The PA/NP is responsible for providing routine patient care in a clinical setting and ensuring that effective service is given, quality patient care is given, and maintenance of high clinical standards is achieved in accordance with the clinic’s philosophy and current policies and procedures.
Perform complete physical exams, pre-operative and post-operative evaluations, and record findings.
Order and interpret diagnostic studies (i.e. x-rays, MRIs, CTs and serum/join fluid labs, Dexa Scans, Vascular Doppler)
Establish a diagnosis, determine a treatment plan, implement the necessary ancillaries, order additional and selective studies or laboratory evaluations.
Consult with specialists and interventional physicians, as predicated by the case’s diagnosis and severity.
Assist in reduction of fractures and dislocations.
Provide minor office surgical care (i.e. toenail removal, suturing)
Apply and remove casts, splints, and immobilizing devices, remove sutures or staples, change dressings, on patients and draw up injections.
Administer injections, immunizations, oral medications, aspirations of joints, suture wounds, wound debridement, and other clinic procedures.
Prepare written prescription orders for drugs and controlled substances and authorize prescription refills.
Assist physicians in the application of specialized orthopaedic devices. Fit and measure for braces and orthopaedic devices.
Instruct patient and personal representatives regarding medications and treatment instructions and provides patient education in the use of crutches, canes, and other orthopaedic devices.
Assist physicians by recording patient progress notes and transcribe orders.
Triage patient telephone calls, answer questions and provide consultation and education to the patient and personal representatives.
Provide monitoring and continuity of care.
Perform independent evaluations and treatment procedures in emergency situations.
Obtain complete pre-operative medical history and physical data regarding surgery patients.
Acquire proper surgical equipment and hardware needed to perform scheduled surgical procedures.
Assist in surgery, which may include first assist, deep and superficial tissue closures, application of appliances and any other action delegated by the surgeon.
Conduct hospital rounds, evaluate and clarify clinical conditions, formulate and implement a treatment or therapeutic plan for hospitalized patients.
Dictate discharge summaries, histories and physicals.
Maintain a log of all surgical procedures, for documentation and billing purposes.
Take first call for the physician, which may include: deciding to admit, arrange surgical intervention, schedule emergency surgery, radiologic procedures, write orders, permits, and appraisement of the case to the physician.
Make emergency room evaluations and inpatient consultations.
Provide supporting documentation and coding information for all health care services provided.
Attend required meetings and participate in committees as requested.
Participate in professional development activities and maintain professional affiliations.
Protect patient privacy in compliance with HIPAA Privacy Regulations.
- Graduate of an accredited Physician Assistant program
- Current and active licenses and certifications
- Excellent customer service skills
- Demonstrated conflict management skills
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Strong organizational skills with great attention to detail
- Operating room experience preferred