Primary responsibility in association with the Attending Physician/Surgeons(s), for inpatient, first-assist with surgical cases, PICU, and clinic management of neurosurgical pediatric patients. Participates in pediatric patients' clinical care demonstrating high levels of critical thinking skills as a member of an interdisciplinary team. Participates in the development of guidelines for Advanced Practice Providers and serves as a resource for staff members, patients, and family. Responsibilities include completing history and physical examinations; ordering and interpreting radiological and laboratory test results; prescribing medications; documenting patient care services within EMR and departmental records; and performing procedures within scope of practice and demonstrated through competency.
Job Specific Duties
Conducts medical rounds (history, verification of medication, etc.), oversees and documents the plan of care, and ensures best practices are in place. Performs focused neurological or comprehensive assessments and provides accurate documentation. Ensures plan of care for the neurosurgical pediatric patient is of sufficient breadth and depth to guide the interdisciplinary team in achieving the desired health outcomes.
Ensures proper communication between physicians and families. Serves as a patient advocate and educator and provides family with support and community resources. Promotes teamwork and serves a role model, consultant, delegator, educator, and resource for all members of the health care team by providing education and emotional support.
Provides patient information and effectively completes the hand off process to physicians using SBAR at shift change and patient reassignments 100% of the time. Models professional verbal and written communication with the interdisciplinary team members involved in the ongoing management of patients to maintain continuity and optimize patient outcomes.
Ensures all EVDs, drains, and ICP monitors are functioning appropriately. Maintains availability for bedside procedures as necessary. Assists with other clinical roles as needed where attending neurosurgeon or senior neurosurgical APP deem appropriate.
Completes clinical documentation accurately and in a timely manner of 24 hours. Documents patient follow up per guidelines. Generates, collects, and integrates data from a wide variety of sources in order to make clinical judgments and critical decisions about the initiation of orders, procedures, referrals, and treatments.
Writes orders, monitors and alters drug therapies, and orders, interprets, and evaluates diagnostic tests with education and experience within established protocol in collaborative relationship with a Physician(s).
Reviews all patient records prior to admission (labs, consents, advance directives, custody documentation, etc.) in a timely and accurate manner.
Provides mentoring in precepting APPs, Medical Students, and Residents; actively provides feedback and detailed description of areas. Contributes to the development of peers, colleagues, and others to improve patient outcomes and to promote growth of the nursing profession by facilitating collaboration and communication.
Ensures zero-based medication errors by efficiently and accurately ordering medication following “Five Patient Rights of Medication Administration” and Medication Administration Policies.
Accountable to follow all Infection Control standards and ensures proper use of Personal Protective Equipment per policy and procedures to ensure safe patient care.
Provides education to patient and families on the continuing plan of care to include medications and side effects; updates patient and families daily on Plan of Care (POC). Evaluates and applies knowledge of cultural, socioeconomic, and age-appropriate factors in assessments, treatment, and patients/family education.
Accountable for measuring key metrics in program. Influences quality of patient care through research. Evaluates data, updates database, and patient outcomes from research initiatives. Performs and maintains competency in designated diagnostic and clinical neurosurgical procedures as defined in and agreed upon in APP protocol.
Participates in gathering data for research and development, education, and implementation of system changes. Identifies opportunities for improvement in patient gathering and evaluating quality data to implement QI projects and protocols.
Monitors and evaluates the appropriateness of care in the critically ill neurosurgical patients through collaboration within the multi-disciplinary team by participating in daily ICU rounds. Communicates effectively within a multidisciplinary team to modify a neurosurgical plan of care to attain expected outcomes.
Minimum Job Requirements
Master's degree in nursing or Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) from an accredited school
Valid State of Florida APRN License - maintain active and in good standing throughout employment
National Board Certification AANP, ANCC, or PNCB-maintain active and in good standing throughout employment
American Heart Association BLS - maintain active and in good standing throughout employment
American Heart Association PALS - maintain active and in good standing throughout employment
Level II Background Check - maintain active and in good standing throughout employment
Successful completion of Credentialing by NCH Medical Administration required
Nicklaus Children’s Health System, is the region’s only healthcare system exclusively for children. In addition to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and a growing number of outpatient centers located throughout the tri-county area, the health system includes Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Foundation, the organization’s fundraising arm; Nicklaus Children's Pediatric Specialists, a nonprofit physician practice subsidiary; a management services organization, and an ambulatory surgery center. Our vision is to be where the children are. Ultimately, this means being there through all stages of health and life, both physically and emotionally. To be a trusted partner to children and their families, not only in times of illness, but throughout their life journey. Our mission is to inspire hope and promote lifelong health by providing the best care to every child.