Advanced Practice Nurse

May 06, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: The University of Chicago, Section of Hospital Medicine provides 24 hour a day in-house clinical care at the University of Chicago Medicine (UCM). The Section's clinical work is performed by more than 50 physicians, advance practice nurses, physician assistants, nurses, and social workers. The members of our Section serve in a broad array of clinical and leadership roles in the Medical Center, Pritzker School of Medicine, undergraduate College, and at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center. We play a crucial role in the care of some of the most medically complex patients admitted to UCMC. These patients include most solid organ transplant patients and oncology patients with medical complications of their disease or treatment. In an innovative care team model, we use hospital medicine physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants in close cooperation with the consulting services to meet the highly complex care required by these patients. We have developed expertise in the management of complications of immunosuppression and other common complications facing these types of patients. Additionally, the Section's Comprehensive Care Program provides integrated inpatient and outpatient care for patients at increased risk of hospitalization. The Hospital Medicine Section also runs the medicine consult service at UCMC. This service works closely with the surgical and other non-medicine services, particularly orthopedics, urology, vascular surgery, neurosurgery, and neurology. In addition to pre-operative evaluation, we actively manage patients with chronic active medical conditions who are admitted for a non-medical issue. We are available, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with an in-house attending to evaluate and treat patients on the non-medical services that develop an acute medical issue.

Unit Job Summary: The Advanced Practice Nurse will provide comprehensive care to patients on the inpatient Hospitalist service and general medicine consult service. Work with a multidisciplinary team to manage a caseload of patients by using advanced clinical skills to assess, diagnose and manage patients in collaboration with a licensed physician: conduct admissions evaluations and discharge planning of hospitalized medical patients, complete admissions and discharge paperwork for patients admitted to assigned services and provide initial assessment and management of urgent issues for hospitalized patients. There is a weekend requirement of one weekend per month. Initiate delegated medical treatments, provide independent nursing interventions and evaluation of care at night. Perform routine diagnostic and therapeutic procedures within the scope of practice. Identify potential areas of nursing research. Participate in the development, review and evaluation of standards and protocols.

Unit Education: Advanced degree (or equivalent, if license received prior to July 1, 2001) from an accredited school/college of nursing required. Ability to obtain Illinois advanced practice nurse (APN) license by start date required. Current license as a Registered Nurse required. Must be eligible for DEA registration.

Unit Experience: Previous experience within the inpatient setting preferred. Experience with word processing and spreadsheet software preferred.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Demonstrated clinical competency, effective leadership and teaching skills required. Ability to conduct physical examinations and health assessments required. Ability to interview and obtain medical information required. Willingness to enter into written collaborative agreement with a collaborating physician upon hire required. Once licensed and as needed, willingness to apply for a mid-level practitioner controlled substance license and DEA number required. Willingness to be privileged and credentialed through UCMC Medical Staff Office prior to start date required. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently required. Strong organizational skills required. Excellent analytical, verbal, quantitative, and writing skills required. Demonstrated outstanding interpersonal skills required. Proficiency in the use of computers preferred.

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