This acute care nurse practitioner or physician assistant with professional critical care experience will provide patient care in a care team model in the Neuro-Intensive Care Unit. The appointee works in partnership with faculty physicians, fellows and residents to provide excellent clinical care and customer services to patients in the NICU. Works in conjunction with faculty and OHSU leadership to provide services to further the Universitys missions and goals of teaching, research, patient care, and public service as well as the departments/hospitals goal of providing effective, efficient care. This position will work cooperatively with nursing staff to provide education, continuity, and quality improvement initiatives.
Rounds on patients in the Neurological ICU on a daily basis with faculty, fellows and residents; develops and implements, in conjunction with faculty physicians, clinical plans of care and/or protocols for patients with common conditions/diagnoses/procedures; educates house staff and nursing unit staff on these protocols, with the goal of enhancing quality of care, enhancing quality of patient services, and decreasing patient length of stay; participates with hospital/unit staff in evaluating results of these protocols and continually improving effectiveness of same; works actively with hospital and unit staff to rapidly develop and implement discharge plans for patients in the ICU and to address length of stay issues; promotes health of patients in the ICU through the use of ancillary services, educational materials, and counseling of patients and families. Professional performance is delivered in a manner that is compliant with the regulations and guidelines of all relevant regulating bodies (e.g. the ASA, JCAHO, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, OHSU IRB, NIH, and all other state, federal, and institutional regulatory agencies). Treats all patients, research subjects, trainees, and co-workers with dignity and respect. NP or PA faculty will be responsible to document all of their patient encounters in a timely manner in the electronic patient medical record and will be required to obtain knowledge and education related to appropriate documentation and coding in the ICU environment.
Participates in ICU curriculum training program along with critical care fellows and residents. Teaches support staff, residents and medical students through clinical in-service training, and through resident and intern training/education in utilization of plans of care to improve patient services and outcomes of treatment in the ICU. Participates and attends all relevant M&M conferences and best practices committees. Academic and professional development through attendance and/or participation at national/regional conferences. Develops and presents nursing education curriculum related to care of patients in an ICU setting.
May participate in a program of scholarly research activity directed toward improved understanding of the causes, detection, and treatment of diseases. May also engage in public service through collaborative consultative activities with OHSU and non-University groups as approved by the Chair or supervisor.