The Advanced Practice Provider (APP) is an APRN or PA (see below descriptions). The APP promotes an integrated approach to patient care by functioning as a clinician, educator, consultant and researcher. The APP is accountable for promoting harmonious relationships among the members of the health care team and a positive image of The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children’s Inc.
Advance Practice Nurse Practitioner (APRN) is a professional nurse with clinical expertise in a specialized area of practice. The APRN practices within the limits of the Nurse Practice Act of the State of Arkansas and adheres to institutional policies, procedures and standards.
Physician Assistant, Certified (PA-C) is a Physician Assistant who, as demonstrated by a national board certification, has advanced medical knowledge and practice skills and is licensed to practice medicine by the state medical board under physician supervision.
90% Patient Care (Inpatient/Outpatient/Surgical): Daily management of pediatric surgery and pediatric trauma patients in the inpatient and outpatient clinical setting at Arkansas Children’s Northwest (ACN; participating in procedural care of patients within scope of training and certification. The APP will plan and prescribe treatment according to approved protocols; Perform assessments/diagnosis/treatment of actual/potential problems with pediatric patients; Coordinate with Surgical Services and schedule surgeries; Provide ongoing and follow-up care as well as patient/family education; Evaluate patient/family response to the plan of care through systematic follow-up; Collaborate with other medical and surgical specialties within the Arkansas
Children’s System and in the region to provide the most appropriate care for patients
5% Education: Participates in surgery conference / morbidity and mortality conference; Instructs medical learners at multiple levels (nurses, medical students, residents, physician assistants as appropriate); Presents clinical cases to members of the research and surgical teams; Participates in surgical/trauma education and outreach to the local and regional medical community.
5% Quality Improvement/Research: Actively participates in quality improvement activities (i.e., collecting data, suggesting and implementing approved changes and measuring outcomes) and the development of strategies to improve patient care delivery and cost effectiveness; Utilizes research to discover, examines and evaluates knowledge, theories and creative approaches to health care practice; Critically evaluates existing practice in light of current research finding; Identifies research questions; Disseminates relevant research findings through practice, publication, education and/or consultation
APRN: Arkansas RN License and Masters in Nursing from an accredited School/College of Nursing, current or eligible to apply for APRN license with National Certification in Acute Care Pediatrics.
PA: Physician Assistant certified or eligible for certification in the State of Arkansas.
Either must be eligible for prescriptive authority certificate.
This position is subject to a pre-employment criminal background [and registry (if applicable)] check [and drug screen (if safety sensitive position)]. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication alone shall not disqualify an applicant. Any criminal history will be evaluated in relationship to job responsibilities and business necessity. The information obtained in these reports will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.