MD Anderson Cancer Center Advanced Practice Registered Nurse - Pulmonology - West Houston in Katy, Texas

The primary purpose of the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) position is to provide direct medical services to patients within the education, training and experience of the APRN that are delegated by the supervising physician and in accordance with the policies established by the Executive Committee of the Medical Staff, and consistent with the Texas State Board of Nurse Examiners and existing State laws. Working in a team that includes physicians, fellows, technicians, nurses, etc. to provide quality patient care in relation to the patient's described diagnosis, treatment, age group, development and other identified needs.

KEY FUNCTIONS

Interventional Pulmonology – HALS Location

Evaluates and treats patients in the outpatient clinic service.

Performs thoracentesis procedure in the Thoracentesis Clinic. Performing pleural catheter placement, as needed, once the APP is credentialed for pleural catheter placement.

Responsible for patient flow management in the HALS location. This includes triaging new consults, coordinating the procedure schedules with the charge nurse, bronch techs, and anesthesia.

Works closely with the interventional pulmonologists as well as the general pulmonologists in patient care coordination.

The HAL interventional pulmonology APP will rotate to the main campus to maintain continuity of interventional pulmonology services.

Patient Care:

Performs histories and physicals for new and existing patients.

Dictates medical records in a complete and accurate fashion to meet billing and JCAHO requirements.

Reviews/orders diagnostic tests and imagine studies, with appropriate follow-up care.

Assists in the formulation and execution of treatment plans within specialty.

Manages common general medical problems.

Prescribes medications consistent with departmental delegated prescriptive authority protocols.

Performs procedures including ultrasound guided thoracentesis as credentialed by the Institution.

Manages patients with pleural catheter according to the institutional algorithms.

Patient Education:

Provides patient education regarding the natural history of their disease as well as potential treatment benefits, risks, & alternatives to treatment.

Research:

Supports departmental research by obtaining protocol information appropriate to patient population.

Interviews patients and reviews the eligibility criteria to identify potential patients for protocol studies.

Education:

Attends the Pulmonary weekly conferences.

Attends the Division of Internal Medicine continuing medical education conference.

EDUCATION

Required:

Master's Degree in Nursing.

May be waived for applicants who obtained recognition as an Advanced Practice Nurse from the Texas State Board of Nursing prior to 1/1/2003.

EXPERIENCE

Required: None

Preferred: A minimum of two years of experience in an APRN role.

Preferred: Prior inpatient experience.

LICENSURE / CERTIFICATION

Required:

Graduate education and related Texas Board of Nursing authorization must be consistent with clinical practice area and patient population.

All of the following:

Written authorization from the Texas Board of Nursing to function as an Advanced Practice Nurse.

MAY BE REQUIRED: Authorization for limited prescriptive authority by the Texas Board of Nursing.

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