Physician Assistant ONLY - Cardiac Surgery

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PA will be working in Cardiac Surgery, which currently has 5 surgeons. This position will support surgeons in the OR during cardiac procedures.  Rotating 12hr/8hr shifts Monday to Friday, with rotating surgical call for nights and weekends. Hospital OR inpatient.  At least two (2) years' of Operating Room experience is required. 

A Certified Physician Assistant performs procedures under the supervision of a physician.  A Physician Assistant performs such procedures within the specialty of the supervising physician.  The Certified Physician Assistant functions autonomously and collaborates with other health professionals to provide high quality, cost effective health care to patients, manage health care systems and influence health care decision-making through expert clinical reasoning, research and theory-based practice.  Demonstrates clinical expertise and expanded knowledge through patient care activities which may include diagnosis and management of a wide range of health problems.  Responsible for health outcome of an assigned patient population.  Confers with supervising physician in area of clinical expertise.  Consults with other professionals in areas of clinical expertise.  Develops appropriate educational systems for patients, families and staff in areas of expertise.  Actively participates in research pertinent to area of expertise.  Clinical:  Conducts comprehensive appraisals of patients' health status by taking health histories and performing physical examinations in specialty area; Provides primary prevention strategies and management of stable health problems; Provides specialty care to assigned patients that may include both stable and unstable chronic health problems; Establishes diagnoses for common short-term or chronic health conditions; Prescribes medications, diet, supplies, prosthetic devices and other home health aids or medication according to clinical privileges; Temporary practice (license pending) does not include prescriptive authority; Orders and follows-up appropriate laboratory tests, x-rays, EKG's and diagnostic procedures specified in clinical privileges; Evaluates patients to determine their need for further health care; Teaches and counsel patients and families in preventive care, medical conditions, plan of care, anticipated outcomes, and the use of prescribed treatments and drugs; Documents in the medical record all care provided and/or procedures performed for which the Certified Physician Assistant is responsible; Refers to other disciplines as appropriate; Directs and operates nurse-administered clinics designed to serve stable patients; Consultant to other disciplines in areas of expertise.  Professional:  Demonstrates the following professional attributes--Integrates research based knowledge and clinical expertise in decision making; Exemplifies a professional image in appearance, manner and presentation; Advocate for patients, families, coworkers, the community; Maintains certification and continuing education as required by the Illinois Physician Assistant Practice Act; Assumes a leadership role in professional activities and organizations; Advances the profession through presentations and publications.  Leadership/Organization:  Serves as a patient advocate and role model for "Patients First"; Mentors staff to ensure quality of health care practices; Assists with policy development and review in area of expertise; Participates in unit/departmental/divisional or hospital committees/task forces; Consults with management in assessment, problem solving, decision making, and evaluating clinical/system issues.  Education:  Provides comprehensive teaching strategies for patients and their families; Develops and participates in programs to meet continuing education needs of staff; Provides formal education to both internal and external groups pertinent to area of specialty.  Research:  Actively participates in research pertinent to area of expertise.  AA/EOE.
Required: 
  • Current license or practice pending license (not to exceed 6 months) as a Physician Assistant in the State of Illinois.
  • Certification as a Physician Assistant by a national certifying body as approved by the Illinois Department of Regulation.
  • Written collaborative agreement with a collaborating physician and once licensed may apply for a mid-level practitioner controlled substance license.
  • Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation recognition (healthcare provider level); Completion of a Physician Assistant course from an accredited school/college. 
 
Desired: 
  • Two years clinical experience in related area of specialty.

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