The University of Washington Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine has an Advanced Practice Provider (APP ARNP/PA-C) position available at the rank of Teaching Associate. This position is without tenure and full-time with a 12-month service period. The anticipated start date is March 2019. Will serve as an ARNP/PA-C on the Inpatient Pain Consult Service at University of Washington Medical Center.
The Pain Service ARNP/PA-C is a member of the Inpatient Pain Services team that includes attending physicians, clinical pharmacists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, residents, and fellows providing inpatient pain consultations to patients. The successful applicant will be responsible for providing pain consult services independently and collaboratively with appropriate privileges, including initial and ongoing assessment, diagnosis and treatment of patient's medical and psychosocial status. This position works between 10 and 12 nights per month, covering the service from 7 PM-7AM Monday-Sunday including holidays with scheduled back up for the service.
Standards of Practice and Performance
Provides timely patient and family assessment for inpatient pain service consults.
Facilitates the inpatient Acute Pain Service (APS) and inpatient Chronic Pain Service (CPS) consultation meetings with attending MD and in collaboration with the treating medical team.
Participates in the assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of pain service interventions.
Collaborates with the attending MD, primary care provider, and other providers to insure coordination and continuity of care across settings and over time.
Attends appropriate clinical meetings and non-clinical meetings to serve as a resource for staff and providers.
Facilitates collaboration with the Outpatient and Perioperative Pain Clinics to ensure continuity of care.
Provides patient and/or family with health education, counseling and referrals to other health professionals and community resources as appropriate.
Participates as a key member of the interdisciplinary team through the development of collaborative and innovative practices and evaluation of patient care outcomes.
Evaluates quality outcomes for the Inpatient Pain Services through participation in the development of quality indicators including:
Decreased naloxone events
Increased patient satisfaction as measured by HCAPS
Decreased length of stay for complex pain patients
Pain Consult Service ARNP/PA Duties:
The Inpatient Pain Consult Service APP maintains excellent interpersonal skills to execute the UWMC Pain Services Best Practice Model.
Establishing a therapeutic relationship by imparting a commitment to care for the patient and family through the acute illness and beyond
Connecting with the patient and family by eliciting the patient/family perspective and validating the value of that perspective using strong empathic listening skills
Communicating a sense of caring and openness
Facilitates post discharge calls to coordinate transitions in care.
The Inpatient Pain Consult Service APP provides clinical consultation in all the domains of the inpatient pain management.
Patient/family/provider communication about disease and treatment and how it relates to patient values, priorities, and goals of care across the spectrum of care.
The Inpatient Pain Consult Service APP collaborates with the primary team and other members of the Inpatient Pain Services.
Makes individualized pain control recommendations
Contributes to the plan of care and communicate the plan to the primary team, patients, and families
Prescribes medications to the extent delegated by the primary team
Promotes a collaborative approach to decision making
Ensures appropriate and timely hand-off of patient care to/from residents and other APPs providing daytime coverage of the service
The Inpatient Pain Consult Service APP educates UW School of Medicine students, School of Nursing and PA Program students, and UWMC staff, on all aspects of the inpatient pain services.
The Inpatient Pain Consult Service APP assists in program development, develops innovative policies, protocols, and procedures using an evidence based approach to improve quality, safety, and value of inpatient pain services
Participates with colleagues throughout UW Medicine and the community on pain service protocol development
Participates with UWMC colleagues on APS program development for specific populations (MICU/SICU)
Participates with interagency colleagues on Inpatient Pain Services program development across inpatient, outpatient, and community agencies
Graduate Degree from an accredited Nurse Practitioner Program or accredited Physician Assistant program
Nationally certified ARNP/PA with DEA
Current and valid state licensure as an ARNP or licensure as a PA in Washington State
Proven excellence working in an interdisciplinary collaborative team environment
Effective interpersonal skills, leadership skills, and clinical expertise in the care of patients with chronic and acute pain as well as life-limiting illness
Training and experience in inpatient pain management preferred
Applicants should submit a cover letter and CV.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.
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