Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant

Job description

Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant

About Westfield State University:

In 1839, Horace Mann founded Westfield State University as the first public higher education institution without barrier to race, gender or economic class. Westfield State University is committed to a policy of non-discrimination, equal opportunity, diversity and affirmative action. We are dedicated to providing educational, working and living environments that value the diverse backgrounds of all people including minorities, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities and other protected persons, or individuals with diverse cultural backgrounds.

Westfield State is the most residential of the state universities in Massachusetts, with over 60% of our 5600 full-time undergraduate students living on campus. The campus is ideally situated on the edge of the Berkshire Mountains in western Massachusetts just 30 minutes from the thriving cultural centers of Northampton and Amherst, and 1.5 hours from both Boston and Albany.

Job Description:

Campus Title: Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant
Department: Health Services
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Job Type: Per Diem
Timeframe: 16 weeks
Shift: TBD. Weekends and evenings required
Regular Days Off: TBD
Supervision Received: Reports directly to the Health Services Director
Salary: Salary to commensurate w/ experience and education

General Statement of Duties: The Nurse Practitioner (NP)/Physician Assistant (PA) is a four month, temporary position (spring 2021 semester) with the possibility of an extension at Westfield State University. The NP/PA will provide professional clinical care to students at Westfield State University emphasizing health promotion and disease prevention. The NP/PA will also provide first aid and consultation to members of the university community when necessary.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Duties include but not limited to:

  • Provide collaborative, evidenced-based, and culturally inclusive health and wellness services that promote a healthy and safe campus community. Manage (via Telehealth and in-person visits) acute/episodic care, evaluation, and treatment for full time day students.
  • Consult with physician if needed for issues beyond scope of practice
  • Perform telephone triage to evaluate need for in-person or Telehealth visits, or need for transport to ED.
  • Order and interpret laboratory and radiology testing for students as needed and implement appropriate health care treatment. Perform and administer CLIA-waived lab tests in-office as required.
  • Oversee surveillance testing for Covid-19, coordinate with other departments/staff should the need arise for a student to be isolated or quarantined, and follow-up with students in isolation/quarantine.
  • Assist with contact tracing efforts on campus.
  • Provide clinical consultation and support to other professional staff members.
  • Provide education, screening and referrals when necessary for physical health assessment; Coordinate community based care when necessary.
  • Provide follow-up health care for students as needed.
  • Prescribe and administer medications as necessary.
  • Document care and treatment in patient medical records and maintain strict confidentiality relative to patient privacy regulations.
  • Mentor, educate and supervise Nurse Practitioner students if applicable.
  • Assist staff in review and data entry of students' vaccine histories; contacting students with incomplete health records as necessary.
  • Recommend purchase of equipment and medical supplies to Director. Assist with inventory management, sterilizing equipment and PPE.
  • Collaborate with other Student Affairs Departments to provide additional support in caring for students.
  • Assist in the evaluation of students' wellness practices. Contribute to Student Affairs planning activities; compile statistics and research relative to students' learning outcomes.
  • Provide assistance with mandated reports for State Agencies as required.
  • Work as part of a Department team encouraging other staff members to be a part of the total health services team.
  • Perform outreach talks, presentations, and programs to campus community.
  • Maintain and participate in professional development and certification through continuing education opportunities; maintain awareness and familiarity of legislative issues relating to NP practice and health care.
  • Perform related duties as requested by supervisor within scope of practice.

  • Develop computer skills relative to the university's data entry system and research for literature pertinent to college health issues.


Qualifications Required:
  • Valid licensure as a Registered Nurse / Physician Assistant in the State of Massachusetts and certification by the State of Massachusetts as an advanced practice clinician with prescriptive authority from the MA Dept. of Public Health & United States Drug Enforcement Agency.
  • Credentialing as a Family Nurse Practitioner / Physician Assistant
  • Valid certification in CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation).
  • Preferred work experience in college health services and women's health
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs.

Additional Information:

Disability Accommodations:
Westfield State University understands that persons with disabilities may need assistance with the job application process and/or with the interview process. For confidential assistance regarding disability accommodations, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (413) 572-8106.

Background Check:
Employment at Westfield State University is contingent upon a background check that is satisfactory to the University. Failure to provide written authorization for a background check will nullify the offer of employment.

Application Instructions:

An on-line application is required. The successful candidate must submit an official transcript at the time of hire. Interested candidates should electronically attach the following documents:
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Contact information for three references *
  • Copy of unofficial transcript of highest degree

* Provide the contact information for reference providers in the reference section of the online application.

Deadline: The job posting will be open a minimum of ten days and, if needed, will remain open until finalists have been selected. A review of applications will begin immediately

NOTE: If you need assistance completing your application please contact our online Help Desk. The link to the help desk can be found at the top of the page via Contact Us.
Westfield State University provides equal access to employment opportunities for all applicants, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, age, disability or veteran status in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and policies.

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Job No:
Posted: 12/22/2020
Application Due: 2/20/2021
Work Type: Part Time