Advanced Practice Nurse--Allergy/Immunology
Hyde Park Campus
About the Unit
Physicians and staff in the Section of Allergy and Immunology at the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital specialize in diagnosing and treating a wide range of allergic and immunologic diseases in children and adults. In the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Chicago, we strive to provide the highest level of complex care for children from diagnosis and treatment to conducting research to find promising new therapies with a focus on teaching. We are committed to advancing the frontiers of knowledge, and the education and training of future clinical pediatricians, subspecialists, educators, clinical investigators and physician-scientists. Professional and investigative aspects of medicine are readily combined and the attributes of academic life are easily recognized in the Department of Pediatrics. Our faculty and staff value the designation ‘teacher of teachers' and appreciate the importance of research training, individual creativity and high quality comprehensive clinical care and service. The Department of Pediatrics is a dynamic, stimulating place to work, and because we are focused on growth and improved excellence, our staff have particularly challenging and rewarding roles.
The Advanced Practice Nurse will lead penicillin testing across the organization including conducting initial screening of inpatients for penicillin allergy, as well as additional inpatient allergy consults. In addition to penicillin testing, the Nurse Practitioner will provide care in an ambulatory setting to the patient population served by the Section of Allergy/Immunology.
- Provide direct care to patients, in collaboration with consulting physician and the multidisciplinary health team in accordance with privileges approved by the credentials committee, to include identification, management, and/or referral of health problems. This role will lead consults/screening of inpatients for penicillin allergy and will provide care in an ambulatory setting to the patient population served by the Section of Allergy/Immunology.
- Conduct comprehensive or episodic health assessments and develop patient care plans within clinical nursing practice and medical care protocols.
- Take patient histories, conduct physical examinations, and record the date in the patient's record; screen patients to determine care needs, making referrals to other disciplines as indicated, write progress notes; prepare patient workups and summaries noting pertinent positive and negative findings; obtain psychosocial history relevant to patient care, and assume responsibility for developing therapeutic relationships with patients.
- Order and schedule laboratory studies and diagnostic procedures; explain necessity, preparation, nature and anticipated effects of scheduled diagnostic and therapeutic procedures to the patient. Conduct allergy testing.
- Evaluate outcomes of testing and care delivered to patients and initiates changes in the nursing approach accordingly.
- Participate in development of collaborative practice arrangements.
- Assume accountability for patient care in making decisions, prescribing appropriate medications as set forth in the delegation of prescriptive authority, prescribing appropriate treatments, delegating tasks, and maintaining a comfortable environment for the patient.
- Collaborate with and act as liaison among the nurse, patient, family, physician, and community resources for coordination of patient care.
- Select appropriate communications approach to achieve desired outcomes of patient care.
- Actively pursue required knowledge and skills for professional development.
- Identify and participate in quality assurance issues on the unit.
- Participate in health education in the community.
- Participate in basic science and clinical research projects conducted by supervising physician.
- May prepare statistical reports and analyses setting forth progress, adverse trends and appropriate recommendations or conclusions.
- Act as a resource for clinical skills to staff on or off the unit.
- May participate in teaching students and residents in techniques and procedures which are unique to specific clinical setting.
- Demonstrated clinical competency, effective leadership and teaching skills required
- Ability to conduct physical examinations, health assessments, allergy screening/testing 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
- Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills and strong analytical skill required
- Proficiency in the use of computers required
Education, Experience, and Certifications:
- Advanced degree (or equivalent, if license received prior to July 1, 2001) from an accredited school/college of nursing required
- Two or more years as a licensed advanced practice nurse preferred
- Two or more years of clinical experience in Allergy/Immunology or related area of specialty preferred
Licenses and Certifications:
- Ability to obtain advanced practice nurse (APN) license in Illinois and Indiana by start date required
- Current license as a Registered Nurse required
Working Conditions and Physical Requirements (if applicable):
- Direct patient contact or clinical care setting
- Exposure to human blood, human blood components, and/or products made from human blood
- Exposure to infectious material
- Exposure to extracts used to test for allergens
- Ability to bend, crouch, or stoop required
The following documents are required to be considered for this position:
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae
NOTE: When applying, all required documents, including cover letters, MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.
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Scheduled Weekly Hours
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Drug Test Required?
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