Physician Assistant
St. Luke's Hospital & Health Network - Allentown, PA

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JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
1. Evaluates and implements patient health care needs. Performs routine exams
and obtains patient histories. Manages patient treatment program based on
assessment of needs. Initiates treatment via prescriptions, diagnostic tests,
exams and procedures. Reviews lab results and plans actions according to
results. Performs routine health maintenance activities for new and established
patients.
2. Coordinates patient care and makes referrals to physicians, nurses,
psychologists, nutritionists, et cetera, as needed. Collaborates and
communicates with other professionals, nurses, physicians, and outside
agencies regarding patient care. Coordinates patient care and family counseling
with public and mental health agencies as appropriate.
3. Teaches wellness habits and educates patients on prevention of potential health
problems or method of dealing with present problems. Provides information and
materials relating to patient health care needs.
4. Develops educational programs for medical and/or nursing students and the
general public, upon request.
5. Performs administrative duties such as writing admission and discharge orders,
working with office staff regarding patient problems, scheduling, records, etc.
6. Maintains knowledge of current medical practices and skills.
7. Develops, writes and/or updates Nurse Practitioner practice protocols as directed
by physician.
8. Acts as lead care provider amongst other support staff, such as nurses and
medical assistants.
9. Maintains confidentiality of all materials handled within the Network/ Entity as
well as the proper release of information.
10. Complies with Network and departmental policies regarding issues of employee,
patient and environmental safety and follows appropriate reporting requirements.
11. Demonstrates/models the Network's Service Excellence Standards of
Performance in interactions with all customers (internal and external).
12. Demonstrates Performance Improvement in the following areas as appropriate:
Clinical Care/Outcomes, Customer/Service Improvement, Operational
System/Process, and Safety.
13. Demonstrates financial responsibility and accountability through the effective and
efficient use of resources in daily procedures, processes and practices.
14. Complies with Network and departmental policies regarding attendance and
dress code.
15. Demonstrates competency in the assessment, range of treatment, knowledge of
growth and development and communication appropriate to the age of the
patient treated.
OTHER FUNCTIONS:
1. Other related duties as assigned.
PHYSICIAL AND SENSORY REQUIREMENTS: Requires sitting, standing and walking
for extended periods of time (up to 6 hours at a time). Continually uses fingers for
patient care, writing, and handling patient charts. Routinely use upper extremities;
occasionally lift items up to 25 pounds. Occasionally push cart with supplies up to 50
pounds. Occasionally push wheelchair with a patient weighing up to 325 pounds.
Stoop, been, and reach above shoulder level regularly. Hearing as it relates to normal
conversation and taking blood preassure readings. General visions, near vision,
peripheral are all required.
POTENTIAL ON-THE-JOB RISKS: Exposure to infectious disease due to continual
patient contact.
Identified Risks, None Identified and/or Fit Tested Statement Which States That:
Employees who work in patient care areas where they may have potential
exposure to patients with suspected or proven tuberculosis (TB) must have the
ability to wear a particulate respirator and be fit-tested in compliance with the
current recommendations from the CDC (enforced by OSHA) or must provide
physician documentation as to the inability to wear a particulate respirator.
SPECIFIC PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE: Gowns, gloves, masks and
eyewear.
MOST COMPLEX DUTY: Maintaining patient flow while adjusting to varying demands
during the workday.
SUPERVISION (RECEIVED BY AND/OR GIVEN TO): Receives direct supervision
from the office physician with additional supervision from the practice administrator.
COMMUNICATIONS: Interfaces with employers, patients, visitors and members of the
health care team.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: Demonstrates mature, conscientious and
professional behavior. Accepts responsibility and follows directions

Job Qualifications:

Physician Assistant: Must be NCCPA certified. Licensed by Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine.

Nurse Practitioner: Masters level or new doctorate. Licensed by the State Board of Nursing/Board of Medicine.

Primary Care/outpatient experience preferred

PHYSICAL AND SENSORY REQUIREMENTS:

Physical Demands:

Good physical and mental health.

Neat, clean, free from body odors, conforms to the uniform code.

Constant standing, walking, turning, stooping, bending, climbing, stretching and lifting in the provision of patient care

Visual and auditory acuity required to provide comprehensive nursing care.

Finger and hand dexterity necessary to handle delicate instruments and other equipment

POTENTIAL ON-THE-JOB RISKS:

Exposure to infectious disease due to continual patient contact.

Employees who work in patient care areas where they may have potential exposure to patients with suspected or proven tuberculosis (TB) must have the ability to wear a particulate respirator and be fit-tested in compliance with the current recommendations from the CDC (enforced by OSHA) or must provide physician documentation as to the inability to wear a particulate respirator.

SPECIFIC PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE:

Gown, gloves, mask.

MOST COMPLEX DUTY:

Maintaining patient flow while adjusting to varying demands during the workday

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