Advanced Practice Nurse Anesthesia Assessment Center
MD Anderson Cancer Center 233 reviews - Houston, TX

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Description – Overview The primary purpose of the Advanced Practice Nurse position is to positively affect patient outcomes by providing, coordinating, and supporting evidence based direct patient care across the continuum of care. The highest quality of patient care and the appropriate use of resources is achieved in collaboration with the interdisciplinary team.


Outpatient Activities (Primary)

- Performs comprehensive medical exams for patients scheduled to undergo procedures requiring anesthesia
- Performs anesthetic risk assessments, i.e. post-op nausea and vomiting, sleep apnea and difficult airway
- Orders and reviews labs and other ancillary tests required for patient optimization
- Works autonomously and collaborates with other members of healthcare team
- Instructs and counsels patients in order to carry out Perioperative care
- Conducts telephone assessments
- Assists with the management of unscheduled patient visits
- Assists with the management of emergency patient consults
- Coordinates the scheduling of special procedures and consults
- Performs clinical triaging and fast track clinic duties
- Actively participates in patient education and performance improvement projects

Inpatient Activities (Secondary)

-Assesses all scheduled and emergent cases for surgery and enters findings in PICIS system
-Consults with primary team, surgical team, and staff Anesthesiologists to ensure patient optimization prior to surgical procedure
- Orders and reviews labs and other ancillary tests prior to surgery
Clinical Research

Participate in clinical research by completing database forms, visually reviewing medical records for information and verbally questioning patients/families for information. Collaborate with the medical staff, research nurses and other health professionals to complete research initiatives. May perform chart reviews.

Working Conditions

The job is demanding and requires a high degree of commitment. Advanced Practice Nurse work hours, like doctors, are variable depending upon patient needs and may be without a scheduled break. Advanced Practice Nurse must be able to communicate well with patients and other health-care workers. Work is performed both sitting and standing.

This position requires:
Working in Office Environment __X____ No ______ Yes
Working in Patient Care Unit (e.g. Nursing unit; outpatient clinic) ______ No ___X___ Yes
Exposure to human/animal blood, body fluids, or tissues ______ No ___X___ Yes
Exposure to harmful chemicals ______ No __X____ Yes
Exposure to radiation ______ No ___X___ Yes
Exposure to animals ___X___ No ______ Yes

Indicate the time required to do each of the following physical demands:
Time Spent
0% Occasionally
1-33% Frequently
34-66% Continuously
Standing X
Walking X
Sitting X
Reaching X
Up to 10 lbs X
10lbs to 50 lbs X
More than 50 lbs X
Up to 10 lbs X
10lbs to 50 lbs X
More than 50 lbs X
Use computer/keyboard X

Job Description-Requirements EDUCATION:

Required: Master's Degree in Nursing. May be waived for applicants who obtained recognition as an Advanced Practice Nurse from the Texas State Board of Nursing prior to 1/1/2003. Graduate education and related Texas Board of Nursing authorization must be consistent with clinical practice area and patient population.


Required: Two years clinical nursing.

Preferred: Four years relevant clinical experience.


Required: All of the following:
Written authorization from the Texas Board of Nursing to function as an Advanced Practice Nurse.

MAY BE REQUIRED: Authorization for limited prescriptive authority by the Texas Board of Nursing.

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Mission The mission of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is to eliminate cancer in Texas, the nation, and the world...