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The Student Health Center has an outstanding opportunity for a Women's Health Care Advocate. This position independently advises patients according to the policies of the Women's Clinic as to the choices available to them regarding birth control methods, pregnancy options and/or other concerns and makes appropriate recommendations. Provides support to providers caring for pregnant patients. Maintains contact with patients to assess their needs and to assist them in meeting those needs. Maintains contact with referral agencies to update costs and procedures and to establish feedback regarding patient satisfaction. This position is one that performs an essential function; therefore, Incumbent should make every effort to report to work in the event that the University suspends operations because of severe weather, natural disaster, or other emergency condition.
Birth Control Counseling
Reviews patient's medical history and advises if any birth control methods may be contraindicated.
Advises patient regarding various methods of birth control.
Discusses use, effectiveness, side effects, risks, and warning signs, if any, of patient's chosen birth control method.
Assesses patient's need for annual pap and pelvic exam, sexually transmitted disease screen or pregnancy detection tests and recommends appropriate action.
Addresses other issues, for instance, sexuality, rape, abuse, emotional problems and refers as appropriate.
Assesses patient's feelings about pregnancy.
Advises patient regarding pregnancy options (abortion, adoption, and parenting) and explores with patient the impact of each option on her life.
Assesses the patient's support system.
Elicits patient's pregnancy decision and recommends appropriate referrals, gives written material and other information as needed. If parenting, discusses prenatal care, distributes written materials,
facilitates UWMC registration, refers for WIC and medical assistance, and schedules first appointment for prenatal care. Completes OB questionnaire in Epic for patients receiving OB care in HHPCC Women's Clinic.
Discusses and recommends future methods of birth control.
Discusses pre-pregnancy planning, distributes written materials, and recommends appropriate life style changes.
Provides support as needed to providers caring for pregnant patients
Provides anticipatory guidance for pregnant patients.
Works closely with providers to advise about options for testing, and to coordinate prenatal screening tests, genetics testing, ultrasounds, etc.
Supports breastfeeding, and helps coordinate referrals for lactation consultation, pumps, and other equipment and services as needed.
Manages the Lactation Station at Hall Health Primary Care Center, including orienting women in its use, maintaining the schedule, working with IT as needed, and troubleshooting problems.
Monitors and replenishes Lactation station equipment and supplies.
Maintains cleanliness of breast pump equipment, infant table, etc.
Provides Patient Care
With patient, identifies and plans evaluation, treatment and follow-up. For example:
Initial pregnancy detection and discussion of options.
Evaluates problems with contraceptive use and makes appropriate referrals.
Orders and interprets lab tests when indicated. May include urine and serum pregnancy tests, lipid screen, HIV, and other STI tests.
Performs basic telephone screening/counseling for birth control and pregnancy related issues, consulting with provider as indicated.
Recognizes emergent/urgent problems and consults with provider as indicated.
Participates as part of the patient care team, proactively assisting with clinical tasks as needed. Specific tasks would be appropriate to the scope of the individual's qualifications and experience, and training would be provided as required or needed.
Participates in Patient Education
Assists in revisions of patient education handouts and in selection for purchase of preprinted materials.
Makes presentations for birth control and pregnancy issues as requested.
Maintains Clinic Supplies
Works with medical assistant to maintain and order back office supplies.
Collaborates with other Team Members
Seeks assistance from other team members in areas beyond their field of knowledge.
Serves as a resource for pregnancy and birth control issues for other staff members in the
Participates in orientation of new team members.
Attends and contributes at staff meetings.
Serves on Hall Health committees as requested.
Facilitates patient's access to and flow through the clinic.
Updates clinic records on costs and procedures of various referral agencies. Hall Health Primary
Care Center University of Washington Job Description
Collects feedback regarding patient satisfaction with services rendered outside of the facility.
Maintains health maintenance task/reminders for Women's Clinic providers.
Prepares and delivers community outreach programs regarding birth control, etc.
Performs other related duties as required, e.g., statistical reports.
Management of the abnormal pap smear and procedure rosters, sending messages/letters when follow up is needed.
Maintains schedule templates and does the scheduling for the Women's Clinic providers.
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