The neonatal nurse practitioner functions as a primary care provider to patients assigned to the Michigan State University Neonatologist at Sparrow Hospital Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (RNICU). The successful candidate will be expected to:
Assess, plan, and evaluate medical care in collaboration with the MSU neonatologists.
Report accurately and concisely in patient care rounds and problem-oriented documentation.
Collaborate with health care team in planning and coordinating care for the patients and their family through care conferences.
Order diagnostic studies and therapeutic measures in collaboration with the responsible physician.
Order medications utilizing approved RNICU goals, guidelines, and protocols (including blood and blood protocols).
Attend high-risk deliveries.
Resuscitate and stabilize patients.
Determine need for and perform core specialized diagnostic, therapeutic, and other procedures, including but not limited to:
Initiate and manage cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
Initiation and management of ventilatory support.
Percutaneous, radial, posterior tibial, and dorsalis pedis arterial cannulation.
Urethral catheterization of the bladder.
Peripheral intravenous catheter insertion.
Umbilical venous catheterization.
Umbilical artery catheterization.
Percutaneous central venous catheterization.
Perform the following procedures after consultation with a neonatologist (unless during a life-threatening situation):
Initiation of oscillator ventilator support.
Thoracotomy for chest tube insertion.
Provide direction to Neonatal Transport Nurses on transport or participate on transports when appropriate.
Provide consultation to Newborn Nursery and Perinatal areas.
Provide leadership by:
Assist in clinical supervision and teaching of residents, advanced practice nursing students, and PA students.
Participate in performance evaluations.
Formulate long and short-term goals based on self-assessment of strengths and weaknesses.
Participate as appropriate in the formulation, revision, and implementation of policies and procedures in the RNICU.
Participate in performance improvement
Assist in maintaining a climate conducive to open communication.
Act as a role model and resource for peers, residents, and nursing staff.
Maintain a working knowledge of applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations, the Corporate Compliance Plan, Code of Ethics, and other policies and procedures to ensure adherence in a manner reflecting honest, ethical, and professional behavior.
Serve as a role model representative of Michigan State University by demonstrating adherence to customer service standards and by respecting the privacy and confidentiality of our patients.
Demonstrate knowledge of and respect patient, service provider, and organizational confidentiality procedures and protocols defined under the HIPAA Privacy Policies.
Follow established HIPAA privacy procedures when using and/or disclosing protected health information.
Maintains and protects patients’ rights under HIPAA privacy standards.
Contribute to research by:
Apply research findings in their practice and teaching.
Support and participate in research activities.
Promote understanding of research projects and/or findings for neonatologists, nursing students, staff, and peers.
Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills
Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing one or two years of post-bachelor degree work such as a Masters in Nursing; one to three years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in direct nursing care in a specialized area or a Master's Degree in Nursing; up to six months of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in direct nursing care in a specialized area; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. The position also requires possession of a current license to practice as a Registered Nurse and specialty certification as a Nurse Practitioner in the State of Michigan. May require certification by the American Nurses' Association in a specialty area.
Clinical knowledge and skill necessary to formulate nursing and medical interventions in the RNICU environment.
Ability to demonstrate the knowledge and skill necessary to provide care based on physical, psycho/social, educational, safety, and related criteria.
Interpersonal skills to effectively and appropriately communicate with patients, families, physicians, nurses, and other associates.
Required Application Materials
Cover letter and résumé
Candidates must have completed an approved neonatal nurse practitioner program for registered nurses; completed a neonatal resuscitation program and BLS; maintained certification as a neonatal nurse practitioner; and successfully completed a criminal and educational background check and Michigan State University HealthTeam and Sparrow Hospital credentialing.
May include nights, weekends, and/or on-call
Summary of Health Risks
Exposure to human blood, serum, tissue, and other bodily fluids; and materials covered under Universal Precautions.
TB risk or work within 3 feet of human patients in a health care setting or potential exposure to animals or to specimens with Mycobacterium.
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