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Physician Asst Acute Care Inpt

Erlanger Medical Center Chattanooga, TN

Job Description



Job Summary: Responsible for providing direct patient care and supervising care of patients admitted to the service. Provides direct patient care for a variety of patients diagnoses utilizing evidence based practice. Responsible for prompt recognition of acute change in patient status necessitating emergent change in plan of care. Patient care includes daily rounds independent of physicians, performing detailed history and physicals on admission, diagnosing and treating patient with current scope of care, collaborating and consulting multidisciplinary team to optimize patient care and outcomes. Formal consults will be made to other specialists when deemed necessary. Will work closely with ancillary departments to ensure appropriate and timely work up and disposition of all patients. Provide comprehensive discharge plan to facilitate proper transition of care. Serves as both role model and resource to nursing staff. Provides ongoing staff education as needed. Provides patient education on ongoing basis. Maintains current credentialing/privileges, CEU requirements, licensure, and certification as required. Serves as liaison between ED physicians, specialists, consultants, admitting physicians, and Primary Care physicians to coordinate patient care services in order to optimize patience care and maximize utilization of resources.



Required: Masters Degree from an accredited PA program and National Board Certification.





Required: Hospital based experience either as Physician Assistant or other capacity.



Critical Care, Emergency Department, Demonstrated competence in specialty with minimum of 3 years experience in practicing specialty


Position Requirement(s): License/Certification/Registration


Licensed as a Physician Assistant in the State of North Carolina

National Board Certification

BLS certification required

ACLS certification required for those involved in direct patient care

Unencumbered DEA number




Department Position Summary:

The Physician Assistant Acute Care Inpatient will work in conjunction and support the inpatient team in providing expeditious, safe, patient centered care in a manner that judiciously utilizes Erlanger Health System resources and promotes positive patient responses concerning HCAHPS. The Acute Care Inpatient Physician Assistant provides clinical expertise and continuity of care for patients admitted under their care. This care is a continuum from the time of admission through discharge or final disposition. The Physician Assistant will work collaboratively with ED physicians and specialists and serve as patient/physician liaisons with all referring and consulting physicians. The Physician Assistant must have a strong knowledge base of a variety of diagnoses and treatments, strong leadership skills, organizational functions, policies and regulations as well as evidenced based practice. The Acute Care Inpatient Physician Assistant will:


Work collaboratively with Intensivists, Hospitalists, ED, and referring physicians.


Maintain and update policies, procedures, and algorithms in keeping with current evidence based practice


Serve as both a resource and role model/mentor to RN staff


Keep current with all required Continuing education


Provide patient/family teaching to improve outcomes and patient satisfaction


Role specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:


Perform detailed History and Physical


Order and interpret, and provide treatment as necessary: CXR, EKG, Laboratory studies, and other diagnostic radiologic studies


Provide staff education


Provide patient and family education


Provide physician referrals as needed


Recognize and treat acute changes in patient status


Collaborate with physician sponsor and ancillary departments as needed


Generate accurate provider charges


Round on patients daily

Job Details

Date Posted August 10, 2017
Date Closes November 8, 2017
Requisition 20068
Located In Chattanooga, TN
SOC Category 00-0000.00