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Physician Assistant Cardio-Thoracic Surgery - FT Days

Company: Torrance Memorial Medical Center
Location: Torrance
Posted on: January 25, 2023

Job Description:

The Cardio-Thoracic Surgical Physician Assistant (PA) provides leadership and direction for the program throughout the Medical Center and designs protocols, updates and revises the program components as needed. Under the clinical direction a designated physician and other appropriate cardiothoracic surgeons, the Cardio- Thoracic Surgery Physician Assistant provides services and assists in the operating room under the current medical staff privileges. The Cardio-Thoracic and Aortic Surgery PA's primary focus is on the provision of surgical patient care primarily in operating suites but may extend throughout all phases of care: pre-hospitalization, hospitalization and post operative care and management utilizing advanced practice skills and knowledge; collaborates with multiple disciplines to provide for optimal patient care. Duties encompass evidence based clinical practice, consultation, education and research. Continuity is maintained across the continuum of care in all care settings. The advanced knowledge and skills required for this role included clinical expertise in the specialty focus area, evidence-based practice, mentoring, consultation, collaboration and education.Core Competencies

  • Assists in Thoracic Surgery in accordance with Title 22.
  • Assists on cardiac, thoracic and vascular surgery as privileged, with priority given to endoscopic vein harvesting and endoscopic radial artery harvesting.
  • Collaborates with consultants on the management of patients.
  • Consults with attending surgeon on significant patient data.
  • Develops, implements and follows up on an individualized treatment plan for each patient which includes ordering appropriate diagnostic tests, prescribing pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments; and as privileged.
  • Documents in the medical record.
  • Provides care based on the physical and psychosocial needs of patients.
  • Recognizes situations which require the immediate attention of a physician and initiates BLS/ACLS as necessary.
  • Maintains surgical techniques including: Aseptic technique and ability to maintain sterile field Patient positioning: prepping and draping Intra op retracting Hemostasis Wound Closure Surgical dressing Evaluation and treatment of patients with acute and chronic conditions related to specialty, following standardized procedures and as privileged.
  • Develops and implements physician, staff, and patient educational programs and materials.
  • Provides on-going education to nursing office staff and OR at the point of care.
  • Educates patients and families concerning what can be expected prior to, during and after cardiac and thoracic surgery.
  • Follows up with families during surgery.
  • Provides leadership in the development, implementation, and evaluation of community and patient education programs in the focus area.
  • Participates in the development, implementation and evaluation of the cardiothoracic surgical program (ie, policies/procedures, orders, protocols, standards etc)
  • Identifies opportunities for improvement in the care of cardiothoracic patients that can improve outcomes related to utilization of supplies and processes in OR.
  • Leads, designs and implements process improvement activities, in a multidisciplinary format, that improve patient outcomes and reduce costs.
  • Collaborates and engages in multidisciplinary team work toward achieving Standards for Thoracic Surgery and Surgical Care Improvement Program goals.
  • Provides feedback to medical and hospital staff regarding patient conditions, needs, and outcomes.
  • Works toward organizational targets in cardiothoracic patients length of stay and resource utilization.
  • Participates in data analysis and auditing around process improvement endeavors, as necessary.
  • Attends seminars and continuing education conferences to maintain professional certifications and qualifications.
  • Maintains current knowledge of reimbursement issues as they apply to PA practice.
  • Maintains safety and infection control techniques.Department Specific Competencies
    • Participates in the continuous improvement model utilizing lean tools and techniques.EducationDegreeProgramMastersOtherAdditional InformationGraduate from accredited PA programExperienceNumber of Years ExperienceType of ExperienceN/AAdditional Information3 years of cardiovascular and thoracic Physician Assistant experience in strategy and critical care unit required.License / Certification RequirementsPA license and Physician Assistant Examining Committee License NCCPABCLS or ACLS CertificationCompensation Range:$66.92 - $117.72#LI-KC1

Keywords: Torrance Memorial Medical Center, Torrance , Physician Assistant Cardio-Thoracic Surgery - FT Days, Healthcare , Torrance, California

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