Family Nurse Practitioner

DESCRIPTION OF SERVICES

This work is to provide medical services to US Air Force personnel assigned to the 8th Fighter Wing and its tenant units at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea. The contract work is for five (5) years.

DESCRIPTION OF EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

The candidate must...

  • Have exposure to and fluency in English language, and must be able to write, speak, and understand English language. 
  • Have a minimum of at least two (2) years of primary care experience treating patients of all ages (in English-speaking setting) for routine, urgent and emergent diseases and injuries and no more than twelve (12) months since the last work assignment. 
  • Experience performing care and treatment of patients, operating and maintaining therapeutic equipment, properly administering medications, conducting paraprofessional portions of clinical visits to include telephone consultations, and assisting in medical treatment of patients in accordance with established procedures and protocols.
  • Have sufficient specific training or practice experience in Family Medicine and shall be able to adequately assess, diagnose, stabilize and treat diseases and injuries to include, but not limited to, the following: Skin, Head, Ears, Eyes, Nose, Throat, Mouth, Teeth, Neck, Cardiovascular System, Pulmonary System, Gastrointestinal System, Lymphatic System, Musculoskeletal System, Genitourinary System, Reproductive System, Psychiatric Disease, Central Nervous System, Endocrine System, Peripheral Nervous System.
  • Be able to recognize those conditions beyond his/her level of training and/or experience and consult a physician in an appropriate and timely manner.
  • Have knowledge of professional care theories, principles, practices, disease process, and procedures.
  • Have knowledge of a variety of pharmacological agents used in patient treatment, the desired effects, side effects, and complications of their use as well as the accurate administration of the pharmacologic agent, including dosage calculations as required. Knowledge of the administrative requirements for proper documentation of patient's condition including disease progress, acknowledgement of teaching, and follow up care.
  • Have knowledge in setting up, operating and monitoring specialized medical equipment such as cardiac monitoring devices, EKG units, oxygen analyzers, nebulizers, and other unit specific equipment.
  • Be knowledgeable of clinical application of principles and practices related to the nursing process or healthcare management. 
  • Have knowledge of computer operations and proficiency in the use of basic word processing, data entry, and automated medical records.
  • Have prior experience in case management, discharge planning, utilization management, process improvement, and personnel management. 
  • Be able to review and understand a wide range of medical disorders, conditions, and disease processes for the adult patient, to include in-person and via-telephone assessments, evaluations, and diagnoses. 
  • Be able to educate and apply preventive health and disease management principles with a primary focus on treatment and prevention protocols. 
  • Have working knowledge of commonly used pharmacological agents used in the adult population. 
  • Have knowledge of Microsoft Office applications and become proficient in the use of the following computer systems: Composite Health Care Systems (CHCS), Armed Forces Health Longitudinal Technology Application (AHLTA), Aeromedical Services Information Management System (ASIMS), and Preventive Health Assessment and Individual Medical Readiness (PIMR). 
  • Have knowledge of electronic healthcare record documentation in Composite Health Care Systems (CHCS) and Armed Forces Health Longitudinal Technology Application (AHLTA). 
  • Complete all facility orientation requirements as a clinical nurse.
  • Be skilled in analyzing and defining healthcare needs of a defined population using standardized assessment tools. 
  • Be able to meet administrative requirements for proper documentation of patient's condition including disease progress, education, and follow-up care. 
  • Be able to use problem-solving techniques to articulate medical requirements to patients, family members, care givers and medical as well as non-medical staff in a professional and courteous way.

DESCRIPTION OF EDUCATION AND LICENSURE REQUIRED

The candidate must...

  • Have completed all education and training requirements leading to graduation from an accredited national, state, or military equivalent school for Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP). 
  • Possess their current FNP board certification or equivalent.
  • A current, active, valid, and unrestricted license (with no limitations, stipulations or pending adverse actions) to practice. 
  • Maintain requirements mandated by credentialing agency, to include continuing education requirements. 
  • Have, and maintain, current certification in Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) as certified by the American Red Cross. 
  • Meet the requirements of the Crime Prevention Act of 1990. 
  • Have a current Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) certificate or Controlled Drug Substance number as appropriate. 
  • Be able to read, write, and speak English well enough to effectively communicate with patients, other Health Care Providers and employees of the MTF. 
  • Meet Continuing Medical Education (CME) requirements. 

DESCRIPTION OF TASKS

The candidate will...

  • Provide a full range of FNP services in accordance with privileges granted by the Commanding Officer (e.g., supervise and provide general screening and medical care and examinations of patients for routine, acute and chronic conditions involving any and all organ systems; provide immunizations; diagnose, treat, and counsel patients as indicated).
  • Collaborate with the physician in the health care of patients with acute and chronic illnesses.
  • Request consultation or referral with appropriate physicians, clinics, or other health resources as indicated.
  • Order diagnostic tests as applicable.
  • Prescribe and dispense medications as delineated by the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee.
  • Promote preventive and health maintenance care, including annual physicals, positive health behaviors, and self-care skills through education and counseling.
  • Coordinate patient care through a continuum and facilitates the achievement of optimal outcomes in relation to care, quality and cost effectiveness
  • Ensures compliance with standards of care and practice in accordance with all established policies, procedures, and guidelines used in the medical treatment facility. Provides care within ethical and legal boundaries.
  • Communicate and collaborate with a diverse group of people for the purpose of informing the healthcare team of plans/actions, for teaching/education to benefit the patient/family and organization. 
  • Collaborate with off-base medical facilities as needed for sake of patient care. 
  • Perform deployment related health assessment (DHRA), annual mental health assessment (MHA), non-aeromedical preventive health assessment (PHA), Base Operational Medicine Clinic (BOMC) support, and primary care duties that comply with applicable Department of Defense and Air Force policy and guidance, to include required standards of care and clinical practice guidelines.
  • Treat patients with common acute conditions, illnesses, or minor trauma within accepted protocols, Nurse Practice Acts, and/or in collaboration with a physician.
  • Perform other credentialed medical procedures to include, but not limited to the following:
  1. Administer intravenous, intramuscular and subcutaneous medications
  2. Anoscopy
  3. Arthrocentesis (excludes hip)
  4. Burn management
  5. Cultures (throat/wound)
  6. Ear irrigation
  7. Eye irrigation
  8. Foreign Body Removal (rectal, extremity and uncomplicated ear/nose)
  9. Incision and drainage of abscesses & thrombosed hemorrhoids
  10. Ingrown toenail removal initial interpretation of radiographs
  11. Initial management of, envenomations and exposure to hazardous materials
  12. Initial management of orthopedic extremity injuries, uncomplicated (splints)
  13. Interpret laboratory results; Laceration repair, complex (excludes flexor tendon repair and repair of neurovascular damage), Laceration repair (simple)
  14. Local Anesthesia (topical/ infiltration) and Regional Anesthesia (digits)
  15. Nebulizer treatment; Ocular tonometry, fluorescein and slip lamp examination
  16. Perform venous puncture for laboratory studies; Secure and maintain an adequate airway
  17. Secure and maintain adequate intravenous access by peripheral routes or Suture removal
  18. Wound care (evaluate and direct management)
  19. Collect and record, in proper format, medical and social historical data appropriate to the patient's condition
  20. Perform a general physical examination and record the findings in proper format and determine medical qualification for various purposes.

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