Full Job Description
Work as an extension of the DHR Health Level I Trauma Center trauma surgeons, the allied health practitioner will be involved in every aspect of care including inpatient and ICU rounding, responding to trauma activations, as well as post-discharge outpatient clinic. The allied health practitioner will utilize advanced knowledge and skill to identify abnormal conditions, diagnose health problems, develop and implement treatment plans, evaluate patient outcomes, and collaborate with or refer to a physician in the medical practice for further care management. Responsibilities include clinical rounding on trauma patients, identifying any performance improvement opportunities, and assisting with guideline development.
POSITION EDUCATION/ QUALIFICATIONS:
- For Physician Assistant Candidates:
- Graduate from an Accredited Program
- Completion of an Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) approved program, (Prior to January 2001)-Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
- Current Certification by the National Commission on certification of Physician Assistants
- For Nurse Practitioner Candidates:
- Graduate from an accredited Nurse Practitioner Program approved by the State of Texas, DNP preferred.
- Current state of Texas license to practice professional nursing; certification by the American Nurse Credentialing Center or National Certification Center in area of specialty, or the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
Both Allied Health Practitioner Candidates:
- Current CPR Certification
- Current PALS within 6 months of hire
- Current ACLS within 6 months of hire
- Current ATLS within 6 months of hire
- Trauma Outcomes Performance Improvement Course (TOPIC) within 1 year of hire.
- Current state licensure or eligibility for the state of Texas physician assistant.
- Computer skills required with knowledge of Microsoft Office suite.
- Good written and verbal communication skills required.
- Excellent customer service skills are required.
- Minimal evening or weekend work
- Bilingual – English/Spanish preferred
- Emergency Medicine, Critical Care, or Trauma experience preferred
- Understand concepts of quality and performance improvement preferred
- Requires ability to work independently and within groups
- Knowledge of State, Federal, JCAHO regulations and Trauma designation criteria.
- Computer skills required with knowledge of Microsoft Office suite
- Continuing education in trauma related/clinical care topics
- Good written and verbal communications skills required
- Promotes the facility mission, vision and values by effectively communicating them to others. Considers mission, vision and values in developing services, standards and practices.
- Represents DHR Health Trauma Services Department favorably to the community
- Consults with the Trauma Medical Director and Trauma Program Director to enhance overall program direction.
- Maintains all patient, staff, and DHR information and documents in compliance with hospital policies regarding patient confidentiality and privacy.
- Coordinates and implements aspects of trauma care of the injured and acute care surgery patients
- Provides effective health care in maintaining collaborative and consultative relationship with all members of the interdisciplinary care team while providing excellent and timely care to the patients admitted to the Trauma Center
- Participates in daily rounding and collaborates with attending surgeon and residents in order to adjust plans of care
- Assists with Trauma, Burn, and General Surgery operating procedures as needed.
- Collaborates with the nursing staff and assists by offering continued education of daily care, risk potential, and opportunities for improvement.
- Assists with audit reviews of trauma charts and identifies PI/QI opportunities.
- Recognizes care concerns and assists in the development of corrective action measures, and protocol development to improve trauma care.
- Monitors and trends PI indicators as outlined by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS-COT), Texas DSHS, and hospital criteria
- Assists with process of real time chart reviews for Trauma Review committee and other meetings
- Ensures on-going education to maintain current knowledge on ACS-COT, Texas DSHS standards and best practices.
- Participates in injury prevention, research, and trauma related projects.
- Other duties as assigned.
LINES OF REPSONSIBILITES:
- Executive VP & Chief Nursing Officer Trauma Medical Director 3. Trauma Program Director