Nurse Practitioner

Howard University

Washington, DC

ID: 7081680
Posted: July 28, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

The Talent Acquisition department hires qualified candidates to fill positions which contribute to the overall strategic success of Howard University. Hiring staff “for fit” makes significant contributions to Howard University’s overall mission.


The neurosurgery NP will function was an integral member of the care-giver team. He/she will function semi-independently in the outpatient clinic and serve as a surrogate for the attending medical staff for in-patient services at HUH. The NP is expected to demonstrate a high degree of clinical expertise in neurosurgery, and act as a resource to others requiring assistance with Neurosurgical issues. He/she is responsible for managing the daily needs of the inpatient services including assessment, diagnosis, treatment, discussion of management options, patient, family, healthcare provider education, health promotion, care coordination, and aiding in disposition and/or transfer of patients from the inpatient neurosurgical unit. He/she is expected to display an advanced level of clinical knowledge, have exceptional communication skills, work closely in a multi-disciplinary fashion, optimize communication and collaboration between all members of the care-giving team, promote evidence based best practices, optimize safety and quality initiatives and maintain the highest elements of professionalism.

Responsible for providing limited supervision for one or more functions within a department. Formally plans, assigns, directs, and coordinates the work of these functions. Typically responsible for performing some non-supervisory duties in addition to supervisory responsibilities. May perform staff evaluations and make recommendations regarding pay and/or performance.

Internal contacts include students, faculty and staff. External contacts include parents, hospital officials, local health departments, community providers, and the general public. In the outpatient setting, the Nurse Practitioner will independently see patients at the discretion of the Neurosurgical staff, and similarly direct both acute and chronic care initiatives on behalf of the care-giving team.

Develop, implement, re-access and alter care plans as needed.
Manage general medical day-to-day issues related to patient care.
Interact as a patient and family advocate as they navigate the healthcare system.
Liaison between multi-disciplinary health care providers, inpatient care, outpatient clinic, impatient clinical care and social work in disposition planning.
Attend multi-disciplinary rounds per the unit schedule.
Provide continuity of communication between nurse, family and treatment team.
Provide care coordination for arranging and following up on consults to our healthcare and social service colleagues.
Maintaining Howard’s input to the AANS National Quality Outcomes Database.
Participate in self-evaluation and nursing evaluation regarding quality improvement issues.
Actively participate in unit-based quality surveys initiates to garner patient and family feedback regarding their inpatient experience.
Attend journal club regularly.
Attend case presentation conference / grand rounds regularly.
Attend Neuroscience M /m conference.
Be present for daily walk rounds.
Be actively engaged in on-going research projects.
Attend CME / CEU educational conferences to enhance education.

Document all unanticipated adverse outcomes and maintain a log for M /m.
Actively engage in student and resident education and teaching.
Actively engage in nursing education on the unit through one on one or group teaching sessions.
Help mediate in untoward issues and conflicts regarding family and social dynamics as they relate to patient care on the unit.
Utilize critical thinking to analyze collected data.
Order appropriate diagnostic studies and correctly interprets results.
Skill in the operation of computers, related software applications and standard office equipment, in a timely accurate and efficient manner.
Good communication skills, with competence in both oral and written English.
Ability to provide personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
Ability to exercise discretion and ensure a high level of confidentiality.
Ability to establish and maintain effective and harmonious work relations with faculty, staff, students and parents and the general public.
Ability to work staggered hours of duty as scheduled/or beyond hours to complete assignments.

Masters or doctorates degree from an accredited nursing program.
Two (2) years of neurosurgery nursing experience (Medical / Surgery, Intensive Care Unit, Trauma or ED).
Valid NP license, DEA, CS, ACLS / ATLS / BLS.


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