Mercy LIFE has an excellent full time employment opportunity for an experienced Nurse Practitioner to join a vibrant PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) program located in West Springfield, Massachusetts.
The Nurse Practitioner will function as a member of an Interdisciplinary Team (IDT) providing primary medical management and performing medical assessments in collaboration with the Mercy LIFE Physicians. The provider will develop and implement appropriate plans of care and provide education to Mercy LIFE program participants following evaluations of participant's physical complaints. The Nurse Practitioner will regularly inform the IDT of the medical condition of each participant, remaining alert to pertinent input from other team members, participant’s caregivers, as well as documenting changes in a participant’s medical record consistent with documentation policies.
The Nurse Practitioner will provide daily oversight of Mercy LIFE Clinic. They will make hospital, nursing home/or home visits when needed and will participate in provider on-call rotation as required. Rapid judgment demands and flexibility in scheduled hours including weekend and evening responsibilities may be required.
Additional responsibilities for this opportunity include:
- Integrating the primary care treatment plan into the overall plan of care developed by the IDT. Interacting with team members to meet emergent and acute need of participants. Participating in discharge planning for acute and long-term placement.
- Maintaining regular attendance at, and participating in interdisciplinary team meetings; communicating participant changes, collaborating on care planning decisions and coordination for 24 hour care delivery.
- Evaluating and treating participants during acute illness. Managing participants’ chronic illnesses and conditions in collaboration with the physician(s). As requested and directed by the Primary Care Physician, managing care of participants in the nursing home: Providing regular visits as dictated by nursing home standards and participant need. Performing telephone contact with nursing home staff as required. Providing preventive health maintenance for participants, including immunizations, screenings and monitoring of pertinent indicators. Following the Mercy LIFE clinical protocol. Prudently prescribing medications, therapies and other treatments for participants. Following consultation with the Primary Care Physician, referring participants to medical specialist as indicated.
- Working with Medical Director and Clinic Supervisor to formulate clinical policies, procedures and standards of care. Assisting with the development of standards of care; performing on-going monitoring and evaluation of patient care practice and service delivery; providing guidance and training to staff regarding medical and quality assurance issues.
- Advising the Medical Director and Primary Care Physician(s) in ways and means to establish better accountability of Mercy LIFE services to participants and referral sources. Keeping Medical Director aware of needed material and human resources as program expands. Acting as resource during intake of new participants and in the day-to-day operation of the center programs.
- Providing teaching and clinical support to Mercy LIFE staff. Assuming responsibility for professional activities and growth. Keeping abreast of current nursing knowledge, especially in the field of geriatrics by attending professional seminars and conferences.
- Participating in team meeting, staff meetings and monthly in service meetings. Participating in peer review with Medical Group.
The selected Nurse Practitioner must possess a minimum of one year working with the frail or elderly population. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. In addition, they must possess the following:
- Certification as a Nurse Practitioner with prescriptive authority
- Current Massachusetts registered nurse license
- Current BLS, Massachusetts CDS Certification and DEA Registration
- Must have a valid driver’s license, proof of insurance and have means of transportation.
- Skills and knowledge required may include:
- Working knowledge of the PACE and Massachusetts ambulatory care regulations
- Working knowledge of MA healthcare and aging networks
- Ability to foster collaborative working relationships
- Strong group facilitation skills
- Working knowledge of physical, mental, and social needs of the frail elderly and their families.
- Working knowledge of quality improvement and care management systems
- Ability to apply creative problem-solving skills to complex issues
- Ability to effectively and efficiently plan, prioritize and follow-up on responsibilities.
- Working knowledge of local health care and geriatric service networks
This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced Nurse Practitioner to join an exceptional PACE program!
Mercy LIFE offers a competitive compensation and benefits plans.