Nurse Practitioner, Gastroenterology
Job Requisition: 20554
Department: Gastroenterology – MWHC
Geographic Region: Washington, DC
Facility: MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
Schedule: Full Time
Shift: Day Shift
Hours per Week: 40.00
Location: Washington, DC
About MedStar Georgetown University Hospital:
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is a not-for-profit, acute-care teaching and research hospital with 609 beds located in Northwest Washington, D.C. Founded in the Jesuit principle of cura personalis—caring for the whole person—MedStar Georgetown is committed to offering a variety of innovative diagnostic and treatment options within a trusting and compassionate environment.
MedStar Georgetown's centers of excellence include neurosciences, transplant, cancer and gastroenterology. Along with Magnet® nurses, internationally recognized physicians, advanced research and cutting-edge technologies, MedStar Georgetown's healthcare professionals have a reputation for medical excellence and leadership.
General Summary of Position:
Provides daily nursing and medical management and care of patients with hepatobiliary disorders or other gastrointestinal disorders, in collaboration with designated physicians. Assists in diagnostic as well as therapeutic interventions and day-to-day evaluation, including diagnosis and evaluation of laboratory data, under direction of a physician. Implement a plan of care for patients. Provides for the psychosocial management of patients and families and coordinates care management with nursing staff. Serves as informational resource to patients, families and other physicians and make appropriate referrals. These functions are performed in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations and Georgetown University Hospital's philosophy, policies, procedures and standards.
- Education/Training: B.S.N. from an accredited School of Nursing. MSN preferred. Successful completion of an approved Nurse Practitioner program.
- Experience: Three to five years of nursing experience, inclusive of at least one year of directly related experience in Gastroenterology preferred.
- License/Certification/Registration: Licensed in DC as a Registered Nurse and Nurse Practitioner. Credentialed as a member of the GUH professional staff. CPR certification.
- Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: Knowledge of professional nursing theory, practice, and medical care to give evaluations to patients. Knowledge of organizational policies, regulations, and procedures to administer patient care. Skill in applying and modifying the principles, methods, and techniques of professional nursing to provide ongoing patient care. Skill in taking medical histories to assess medical conditions and interprets findings. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with patients, medical staff, and the public. Ability to maintain quality control standards. Ability to remain calm and effective in emergency situations. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
- Consideration will be given to an appropriate combination of education/training and experience.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
- Elicits, records and interprets a complete health history to include all past medical, family and psychosocial aspects. Performs complete physical examination and distinguishes between normal and abnormal findings.
- Orders, interprets and evaluates diagnostic tests and procedures to identify and assess patient’s clinical problems and health status.
- Orders and adjusts medications per written protocol or in consultation with a physician.
- Assists in diagnostic and therapeutic procedures as necessary for appropriate care of the patient.
- Formulates, implements and provides for the follow-up of a plan of care for patients, based on history, physical examination, appropriate laboratory evaluation and diagnostic procedures.
- Collaborates with attending physicians, social workers, nursing staff and other members of the health care team, community agencies, home care, local providers and schools.
- Works in conjunction with attending physicians to provide care at off-site hepatobiliary clinics.
- Works in conjunction with the nursing staff to meet the needs of patients identified in the nursing care plan, including meeting the emotional needs of the patient and family, providing patient family education and planning for home care, and coordinating any necessary aspect of patient management.
- Plans and participates in research/investigation related to the nursing and/or medical needs of patients and families.
- Acts as an educational resource for the nursing staff in regard to the care of patients.
- Maintains clinical competency in medical and nursing care of patients and stay informed of current trends and developments in nursing practice.
- Provides continuity of care through all stages of illness – diagnosis, treatment, relapse and terminal care, as well as continued health maintenance and observation for potential late effects of therapy.
- Plans and participates in the orientation of new Nurse Practitioners, nursing staff, fellows, residents, medical students and nursing students.
- Plans or participates in the development of educational material for patients, families and professionals.
- Participates in daily medical rounds with the health care team and house staff to assess patient needs.
- Serves as information resource to patients and their families to provide instruction regarding diagnosis, treatment, methods, and objectives.
- Triages outpatient telephone assessments, interprets and records data and consults or reports information to medical provider to determine plan of care and appropriate follow-up.
- Performs other duties and responsibilities that are appropriate to the position and area. The above responsibilities are a general description of the level and nature of the work assigned to this classification and is not to be considered as all-inclusive.
About MedStar Health
MedStar Health is dedicated to providing the highest quality care for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. Our 30,000 associates and 5,400 affiliated physicians work in a variety of settings across our health system, including 10 hospitals and more than 300 community-based locations, the largest visiting nurse association in the region, and highly respected institutes dedicated to research and innovation. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University for more than 20 years, MedStar is dedicated not only to teaching the next generation of doctors, but also to the continuing education and professional development of our whole team. MedStar Health offers diverse opportunities for career advancement and personal fulfillment.
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