The Ambulatory Surgery Unit (ASU) Nurse Practitioner is a professional Registered Nurse (RN) with advanced education from a university-based Nurse Practitioner (NP) program and has attained experience in evidence-based nursing care for a specific patient population in the ASU. The ASU NP Nurse demonstrates leadership when providing and improving patient care. The ASU NP assumes the following roles and responsibilities: 1. Performs pre-operative history/physical exams for all non-emergent Ambulatory Surgery patients, including reviewing medical records, monitoring lab/diagnostic tests, writing treatment & medication orders as appropriate, responding to telephone inquiries from patient, family members as well as providers and outside physicians/care givers. Physician consultation will be obtained as indicated based on the patient's illness/co-morbidities. Electronic progress notes will be in the standardized history and physical template. Physician co-signature will be assigned by the NP at time of pre-op evaluation based on the referring service. 2. Performs approved standardized procedures in areas that will allow for the collaborating physician to be available to the NP by telephone or in person, including, but not limited to, all VA facilities. 3. Assesses the need for medications and prescribes them according to approved standardized procedures in case of pre-operative illness and/or other medical condition(s) requiring medications/intervention prior to surgery. 4. Consults appropriate service(s) regarding identified issues in pre-op process, i.e. untreated hypertension, new and/or abnormal findings, patients on anticoagulation regiments, etc. 5. Orders blood/blood products if not previously done during pre-op visit. 6. Serves as a consultant and expert to other staff in resolving patient care problems, providing patient education and coordinating patient care. 7. All patient contacts and visits with physician involvement must include the name of the physician in the progress notes. 8. Monitors and evaluates the quality of care delivered through performance improvement processes. Works with others to implement change to improve systems as appropriate. 9. Demonstrates active membership in local or national nursing organizations related to the clinical specialty or nursing profession with active participation in related local and national conferences. 10. Contributes to the learning experience of nurse practitioner students and/or other students through preceptorship. 11. Utilizes interdisciplinary, interdepartmental and community resources as appropriate to meet patient care goals. 12. Maintains mandatory and clinical competencies of the position. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 0700 - 1700 Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Internal Number: 600176000
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