essential

Occasionally = (1/4 to 2 1/2 hours) or 2 - 32 reps/shift

Constantly = (5 1/2 to 8 hours or more) or 200 reps/shift

Rarely = (Less than 1/4 hours) or < 2 reps/shift

Physical Demands:

Never

  • Climbing Ladders

Rarely

  • Kneeling

  • Squatting (Crouching)

  • Pushing / Pulling

Occasionally

  • Climbing Stairs

  • Keyboard/Computer Operation

Frequently

  • Bending (Stooping)

  • Sitting

  • Walking

Constantly

  • Standing

  • Use of Forceful Hand Grasp

  • Fine Finger Manipulation

  • Hand / Arm Coordination

Sensory Requirements:

Frequently

  • Feeling (Sensation)

  • Color Vision

Constantly

  • Seeing Near-with Acuity

Over Shoulder Work:

Occasionally

  • Pulling or Pushing Objects Overhead

  • Reaching Above Shoulder Level

Lifting: floor to standing position:

Never

  • 20 - 29 pounds

  • 30 - 49 pounds

  • 50 pounds

  • 50 pounds

Rarely

  • 10 - 19 pounds

Lifting: waist to shoulder level:

Never

  • 20 - 29 pounds

  • 30 - 49 pounds

  • 50 pounds

  • 50 pounds

Rarely

  • 10 - 19 pounds

Lifting: shoulder to overhead:

Never

  • 20 - 29 pounds

  • 30 - 49 pounds

  • 50 pounds

  • 50 pounds

Rarely

  • 10 - 19 pounds

Qualifications

Education

Required

  • Accre Physician Assist Pr or better

Licenses & Certifications

Required

  • BLS (AHA)

  • NAT COMM CERT PHY ASSIST

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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