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Ophthalmology Advanced Practitioner Opportunity in Springfield, MO!

This group is powered by Physicians, Advanced Practitioners, and an engaged support staff focused on quality patient care.

This Opportunity Offers:

  • This Position will work Day Shift hours
  • Full-time position (40 hrs a week)
  • Call Requirement includes 6 weeknight and 6 weekends per year and will take call from the Urgent Patient care phone and will also go to hospital to examine patients and report back to surgeon on call at times. (more information about call can be found below in the Job Description category.
  • This position will be in the Surgery Center.
  • System-wide Epic EMR
  • Comprehensive benefits including health, dental, vacation, 401K and CME
  • Malpractice insurance Included

Detailed Job Description

In coordination with the Ophthalmology subspecialists team of MD’s and OD’s; perform and document history of present illness, chief complaints, and select parts of eye exams as appropriate for new and established patients, interpret select parts of special eye testing and outside eye records. Perform assessment and plans and placing orders as appropriate and in coordination with the subspecialists team. Education of patient and families with complex eye diagnoses, and advocacy of patients with complex eye diseases. Coordination of care within department, including triage of complex and urgent eye patients and ordering of special testing. Function as a role model for ancillary staff for all aspects of patient care, including preparation of exam rooms and equipment, work up of eye patients, scribing.

Perioperative Care
Preoperative care includes educate patients and families about pertinent eye disease, treatments, and surgical interventions, helping them choose the individual plan that is best for individual patients. Advocacy for patients with complex perioperative needs due to factors including comorbidities, and urgent surgical planning. Perform pertinent preoperative history and physical exams, and preoperative orders.
Postoperative care includes removing and replacing eye bandages, assessment of postoperative wounds, educating patients and families about postoperative care instructions, placing orders.

Laser Procedure Clinic

Educate patients and families and place orders for in-office laser procedures. Perform pertinent pre-procedure exams.


After hours call: 6 weeknights and 6 weekends (Fri, Sat, Sun) over a year. Share call duties with the ophthalmology department’s Anterior Segment call service. This APP will be paired with a surgeon on-call. Duties include being “first-call”, alternating 1 weeknight and 1 weekend each month. APP will receive incoming calls from hospital, emergency department, and transfer center, when appropriate APP will be first to go into hospital to examine patients and report to surgeon on call. One goal is for APP to cover 1 weeknight and 1 weekend with each anterior segment surgeon over the course of the year.
Working hours call: APPs in the ophthalmology department are the “first call” for the UPC phone (urgent patient care) and take turns sharing this duty during workdays.

Administrative Duties

Include preparation of charts for the surgeon’s operating room cases, answering messages from physicians and patients, participating in triage of emergent, urgent, and routine ophthalmology referrals.

Includes phone calls, email communications, and site visits to referring community physicians (ophthalmologists and optometrists), to facilitate communication of the Ophthalmology subspecialists team care and related co-management for the Mercy Glaucoma, Retina, Cataract, and Cornea teams.

Operating Room

This is an evolving position. Currently there are no definite operating room duties for the APP. However, at the discretion of the APP and the surgeon, there may be a role for assisting in the operating room either during scheduled outpatient cases, or during emergent on-call cases.

Licensed Physician’s Assistant or Nurse Practitioner in the state of Missouri with completed PA or NP education program.

Your life is our life’s work.

This amazing practice is a part of Mercy Clinic a strong, physician-led and professionally managed multi-specialty group. With over 2,500 primary care and specialty physicians, Mercy Clinic is ranked one the largest integrated physician organizations in the country.

Mercy Clinic Eye Specialists – Ophthalmology

Mercy, a four-time IBM Watson Health top five large U.S. health system in 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016, is a faith-based organization and serves millions annually. With 40 hospitals in Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, and Oklahoma, as well as underserved clinics in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, Mercy is one of the largest Catholic health systems in the country.

For more information, please contact:

Michael Svendsen, BS

Phone: 417-820-4588

Email: [email protected]


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Mercy has determined this is a safety-sensitive position. The ability to work in a constant state of alertness and in a safe manner is an essential function of this job.