The Orthopaedic Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner will be an integral part of the Orthopaedic Trauma Service by providing to the care of the patients and the efficiency of the system. The Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner is responsible for assisting the orthopaedic surgeon in the care of sick and disabled persons; must relate well to other people and be tolerant and considerate of their condition by understanding their anxieties and allaying their fears. Formal training which will be indicated by graduation from an accredited Nurse Practitioner, or Physician Assistant program certification by the NCCPA, and licensed or eligible to be licensed in the state of Colorado. Absolute qualities are; attention to details, taking initiative to provide the best efficient care possible, intense understand of the specialized practice demanding the very highest level of fracture and trauma care possible, striving to continue to learn and to be seen as a trauma expert over time, and continuing the professional education of orthopaedic trauma. Physical guidelines include ability to stand/walk for up to eight hours/day, bend, stoop, twist, assist patients in turning, assist patients in arising from an exam table, push wheelchair patients, and assist patient in arising from and returning to wheelchair. Additional Duties: Under the supervision of the Physician the Orthopaedic Trauma Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner will: First assist the surgeon in the operating room, complete paperwork and the assessment of patients between OR cases, see clinic patients and follow up on the numerous details associated with a clinical practice, perform routine examinations and pre-operative history and physical exams, communicating with patients regarding questions, test results, MRI results, surgery, and post-operative follow-up, dictate clinic notes, H & Ps and discharge summaries, review pre-operative studies to include CXRs, EKGs, and routine lab tests, perform joint aspirations and intra-articular injections using aseptic technique, perform minor surgical procedures such as pin removals, I & Ds and suturing simple lacerations, perform rounds on hospital inpatients, chart their progress & report any abnormalities to supervising physician, know at all times the status of key acute patients, including lab work, actions of trauma service, discharge status, etc., seek additional knowledge of trauma procedures by continuing to read and study the latest journals, books and published papers, duties and responsibilities may be added, deleted or changed at any time at the discretion of management, formally or informally, either verbally or in writing.
To be considered for this position, applicants MUST have 3+ years of orthopaedic experience.
November 1, 2018
Full Time (Physician Assistant)