Neonatal Nurse Practitioner - Special Care Nursery (SOCH)
Sisters Of Charity Hospital - Acute - Buffalo, NY

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NURSE PRACTITIONER – Special Care Nursery (SISTERS OF CHARITY HOSPITAL): The Nurse Practitioner (NP) is a nurse, who, through clinical experience, study and supervised practice in patient care at the master’s level, has gained expertise in a specific specialty area of patient care services. NP expectations will include rotation through Mercy Hospital of Buffalo (MHB) Level II and Sisters of Charity (SOCH) Level III NICU.
REPORTS TO: Nurse Manager, Neonatologist, Collaborating Physician

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: None

SKILL AND EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS (MINIMUM)

EDUCATION:
  • Masters degree in Nursing required.
  • Must be a graduate of an accredited Nurse Practitioner program within specialty area.
  • Must hold current New York State Registered Nurse registration or be eligible for licensure in New York State and a current Neonatal Nurse Practitioner with New York State license.
  • NCC certification as NNP is required.
  • NRP Instructor certification required.
  • Academic profile submitted to hospital for annual credentialing.
EXPERIENCE:
  • Previous Neonatal Nursing experience strongly preferred
  • Previous Nurse Practitioner experience preferred
  • Maintains knowledge of best practice in area of specialty .
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY:
  • Demonstrates the advanced knowledge, skills and credentialing required to function independently in an advanced practice and expanded role.
  • Demonstrated clinical competence and in depth knowledge in specialty area
  • Demonstrates the responsibility and accountability for the assessment and management of patients, including ordering diagnostic tests, consultations, therapeutic interventions and the day to day implementation and evaluation of an appropriate plan of care. As an advanced practitioner, the MLP is essential to the case management of patients with specialized health needs.
  • Demonstrates the ability to work in collaboration with the attending physician, primary nurse and other health care providers to provide family centered care.
  • The NP is responsible for, and assists in, the development and application of specialty practice standards and research to enhance the quality of care to the patient and the patient’s family.
  • The NP will provide care to the high-risk neonate as dictated by the needs of the CHS Pool.
  • Creates a collegial and collaborative environment among all members of the healthcare team.
  • Demonstrated effective leadership, teaching, research and communication skills.
  • Demonstrates responsibility and accountability for decisions.
  • Utilizes problem-solving and decision making skills.
  • Demonstrates ability to coach and mentor staff at their respective level.
  • Ability to assist with research and development of specialty specific practice standards and communicates them to other staff in their area of specialty.
  • Ability to identify problems, collects data, establishes facts, and draws valid conclusions.
  • Ability to improve job performance through continuing education.
  • Ability to provide comprehensive care for the normal and high risk newborn and family
  • Ability to attend high risk deliveries and render appropriate care in the delivery room
  • Ability to collaborate with the Neonatologist concerning all pertinent history, physical findings, diagnostic and therapeutic treatments or procedures in a timely manner
  • Ability to record and document, appropriately, all care and procedures rendered.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with other Mid-level providers, Nursing, Pediatricians, Obstetricians and other support staff to assure a high degree of quality and continuity of care.
  • Ability to perform emergency neonatal resuscitation and stabilization of the ill newborn in accordance with the guidelines provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics, Neonatal Resuscitation Program (Textbook of Neonatal Resuscitation, 5 th Edition)
  • Ability to communicate with and counsel parents during their infant’s hospital stay
  • Ability to perform discharge assessment, arrange follow-up plans and communicate plans in discharge summary
  • Ability to integrate legal, performance improvement and ethical principles into the practice of newborn care.
WORKING CONDITIONS:
  • The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the duties of this job.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be subject to infectious materials and chemicals (see unit specific MSDS information)
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
  • The MLP is expected to work on a rotating basis to include nights/days, weekends and holidays
  • The MLP job performance will include rotating coverage through NB nursery, Level II and Level III NICU
  • MLP work hours will not exceed the guaranteed/required work hours as per hospital policy for per diem and/or part time or full time employees.
Physical Effort : Activity & Strength MEDIUM

Activity
Equivalent Strength Level
Occasional
0 to 2.6 hours/day
Frequent
2.7 to 5.3 hours/day
Constant
5.4 to 8 hours/day
Low Lift (floor to knuckle)
21-50 lb
11 - 20 lb
1 - 10 lb
Mid Lift (knuckle to shoulder)
21-50 lb
11 - 20 lb
1 - 10 lb
High Lift (shoulder and above)
21-50 lb
11 - 20 lb
1 - 10 lb
Full Lift (floor to shoulder)
21-50 lb
11 - 20 lb
1 - 10 lb
Carry
21-50 lb
11 - 20 lb
1 - 10 lb
Push
21-50 lb
11 - 20 lb
1 - 10 lb
Pull
21-50 lb
11 - 20 lb
1 - 10 lb
Overall Strength Category
21-50 lb
11 - 20 lb
1 - 10 lb

Activity
Job Demand

Dictionary Of Occupational Titles

Walk
Frequent

Constant (C) 67-100% Workday

Frequent (F) 34-66% Workday

Occasional (O) 0-33% Workday

Not Present (N)

Climb Stairs
Occasional

Stoop
Frequent
Kneel
Occasional
Crouch
Occasional
Reach (immediate)
Frequent
Reach (overhead)
Occasional
Handling
Frequent
Fingering
Frequent
Sitting
Occasional
Standing
Constant
Push Cart
Frequent
Pull Cart

Frequent INTERNAL/EXTERNAL RELATIONSHIPS:
  • Participates in Quality Improvement activities.
  • Reviews standards of care/procedures.
  • Recommends revisions and/or implementation of procedural standards of care.
  • Collaborates with Patient Care Services Management and staff to identify specific learning needs.
  • Presents and/or coordinates in-services/lectures relative to the high-risk neonate.
  • Participates as an instructor in the Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP).
  • Initiates and pursues self development activities through reading, lectures and formal education programs
  • Evaluates and implements clinical research findings to improve patient care in collaboration with either medical and/or nursing personnel
  • Assists the staff in implementing research findings.
  • Identifies areas in which research or further investigation would be available for neonates requiring intensive care and/or their families.
  • Effectively communicates with Pediatricians re: the status of the neonate during the course of their hospitalization and at discharge.
INTERNAL: Interacts with all members of the health care team: physicians, residents, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, physical therapists, social workers, case managers, dieticians, spiritual care team, etc.

EXTERNAL: Interacts with outside contracted providers and outside healthcare facilities

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