Instructor/PA, Pediatric NP

Aurora, CO
Jul 13, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

University of Colorado School of Medicine

University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus

Department of Pediatrics - Section of Critical Care

Instructor/Physician Assistant/Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Position # [732193] - Requisition # [08797]

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Job Summary:

The Department of Pediatrics Section of Critical Care has an opening for a full-time, Instructor/Physician Assistant/Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. Members of the Pediatric Critical Care Section provide care to critically ill patients at Childrens Hospital Colorado, participate in the education of fellows, house staff, advanced practitioners and students and are active in a variety of research fields. The Instructor/Physician Assistant/Pediatric Nurse Practitioner will primarily contribute through provision of patient care to critically ill patients at Childrens Hospital Colorado, but will also participate in the educational and research missions of the section.

Examples of Work Performed:

Examples include, but are not limited to, taking comprehensive patient histories, performing physical examinations, performing bedside procedures, ordering medications and communicating with consulting services.

Provides/coordinates clinical practice for patients admitted to the Pediatric Critical Care service or for whom the Pediatric Critical Care service is consulting, 24 hours a day, through the collaborative practice agreement and under the supervision of the on-call attending physician who is either on site or available by pager or phone.
  • Provides evidence-based clinical care to pediatric patients in the PICU.
  • Gathers pertinent information systematically and skillfully from all sources: history, diagnostic tests, and comprehensive physical examinations, behavioral and developmental assessments.
  • Incorporates all assessment findings into a plan to direct patient management
  • Round daily on all patients in the PICU based upon a rotating schedule and collaborate with the attending physician, other attending physicians from referral services, and with the healthcare team to assess, diagnose, plan, set priorities and realistic outcomes, and evaluate the effectiveness and cost efficiency of patient care.
  • Evaluates patient physiological and behavioral responses to interventions for revision of management plans
  • Documents daily all relevant data including but not limited to results of diagnostic tests, laboratory results, patients' condition, response to therapies/interventions, and follow-up interventions
  • Differentiates normal and abnormal variations for all body systems
  • Accurately interprets diagnostic tests
  • Develops problem lists with associated differential diagnosis
  • Communicates with the family regarding the changing health care needs of their child
  • Assesses family adaptation, coping skills and the need for crisis or other interventions
  • Establishes appropriate priorities of care
  • Utilizing available resources (PharmD, formulary, consulting services) plans and implements appropriate pharmacologic therapies
  • Accurately and appropriately performs routine diagnostic and therapeutic techniques according to established protocol and current pediatric critical care standards.
  • Initiates and performs measures necessary to resuscitate and stabilize a compromised pediatric patient according to current critical care and AHA standards.
  • Initiates referrals based on patient/family needs
  • Communicates verbally all pertinent patient information to the on call attending physician, nursing staff, and other relevant healthcare providers.
  • Role models competence in advanced critical care skills.
  • Utilizes prescriptive privileges for identified patient population.
  • Keeps knowledge base current by reading professional literature, attending educational programs, and reviewing changes in health legislation and relevant professional research.
  • Develop, implement, and promote educational and support resources, following institutional processes
  • Utilize evidence-based data and provide leadership to improve outcomes
  • Utilizes evidence-based decision-making in all clinical practice.
  • Incorporates clinical research finding in the development and implementation of standards of care.
  • Supports IRB approved clinical research/trials through a variety of activities including but not limited to: obtaining consent, ordering diagnostic tests, recording laboratory and diagnostic results, administering therapeutic interventions, and reporting patient outcomes including toxicities or adverse events.
  • Participates in interdisciplinary quality improvement and/or research activities.
  • Participates in documenting outcome measures.
  • Identifies potential areas for research.


Minimum Requirements:


Graduation from an APAP approved Physician Assistant Training Program. Certification from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. Colorado license will be required prior to start date. BLS and PALS required prior to start date. Ability to work effectively in a multi-disciplinary, academic health care setting.



Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with ability to obtain Prescriptive Authority in the State of Colorado. Graduate of an accredited BSN program. APN licensure and Masters from an accredited Nurse Practitioner program required. APN licensure and Masters from an accredited Nurse Practitioner Program. BLS and PALS required. Pediatric Nursing Certification Board certificate or other comparable certification required. Will need to qualify for and obtain prescriptive authority within one year of beginning position

Condition of Employment:
  • Must be willing and able to pass a national criminal background check

*For questions regarding Children's Hospital drug testing requirements, please contact Children's Human Resources at 720-777-8598. Some positions may require testing if access to Children's Hospital or their systems is needed at any time during employment with the University. If drug testing is required, it will be listed in the job posting.

Required Competencies: Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Certified APN, BLS, and PALS
  • Leadership experience
  • Pediatric Nursing Certification Board certificate or other comparable certification Highly organized
  • Patient Management

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Desire to work with the pediatric population
  • Ability to adapt to a frequently changing environment
  • Ability to critically evaluate complex and conflicting information streams

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is commensurate with skills and experience. The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at Employee Services.

The University of Colorado Denver is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

The University of Colorado strongly supports the principle of diversity. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

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Special Instructions to Applicants:APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References

Application Materials Instructions:

Applications are accepted electronically at CU Careers, refer to requisition ID: 08797

When applying, applicants must include:
  1. A letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications
  2. A current Resume/CV
  3. The names, addresses, daytime telephone numbers and e-mail addresses for three professional references, either attached to your resume/CV or uploaded as a separate document
Please be advised that the University does check references as part of the employment process.

Please do not submit any of your application material (via email) to the job posting contact.

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Aurora

Department: H0001 -- Anschutz Medical Campus - 20999 - SOM-PEDS Critical Care-GenOps

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Jul 12, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Christopher Newamn

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00732193