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CommonSpirit Health Neurosurgery PA in Bryan, Texas

Work Location: Neurosurgery (Hospital and Clinic based)

Job Summary: The Advanced Practice Clinician (APC) provides patient services under the direct supervision of the designated staff physician, to include assisting in surgical cases, obtaining medical histories, participating in hospital and ICU rounds, prioritizing and assessing patients, educating patients and families, and interfacing with ER physicians, hospital nurses, and consulting physicians. The APC will function as first assist in the Operating Room for all Neurosurgical surgeries at a 1:1 ratio. Expected responsibilities include rounding in hospital post-op, performing procedures, and other duties as necessary to ensure patient care. The APC will evaluate new patients in the outpatient clinic setting an average of 5 clinic sessions per week. Call requirements include a minimum of 1 weekend per month, rotating to 3 hospitals, as well as up to 2 days per week covering with physician dyad. Clinic coverage will include travel to satellite clinics biweekly, which is subject to change if demand increases. The APC is expected to function effectively in a multi-disciplinary team setting.

Common Procedures include:

  • External Ventricular Drain placement

  • ICP Monitor placement

  • Lumbar drains

  • Wound closures

  • Drain removals

  • Lumbar punctures

  • Other as defined by physician dyad and patient need within the scope of practice in the state of Texas.

Experience: PA with first assist Neurosurgery preferred, but will consider new graduate applicants.

Certifications required: Texas licensed, Certified Physician Assistant, BLS, ACLS, and ATLS.

Salary and Benefits: Salary range is negotiable based upon experience.

We offer a competitive salary and comprehensive benefit package to include sign-on bonus and relocation. Advanced Practice Clinicians (PA) receive reimbursement for continuing education, licensure, and certification.

Core Competencies for Advanced Practice Clinicians (APC)

  • Obtain and record medical history;

  • Perform physical examinations

  • Order, conduct, and interpret appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic procedures including, but not limited to, laboratory test, radiographic test, and EKGs;

  • Formulate a diagnosis ;

  • Identify and prescribe appropriate pharmacologic agents and non-pharmacologic interventions as allowed by the Texas Board of Medicine and DEA regulations ;

  • Educate and counsel patients and families according to diagnosis;

  • Make appropriate referrals to patient and family;

  • Perform medical screening evaluations;

  • Communicate effectively with nursing staff

  • Answer on-call questions and manage cases remotely, when appropriate

  • Respond to ER and consulting physicians

  • Arrange vacation and work schedules to maximize coordination with supervising physician

Consistent with our Core Values, Catholic Health Initiatives employers are EEO/AA/M/F/Vets/Disabled Employers. Qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identification, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected characteristic.

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