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Physician Assistant - Surgical Services

Job ID: 211143
Category: Nurse Practitioner/ Physician Assistant
Work Type: FT
Location: West Chester, PA, United States
Work Schedule: Ful time day shift

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  • In collaboration with the supervising physician, the Surgical Physician Assistant will provide surgical and medical care to surgical patients. The Physician Assistant will provide direct health care management to patients and will assist the surgeon during surgical procedures, performing those skills of a first assistant.


  • Maintains aseptic techniques and actively monitors situations that could lead to breaks in aseptic technique.
  • Arrives to surgical suite at least 10 minutes before scheduled start of first case.
  • Ensures safety checklist, core measure compliance and time-out and universal protocol procedures are followed.
  • Position patients according to type of surgery and skin prep as needed.
  • Provides care consistent with approved Delineation of Privileges which includes but is not limited to the following:
  • Evaluate, diagnose, and provide pre-, intra- and postoperative care, treatment, and services consistent with surgical practice, including the performance of physical exams, diagnosing conditions, the development of treatment plans, health counseling, [prescribing medications], and assisting in surgery for patients within the age group seen by the supervising/collaborating physician or substitute supervising physician. APPs may not admit patients to the hospital. May provide care to patients in the intensive care setting in conformance with unit policies.
  • Assist in surgery to include, but not limited to, first assist, deep and simplified tissue closures, application of appliances, and any other action delegated by the surgeon
  • Counsel and instruct patients and significant others as appropriate
  • Perform wound debridement, suturing, and general care for superficial wounds and minor superficial surgical procedures
  • Transports and monitors patient from operating room to recovery room or critical care unit.
  • Direct care as specified by medical staff approved protocols
  • Initiate referral to appropriate physician or other healthcare professional of problems that exceed the APP’s scope of practice
  • Insert and remove nasogastric tubes
  • Make daily rounds on hospitalized patients with or at the direction of the supervising/collaborating physician
  • Make preoperative and postoperative teaching visits with patients
  • Monitor and manage stable acute and chronic illnesses of population served
  • Obtain and record medical/social history and perform physical examinations including rectal and pelvic examinations as indicated
  • Order diagnostic testing and therapeutic modalities such as laboratory tests, medications, treatments, X-ray, EKG, IV fluids and electrolytes, etc.
  • Participate in volume replacement or autotransfusion techniques as appropriatePerform field infiltrations of anesthetic solutions
  • Perform incision and drainage of superficial abscesses
  • Perform urinary bladder catheterization (short-term and indwelling) (e.g., Robinson, coude, Foley)
  • Perform venous punctures for blood sampling, cultures, and IV catheterization
  • Record progress notes
  • Select and apply appropriate wound dressings, including liquid or spray occlusive materials, absorbent material affixed with tape or circumferential wrapping, immobilizing dressing (soft or rigid), or medicated dressings
  • Write discharge summaries
  • Prescriptive Authority in Accordance with State and Federal Law
  • Participate in Pre-Procedure Testing as needed to meet the demands of the service.
  • Cover all assigned evening and weekend call. Maintain a 30-minute on-site response time for on-call coverage.
  • Complete all licensing, credentialing, life safety, child abuse clearance, and assigned Knowledge Link learning by required completion dates.
  • Resignations to be provided a minimum of 90-days’ notice.


  • National Commission for Certification of Physician Assistant (Required)
  • Physician Assistant (Required)
  • Basic Cardiac Life Support (Required)

Education or Equivalent Experience:

  • Bachelor of Arts or Science (Required)
  • Education Specialization:
  • Other (Required)
  • Education Specialization: Graduate AMA and ARC-PA approved Physician Assistant or Surgeons Program
We believe that the best care for our patients starts with the best care for our employees. Our employee benefits programs help our employees get healthy and stay healthy. We offer a comprehensive compensation and benefits program that includes one of the finest prepaid tuition assistance programs in the region. Penn Medicine employees are actively engaged and committed to our mission. Together we will continue to make medical advances that help people live longer, healthier lives.

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We are an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. Candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, familial status, genetic information, domestic or sexual violence victim status, citizenship status, military status, status as a protected veteran or any other status protected by applicable law.

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