St. Joseph’s Healthcare System is recognized for the expertise and compassion of its highly skilled and responsive staff. The combined efforts of the organization’s outstanding physicians, superb nurses, and dedicated clinical and professional staff have made us one of the most highly respected healthcare organizations in the state, the largest employer in Passaic County, and one of the nation’s “100 Best Places to Work in Health Care”.
Under general supervision and according to established procedures provides pre and post-surgery care on all cardiac surgery patients. Assists the supervising cardiac surgeon in performing cardiac surgery.
Obtains from the patient a detailed and accurate history and physical. Identifies problems, records information and interprets findings to the supervising physician. Provides patient care in the OHR and follows patient until discharge. Coordinates medical treatment prescribed by physicians. Provides follow-up care to open heart surgery patients. Obtains consent forms prior to surgery on all cardiac surgery patients. Writes pre & post-operative orders on chart, completes face sheet and operative note. Writes transfer orders for patient from OHRR to other nursing units. Provides assistance to the cardiac surgeon before and during cardiac surgery including opening and closing the chest, cannulating and preparing the patient. Assists physician with patient rounds, recording patient progress notes, determining & implementing therapeutic plans jointly. Complies & records pertinent narrative case summaries. Performs patient care: removes chest tubes, removes balloons, counterpulsators & other intra-arterial devices. Cannulates & prepares patient for surgery. Assists in the OR. Etc. Completes all required admission notes, including history and physical exam. Follows up care of wounds including removing sutures, clips and changing dressing. Meets all required competencies for department, unit and/or hospital. Responsible for performing all other duties as assigned.
Work requires knowledge of anatomy, physiology and the clinical aspects of patient care at a level normally acquired through completion of an approved Physician's Assistant Program culminating in a Bachelors degree of Science and three to five years of previous work related experience. Licensure required as a Physician's Assistant by the State of New Jersey. Work required the analytical ability to resolve highly complex problems requiring the application of scientific or technical principles, theories, concepts and in-depth experienced based knowledge. Work requires the ability to develop and write instructional/training materials, prepare detailed assessments of patient referrals, conduct individual or group therapy sessions, or perform other duties requiring a comparable level of communication skill.