Advanced Practice Registered Nurses / Physician Assistants
Internal Number: 623722300
The San Juan VA Medical Center is recruiting for a full time Physician Assistant (Cardiothoracic), to serve in the Surgery Service. The Cardiothoracic Surgery Section (CTS) provides health care to patients with a wide variety of diagnosis pertaining the heart, lungs, esophagus, and mediastinum, requiring surgical intervention. The CTS PA will provide care to patients under the direct supervision and in conjunction with a Cardiothoracic Surgeon and/or Critical Care Specialist. The Cardiothoracic Surgery Section Physician Assistant (CTS PA) duties consist of but are not limited to the following: Accountable for the care of designated patients admitted under the CTS specialty as well as serving as surgical assistant at the Operating Room (OR). Serves as a liaison between the surgeon, the house staff, and the nursing staff in the SICU. Uses sound clinical judgement in assessing, planning, implementing, documenting, and evaluating care, resulting in a positive outcome/improvement in the CTS patient population. Prescribes and/or recommends laboratory tests, diagnostic studies, and/or medications based on current medical center, VHA, DEA policy and within scope of practice. Provides support in the performance of complex CTS procedures at the OR. Assumes a leadership role in utilizing problem-solving, methodologies to resolve system and/or process problems that impact on patient care, staff performance, and/or system (s) improvements. Analyzes ethical/care issues, applying appropriate theoretical principles and ensures application of institutional policy. Effectively manages the service resources to increase efficiency, cost effectiveness and maintains a safe environment. Properly utilizes information accessible via the Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VISTA) or other computer systems; accesses only data for which privileges are authorized. Initiates and leads others in the application of newly acquired knowledge to the care of veterans at the service or program level. Maintains knowledge of current techniques trends and professional issues. Evaluates practice of self and colleagues against standards of practice and relevant regulations (i.e. professional organizations, colleagues' acts, clinical practice guidelines, TJC, OSHA) and initiates actions to improve compliance. Demonstrate positive communication skill and behaviors that promote cooperation and teamwork with internal and external customers. Shares expertise within and/or external to the organization by leading or actively participating in interdisciplinary groups such as committees, task forces, projects, formal teaching, publishing, or professional activities. Incorporates current scientific and evidence-based findings into clinical practice, including clinical practice guidelines and/or preventive index measures. Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 6:00AM - 2:30PM. Financial Discloser Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.