Physician Assistant (PA) or Nurse Practitioner (NP) are licensed advanced health care providers who report to the Deputy Medical Manager and are clinically supervised by the Medical Director. The PA/NP may be assigned to treat Children in one of the following settings: Intake and Assessment, Triage Clinic, Daily Living, Treatment Authorization, (TAR), Audit. The PA/NP is responsible for managing health care of children within the shelter in accordance with contract, State, County and Federal rules and regulations.
- Degree from an accredited Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant school
- Unrestricted license in the state of service
- Fluent in English and Spanish (speak, read, and write)
- Minimum of three years clinical experience as a PA/NP working in pediatrics or adolescent medicine
- Demonstrated proficiency in the use of basic word processing programs and the CHS Medical Management System software.
- Excellent interpersonal and critical thinking skills
- Clean Child Abuse and Neglect (CA/N) or child protective services check
- Current national certification in specialty area such as NCCPA, AANP or ANCC
- Have and maintain current certification in Basic Life Support (BLS) n criminal background check
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- The PA/NP supports the Shelter medical functions and will treat children within these settings.
- Functions independently to perform age-appropriate history and physicals of children
- Performs standard medical care for all children such as: Intake assessment of health status, Initial Medical Examination (IME), disease diagnosis, plan of care development, treatment modalities, monitoring, request necessary tests and evaluation of children’s health status.
- Conducts rounds and refers children as needed to a specialist or hospital ER Screens for tuberculosis, pregnancy, and contagious disease.
- Recommends appropriate isolation as needed to protect health of child and others
- Oversees or administers vaccinations
- Interpretation and analyze laboratory results sign results enter into database
- Prescribes appropriate pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatment modalities for children as needed
- Facilitates the children’s transition within and between health care settings (e.g. Observation, Isolation, Intake, and/or Daily Living)
- Coordinates with Pharmacist as needed
- Assists with coordination of local hospitals to determine local capabilities, coordinate transfer to higher level of acuity care, stabilization, monitoring and arrange final disposition of children.
- Documents accurately in medical records, medication administration record, SharePoint, and other databases according to training guidelines
- Receives / renders shift report to outgoing / incoming shift
Serves as a resource to the medical personnel
- Educates children on disease process, medication regimen, and healthy lifestyle choices