Full-Time Clinical Nurse Practitioner – Fort Lee, VA
Kenner Army Health Clinic
Fort Lee, VA
DESCRIPTION OF WORK
The Nurse Practitioner (NP) shall provide services at the Kenner Army Health Clinic. This position has been designated as Emergency Essential Personnel. The NP shall provide the highest consideration to patient dignity and observe the precepts of the American Hospital Association’s “Bill of Rights for Patients.”
Education, License and Certifications
- Must be a graduate of an accredited master’s level or doctoral program acceptable to Department of the Army.
- Must maintain a current, active, valid, unrestricted RN license in at least one U.S. state, District of Columbia, Commonwealth, territory, or jurisdiction.
- Must have obtained, within 12 months of graduation, certification by a nationally recognized certifying body appropriate to the specialty area of practice (for example, American Nurses Credentialing Center; American Academy of Nurse Practitioners; National Certification Board of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and Nurses; ANA) and must maintained for the duration of the individual’s advanced clinical practice.
- Must maintain their American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers certification while performing under this contract.
The Nurse Practitioner provides professional, comprehensive family health care in an adult primary care setting at Kenner Army Health Clinic to include KAHC Troop Medical Clinics (TMC) 1 & 2 and Fort Pickett ARNG Health Clinic. Assesses, plans, treats, counsels, and provides guidance and instructions to patients with a variety of common, acute and chronic illnesses.
PRIMARY CARE FUNCTIONS:
- Works as a primary health care provider in an outpatient setting.
- Practices independently and collaboratively with other health care professionals, to provide primary care and to diagnose, treat, and manage the patient’s preventative, acute, and chronic health problems within the scope of practice and according to established protocols approved by the Credentials Committee.
- Provides urgent and non-urgent care to individuals, families, and groups of all ages.
- Identifies situations in which the physician should be consulted.
- Obtains a health history from the patient and/or family/guardian and records findings.
- Performs and/or requests special screening tests, requests laboratory tests and x-rays and uses the results in assessing the patient’s medical problems.
- Identifies and manages specific illnesses.
- Develops, implements, and evaluates the treatment plans.
- Makes judgments about the use of medications and treatment, prescribing appropriate medications and treatments based on protocols.
- Obtains physician consultation when appropriate.
- Provides advice and/or screens patients by telephone and in person to determine nature and urgency of their problems, provides health information and/or instructions.
- Assumes continuing responsibility for informing patients about implications to health status, treatment, prognosis through counseling and health teaching.
- Assesses and interprets patients’ needs to medical and/or nursing staff and other members of the health team. Coordinates inpatient/outpatient aspects of patient care.
- Develops and provides health promotional services.
- Provides leadership and teaching capacity for other health care workers.
- Assesses the physical and psychological health status of patients and/or their families through health and developmental history-taking and physical examination IAW established protocols.
- Discriminates between normal and abnormal findings on the physical assessment and laboratory screening.
- Evaluates the assessment data in order to make prospective decisions regarding care and treatment in collaboration with physicians and other health team members.
- Plans and provides appropriate treatments, initiating and modifying selective therapies.
- Refers patients to specialty physicians, other clinic departments, support services, or to community social welfare agency and services, as appropriate.
- Serves as a patient and family advocate.
- Receives, investigates and acts on patient complaints.
- Uses tact and diplomacy during all communications with patients, families, and staff members.
- Assures the hygienic environment for patients and staff by employing prescribed monitoring and safety measures.
- Assesses need and institutes basic emergency lifesaving procedures in order to stabilize a patient until arrival of a physician or EMS.
- Develops and provides individual/group patient health teaching as appropriate on topics related to health promotion.
- Provides teaching support and provides health care to community projects (wellness clinics) by participating in the evaluation of health care and needs of patients.
- Provides health supervision and guidance to individuals and their families whose health status may require continued monitoring, e.g., family planning and the aged.
PRESCRIPTION AND MEDICATION:
- Prescribes a variety of medications to patients based on the MTF formulary, using professional knowledge of medical principles, practices, processes and established medical guidelines as approved by the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee.
- Provides counseling and instructions on the use, application, side effects, and adverse reactions of medication.
- Writes prescriptions for prescribed and over the counter medications in accordance with pharmacy list as approved by the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee.
- Administers medications and treatments.
- Periodic evaluation of the proper utilization and dispensing of medications will be accomplished through peer chart reviews.
- Documents in the patient’s record (manually and/or electronically) all observations, plans, treatments, teaching and other important findings.
- Participates in ongoing quality assurance, risk management, patient safety, peer review and other mandated programs as established by regulatory and local guidance.
- Attends and participates in assigned committees, projects, and programs.
- Attends designated department, unit, and committee meetings; participates in peer review, quality improvement, and the implementation of practice guidelines.
- Serves as an advisor/member of committees as directed.
- Performs other duties as requested and/or assigned.
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