Full-Time Physican Assistant
JOB SUMMARY: This position provides direct support to the Physician; thereby enhancing patient care though increased accessibility and facilitating patient flow. The PA participates in the departmental continuous quality improvement process. Promotes and provides customer satisfaction and appropriateness of care for all assigned patients.
IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: Supervising Physician
- Education: Graduate of an accredited school for Physician Assistants.
- Licensure: Certification by the Board of NCCPA and current/active licensure in the State of Florida as a Physician Assistant.
- Experience: Two years of Orthopaedic experience, including surgical assistance preferred.
- Machines/Equipment: Shared office supplies.
- Communication: Reports directly to Sponsoring Physician.
ADA Criteria/Essential Functions:
- Standing– Stands frequently while working with patients, May stand in intervals up to 45 minutes or longer.
- Sitting– Sits while working with patients, writing necessary documentation and attending required meetings, May sit for up to 30 minutes at a time or longer.
- Walking– Walks to get patients to and from their rooms or other treatment areas.
- Carrying– Occasionally carries items weighing less than 10 lbs.
- Vision– Necessary to read prescriptions, plans of care, progress notes and other documents. Requires corrected vision; ability to read normal print.
- Hearing– Listens to patients and other staff members (in person and on the phone).
- Speaking– Communicates in English with patients and other staff members (in person and on the phone).
- Psychological Requirements– Requires flexible work schedule as work load varies from day to day and time of day.
- Physiological Requirements: Controlled office environment, well lighted, clean work area; minimal risk or exposure to noxious fumes/odors.
- Participates in the Quality Improvement process and activities including the areas of Safety, Medical Records Maintenance, Patient Satisfaction, Physician Satisfaction, and OSHA Compliance.
- Gets along with the Physician, Administrator, patients and other staff members. Is courteous, understanding and sympathetic toward patients, physicians and others.
- Must keep confidential information confidential.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Performs and records history and physical exam. Writes routine admissions orders and schedules lab and X-ray studies. Receives physician approval for orders for controlled drugs. Provides pre- and postoperative instructions to the patient. Participates in making rounds with the physician. Practices within the framework of credentials. Obtains and maintains proper credentials and state license in current/active status at all times.
- Performs therapeutic and diagnostic procedures within his/her scope of practice and as directed by the physician. Maintains own clinical schedule, assessing and treating patients in accordance with clinic, department and supervising physician standards.
- Completes documentation and charge tickets in an accurate and timely manner, and in accordance with the policies and procedures of the practice. Completes charge tickets and submits them on the same date of service. Utilizes EMR effectively to ensure that documentation supports charges.
- Assists in reviewing and revising policies and procedures pertaining to clinical function.
- Assist the physician in surgery when and if necessary.
PATIENT EDUCATION EXPECTATIONS:
- Assesses the patient’s language, hearing and cultural/religious needs prior to beginning an examination. Incorporates patient needs into the educational presentation.
- Explains the procedure to the patient or family consistently in order to facilitate cooperation and alleviate anxiety. Addresses concerns regarding radiation exposure.
- Provides patient education regarding any potential discomfort that might be expected during the procedure and the ways in which the technologist and the patient will/can reduce this discomfort.
- Explains to patients and/or family members of any post procedural instructions.
- Maintain OSHA and HIPAA regulations.
- Respect patient rights (i.e. knock on patients’ doors before entering the patient room).
- Verify if name is correct on patient records and orders.
- Maintain a clean working environment and properly operating equipment and work area.
- Use accepted infection control techniques and personal protection equipment in order to provide appropriate patient care.
- Wear protective equipment when appropriate.
EXPECTATIONS OF ALL EMPLOYEES:
- Provide exceptional service to all of our patients.
- Exhibit professionalism and ethical behavior at all times.
- Maintain strict confidentiality of patient information and business within the organization’s policies.
- Maintain OSHA and HIPAA regulations.
- Treat everyone with respect, courtesy, and friendliness.
- Adhere to all policies and procedures for our organization.
- Communicate recommendations on improvements of policies and procedures to management team.
- Participate in committees, discussions and other team functions.
- Provide additional duties as may be assigned.