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Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care (Charleston Area GAP Provider)

VA Medical Center

Charleston, SC
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Nurse Practitioner - Primary Care (Charleston Area GAP Provider)
Charleston, SC

As the Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, you will function as a member of a medical team and serve as a highly skilled expert who provides medical management of patients with a variety of medical problems/conditions. You will assist physicians in the clinic by evaluating new and follow-up patients, performing histories and physical exams, ordering ancillary tests, providing new patient education, making telephone calls, writing prescriptions, interpreting and managing lab results, and coordinating operating room schedules. 

Routine Duties:

  • Collaborate with the client/family to establish physical, mental, cultural and environmental factors that facilitate or impede realistic goals and activities.
  • Conduct physical exams and document findings on initial, periodic, episodic, and/or annual health histories and physical examinations on patients seen in the clinical setting with the exception of the Admission History and Physical, which will be confirmed by the supervising physician.
  • Determine needs for therapeutic changes, diagnostic workups or subspecialty consultation and so order.
  • Order and/or interpret appropriate laboratory tests, x-rays, EKG's and other diagnostic studies and procedures normally performed as part of general medical care.
  • Provide follow-up for evaluation of outcomes of x-rays, laboratory tests and diagnostic procedures.
  • Detect and evaluate any significant change in patients' condition, treating as indicated with current evidence based practice.
  • Prescribe, administer and review/evaluate patient's response to pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment regimens, including narcotics and controlled medications, 3, 3N, 4, 5.
  • Managing patients who are receiving short or long-term anticoagulant treatment.
  • Evaluate outpatients and manage acute and chronic illnesses to include attention to maintenance of stable conditions, preventive health care and screening.
  • Formulate diagnostic plans and therapeutic regimen, including possible hospitalizations.
  • Make referrals to and collaborate with home health services to provide and maintain continuity of care.
  • Plan, provide and evaluate care that promotes wellness and prevents disease/injury and disability.
  • Assist patient to maintain their current state of health when disability already exists.
  • Assist patients to regain or improve their abilities to cope with states of health and illness.
  • Managing patients who are receiving short and long term anticoagulant treatment.
  • Provide education and counseling of the patient and the patient's family in preventive care, medical conditions and the use of prescribed treatments and drugs. Maintain phone contact with patients, families and home care agencies as indicated.
  • Treat respiratory distress and/or other emergent conditions in the absence of a physician or until a physician arrives.
  • Initiates basic life support and First Aid to the extent that training supports, following current AHA guidelines.  Maintains current BLS certification.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm, Overtime including evenings, weekends and Federal Holidays may be required.

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To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan." These words, spoken by Abraham Lincoln during his Second Inaugural Address, reflect the philosophy and principles that guide VA in everything we do, and are the focus of our endeavors to serve our Nation's veterans and their families.

 The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has one of the most diverse, challenging, and rewarding missions in the United States Government. We strive to meet the needs of the Nation's veterans and their families today and in the future.

VA manages one of the largest health care systems in the world and the nation's leading employer of registered nurses. Nurses in Veterans Health Administration (VHA) are engaged in a variety of roles and have multiple opportunities for career and professional development. The VHA provides veterans and their dependents with many other services such as benefits and education, and also provides burial benefits.

Our goal is to provide excellence in patient care, veterans' benefits and customer satisfaction. We can provide you with challenging, interesting, meaningful work to care for the veterans who have risked their lives to protect our freedom.

 As the Department of Veterans Affairs heads into the 21st century, we will strive to meet the needs of the Nation's veterans today and tomorrow. We are a more customer-focused organization, functioning as "One-VA" and delivering seamless service to our customers.

We benchmark our service with the best in business. We use innovative means and high technology to deliver "World-Class Customer Service". We foster partnerships with our customers and stakeholders, making them part of the decision-making process.

Department of Veterans Affairs is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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