Provide high quality health care to this company's members in a cost-effective manner and in accordance with accepted professional practice standards.
- Provide direct assessment, diagnosis and formulation/implementation of treatment plan for patients presenting with neurosurgical illness or injury. Outpatient responsibilities include histories and physicals, preoperative exams, ordering diagnostic studies and medications, screening referrals and post-operative follow-up. Significant time is spent handling patient inquiries regarding preoperative, intra-operative and post-operative care.
- Provide surgical services as a first assistant on neurosurgical cases in the operating room. Surgical procedures include craniotomies for microdiscectomies, tumors, aneurysms, AV malformations, stents, microsurgery, and laminectomies. Provide surgical call coverage with neurosurgeon on regular department rotation.
- Provide inpatient care by rounding on neurosurgical patients during weekdays and/or weekends. Responsibilities include writing post-operative orders, charting follow-up notes, changing dressings, removing sutures, handling ventriculostomy tubing's, and assisting with placement of halos, and placement of lumbar drain. Dictate all discharge summaries and write discharge orders for follow-up care in the clinic. Perform other duties as requested. The above care must be documented in writing in patient's permanent medical record in accordance with accepted medical/legal standards. All medical care must be provided in accordance with accepted practice standards, hospital/clinic protocols (including supervision by a physician) and State licensing guidelines.
- Graduate of ANA-approved NP or AMA-approved PA or Child Health Associate training program or equivalent requirements to meet State licensure.
License, Certification, Registration
- NP or PA National Certification at time of hire/transfer.
- Current Oregon AND Washington NP and RN, or PA license required. License in state where assigned required upon hire/transfer, application for license in secondary state required within 2 weeks of hire/transfer and must be obtained within 6 months.
- DEA/Prescribing registration at time of hire/transfer. Registration in state where assigned required upon hire/transfer, application for registration in secondary state required within 2 weeks of hire/transfer and must be obtained within 6 months.
- National Provider Identifier (NPI) required at time of hire/transfer.
- Minimum two (2) years clinical experience in neurosurgical setting.
- Minimum two (2) years surgical experience, with emphasis on neurosurgical procedures.
- Thorough and working knowledge of neurosurgical disease and injuries and their treatment.
- Thorough and working knowledge of surgical techniques, with emphasis on neurosurgical procedures.
- Working knowledge of state health care laws, licensing board regulations and controlled substance regulations. Important to know limitations and when to refer patients to the neurosurgeon.
- Ability to assess, diagnose and plan effective treatment for neurosurgical diseases and injuries.
- Excellent assistant surgical skills, especially with neurosurgical procedures.
Ability to use appropriate procedural/testing equipment, to see large volume of patients, and to interface with large physician and support staff.
- Shares call with 6 other PAs, rotating night and weekend call.