Perioperative Nurse Practitioner
The Anesthesia Surgery Service at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center provides comprehensive anesthesia care, exploring different diagnostic and treatment options to treat and manage anesthesia administration. Anesthesia providers and colleagues work with each patient to design an individualized care management plan, from routine testing to the most advanced diagnosis and treatment for veterans of all ages.
The Nurse Practitioner is a licensed practitioner who is responsible for managing health problems and coordinating health care for the perioperative patient in accordance with State and Federal rules and regulations and APRN standards of care (assessment of health status, diagnosis, development of plan of care and treatment, implementation of treatment plan, and evaluation of patient status) .
APRNs are accountable to patients for the quality of APRN care rendered, recognizing the limits of knowledge and experience, planning for the management for situations beyond the APRNs expertise. APRNs accept referrals, consult with, supervise, and interpret diagnostic studies, excluding interpreting computed tomography scans, magnetic resonance imaging scans, positron emission tomography scans, nuclear scans, and mammography. (Minnesota Board of Nursing)
The SSC Preoperative/Paranesthesia NP will report to the Chief of Anesthesia. Working closely with the physicians and CRNAs, this individual will participate in the medical and perioperative management of selected preoperative patients.
Work closely with Anesthesia staff physicians and CRNA staff to provide high-quality, comprehensive patient care.
Perform preoperative history and physical evaluations per current AHA guidelines. History and physical examinations include focusing on risk factors for cardiac, pulmonary and infectious complications, and a determination of a patient's functional capacity, are to be performed and are essential to comprehensive preoperative evaluation.
Evaluate and maximize management of medical conditions which contribute significantly to preoperative risk (including medication management).
Meet regularly with Anesthesia providers to review select cases, including diagnostic testing.
Track abnormal lab results to confirm that patient has had appropriate follow-up as ordered in the patient's plan of care.
Act as a resource for patients requesting lab results and requisition.
Appropriately triage medical Preoperative/Paranesthesia requests and consults, consistently and accurately identifying urgent/emergent issues.
Assist in coordinating perioperative planning.
Determine need for additional medical clearance, and ensure contact and documentation with appropriate providers.
Review perioperative course with patients in advance of surgery at the MVAMC, including cardiac testing, imaging, etc., timing of surgery, anesthesia evaluation, preoperative lab testing and follow up, anticipated hospital course, prescription information.
Function as a team member, providing backup coverage when required.
Miscellaneous duties as assigned.
Work Schedule: M-F Full-time
Not requiredSupervisory status No Promotion Potential 3