Under the supervision of an attending physician, the Front Line Ordering Clinician (FLOC) Physician Assistant is responsible for the direct care and follow-up of a population of patients that matches his/her scope of practice and skill set. This care is delivered in defined inpatient and hospital-outpatient areas. The components of the role include clinical practice, consultation, professional development, education, and research. The PAs in these roles may be required to have acute/critical care education. The appropriate education will be determined by the scope of the role in a particular practice area. The clinical portion of this role will require increased level of accountability including managing a cohort of high acuity patients. In addition to managing patient care, the FLOC PA may be required to utilize invasive interventions and procedures to promote physiologic stability. The role will also include off-shift responsibility. The off shift rotation schedule may include days, evenings, nights, weekends and holidays and will be determined by the clinical needs of the practice environment.
The General Pediatrics Physician Assistant will provide direct care to pediatric patients at the King of Prussia Hospital with a broad range of medical and post-operative diagnoses as part of the inpatient team on a 24-bed medical/surgical unit. The PA will serve as a critical member of the medical/surgical team with responsibility for developing comprehensive patient plans, reviewing the plan of care with the interdisciplinary clinical team, participating in the direction of patient care, performing diagnostic and/or therapeutic procedures, providing peri-operative services and coordinating ambulatory management and/or discharge planning and follow-up, as applicable. The General Pediatrics team will onboard and orient at the University City Hospital in advance of the King of Prussia Hospital’s opening in Fall 2021.
The King of Prussia Hospital will blend acutely ill, surgical and injured patients from the surrounding communities and more specialized patients previously cared for at the University City campus. The King of Prussia Hospital will provide high-value care through optimal alignment of resources while meeting expectations of patients, families and staff in caring for target patient populations. To learn more about the King of Prussia Hospital, please visit https://www.chop.edu/childrens-hospital-philadelphia-king-prussia
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Job Responsibilities (Continued)Job Responsibilities (Continued)Required Licenses, Certifications, Registrations
- Assesses the complex acute, critical and chronically ill patient for urgent and emergent conditions. Uses relevant data to evaluate for physiologic instability. Utilizes the data to formulate a plan of care.
- Performs therapeutic interventions to stabilize acute and critical health problems. Specific interventions are listed in the Scope of Practice Document and approved as a part of the credentialing/privileging process.
- Analyzes the indications, contraindications, risk of complications and cost-benefits of therapeutic interventions.
- Manages the plan of care through evaluation, modification and documentation according to the patient’s response to therapy. Manages changes in condition with a focus on optimizing the patient outcomes.
- Incorporates health promotion, health protection and injury prevention measures into the plan of care within the context of the complex acute, critical and chronic illness.
- Facilitates the patient’s transitions between and within health care settings.
- Serves as an educational resource to the patient/family, nursing staff, and provider team. Acts as a consultant to multidisciplinary health care team members.
- Participates in scholarly activities including research and education. Participates in own professional development by maintaining required competencies, identifying learning needs and seeking appropriate educational offerings. Participates in the professional development of others. Acts as a preceptor and mentor to support the development of nurses, nurse practitioners, students, and other health care providers.
- Demonstrates a commitment to patient safety by speaking up about safety issues and changing practice to enhance safety. Shares errors or potential errors through system reporting mechanisms. Demonstrates shared accountability for safe practice.
Physician Assistant license in state(s) with jurisdiction over practice location with identified primary supervising physician and substitute supervising physicians (if applicable).Board certification from the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistant.Required Education and Experience
Required Education: Bachelor’s applicable to correlating physician assistant program.
Preferred Education, Experience & Cert/Lic
Preferred Education: Master’s/Doctorate applicable to correlating physician assistant program.
Additional Technical Requirements
- Ability to work in an inter-professional team setting with multiple responsibilities.
- Ability to use computer and electronic medical records effectively.
Refer to Scope of Practice Document and Clinical Responsibilities Checklist for specific requirements of role.
- Basic use of a computer (mouse, keyboard, printer, USB ports).
- Basic use of Microsoft Office (Word processing, spreadsheets, presentations and Skype).
- Web browsing, intranet search, document access.
- Use of shared network file space.
- Basic use of patient facing technology. (e.g. IV pumps, point of care devices, CR monitors).
- Navigation and use of clinical communication systems.
- Determines the nature and extent of clinical information needed and uses the appropriate technology to access it.
- Accesses needed information effectively and efficiently.
- Evaluates information and its sources critically and appropriately incorporates it into clinical practice.
- Evaluates outcomes of the use of information.
Information Management Literacy
- Navigation of the electronic health record system.
- Ability to locate and review specific patient data in various clinical information systems.
- Effectively uses clinical decision support tools.
- Understands policies and procedures, confidentiality, security, and privacy regulations regarding the use of clinical information systems.
- Ability to collect clinical data using quality improvement tools.