Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Observation Unit Days
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Location:
Houston Methodist Baytown Hospital
4401 Garth Rd
Baytown, TX 77521

Category: Nurse Practitioner

Job Type: Full-Time

Posted Date: March 8, 2019

Work Shift: DAY

Work Week: Four, 10 hour shifts with alternating weekends, and holidays


Job Summary

The Nurse Practitioner (NP) position functions as a licensed registered nurse and provides all aspects of patient care, including diagnosis, treatment and consultation while maintaining and promoting the health of the patient. This position may work in both inpatient and outpatient settings and performs according to the nurse practice act of the State of Texas and as part of a treatment team. The NP position role models compassionate communication with patients, physicians and the interprofessional health care team.  The NP position provides education to patients about preventative care and prescribed treatments. This position may also conduct physicals, order tests and serve as a patient's healthcare provider, prescribing medications as appropriate. The NP position effects direct patient care according to the Houston Methodist Professional Practice Model Nursing Practice and Professional Performance policies and procedures.

 

PATIENT AGE GROUP(S) AND POPULATION(S) SERVED

Refer to departmental "Scope of Service" and "Provision of Care" plans, as applicable, for description of primary age groups and populations served by this job for the respective HM entity.

HOUSTON METHODIST EXPERIENCE EXPECTATIONS

  • Provide personalized care and service by consistently demonstrating our I CARE values:
    • INTEGRITY: We are honest and ethical in all we say and do.
    • COMPASSION: We embrace the whole person including emotional, ethical, physical, and spiritual needs.
    • ACCOUNTABILITY: We hold ourselves accountable for all our actions.
    • RESPECT: We treat every individual as a person of worth, dignity, and value.
    • EXCELLENCE: We strive to be the best at what we do and a model for others to emulate. 
  • Focuses on patient/customer safety
  • Delivers personalized service using HM Service Standards
  • Provides for exceptional patient/customer experiences by following our Standards of Practice of always using Positive Language (AIDET, Managing Up, Key Words)
  • Intentionally rounds with patients/customers to ensure their needs are being met
  • Involves patients (customers) in shift/handoff reports by enabling their participation in their plan of care as applicable to the given job

 

PRIMARY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

Job responsibilities labeled EF capture those duties that are essential functions of the job.

 

PEOPLE - 25 %

  1. Demonstrates leadership as a clinical resource, interprofessional consultant, and patient advocate.  Identifies staff development opportunities for professional growth of colleagues, provides coaching to meet identified goals.  (EF)
  2. Collaborates to foster healthy relationships in the work environment.  Acts as a role model and coaches staff in effective verbal, non-verbal and written communication.  Serves as preceptor for Nurse Practitioner students and medical resident(s), as applicable.  (EF)
  3. Communicates organizational information and aspects of administrative and clinical practice in a respectful and positive manner when interacting with staff. Advocates for a balanced workload, promotes positive behaviors, and peer-to-peer accountability. Facilitates the promotion of teamwork. (EF)
  4. Collaborates with the interprofessional healthcare team members to manage/coordinate patient care. Advocates on patient/family’s behalf to identify and resolve clinical and ethical concerns. (EF)

 

SERVICE - 20%

  1. Conducts appropriate, timely patient care under physician supervision, for a defined patient population(s), focusing on identified expected unit/optimal outcomes, individualized to the patient. Prioritizes care based on the patient’s needs, abilities and preferences.  (EF)
  2. Coordinates patient care between healthcare providers. Attends and participates in interdisciplinary rounds, as appropriate.  (EF)

 

QUALITY/SAFETY - 30%

  1. Provides safe and effective care by leading and initiating outcome, quality and safety improvement activities in alignment with organizational goals.  Demonstrates highly developed assessment, clinical, documentation, leadership and analytical skills; integrates and contributes to professional practice standards, policies, procedures, protocols and leads improvements in patient safety-related processes. (EF)
  2. Functions as a quality care provider, coordinating, maintaining and promoting the health of the patient.  Assist the interprofessional healthcare team in the development and implementation of protocols to ensure patient safety.  Affects direct patient care according to the nurse practice act of the State of Texas and the Houston Methodist Professional Practice Model Nursing Practice and Professional Performance.  (EF)
  3. Conducts health assessments (initial, ongoing, discharge, as appropriate), Identifies normal/abnormal health characteristics, develops plan of care, initiates appropriate interventions, and evaluates care outcomes on defined patient populations(s).  (EF)
  4. Performs invasive, diagnostic or therapeutic procedures necessary for defined patient population(s) based on licensure and credentialed privileges.  (EF)

 

FINANCE - 15%

  1. Implements departmental strategies to achieve financial target on entity scorecard and mentors others to do the same through timely documentation of care, decreasing length of stay, optimizing efficiency, and other areas according to departmental specifications.  (EF)
  2. Projects awareness and understanding of resource allocation based on patient needs and staff experience, knowledge, and skills.
  3. Contributes to department plans for resource utilization and capital needs to meet departmental financial target. (EF)

 

GROWTH/INNOVATION - 10%

  1. Promotes quality health care through integration of current research into practice and participation in research/evidence-based activities. Leads and identifies opportunities for practice changes and performance improvement. (EF)
  2. Provides education of information/knowledge in professional activities such as research, presentations, and publications. Expands individual nursing knowledge and coaches staff to grow in knowledge, abilities, skills, and attitudes.  Serves as clinical resource.  (EF)

 

This job description is not intended to be all inclusive; the employee will also perform other reasonably related business/job duties as assigned. Houston Methodist reserves the right to revise job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS  

  • Master degree in Nursing

 

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

  • Two years of registered nurse, advanced practice or nurse practitioner clinical experience

 

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES AND REGISTRATIONS REQUIRED

  • Texas RN license or temporary TX RN license, must obtain permanent license within 90 days
  • Recognized and licensed as an Advanced Practice Nurse (APRN) in the State of Texas
  • Certified by American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) as a Nurse Practitioner, based on applicable patient population, i.e. Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP), Neonatal Nurse Practitioners (NNP),  Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner (WHNP)
  • American Heart Association BLS
  • American Heart Association ACLS (not required for Employee Health, Primary Care and Telemedicine departments)
  • Prescriptive authority privileges through the State of Texas
  • Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registration must be obtained within 6 months of hire

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED

  • Demonstrates the skills and competencies necessary to safely perform the assigned job, determined through on-going skills, competency assessments, and performance evaluations.
  • Sufficient proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing the English language necessary to perform the essential functions of this job, especially with regard to activities impacting patient or employee safety or security.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with patients, physicians, family members and co-workers in a manner consistent with a customer service focus and application of positive language principles.
  • Uses therapeutic communication to establish a relationship with patients, families and interprofessional team to collaborate on the plan of care
  • Strong assessment, organizational and problem solving skill as evidenced by capacity to prioritize multiple tasks and role components
  • Ability to function independently and exercise judgment in interactions with physicians, interprofessional care team and patients and their families
  • Demonstrates proficient time management skills
  • Uses critical thinking skills and clinical judgment to work autonomously as defined by the Nurse Practice Act.

 

SUPPLEMENTAL REQUIREMENTS

Work Attire                              Yes/No

Uniform                                   No

Scrubs                                     Yes     

Business professional             Yes

Other (dept. approved)            Yes

On-Call*                                    Yes, on a regular basis (for Non-Exempt or Exempt jobs)

*Note that employees may be required to be on-call during emergencies (i.e. Disaster, Severe Weather Event, etc.) regardless of selection above.

            

Travel**                                  

May require travel within        Yes

Houston Metropolitan area

May require travel outside     No

of Houston Metropolitan area            

 

**Travel specifications may vary by department.

 

Please note any other special considerations to this job: __________________________

 


Equal Employment Opportunity

Houston Methodist is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Equal employment opportunity is a sound and just concept to which Houston Methodist is firmly bound. Houston Methodist will not engage in discrimination against or harassment of any person employed or seeking employment with Houston Methodist on the basis of  race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, status as a protected veteran or other characteristics protected by law.

VEVRAA Federal Contractor – priority referral Protected Veterans requested.



Company Profile

Houston Methodist Baytown Hospital, located 35 miles east of Houston, is the area's only full-service hospital offering specialized medical care for patients at every stage in life. This 257 licensed bed hospital with 18 operating rooms, and over 1,400 employees, brings Medical Center excellence and quality care close to East Harris and surrounding counties.

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