Join our award-winning team at University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC). Among the top medical centers in the United States as rated by U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Hospitals", UWMC prides itself on compassionate patient care as well as its pioneering medical advances. UWMC is operated by the University of Washington (UW) and serves as a training site for UW's School of Medicine. The University of Washington is proud to be one of the nation's premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty. We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant to join our Weight Loss Center. Duties include: Conducting initial consults, as well as follow-up visits for patients who are considering bariatric surgery or non surgical weight loss or who have undergone it. Keen attention to the specific needs of this population and excellent care, delivered with compassion, motivation, and sound medical knowledge. Coordinating and monitoring patients' status through pre and post-operative care in conjunction with social workers, dietitians and attending physicians. Assess and develop early intervention strategies to prevent post operative complications. Respond to patients' healthcare needs as they relate to preparation for or recovery from bariatric surgery, providing triage, urgent care and interventions as necessary/appropriate. Follow post operative bariatric surgery patients, including longitudinal care and follow-up, in conjunction with the surgeons. Standards of Practice and Performance 1. Provides timely patient and family assessment for Weight Loss Center patients. 2. Participates in the assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of interventions. 3. Collaborates with the attending MDs, PCP, and other providers to insure coordination and continuity of care across settings and over time. 4. Attends appropriate clinical meetings to serve as a resource for staff and providers. 5. Facilitates collaboration with all members of the team to ensure continuity of care. 6. Provides patient and/or family with health education, counseling and referrals to other health professionals and community resources as appropriate. 7. Participates as a key member of the interdisciplinary team through the development of collaborative and innovative practices and evaluation of patient care outcomes. 8. Evaluates quality outcomes through participation in the development of quality indicators including patient satisfaction, timely appointments and other measures of quality and performance. Service APP Duties 1) Maintains excellent interpersonal skills to execute the UWMC Best Practice Model: a) Establishing a therapeutic relationship by imparting a commitment to care for the patient and family throughout the care experience during acute illness or surgical intervention and beyond b) Connecting with the patient and family by eliciting the patient/family perspective and validating the value of that perspective using strong empathic listening skills c) Communicating a sense of caring and openness 2) Provides clinical support in all the domains of outpatient management. a) Patient/family/provider communication about disease and treatment and how it relates to patient values, priorities, and goals across the spectrum of care. b) Participates with other members of the team in coverage for extended clinic hours and week-ends as needed 3) Collaborates with the primary team, other members of the service, and nursing to: a) Make individualized recommendations for patient care b) Contribute to the plan of care and communicate the plan to the care team, patients, and families c) Promote a collaborative approach to decision making through interdisciplinary collaborative practice 4) Educates UW School of Medicine students, School of Nursing APP students, and UWMC staff, on all aspects of the care of Weight Loss Center patients 5) Assists in program development, develops innovative policies, protocols, and procedures using an evidence based approach to improve quality, safety, and value of Weight Loss Center services a) Participates with colleagues throughout UW Medicine and the community on service protocol development b) Participates with UWMC colleagues on program development for specific populations. Position is 50 - 100% days, Monday - Friday and requires:1. Current and valid Washington State Registered Nurse Licensure and ARNP Licensure or Physician Assistant License. 2. Graduate Degree from an accredited Nurse Practitioner Program or graduate of an accredited PA program. Nationally certified ARNP/PA-C with DEA.3. Proven excellence working in an interdisciplinary collaborative team environment.4. Effective interpersonal skills, leadership skills, and clinical expertise in the care of weight-loss patients.
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