Payroll Title: UCP X
Class Code: 1039-09090
Job Family: SHS
FLSA Code: E
The Advanced Practice Registered Nurse assumes an independent clinical practice, performing acts of diagnoses and health care management as described in Public Act 99-168; interacting with professional colleagues to provide comprehensive care; and directs the delivery of clinical services by the RN staff.
CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:.
- Works as an independent practitioner under a collaborative agreement per Public Act 99-168.
- Conducts comprehensive health assessments of patients to diagnose and treat potential, acute and/or chronic health problems and medical/psychiatric risk factors.
- Responsible for individualized evaluation and assessment of clinical signs and symptoms, utilization of critical thinking in the establishment of a medical/psychiatric diagnosis for actual/potential health problems, and active management of health guidelines.
- Maintains accurate, legible, and confidential medical records. Documents medical evaluations, diagnoses, procedures, treatments, outcomes, education, referrals, and consultations consistent with AAAHC (Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care) standards.
- Orders and interprets laboratory and diagnostic studies for evaluation, clinical decision making and continued care of the patient. Independently prescribes, dispenses and/or administers appropriate medication, corrective measures and medical therapeutics within guidelines (scope of practice as defined in Sec. 20-87a).
- Educates and instructs patients on preventive care, medical/psychiatric issues and the use of prescribed medical treatments and/or prescriptive medications including schedule II though V controlled substances.
- Initiates emergency treatment of acute medical/psychiatric problems within guidelines. Facilitates and coordinates transitional or specialized care for patients who require services beyond the scope of SHS.
- Serves as a resource andclinical consultant for other professional nurses and interdisciplinary colleagues. Provides written, verbal and/or telephone orders directing the patient medical regimen for execution by the registered nurse per Public Act No.03-8.
- Posses admitting privileges to the inpatient unit. Responsible for supervising patient care from admission through discharge, with required physician signature (Public Health Code 19-13-D43a, licensure of infirmaries operated by educational institutions).
- Participates in ongoing review and revision of standard guidelines used in clinical practice.
- Participates in the evaluation of the quality of care through a peer review process which is part of the Quality Assurance program.
- Presents clinically relevant in-services and coordinates interdisciplinary case discussions. Actively participates in working groups, teams and committees.
- May be required to provide medical direction, prescription medication, treatment and disposition orders as the “on-call” provider; required to be available for emergencies; may work weekends, holidays, variable shifts or be on-call on a rotating basis.
- May supervise and train graduate students in schools of nursing and allied health programs from the University of Connecticut and other graduate degree programs.
- Actively participates in regional and national professional organizations.
- Maintains clinically competent patient care through ongoing continuing education as required by national accrediting body to maintain current certification; learns uses and maintains competency with relevant and emerging technology as required.
- Acts as a liaison between students, parents and the Office of Student Services and Advocacy in regard to academic and health issues.
- Performs related duties as required.
MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE QUALIFICATIONS:
- Master’s degree and three to five years experience in nursing.
- Possession of a current/unrestricted licensure as both an APRN/RN in the State of Connecticut
- Evidence of completion of a Nurse Practitioner program from an accredited educational institution.
- Current certification by a national accrediting body (ANA, NACOG) as a nurse practitioner prior to employment or within 6 months of employment.
- Current, unrestricted Controlled Substance Registration by both the State of Connecticut and Federal DEA.
- Current CPR/AED certification.
- Strong communication, human relation and organizational skills
- Willing to work flexible hours