- Purpose of Job
- Provides primary health care for patients.
- Job Requirements
- Graduated from an accredited program for the education of Physician Assistants approved by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) required.
- Two years previous clinical experience required.
- Current, valid, and maintained Physician Assistant (PA) license in the state working without restrictions required.
- Current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) certification required.
- Maintain current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) certification required.
- Strong interpersonal skills necessary to effectively communicate and interact with patients, family members, hospital personnel, and co-workers.
- Ability to perform numerous tasks at once.
- Physical Requirements
- Weight Demands
- Medium Work - Exerting up to 50 pounds of force.
- Occasionally Performed (1%-33%):
- Frequently Performed (34%-66%):
- Distinguish colors
- Repetitive Motions
- Constantly Performed (67%-100%):
- Not Related:
- Electrical Shock/Static
- Rare (1%-3%):
- Radiation Alpha, Beta and Gamma (particles such as X-Ray, Cat Scan, Gamma Knife, etc)
- Radiation Non-Ionizing (Ultraviolet, visible light, infrared and microwaves that causes injuries to tissue or thermal or photochemical means) NICU only
- Occasionally (34%-66%):
- Explosives (pressurized gas)
- Physical hazards (noise, temperature, lighting, wet floors, outdoors, sharps) (more than ordinary office environment)
- Frequent (67%-100%):
- Chemical agents (Toxic, Corrosive, Flammable, Latex)
- Biological agents (primary air born & blood borne viruses) (Jobs with Patient contact) (BBF)
- Mechanical moving parts/vibrations
- Essential Job Functions
- Essential Functions I
Provides primary health care for patients by utilizing the process of assessment and diagnosis of health status, development and implementation of treatment plans and follow-up and evaluation plans of patient outcomes.
Provides patient and family education regarding proper use of medication and health/illness prevention to ensure adequate knowledge/awareness by interviewing and advising specifically to patient needs and recommending appropriate community resources.
Prepares prescription orders/inquiries/renewals to facilitate patient care by writing orders for drugs and controlled substances and relaying information to pharmacy.
Administers medication and immunizations to ensure patient health by injection, inhalation or oral methods.
Perform patient consultations/physical exams to determine the assigned patient's needs independently and under physician direction. Includes obtaining patient medical history, checking vital signs, performing tests relevant to patient condition and recording findings.
- Obtain patient's medical and psychosocial history; perform physical exam and determine patient's mental status.
- Collaborate with physicians and other clinical disciplines as appropriate. Provide teaching and patient education specific to the patient's health care problem.
- Order appropriate ancillary tests.
Develops preliminary diagnosis to prescribe diagnostic and therapeutic procedures by ordering appropriate laboratory tests, interpreting data, and utilizing principles of prevention.
Provides appropriate care specific to the age of the patient to ensure understanding and comfort level of treatment as outlined in the "Age Specific Criteria".
Maintain a professional behavior in attitudes, demeanor, and interactions to achieve organization's mission.
- Communicates effectively with physicians, staff and patients.
- Is approachable and professional in working with other health professionals, patients and their family.
- Maintains a professional appearance, behavior, and work environment.
Perform technical skills competently and independently to assure patient safety.
- Is accountable to learn new skills and equipment within areas' specifications and time frames.
Evaluate patient care to determine response to care/interventions for optimal patient outcome.
- Evaluate the patient's capabilities and/or limitations related to nursing and medical interventions.
- Recognize and address patient and family capabilities and limitations (physical and mental).
- Return patient telephone calls.
- Monitor outcomes and documents patient response to interventions.
- Performs telephone triage to determine patient special needs by recording patient condition, providing appropriate consultation and scheduling appointments when needed.
Essential Functions II
Participates in mandatory in-services and/or CE programs as mandated by policies and procedures/external agencies and as directed by management.
Follows and understands the mission, vision, core values, Employee Standards of Behavior and company policies/procedures.
Other duties as assigned.
Methodist Health System