Steward Health Care System
Taunton, MA, United States
Physician Assistant / Nurse Practitioner
The Addiction Medicine Advanced Practitioner (Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant) is responsible for the observation, intervention, and reporting as directed by the Medical Director and as limited by the NP/PA role. The NP/PA will coordinate activities as assigned to patients on the service.
The physician and the NP/PAs will round on the hospitalized patients and see new admissions from the emergency department. The NP/PA will also cover the Morcap (Addiction Medicine) unit for patients with active medical issues and upon admission.
The NP/PA reports directly to the Morcap Medical Director / Program Manager but interacts administratively with all the departmental physicians and clinicians at all sites and Steward Medical Group Human Resources.
This Addiction Medicine NP/PA position will work 7 days on, 7 days off, 7a-7p. NP/PAs will be working closely with the Medical Director.
Under the supervision of a physician:
Assess the health status of individuals and families by obtaining health and medical history, performing physical exam, diagnosing health and developmental problems and caring for patients suffering from acute and chronic diseases by managing therapeutic regimes
Respond to nursing staff calls regarding medical issues
Refers for additional physician interventions, physical therapy, etc., after consulting with Physician Director or supervising physician
Consults with the supervising physician regarding physical findings and course of treatment, collaborates with physician in quality improvement/peer review activities.
Orders appropriate medications per his/her expertise as determined by their supervising physician or their designee
Order simple diagnostic tests per his/her level of expertise as determined by their supervising physician or their designee
Initiates consultations to other services, authorized by the supervising physician or their designee.
Responds appropriately during unexpected events, codes, medical emergencies (i.e., seizures). Defibrillation can be done provided there is documentation of annual training (ACLS Certification)
Evaluates specific minor illness and injury of patients as defined by approved medical protocols
Collaborates with health care professionals in the planning, implementation and coordination of health teaching and counseling of the patient, family or patient representative. Documents patient level of understanding.
Other duties as assigned.
Master's degree in Nursing is required
Current licensure in Massachusetts as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse is required
Current CPR certification is required
Current ACLS/BLS certification is required
Maintains own CEU's and necessary educational hours for licensure and certification
APRN Certification is required
Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills.
Demonstrates clinical expertise for functioning in an independent role.
Excellent interpersonal relationships and communication skills for working with patients, families, and other staff.
Ability to collaborate and effectively communicate with physicians and other health care professionals and support staff.
Ability to be self-directed and demonstrate initiative in addressing responsibilities of the position.
Ability to complete forms and other paperwork appropriately in a timely manner.
Steward Medical Group is taking additional necessary preparations to ensure patients can receive compassionate care in safe, carefully managed environment with confidence and without fear.
Our Safe and Ready program consists of a rigorous [three-point] standard ensuring patient safety, confidence and convenience.
- Any COVID-19 related care takes place in designated areas away from other patients and their families.
- A stringent cleaning policy has been implemented throughout our facilities.
- A strictly controlled visitor and mask policy is required for patient and colleague safety.
Steward Health Care is the largest private, for-profit health care network in the United States. The company is owned and led by a management team of Steward physicians. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Steward employs more than 40,000 health care professionals and operates 35 hospitals across the United States and in the countries of Malta and Colombia which regularly receive top awards for quality and safety. The Steward network includes multiple urgent care centers and skilled nursing facilities, substantial behavioral health services, more than 7,000 beds under management, and approximately 2.2 million full risk covered lives through the company's managed care and health insurance services.
The Steward Health Care Network includes more than 5,000 physicians across 800 communities who help to provide more than 12 million patient encounters annually. Steward Medical Group, the company's employed physician group, provides more than six million patient encounters per year. The Steward Hospital Group operates hospitals in Malta, Colombia and nine states across the U.S., including Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Utah. For more information, visit www.steward.org.