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Acute Care Nurse Practitioner or Masters Physician Assistant - SICU @ Pennsylvania Hospital

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Job ID: 138348
Category: Nurse Practitioner/ Physician Assistant
Work Type: FT
Location: Philadelphia, PA, United States
Work Schedule: 50/50 day/night rotations

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Penn Medicine is dedicated to our tripartite mission of providing the highest level of care to patients, conducting innovative research, and educating future leaders in the field of medicine. Working for this leading academic medical center means collaboration with top clinical, technical and business professionals across all disciplines.

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Summary: The Surgical Critical Care Service has an exciting opportunity for a Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant to join the Advanced Practice team in their very busy practice at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and Pennsylvania Hospital. Our team consists of 40 NPs/PAs who provide highest quality care in collaboration with 25 surgical and anesthesia intensivists and other members of the health care team. The Surgical Critical Care Service consists of 4 Surgical ICUs spanning 3 hospitals with 4,000 patient admissions annually. 

Our Trauma Program is national recognized and is located in a new state of the art facility. The Trauma SICU received the ICU design citation award from the Society of Critical Care Medicine. Being an elite Level 1 trauma center and quaternary care facility, our patient population includes those individuals with multisystem trauma, complex emergency surgery, organ transplant, abdominal aortic reconstruction, complex gastrointestinal surgery, advanced robotic surgery and high risk orthopedic surgery. Distinct functions of the position include: patient management, clinical decision making, bedside procedures (including central lines, dialysis catheters, arterial lines, bronchoscopy and bedside fluoroscopy), and teaching of patients, family and staff. In addition to clinical responsibilities, the role also involves participation in the Division’s Quality Improvement (QI) initiatives and Unit-Based Clinical Leadership (UBCL). The APPs also attend weekly educational lectures focused on complex critical care management and the latest in evidence based medicine. Opportunities for professional growth and development are available through research, lecturing, publications and involvement in department and hospital projects and committees.

Clinical work hours include days, nights, weekends and holidays and 3 to 4 shifts per week.


Provides direct clinical care for patient population according to established protocols and utilizes evidence based practice standards in collaboration with team.
Maintains accurate and confidential medical records. Documents all medical evaluations, diagnoses, procedures, treatment, outcomes, education, referrals, and consultations consistent with organizational standards in electronic medical records.
Identifies self properly to the patient and family and clarifies the role of Physician Assistant if necessary.
The Physician Assistant shall function within their scope and refer to the supervising physician when outside of scope, and/or directed by the supervising physician, or when requested by the patient.
Performs interventions specific to assigned patient population and written agreement.
Participates in the performance improvement processes to meet quality of care and service standards.
Demonstrates awareness of professional responsibility as role model to peers and members of the health care team.
Perform approved therapeutic or diagnostic procedures based upon patient’s clinical status.
Addresses patient and family concerns and creates a therapeutic relationship to provide support.
Provide patient education, counseling, and instruction regarding patient diagnosis, medical treatments, medications, and preventive care.
Participates in and supports accreditation, compliance, and regulatory activities of the organization.
Participated in preceptorship of PA/NP students and other healthcare learners.
Identifies patient/family needs for community resources and refers appropriately.

Minimum Requirements:

• Master’s prepared Acute Care Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant 
• Pennsylvania licensure and certification as an ACNP or PA-C 
• Surgical Critical Care experience 
• BLS, ACLS required, ATLS preferred

Additional Information: All nurse practitioners and physician Assistants function under the guidelines designed by the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center medical staff guidelines and are credentialed through that body. The CRNP or PA hired will be held accountable through a formal job description, the delineation of privileges, and their agreement with their collaborating/supervising physician who has initiated a Collaborative Practice Agreement. The Advanced Practitioner, while providing quality care across the continuum in collaboration with physicians, nursing staff and other members of the care team, performs histories, physicals, and procedures according to credentialing, and provide care and patient/family teaching following the nursing process. Also participates in research as appropriate, ensures regulatory compliance, documents care according to standards, and prescribes in accordance with the collaborative agreement and State regulations.

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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