This position provides patient care for adult patients in the outpatient Sleep Medicine clinic setting. Practice will focus predominantly on management of follow-up patients with sleep-disorded breathing and will include ongoing management of CPAP and other DME. Serves as clinical coordinator for clinical research as needed. This includes initial screening of patients, monitoring of study patients throughout their participation in studies and helping to make clinical recommendations for medical management after completion of study.
1. Provide care for adult patients in the Department of Medicine clinical sleep medicine program.
2. Performs follow-up visits gathering data from initial evaluation, develops and documents an assessment and plan of care.
3. Monitors progress of each patient and revises orders and care plans as needed. Identifies problems that may need special attention or more acute care.
4. Supervises ongoing care including use of durable medical equipment to facilitate long-term management of sleep disordered breathing. Consults with ancillary services and specialties as necessary.
5. Generates progress notes with each outpatient visit. Keeps problem sheets up to date. Maintains communication with referring physicians and other health care providers.
6. Assists medical team in determining a home care plan for patient and provides appropriate care. Mobilizes appropriate persons to contact resources for continuation of recommended treatment program.
7. Serves as clinical coordinator for research protocols, which includes recruiting and screening of patients, performing necessary testing and meeting with study monitors.
8. Performs all other duties as assigned.
1. Performs, as directed, safety compliance and uses Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), as needed.
2. Participates in Quality Assessment (QA) and Quality Improvement (QI) programs, as directed.
3. Ensures compliance with The Joint Commission and all other Federal, State and Regulatory Agencies.
4. Responds promptly and sincerely to customer’s needs, requests and concerns via all communication forms using easily understood language and refraining from using inappropriate language and non-verbal gestures.
5. Maintains positive working relationships as a team player through problem solving issues, speaking positively about others, listening attentively and observing the Patient Bill of Rights and Confidentiality.
6. Increases customer service knowledge, skill and ability by participating in department and institution-wide specific programs.
7. Incorporates National Jewish’s identity (Science Transforming Life®) into daily functions. Speaks positively about the institution, provides customers with prompt service, maintains a clean and safe working environment, dresses appropriately based upon National Jewish safety standards, and departmental policies and wears an ID badge visibly.
Knowledge and Skills
BS required in Child Health Associate Program or other approved Physician Assistant Program. MS or equivalent work experience preferred.
Certification and Licensure
Physician Assistant Certificate required. Colorado State Board of Medical Examiners License required. Healthcare provider level CPR/BLS required every 2 years. Staff assigned to high-risk areas (Cardiology, MIDC, PCU, Infusion Room) must maintain ACLS or PALS as appropriate. Child Health Associate certification preferred.
- or - Any equivalent combination of Education and/or Experience
Position is in a clinical environment. Frequent requirements may include: reading and comprehending medical literature, including basic interpretation of disease processes, medical charts, and instructions. Communication includes ability to chart vital signs and other basic information. Communication with interdisciplinary team as well as with differing ages and levels of maturity/understanding of patient and family, taking and recording telephone messages. Manual dexterity, manipulating equipment such as blood pressure kit, oximeter, spirometer. Frequently, has the need to assist a patient by moving or lifting. Considerable physical demands, requiring lifting up to 25 pounds. Also involves pushing wheelchairs, opening doors and cabinets, reaching for objects. Occasionally will need to crawl in order to retrieve a fallen object for a patient. Occasional requirements may include: sitting while completing paperwork, kneeling, and squatting. Incumbent may be scheduled to work an alternate schedule to accommodate essential business needs; routine travel by foot or automobile to alternate work/meeting locations may be required, possibly during inclement weather.
Inside environmental conditions may include: The potential of coming into contact with bloodborne pathogens. Has frequent exposure to infectious diseases. Occasionally, may encounter radiation from portable radiology procedures. May come into contact with various fumes/odors. Also may encounter contaminated biological waste from infectious patients. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be provided to each employee when needed as determined by policy. Utilization of PPE is mandatory. Estimated 1700 employees in the worksite.