Nurse Practitioner

Location
Alexandria, VA
Salary
$62,657.92 - $96,202.60 Annually
Posted
May 10, 2019
Closes
May 24, 2019
Ref
2019-00307
Hours
Full Time
Nurse Practitioner

The City of Alexandria is located in northern Virginia and is bordered by the District of Columbia (Potomac River), Arlington and Fairfax counties. With a population of approximately 150,000 and a land area of 15.75 square miles, Alexandria is the seventh largest city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Alexandria has a charming waterfront and is a unique and historic place to live and work. About one-quarter of the City's square miles have been designated as a national or local historic district. We proudly embrace our rich history and seize the endless opportunities that lie ahead. If you are interested in working for the vibrant City of Alexandria, we invite qualified candidates to apply for our fulltime Teen Wellness Center Nurse Practitioner position.

An Overview
A Nurse Practitioner provides primary and preventive health care to patients in collaboration with other nurse practitioners and physicians. An incumbent in this class performs physical examinations in a clinic or other appropriate setting, and provides preventive health education to a target population. Tasks are performed in accordance with Federal, State and City regulations, clinic policy and procedures, and medical best practices.

The Nurse Practitioner in this position is primarily responsible for performing clinical patient care activities including well child examinations and acute care examinations with limited or no on-site access to a physician for guidance and oversight. Areas of care include treatment for: family planning, immunizations, sexually transmitted diseases, school and sports physicals, and intermittent acute/chronic care conditions. A practice agreement will be developed between the Nurse Practitioner and the Health Director, and he/she will be supervised by the Nurse Practitioner Supervisor and in collaboration with the Medical Director and Nurse Manager.

What You Should Bring
The ideal candidate should have:
  • Thorough knowledge of applicable Federal, State, and local regulations, of clinic policies and procedures, and of the principles and practices of a nurse practitioner
  • Thorough knowledge of approved medical terminology and abbreviations
  • Thorough knowledge of the function, use, maintenance, and safety precautions of all equipment used
  • Good knowledge of communicable and chronic diseases, normal/abnormal adolescent health and growth / development, and maternal and child health/nutrition
  • Good knowledge of the principles of learning and teaching
  • Ability to interview, examine, and assess patients, and to develop appropriate medical treatment plans
  • Ability to prescribe and dispense pharmaceuticals appropriate to the medical treatment plan;
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, physicians, patients, and with the general public
The Opportunity - Examples of Work
  • Conducts patient health assessments and obtains complete patient history determines diagnosis and develops treatment plans including and prescribes appropriate medications if applicable reviews literature as needed;
  • Orders and interprets appropriate labs/diagnostic tests
  • Administers immunizations according to ACIP guidelines and in accordance with AHD policies and procedures
  • Provides patient health education and behavior change counseling
  • Develops and updates protocols/procedures to maintain compliance with standard of practice in the state of Virginia
  • Performs patient case management
  • Maintains professional development
  • Participates in Teen Wellness Center team meetings to plan policy and procedure implementation, strengthen team functioning in delivery services
  • Conducts quality assurance activities to assure services are consistent with policy and protocols for the health center and the Family Planning Title X grant requirements
  • Performs related work, as required.

About the Department
Alexandria Health Department (AHD) is one of 35 health districts in Virginia. As part of the Virginia Department of Health, AHD serves the residents, businesses, and visitors of Alexandria and works closely with the City of Alexandria and community partners to achieve its mission and vision. AHD's mission is "Protecting and Promoting Health and Well-Being in Our Communities" and our vision is "Healthy People, Healthier Communities." We view "health" in the broadest sense and this drives our path towards continuous health improvement with a focus on equity of the social determinants of health.

The AHD's Teen Wellness Center was established to empower teens to lead healthful lives and to ensure that each and every Alexandrian teen succeeds physically, emotionally, socially and academically by collaboratively providing an easily accessible wellness center and clinic at TC Williams High School.

Minimum & Additional Requirements

Four-Year College Degree from an accredited school of nursing with an advanced degree as a nurse practitioner; licensed as a family or women's health nurse practitioner in the state of Virginia and eligible for prescriptive authority; minimum of two years practicing within the specialty area; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

Preferred Qualifications

Current CPR (BLS or ACLS) Certification. Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications such as MS Word, Excel, etc. Experience working with youth/ adolescent population. Knowledge of child and adolescent growth and development. Knowledge of adolescent risk behaviors, including teen pregnancy. Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with other professionals and with the general public, both orally and in writing. Ability to work with other professionals and support staff as a team. Experience working in community/public health. Bilingual in English and Spanish is extremely useful.

Notes

This position requires the successful completion of pre-employment background checks including but not limited to driving record check, employment verification, education verification, national sex offender search, fingerprint based federal and local criminal history search, and DHHS Inspector General Exclusion Report search.

Work hours are Monday - Friday from 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM, with occasional flexing of time to accommodate evening meetings and/or outreach activities. The Teen Wellness Center follows the City of Alexandria personnel policies.

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