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Nurse Practitioner

Boston, MA · Healthcare

Position: Nurse Practitioner, Neuro Critical Care (40 hrs)     
Work Schedule:
3 days per week/ 13 hour Shift
Department: Stroke Service Support
Schedule: Full Time

 

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES / DUTIES:

  • Provides direct care, counseling, and teaching to patients and families according to established collaborative protocols and standards of care.
  • Sets priorities for appropriate and efficient management of patient care that reflects cost effective management of time, available human resources, supplies, and equipment.
  • Performs physical examinations and provides preventive health measures within prescribed guidelines and appropriate to patient needs.
  • Orders, interprets, and evaluates appropriate lab and diagnostic tests to assess patient's clinical problems and health care needs.
  • Based on outcome of diagnostic, lab, and physical assessment findings, arranges for appropriate plan of care and follow-up.
  • Records pertinent patient care findings in the medical record. 
  • Maintains interdisciplinary approach to planning and communicating patient care information by discussing patient data with appropriate physicians and other health care professionals.
  • Evaluates outcomes of patient care and makes necessary revisions in care plan.
  • Seeks and provides consultative services as required.
  • Through patient education and counseling, incorporates the concepts of health maintenance, prevention, and promotion into daily practice.
  • Demonstrates awareness of community resources and assists staff, patients, and families to effectively utilize them.
  • Demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age groups of patients regularly served. 
  • Notifies supervisor when patients in age groups not regularly served present, and seeks assistance from individuals with the knowledge of the specialized needs of such patient age groups. 

Professional Development

  • In collaboration with appropriate physicians, assists in the development, implementation, evaluation, and revision of nurse practitioner guidelines, policies, procedures, and protocols.
  • Demonstrates leadership skills in problem solving with and directing designated personnel in assigned clinical area.
  • Maintains current knowledge of legislation that may affect the health care delivery system and the function of the nurse practitioner in the hospital setting. 
  • Serves on nursing and hospital committees when requested and refers appropriate information to various departmental and hospital committees as needed.
  • Identifies own learning needs and assumes responsibility for maintaining current knowledge and competency in clinical practice area.
  • Educates patients, families, and professionals through the development of educational materials, in-services, formal lectures, and/or publications.

Quality Assessment/Improvement and Research

  • Consistently participates in the quality assessment/improvement program for the service.
  • Based on quality improvement finding, identifies appropriate follow-up quality improvement projects or research studies.
  • Utilizes quality improvement data and research findings to enhance patient care.
  • Participates in patient care research at a level consistent with educational background and experience.


EDUCATION:

Master's degree in nursing required. Completion of an accredited educational program for nurse practitioners required.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS REQUIRED:

  • Current license to practice as a registered nurse in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts with authorization by the Board of Registration in Nursing to practice in an expanded role.
  • Registered with the ANCC or other accrediting organization for Nurse Practitioners.
  • Registered with the State of Massachusetts and DEA for prescription writing privileges.
  • Current BLS and ACLS Certification.

EXPERIENCE:

Prior experience in similar clinical setting/specialty preferred.

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:

  • Expert clinical judgment and ability to be self-directive and demonstrate initiative in an expanded role.
  • Demonstrated critical thinking, problem solving and conflict resolution skills.
  • Full command (verbal and written) of the English language.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply principles of adult learning to provide effective patient and/or family education.
  • Organizational skills to set priorities and efficiently complete assigned work.
  • Effective interpersonal skills to facilitate communication with the various members of the health care team, patients and families.
  • Computer proficiency inclusive of the ability to access, enter, and interpret computerized data/information required.
  • Physical ability to meet the core job responsibilities in accordance with the practice setting demands for the patient populations regularly served.
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