- Assists in the evaluation and treatment of patients.
- Documents the delivery of care in the individual's medical records.
- Conducts patient interviews and documents patient histories, psychosocial histories, health status and medical problems or potential problems.
- Under the direction of a physician, performs physical examinations and specialized diagnostic and/or therapeutic procedures including cast application and removal, wound suturing and dressing changes.
- Assists physician in diagnosing medical problems, developing care plans, and prescribing treatment.
- Orders, schedules and/or performs laboratory tests and diagnostic procedures such as urinalyses, pregnancy and blood tests, and x-rays.
- Communicates necessity, preparation, nature and anticipated effects of scheduled procedures to patient.
- In collaboration with physician, arranges for consultations with or referrals to other medical professional or community services.
- Educates patient on health habits, self-examinations, behavior management, need for follow-up assessments/treatments, at home medical care, medication and other issues related to medical or health problems. Works with manager to formulate plan for professional development.
- Attends educational in-services as appropriate.
- Participates in professional activities and organizations to maintain knowledge of current trends, practices, and developments.
- Maintains and updates current, accurate patient records including medical assessment, interventions, and evaluations.
- Collects and interprets diagnostic data to implement appropriate care patient care plans.
- Prepares statistical reports and analyses of research projects and investigational protocols; reports on progress, adverse trends and appropriate conclusions and recommendations.
- Trains and teaches other health care professionals including students and residents in techniques and procedures unique to specific setting.
- Actively participates on organizational health services committees.
- Performs related responsibilities as required.
- Completion of an accredited Nurse Practitioner program or Physician Assistant program.
- Currently licensed as an advanced practice nurse in the state of Georgia by the Georgia Board of Nursing and certified as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP) or Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or equivalent body, or Certified as a Physician's Assistant by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).
- Licensed as appropriate in the state of Georgia.
- May require at least one year of direct experience in one or more high acuity clinical specialties.
- BLS, ACLS, and Healthcare Provider certifications required.
Acute Care Surgery
This position is integral to the daily functioning of the Trauma and Acute Care Surgery Services. The position involves participation in daily patient care on the service involving patients in the trauma bay, operating rooms and general floors, including the following:
- The APP participates in all aspects of patient care from admission in the trauma bay to discharge home or to an aftercare facility as well as in the outpatient clinic.
- The APP works closely with the residents, fellows and faculty of the service to coordinate admissions and discharge planning as well as daily patient care, progress notes and extensive wound care for patients.
- The APP facilitates communication and coordination between the multiple services caring for the patient, (e.g. orthopedics, neurosurgery, urology, plastics, ENT, OMFS, ophthalmology, etc.).
- The APP coordinates and facilitates specialized testing and procedures needed by the patient (e.g. CT scans, MRIs, interventional radiological procedures) to expedite care. The APP works closely with other ancillary services (e.g. physical therapy, occupational therapy, social services and rehab facilities) to optimize the recovery process for patients.
- The APP plays a critical role in communicating with families providing updates on progress or complications and helping them to understand the traumatic injuries, treatment plans, recovery times, discharge plans and aftercare.
- The APP participates in the follow-up clinic coordinating outpatient care following discharge.