ADVANCED PRACTICE PROFESSIONAL - NEUROLOGY

Job Locations US-AK-Juneau
Job ID
2021-5911
Category
PROVIDERS
Type
Regular Full-Time/80hrs (1.0 FTE) -A1

About Us:

 

SEARHC is a non-profit health consortium which serves the health interests of the residents of Southeast Alaska. We see our employees as our strongest assets. It is our priority to further their development and our organization by aiding in their professional advancement.

 

Working at SEARHC is more than a job, it’s a fulfilling career. We offer generous benefits, including retirement, paid time off, paid parental leave, health, dental, and vision benefits, life insurance and long and short-term disability, and more.

Job Overview:

In collaboration with the Specialty Services Medical Director, is responsible for the development and coordination of neurology services for SEARHC.  In addition to the direct provision of neurology services, this position coordinates patient care provided by visiting neurologists from partner organizations as well as the patients’ primary care physicians. This position has a high degree of responsibility and no on-site supervision by a neurologist.  Primary work location will be Juneau but monthly travel to provide field clinics at remote locations may be required.

Responsibilities:

  1. Performs neurology assessments and management of patients with all forms of neurological conditions in the outpatient setting. This includes patients with cerebrovascular disease such as stroke, central nervous system, peripheral nervous system, headache disorders, movement disorders and seizures.
  1. Orders tests such as EMG, EEG, labs and CNS diagnostic imaging. Interprets diagnostic test results for deviations from normal. Makes tentative diagnoses and decisions about management and treatment of patient. Partners with visiting physicians regarding proposed plans of care, manages therapeutic regimes, provides follow up care and modification of plans if necessary. Collaborates with patients on plans of care, instructs/counsels patients on prescribed medications and educates patients and families on relevant topics.
  1. Confers and consults with neurologists, other health professionals, and support staff to provide coordination of neurology care including referrals for services and higher level care as appropriate.
  1. Performs provider-to-provider consults for primary care providers across the consortium with questions regarding diagnosis, treatment and coordination of care for patients with neurologic concerns.
  1. Performs minor procedures such as botulinum toxin injections, occipital and trigeminal nerve blocks, and trigger point injections.  
  1. Updates and maintains a variety of files, records, charts and other documents. Records orders and progress notes in accordance with SEARHC standards.
  2. Performs quality assurance assessments and provides feedback to the Medical Director on quality of patients care delivered. Utilizes current research and evidence-based decision making in all clinical practice. Serves as an expert consultant to physicians, nursing staff and members of the healthcare team.
  1. Participates in all medical staff functions as requested, to include quality assurance reviews and medical staff meetings. Abides by medical staff bylaws, rules and regulations, and clinical services policies/procedures.
  1. Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

Education: 

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Nursing AND a Master of Science Degree as a Nurse Practitioner.

Licensure and Certification:

  • Pending or active licensure in the State of Alaska (may practice under any active state license as a direct hire employee pending AK licensure).
  • Current Advance Cardiac Life Support and Basic Life Support Certifications.

Experience:

  • Five (3) years experience involving Neurology care

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Knowledge of neurology practices and principles
  • Understanding of the relationship between primary and specialty care in a rural health setting
  • Basic emergency care and protocol where appropriate
  • Common disease processes and pharmacology
  • Is aware of standards of care, EMTALA, HIPAA, health care risk management principles, medical ethics, and medical malpractice principles

Skills:

  • Effective communication skill and ability to interact with staff and patients
  • Capable of operating essential basic medical equipment
  • Makes proper assessments based upon history, exam, lab, x-ray and other data
  • Incorporates health promotion and health prevention activities into patient care
  • Educates patients and family members about diagnoses, treatment plan alternatives, risks, options, and medications
  • Provides high quality health care services including the performance of medical procedures appropriate to the outpatient setting

Abilities:

  • Promotes teamwork and collaboration and resolves conflict
  • Ability to efficiently utilize the electronic medical record and other clinically required technology
  • Carefully listens to patients and family members
  • Express ideas clearly through oral and written communication skills, analyze complex situations efficiently and problem solve, and effectively implement clinical program strategies

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