Mar 25, 2020

VMG Nurse Practitioner (Peds Outreach Medicine)

  • Vanderbilt Health
  • Nashville, TN, USA

Job Description

VMG Nurse Practitioner (Peds Outreach Medicine)


Discover Vanderbilt University Medical Center:

Located in Nashville, Tennessee, and operating at a global crossroads of teaching, discovery and patient care, VUMC is a community of individuals who come to work each day with the simple aim of changing the world. It is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity — of culture, thinking, learning and leading — is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something that is bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt’s mission is to advance health and wellness through preeminent programs in patient care, education, and research.

Click Here To View The VUMC Promise of Discovery

Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt is one of the nation's leading children's hospitals. We treat and help prevent all health issues ranging from colds and broken bones to heart disease and cancer.

The world-class facilities at Children's Hospital are a testament to our community's dedication to the health of children. Constructed in 2004 and expanded in 2012, our 271-bed hospital is a child-friendly place built on the science of healing.

A building alone does not make a great hospital. Our exceptional medical teams and the generous support of people like you enable us to provide every child who comes to us with the hope of improved health. Children's Hospital is a nonprofit facility. No child who needs our services is denied care on the basis of limited ability to pay.

Many of our doctors and surgeons are nationally recognized researchers who are finding new ways to cure and prevent childhood diseases. Their work preventing and treating premature birth, cancer, heart disease, spina bifida, and many other conditions is an investment in the future. We are at an important crossroads in child health. Our commitment to research and advocacy positions us to bring the promise of good health to children and families in our community and to share that hope with the world.

Your Role:

The pediatric newborn nursery Advance Practice Provider (NP/PA) works in collaboration with a multidisciplinary health care team. The APP generally functions in the newborn nursery and delivery room hospital setting and/or the primary care outpatient setting in collaboration with the general pediatricians. The APP has a strong foundation in delivery room and newborn care. The APP demonstrates an advanced level of medical and nursing knowledge, clinical and technical competence, sound clinical judgment, professional communication skills, timely and compliant documentation, and is responsible for professional development and competency validation. This job requires days, evenings, weekends, and holidays.

Candidates must have pediatric nursing or advanced practice experience.

Candidates must have pediatric acute care, neonatal, or physician’s assistant certification.

Must have NRP, BLS certification

Key Functions and Expected Performances:

  1. Assessment of Health Status
    1. Performs and documents in the medical record a complete history and physical examination for acute and complex chronically ill patients.
    2. Orders and collects data using appropriate assessment techniques, relevant supporting diagnostic information and diagnostic procedures where indicated.
    3. The nurse practitioner may serve as the first responder for both nursing and house staff in the event of patient status changes, orders, and in situations requiring procedural and resuscitative interventions.
    4. Coordinates daily rounds with the attending physician teams, presents 24 hour patient report, collaborates in plan of care.
  2. Diagnosis
    1. Collaborates with interdisciplinary health care team in making diagnoses of acute and complex chronic conditions.
    2. Manages diagnostic tests through ordering, interpretation, performance, and supervision.
    3. Formulates differential diagnoses by priority.
    4. Diagnoses complications and orders appropriate interventions.
  3. Formulates Plan of Care
    1. Identifies expected outcomes from diagnosis, and formulates and documents a plan of care to address immediate critical care needs.
    2. Utilizes evidenced based practice guidelines, pathways or protocols in an individualized, dynamic plan of care that can be applied across the continuum.
  4. Implements and modifies plan of care
    1. Prescribes diagnostic strategies and therapeutic interventions both pharmacologic, non-pharmacologic and surgical, needed to achieve expected outcomes.
    2. Manages further diagnostic tests through ordering, interpretation, performance, and supervision.
    3. May perform advanced procedures consistent with privileges and competency validation, including minor suturing, complex wound management, line and tube placements and removals.
  5. Communication and Collaboration
    1. Maintains ongoing communication and collaboration with interdisciplinary health care team.
    2. Facilitates and communicates with patient, family and staff to promote continuity of care across the inpatient continuum of care.
  6. Documentation
    1. Documents/dictates key components of patient's progress via daily progress note, transfer, and discharge summary, and/or clinic note where applicable. (h&p, daily progress notes, plan of care, problem lists, procedure notes, acute event note, discharge summaries in medical record per specific patient unit or service, death summary)
    2. Documentation is timely, meets critical care compliance standards and captures patient acuity.
  7. Professional Practice
    1. Demonstrates Professional Practice behaviors including: preceptor/mentoring, education and instruction of students, nursing staff, nurses, graduate and novice nurse practitioners.
    2. Seeks opportunities for active engagement in research and the analysis of evidenced based practice.
    3. Actively participates in Grand Rounds, APN council meetings, faculty and unit meetings, M&M presentations.
    4. Maintains CEUs, and membership in a professional organization.

Position Qualifications


Master's Degree (or equivalent experience) and < 1-year experience. 12 months of nursing experience preferred; Inpatient acute care advanced practice nursing experience desirable.

Licensure, Certification, and/or Registration (LCR):

  • Registered Nurse Required


Monday – Friday Day Shift

VUMC Recent Accomplishments

Because we are committed to providing the best in patient care, education and research, we are proud of our recent accomplishments:

· US News & World Report: #1 Hospital in Tennessee, #1 Health Care Provider in Nashville, #1 Audiology (Bill Wilkerson Center), 12 adult and 10 pediatric clinical specialties ranked among the nation's best, #15 Education and Training

· Truven Health Analytics: among the top 50 cardiovascular hospitals in the U.S.

· Becker's Hospital Review: one of the "100 Greatest Hospitals in America"

· The Leapfrog Group: grade "A" in Hospital Safety Score

· National Institutes of Health: among the top 10 grant awardees for medical research in the US

· Magnet Recognition Program: Vanderbilt nurses are the only group honored in Tennessee

· Nashville Business Journal: Middle Tennessee's healthiest employer

· American Hospital Association: among the 100 "Most Wired" medical systems in the US