The Division of Digestive & Liver Diseases is seeking a Nurse Practitioner (NP) for the Interventional Endoscopy Service. Working Monday thru Friday, the NP provides direct patient care services including performing evaluations and consultations on patients; following up with patients pre and post procedures; reviewing and acting on results of blood chemistries, radiologic studies, and discussing results with patients and referring physicians; and scheduling procedures.
The NP will be responsible for coordinating the care of 30-40 patients a week. These include inpatients, outpatients and ED patients as needed. The NP will also work closely with all members of our interventional endoscopy team to assist with patient care issues. This position is essential to increasing the efficiency of the clinical service and vital to a well-functioning division. The NP activity significantly increases division revenue through increased throughput and overall increased GI attending productivity manifested as increased procedural volume.
The NP position coordinates patient care across two main areas: (1) Outpatient clinics primarily held on HIP 8 and W. 51st Street and other sites as deemed necessary; (2) Inpatient service on the Interventional/Biliary consult service.
Responsible for seeing and evaluating outpatients and inpatients requiring GI consultation.
Communicate effectively with attendings, GI fellows and house staff.
Support all aspects of care for Interventional GI patients, and collaborate closely with all health care disciplines to ensure continuity of care and efficient and high quality care.
Support inpatient gastroenterology consultative service and biliary service.
Collaborate with nursing and ancillary staff in streamlining patient care and reducing length of stay.
Monitor day-to-day clinical events on inpatients and provide necessary clinical data to make treatment decisions.
Assist in coordinating patient transfers from outside hospitals.
Assist in getting patients admitted after procedures if required.
Ensure that patients being discharged have early outpatient follow up visits scheduled.
Conduct independent follow-up sessions with patients of the interventional endoscopy team.
Support outpatient care for office visits, follow-ups, and procedures.
Conduct preliminary consultations and present appropriate clinical information to attending staff.
Conduct histories and physicals on all assigned patients.
Order and follow up on diagnostic/laboratory tests.
Provide patient education.
Present patient follow up to attending staff and follow prescribed treatment plan.
Manage GI schedule to ensure timely scheduling of patient procedures and follow-up appointments.
Ensure adherence to established clinical guidelines and participate in development of new patient management protocols/algorithms.
The clinics covered by the NP will include patients for colorectal cancer screenings, general GI and complex advanced endoscopy problems.
Schedule and coordinate procedures with GI staff and pre-operative testing unit.
Communicate pre and post-operative plan with patient, family and referring physician.
Communicate with endoscopy staff and vendors to obtain appropriate equipment for upcoming cases.
Evaluate and discuss patient responses to treatment with attending staff, residents, and nurses.
Provide post procedure follow up care.
Collaborate with attending, resident and nursing staff in interpretation of information.
Demonstrate professional skills in expediting patient care.
Network with other clinical disciplines and support staff in expediting pre-operative evaluations.
Actively participate in educational and research activities.
Assist faculty with education of residents, medical students and nursing staff
Participate in research activities of faculty, particularly patient enrollment and education during clinical studies.
Contribute to case conferences and performance improvement meetings.
Perform additional related duties and responsibilities as needed/assigned.
Master's degree or equivalent in education and experience, plus one to two years of experience
Current New York State NP and RN licenses, and board certification
Current DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) certification
Familiarity with all aspects of gastroenterology and/or have a background in GI surgery
Must be available to work a full week schedule, Monday-Friday
Excellent communication skills
Prior experience in gastroenterology and/or surgery practice
Participation in the medical surveillance program
Contact with patients and/or human research subjects
Potential bloodborne pathogen exposure
Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran
Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.
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