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POST DATE 5/18/2017
END DATE 8/8/2017

Methodist Houston, TX

Houston, TX
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Full Time
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Mid-Career (2 - 15 years)
Bachelors Degree


Job Summary

The Student Professional NP in the LEAP (Leading Education and Advancing Professional) program is an experienced clinician that functions at the competent stage of Benner s model of clinical practice. The LEAP student will function as a clinical provider maintaining and promoting the health of the patient requiring acute care. Affects direct patient care according to the nurse practice act of the State of Texas and The Methodist Standards of Nursing Care policies and procedures.

1. Coordinates appropriate, timely patient care from unit admission to unit discharge, under physician supervision, for a defined patient population(s), focusing on identified expected unit/optimal outcomes individualized to the patient.
2. Coordinates patient care between healthcare providers. Rounds with physicians/surgeons and attends interdisciplinary rounds.
3. Conducts comprehensive health assessments (initial, ongoing, discharge), identifies normal/abnormal health characteristics, develops plan of care, and evaluates care outcomes on defined patient populations(s)..
4. Uses critical thinking skills and clinical judgment to work autonomously as defined by the Nurse Practice Act. Collaborates with healthcare team members to manage/coordinate patient care.
5. Demonstrates leadership as clinical resource, and patient advocate.
6. Promotes quality health care through integration of current research into practice and participation in research activities.
7. Maintains current licensure and credentials. Remains current in practice.
8. Participates in professional activities such as research, presentations, and publications.

Duties and Responsibilities are cross-referenced to the hospital's Pillars of Excellence:
People (providing direction and plans, leading and managing people, ICARE values)
Service (patient/customer satisfaction, interpersonal effectiveness)
Quality and Safety (making judgments and decisions)
Finance (driving for performance excellence)
Innovation and Growth (leading improvement and innovation, role-specific expertise)

a. Provides care to increasingly complex patients with support of more experienced staff. (Quality/Safety)
b. Participates in unit projects focused on improvement in patient care and shared governance activities. (Growth/Innovation)
c. Uses resources effectively and efficiently. (Finance)
d. Contributes to meeting departmental financial target on unit-based scorecard. (Finance)

a. Plans and updates plan of care in partnership with the patient and family using the nursing process, incorporating the patient s priorities and abilities. (Service)
b. Provides patient teaching based on learning needs, uses appropriate resources, incorporating planning for care after discharge. (Service)
c. Advocates on patient/family s behalf to identify and help resolve clinical or ethical concerns. (Service)
d. Contributes to meeting departmental target for patient satisfaction on unit-based scorecard. (Service)

a. Follows the nursing process in providing care. (Quality/Safety)
b. Plans for routine events and manages emergent situations in collaboration with the healthcare team. (Quality/Safety)
c. Contributes to meeting departmental targets for quality and safety measures on unit-based scorecard. (Quality/Safety)

a. Communicates in an active, positive and effective manner to all health care team members and reports pertinent patient care and family data in a comprehensive and unbiased manner, listens and responds to the ideas of others. (People)
b. Uses a structured format for regular communication with patients and families, such as hourly rounding. (Quality/Safety)
c. Develops a therapeutic relationship with patients and families; communicates competence and confidence to patients and health care team. (Service)

a. Manages usual patient assignment and other unit demands, completes patient care responsibilities in timely manner with accurate documentation. (Quality/Safety)
b. Requests help when needed and accepts constructive feedback. (People)
c. Supportive of change initiatives. Adapts to unexpected changes. (Growth/Innovation)

a. Reports near misses as well as errors promptly and consistently to improve systems and processes and identify trends. (Quality/Safety)
b. Stays focused on task at hand and plans care to limit distractions. (Quality/Safety)
c. Implements unit and hospital initiatives to achieve National Patient Safety Goals. (Quality/Safety)

a. Participates in unit evidence-based practice or performance improvement projects. (Innovation/Growth)
b. Identifies areas of practice that should be updated with current research. (Quality/Safety)
c. Uses evidence-based practice to support care and has a strong understanding of designated core measures. (Quality/Safety)

a. Assesses own competence on continuous basis and identifies learning needs. (Growth/Innovation)
b. Seeks opportunities to expand learning beyond baseline competencies. (Growth/Innovation)

9. Follows all safety rules while on the job. Reports accidents promptly and corrects minor hazards.

10. Performs other duties as assigned.

Graduation from an accredited School of Nursing
Bachelor's degree in Nursing required
Enrolled in an accredited Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program
Must have completed a minimum of two semesters of their graduate program
Must have completed Advanced Pharmacology, Advanced Pathophysiology and Advanced Physical Exam/ Health Assessment courses

- Two (2) years of clinical nursing experience
- Must be able to communicate effectively in English

- Registered Nurse with current Texas license
- ACLS, PALS, FCCS must be obtained within 6 months of hire
Equal Employment Opportunity

Houston Methodist is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Equal employment opportunity is a sound and just concept to which Houston Methodist is firmly bound. Houston Methodist will not engage in discrimination against or harassment of any person employed or seeking employment with Houston Methodist on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, status as a protected veteran or other characteristics protected by law.

VEVRAA Federal Contractor priority referral Protected Veterans requested.

Company Profile

Since its founding in 1919, Houston Methodist Hospital has earned worldwide recognition. Houston Methodist Hospital is affiliated with the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and New York-Presbyterian Hospital, one of the nation's leading centers for medical education and research. Houston Methodist is consistently ranked in U.S. News & World Report s Best Hospital list and was recently named the number one hospital in Texas. FORTUNE magazine has placed Houston Methodist on its annual list of 100 Best Companies To Work For since 2006. Houston Methodist Hospital directs millions of research dollars into patient care and offers the latest innovations in medical, surgical and diagnostic techniques. With 1,119 licensed beds, 67 operating rooms and over 6,000 employees, Houston Methodist offers complete care for patients from around the world. APPLY.


At Houston Methodist, Leading Medicine is more than a description of what we do; it's who we are. We take our responsibility as Houston's premier health care system seriously, and with a national reputation for excellence in patient care, innovation and research, we hold ourselves and the careers we build to a higher standard. Our culture is diverse, dynamic and challenging. We believe in our I Care Values and conduct ourselves with Integrity, Compassion, Accountability, Respect for others and a commitment to Excellence. Discover the difference for yourself and join Houston Methodist.

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