Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
The Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (APRN) functions as a member of a medical team and applies to the treatment of patient's the medical and related skills acquired through the training and/or experience required for this position. S/he may provide services within one or more Wheeler Clinic program, and the relative concentration between and within programs may change with the needs of the Clinic.
Wheeler Clinic fosters positive change in the lives of individuals and families, as well as in communities. We provide cutting-edge human services that address a diverse range of needs and backgrounds, enhance strengths and provide the supports that encourage recovery from challenges for a satisfying life in the community.
Essential Duties And Responsibilities
Conducts medical evaluations and formulates accurate diagnoses in accordance with the International Classification of Diseases. Manages prescribed medication, performs physical health examinations, conducts preventive screening and care, develops and presents clear clinical impressions and recommendations that are specific and attainable.
Develops and documents clear clinical formulations and medical treatment plans.
Prescribes therapeutic interventions appropriate to identified problems. Administers drugs and biologicals as required by the Clinic.
Demonstrates knowledge of physical health concerns and effective medical interventions. Triages clinical emergencies and implements safety and consultation protocols. Utilizes evidence based and best medical practice.
Monitors patients' self-care management and self-care skills and provides prevention, wellness, and pertinent medical education.Provides requisitions for clinical studies, diagnostic tests, and laboratory studies. Evaluates and interprets results to identify and assess patient's clinical problems and health care needs.
Demonstrates knowledge of internal and external levels of care, referral processes and resources. Makes clinically appropriate referrals for consultation with specialists, subspecialist, and allied health professionals as indicated.
Ensures all patients medical records are completed timely and in accordance with organization policy and that all charting is comprehensive and legible.
Works with care coordination team in designing, monitoring and implementing care plans. Communicates referrals and collaborates on development of services planning and implementation.
Maintains consistent communication with community providers, local and state agencies, and other allied professionals and services mutually involved in client care.Represents the Clinic in external and internal committee meetings as assigned.
Communicates in a professional, positive, effective, and courteous manner with client, family, and all internal and external providers.
Meets direct service productivity goals as defined by program. Demonstrates knowledge of program/department/agency goals and target outcomes, and adheres to practice standards and to data collection and reporting protocols. Attends and is prepared for scheduled meetings with administrative supervisor.
Attends and is prepared for scheduled clinical meetings and consultation with supervising physician. Seeks additional supervision or consultation as needed and follows through with clinical directives.
Provides service in the office and/or community settings outside of the office (e.g., homes, schools, hospitals, institutions, other community locations) as defined by the program.
Education And Experience/Qualifications
Registered Nursing degree and a relevant Masters degree plus 2 years relevant work experience is required. Certified as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse as appropriate for the population served by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners or American Nurses Credentialing Center is also required.
Licensure Requirements for Clinical Positions
Credential(s) Required: Licensed Registered Nurse and Licensed Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in the State of Connecticut. Active DEA controlled substance registration and an active Connecticut controlled substance registration. Certified in Basic Life Support for Healthcare Professionals.