This position will remain open until a successful candidate has been identified.
UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 6/28/18 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor. Eligible Disability Counseling and Consulting services (DCC) or Special Selection clients should contact their Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for assistance.
UC San Diego Health is the only medical system in San Diego County with a designated Neurocritical Care unit and primary Neurocritical Care Service staffed by board-certified neurointensivists, at Jacobs Medical Center in La Jolla. We are expanding our in-house 24/7 primary neurocritical care services to UCSD Medical Center-Hillcrest, our level 1 trauma center. Both hospitals are Comprehensive Stroke Centers and are staffed with 24/7 neurology, stroke, and neurosurgery services, in addition to neurocritical care. The NCCU is a collaboration with the departments of Neurosciences, Neurosurgery and Anesthesiology.
Under general supervision of the Director of the Neurocritical Care Service and other designated physician team members, the (PA) Physician Assistant will perform operational level duties and serve as a key member of the Neurocritical Care Unit (NCCU) inpatient service at either the La Jolla or Hillcrest location, or both, depending on preference. The PA will provide ongoing direct patient care delivery; provide full clinical support in the management of inpatient services for a diverse population of patients, and assist with consultation on patients in the Emergency Department and from other inpatient departments. The PA will develop and provide education to Nurse Practitioner students, nurses, medical students, interns, residents, and fellows. The PA will function as liaison to counselors, social workers, research nurses, other clinical support staff, and family members of the NCCU patient. Also, the PA will assist in orientation and training of NCCU residents, and develop and implement policy and procedures related to the management of critical care patients.
Depending on experience of the selected candidate, this position will be hired at the Physician Assistant or Sr. Physician Assistant level.
Current California Physician Assistant (PA) license.
Current PA Certification from NCCPA.
BLS/CPR and ACLS certification at time of hire with commitment to get ART within 6 months of hire date.
Completion of a critical care residency OR one (1) year of experience in the inpatient neurology or neurosurgery realm.
Theoretical background in anatomy, physiology, neurosciences general medicine, pulmonary, emergency or critical care medicine, management of common diseases, concepts of medicine and surgery, pharmacology, or counseling techniques and interpersonal dynamics.
Proven ability to perform initial history and physical examination, identify major medical problems, and formulate appropriate plans of action.
Proven ability to maintain detailed medical information in an organized and easily retrievable manner using online medical systems such as EPIC.
Demonstrated skills to operate appropriate medical equipment, i.e., Swan-Ganz catheters, central venous pressure monitors, electrocardiograph machines, cardiac defibrillator, transducer systems, digital read-out equipment, and medical computer systems. Ability to be trained in the use of specialized medical equipment.
Working knowledge of all types of treatment and modalities necessary for the patients care and well-being and skill in recording nursing/medical assessment findings accurately and completely.
Knowledge of medical terminology, including that associated with central nervous system and spine to medically manage critically ill complex stroke, intracerebral/subarachnoid hemmorrhage, neurological and post-op surgery, and neuroendovascular patients.
Demonstrated experience to properly and compassionately counsel patients and families, particularly in delicate or death and dying situations.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills that facilitate professional, effective, and courteous interaction with a diverse population. Proven ability to maintain confidentiality and follow strict HIPAA guidelines.
Working knowledge of operating room standards and techniques, and of all types of treatment and modalities necessary for patient care and well-being.
Demonstrated fluency in oral and written communications in both English
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