Join Harborview Medical Center's Orthopedic Hand Clinic as a 100% FTE (40hrs per week), Day shift, ARNP, Nurse Practitioner; or PA-C, Physician Assistant.
Harborview is a level one trauma center for a four state region; a teaching & research hospital for the U.W.; and a public/safety-net hospital for our diverse community.
RESPONSIBLE TO: Administrative - Clinic Practice Manager; Clinical - Clinic Medical Director
This position works as a team member in Harborview Medical Center’s Hand Clinic, a division of the department of the University of Washington’s Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Department providing diagnosis, treatment, and surgical options for patients with problems involving pain or injury in the arm, forearm, wrist, and hand. This position will most often work with the physician in the management of: fractures. dislocations, sprains/strains, muscle/ligament tears, injuries to tendons nerves or vessels, numbness or weakness in the hand or arm including carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, contractures, swelling or inflammation. The healthcare specialist works as a member of the clinical care team, which includes, attending physicians, registered nurses, hand physical therapists, pharmacists, medical assistants, social workers, and orthopedic technicians. Within the scope of licensure and in accordance with clinic, hospital and university policies/standards this position provides comprehensive clinical assessment and works in collaboration with the physician to develop diagnostic, management, and treatment plans.
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES: •Maintains customer service competencies. •Provides comprehensive assessments of complex/specialized patients, and when appropriate, their families. •Obtains and records medical histories, performs physical examinations, orders and interprets diagnostic tests, establishes diagnosis and follows current standards of practice for prescribing medications and/or establishing treatment protocols. Recognizes own limitations and consults when appropriate. •Assists in the medical review and disposition of internal and external referrals, prioritizes fractures, and evaluates patients with uncertain diagnosis. •In collaboration with a physician, provides treatment for pre operative and post operative, return, and hospital discharge patients. •Recognizes deviations in complexity in the clinical assessment of fractures and works in collaboration with the physician to develop management and treatment plans. •Documents findings, reports and plans of care including needed patient education and appropriate follow up of care in the medical record. •Performs efficiently during emergency situations, using sound judgment and following established protocol. •May perform minor surgical procedures, such as but not limited to: therapeutic injections, hardware removal, administration of local anesthesia, and cast/splint/brace application. •Participates in the QA and process improvement activities of the clinic. Shares in the improvement in quality of patient care through participation in committees, implementation of new trends in nursing or medical care, and by contributing suggestions for improvement in organized delivery of care. •Follows clinic standards on the use of safety equipment and regulations for personnel (i.e., blood borne pathogens, TB, etc.). •Assists in the training of various levels of health care professionals. •Delegates tasks and duties for the purpose of coordinating effective and efficient health care. •Develops and maintains relationships with clinic staff, clinic manager, clinic medical director, interdisciplinary patient care teams and other hospital staff to ensure maximizing positive department and employee relationships. •Utilizes appropriate lines of authority to maintain effective communication. •Supports and advocates the mission and objectives of the medical center and division and assists in interpreting these to patients, visitors and the community. •Demonstrates professional responsibility and leadership through participation in hospital, University and professional opportunities. •Demonstrates responsibility for own professional growth through pursuit of work related experiences and educational opportunities. •Demonstrates understanding of laws applicable to clinical practice. •Other related duties as assigned.
Licensure as an ARNP, Nurse Practitioner or Physician's Assistant (PA-C) in the State of Washington; must be eligible to receive hospital staff appointments for adjunct staff membership by the organized medical staff of the hospital under Medical Staff By-Laws for Hospital-based positions.
Requirements: •National PA or ARNP Certification •Current Washington State PA/ARNP License •Must be eligible to receive hospital staff appointments for adjunct staff membership by the organized medical staff of the hospital under Medical Staff By-Laws for Hospital-based positions.
Desired: •Two years working as a physician assistant with an orthopedic background or a minimum of three years’ experience in a primary care setting that included exposure to orthopedics. •Emergency room, urgent care, or triage experience •Operating room and Orthopedic Hand experience preferred •Knowledgeable in casting, splinting, joint injections and able to interpret x-rays.
Founded in 1861, the University of Washington is one of the oldest public institutions in the west coast and one of the preeminent research universities in the world. The University of Washington is a multi-campus university comprised of three different campuses: Seattle, Tacoma, and Bothell. The Seattle campus is made up of sixteen schools and colleges that serve students ranging from an undergraduate level to a doctoral level. The university is home to world-class libraries, arts, music, drama, and sports, as well as the highest quality medical care in Washington State and a world-class academic medical center. The teaching and research of the University’s many professional schools provide undergraduate and graduate students the education necessary toward achieving an excellence that will serve the state, the region, and the nation. As part of a large and diverse community, the University of Washington serves more students than any other institution in the Northwest.