Position Summary : Provide primary medical management in collaboration with the Beacon of LIFE physician(s). In collaboration with a physician, conduct initial, semi-annual and unscheduled assessments and reassessments; perform additional physical assessments of participants as needed; participate in the development and implementation of participant plans of care in collaboration with the interdisciplinary team. Acts as an additional member of the IDT team. Evaluate participant physical complaint and provide appropriate treatment. Educate participants and families as needed regarding self-care and specific medical conditions. Function as a member of the interdisciplinary team. Regularly inform the interdisciplinary team of the medical condition of each participant, remaining alert to pertinent input from other team members, participant’s and caregivers. Document care in the participant’s medical record consistent with documentation policies.
Graduate of an accredited school of nursing
Minimum of 1 year working with the frail or elderly
- RN License – New Jersey; APN License – New Jersey Board of Nursing
- Board Certification as a Nurse Practitioner with prescriptive authority
- Current driver’s license, proof of insurance and means of transportation
Employees must have medical clearance for communicable diseases and up-to-date immunizations before having direct participant contact.
Position specific competencies for the Nurse Practitioner will be met prior to assuming participant care. Credentialed according to policy to practice as Nurse Practitioner in the PACE organization.
Physical Demands and Working Conditions :
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. In compliance with ADA requirements, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
- Work Environment : Employee must be able to work effectively within an interdisciplinary team model, interfacing and collaborating with a wide range of clinical and social services disciplines who work together to manage the PACE participants' care. The work setting is in an Adult Day Health Center and primary care clinic environment with moderate noise levels and controlled temperatures.
- Physical Requirements - Requires manual and finger dexterity and eye-hand coordination; the ability to use department equipment; and the ability to lift/carry up to 30 pounds using appropriate body mechanics with reasonable accommodation if needed.
- Visual, Hearing and Communication Requirements - Requires corrected vision and hearing to normal range, with or without reasonable accommodation. Ability to communicate by way of the telephone with participants, customers, vendors and staff.
- Pressure Factor - Requires working under stressful conditions. Working conditions may be noisy and crowded and fluctuating indoor temperatures. Moderate pressure to meet scheduled deadlines. Potential for exposure to verbal aggression by client, vendors, and staff.
o Environmental Conditions - May be exposed to a risk of bodily injury through contact with moving instrumentation, toxic substances, medicinal preparations, bodily fluids, communicable diseases and any other conditions common in a healthcare environment. Subject to unpleasant odors.
- Provide primary medical coverage in collaboration with PACE physicians. Perform initial, semi-annual and unscheduled assessments and reassessments in collaboration with the physician, perform additional physical assessments of participants as needed.
- Participate in the development and implementation of participant plans of care as part of and in collaboration with the interdisciplinary team.
- Function as a member of the interdisciplinary team. Maintains regular attendance at, and participate in interdisciplinary team meetings; communicate participant changes, collaborate on care planning decisions and coordination of 24 hour care delivery.
- Integrate the primary care treatment plan into the overall plan of care developed in collaboration with the interdisciplinary team.
- Interact with team members to meet emergent and acute needs of participants.
- Participate in discharge planning for acute and long-term placement.
- Evaluate and treat participants during acute illness. Manage participants’ chronic illnesses and conditions in collaboration with the physician(s).
- In collaboration with the Primary Care Physician, manage care of participants in the nursing home making regular visits as dictated by Beacon of LIFE standards and participant need. Make telephone contact with nursing home staff as needed.
- In collaboration with PCP refer participants to medical specialists.
- Provide preventive health care and maintenance for participants, including immunizations, screenings and monitoring of pertinent indicators. Follow Beacon of LIFE’s clinical protocols.
- Prudently prescribe medications, therapies and other treatments for participants.
- Following consultation with the Primary Care Physician, refer participants to medical specialists as indicated.
- Make hospital or home visits when needed.
- Work with Medical Director and Director of Nursing to formulate clinical policies, procedures and standards of care.
- Assist with the development of standards of care; perform on-going monitoring and evaluation of patient care practice and service delivery; provide guidance and training to staff regarding medical and quality assurance issues.
- Advise the Medical Director and Primary Care Physician(s) in ways and means to establish better accountability of services to participants and referral sources.
- Keep Medical Director informed of needed material and human resources as program expands.
- Act as a resource during intake of new participants and in the day to day operation of the center programs and as a resource for patient safety.
- Provide teaching and clinical support to staff.
- Assume responsibility for professional activities and growth. Maintains professional affiliations and any required certifications. Keep abreast of current nursing knowledge, especially in the field of geriatrics by attending professional seminars and conferences.
- Participate in staff meetings and monthly in service meetings.
- Participate in peer review with Medical Group.
- Champion necessary and continuous changes to improve quality of clinical services.
- Take it upon self to educate others related to policies and procedures when non-compliance is observed.
- Anticipate problems and acts to avoid the escalation of problems.
- Follow all Beacon of LIFE Policies and Procedures and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) safety guidelines.
- Protect privacy and maintain confidentiality of all company procedures and information about employees, participants and families.
- Practice standard precautions and follow organization’s established infection control procedures.
- Participate in and support the Quality Assessment and Improvement initiatives.
- Perform other duties as required or requested.
Job Type: Full-time