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Acute Care Nurse Practitioner - Houston Methodist

Company: Houston Methodist
Location: Sugar Land
Posted on: November 5, 2018

Job Description:

Work Shift: DAY

Work Week: M - FJob SummaryThe Nurse Practitioner Acute Care (NP AC) position functions as a licensed registered nurse and care provider to provide all aspects of patient care, including diagnosis, treatment and consultation while maintaining and promoting the health of the patient.. This position may work in both inpatient and outpatient situations and performs according to the nurse practice act of the State of Texas and as part of a treatment team. Role models compassionate communication with patients, physicians and the interprofessional health care team. The NP-AC position provides education to patients about preventative care and prescribed treatments. This position may also conduct physicals, order tests and serve as a patient's healthcare provider, prescribing medications as appropriate. The NP position effects direct patient care according to the Employer Professional Practice Model Nursing Practice and Professional Performance policies and procedures.


o Provide personalized care and service by consistently demonstrating our I CARE values:

  • INTEGRITY: We are honest and ethical in all we say and do.
  • COMPASSION: We embrace the whole person including emotional, ethical, physical, and spiritual needs.
  • ACCOUNTABILITY: We hold ourselves accountable for all our actions.
  • RESPECT: We treat every individual as a person of worth, dignity, and value.
  • EXCELLENCE: We strive to be the best at what we do and a model for others to emulate.

    o Focuses on patient/customer safety

    o Delivers personalized service using HM Service Standards

    o Provides for exceptional patient/customer experiences by following our Standards of Practice of always using Positive Language (AIDET, Managing Up, Key Words)

    o Intentionally rounds with patients/customers to ensure their needs are being met

    o Involves patients (customers) in shift/handoff reports by enabling their participation in their plan of care as applicable to the given job


    Job responsibilities labeled EF capture those duties that are essential functions of the job.

    PEOPLE - 25 %

    • Demonstrates leadership as a clinical resource, interprofessional consultant, and patient advocate. Identifies staff development opportunities for professional growth of colleagues, provides coaching to meet identified goals. (EF)
    • Collaborates to foster healthy relationships in the work environment. Acts as a role model and coaches staff in effective verbal, non-verbal and written communication. Serves as preceptor for Nurse Practitioner students and medical resident(s), as applicable. (EF)
    • Communicates organizational information and aspects of administrative and clinical practice in a respectful and positive manner when interacting with staff. Advocates for a balanced workload, promotes positive behaviors, and peer-to-peer accountability. Facilitates the promotion of teamwork. (EF)
    • Collaborates with the interprofessional healthcare team members to manage/coordinate patient care. Advocates on patient/family--s behalf to identify and resolve clinical and ethical concerns. (EF)

      SERVICE - 20%

      • Coordinates appropriate, timely patient care under physician supervision, for a defined patient population(s), focusing on identified expected unit/optimal outcomes, individualized to the patient. Prioritizes care based on the patient--s needs, abilities and preferences. (EF)
      • Coordinates patient care between healthcare providers. Attends and participates in interdisciplinary rounds, as appropriate. (EF)

        QUALITY/SAFETY - 30%

        • Provides safe and effective care by leading and initiating outcome, quality and safety improvement activities in alignment with organizational goals. Demonstrates highly developed assessment, clinical, documentation, leadership and analytical skills; integrates and contributes to professional practice standards, policies, procedures, protocols and leads improvements in patient safety-related processes. (EF)
        • Functions as a quality care provider, coordinating, maintaining and promoting the health of the patient. Assist the interprofessional healthcare team in the development and implementation of protocols to ensure patient safety. Affects direct patient care according to the nurse practice act of the State of Texas and the Employer Professional Practice Model Nursing Practice and Professional Performance. (EF)
        • Conducts health assessments (initial, ongoing, discharge, as appropriate). Identifies normal/abnormal health characteristics, develops plan of care, initiates appropriate interventions, and evaluates care outcomes on defined patient populations(s). (EF)
        • Performs invasive, diagnostic or therapeutic procedures necessary for defined patient population(s) based on licensure and credentialed privileges. (EF)

          FINANCE - 15%

          • Implements departmental strategies to achieve financial target on entity scorecard and mentors others to do the same through timely documentation of care, decreasing length of stay, optimizing efficiency, and other areas according to departmental specifications. (EF)
          • Projects awareness and understanding of resource allocation based on patient needs and staff experience, knowledge, and skills. (EF)
          • Contributes to department plans for resource utilization and capital needs to meet departmental financial target. (EF)

            GROWTH/INNOVATION - 10%

            • Promotes quality health care through integration of current research into practice and participation in research/evidence-based activities. Leads and identifies opportunities for practice changes and performance improvement. (EF)
            • Provides education of information/knowledge in professional activities such as research, presentations, and publications. Expands individual nursing knowledge and coaches staff to grow in knowledge, abilities, skills, and attitudes. Serves as clinical resource. (EF)

              This job description is not intended to be all inclusive; the employee will also perform other reasonably related business/job duties as assigned. Employer reserves the right to revise job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.


              o Master degree in Nursing


              o Two years of registered nurse, advanced practice or nurse practitioner clinical experience


              o Texas RN license or temporary TX RN license, must obtain permanent license within 90 days

              o Recognized and licensed as an Advanced Practice Nurse (APRN) in the State of Texas

              o One of the following certifications, based on applicable to patient population, i.e. Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP), Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AG-ACNP), Acute Care Adult Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (ACNPC-AG)

              o American Heart Association BLS

              o American Heart Association ACLS (not required for Employee Health, Primary Care and Telemedicine departments)

              o Prescriptive authority privileges through the State of Texas

              o Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) registration must be obtained within 6 months of hire


              o Demonstrates the skills and competencies necessary to safely perform the assigned job, determined through on-going skills, competency assessments, and performance evaluations.

              o Sufficient proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing the English language necessary to perform the essential functions of this job, especially with regard to activities impacting patient or employee safety or security.

              o Ability to effectively communicate with patients, physicians, family members and co-workers in a manner consistent with a customer service focus and application of positive language principles.

              o Uses therapeutic communication to establish a relationship with patients, families and interprofessional team to collaborate on the plan of care

              o Strong assessment, organizational and problem solving skill as evidenced by capacity to prioritize multiple tasks and role components

              o Ability to function independently and exercise judgment in interactions with physicians, interprofessional care team and patients and their families

              o Demonstrates proficient time management skills

              o Uses critical thinking skills and clinical judgment to work autonomously as defined by the Nurse Practice Act.Equal Employment OpportunityEmployer is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

              Equal employment opportunity is a sound and just concept to which Employer is firmly bound. Employer will not engage in discrimination against or harassment of any person employed or seeking employment with Employer on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, status as a protected veteran or other characteristics protected by law.

              VEVRAA Federal Contractor priority referral Protected Veterans requested.Company ProfileSince 1998, Employer Sugar Land Hospital has been serving Fort Bend and the surrounding counties. Residents have come to rely on a level of compassionate care and leading-edge technology that was once available only in the Texas Medical Center. With 243 licensed beds, 20 operating rooms and over 1,900 employees, Employer Sugar Land Hospital was designed to provide comprehensive, personalized care for the community.

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