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Nurse Practitioner

Community Health Connections

This is a Contract position in Gardner, MA posted June 17, 2020.

Essential Duties and Major Responsibilities:* Assesses patient’s physical and psychosocial health/illness status through history taking and physical examination.* Practices within the collaborative model with physicians, nurse practitioners and clinical psychologists* Diagnoses, manages, and appropriately refers patients with acute, episodic, or chronic illness according to department protocols.* Orders appropriate laboratory and diagnostic tests according to established guidelines.* Prescribes pharmaceuticals, other medications, and treatment regimens as appropriate to assessed medical conditions.* Follows established departmental policies, procedures, and objectives, continuous quality improvement objectives, and safety, environmental, and/or infection control standards.* As appropriate to the position, participates in specified health promotion, education and/or prevention programs.* Ability to observe, assess, and record symptoms, reactions, and progress.* Knowledge of legal and ethical standards for the delivery of medical care.* Knowledge of relevant drugs and non-pharmaceutical patient care aids and ability to prescribe dosages and instruct patients in correct usage.* Ability to maintain quality, safety, and/or infection control standards.* Knowledge of community medical diagnostic and patient care services in area of medical expertise.* Knowledge of current principles, methods and procedures for the delivery of medical evaluation, diagnosis and treatment in area of expertise* Facilitates and coordinates patient care referrals to specialists and outside agencies* Develops and provides educational materials and/or programs to patients, families, and other health care professionals at the Center.* Assumes formal teaching responsibilities within area of expertise and precepts nurse practitioner students, medical students, and residents as appropriate.* May participate in medical and/or nursing research.* Participates in defining nursing standards, practices, and educational needs of patient care staff* May share call responsibilities of the service.* Ability to maintain quality, safety, and/or infection control standards.* Knowledge of community medical diagnostic and patient care services in area of medical expertise.* Knowledge of current principles, methods and procedures for the delivery of medical evaluation, diagnosis and treatment in area of expertise.* Actively participates in the departmental quality assurance program.* Serves on appropriate department and/or hospital committees.* Performs other related duties as requires and as assigned.* Managing patient care is a team effort that involves clinical and non-clinical staff interacting with patients.* Demonstrate understanding and commitment of the health center mission.* Demonstrate understanding and commitment to the established CHC Values and Standards.Minimum Qualifications:* Massachusetts Licensed Registered Nurse required* Certified in Massachusetts to practice in the expanded role as a Family Nurse Practitioner required* Certified in CPR/AED or equivalent.* Demonstrated mastery of a specialty area or other related field normally acquired by 3-5 years progressively responsible nursing experience preferred.