Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner at Mercy Hackley

  • Muskegon, MI
  • Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Medical Group Network
  • Full-Time - Days - 8a-5p
  • Professional/Physician
  • Posted: September 13, 2019
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We have the great privilege of helping patients and families re-build their lives. It’s extraordinarily meaningful work and the reason we greet the day with optimism and anticipation. When patients “Ask for Mary,” they experience a culture that has been sculpted for more than a century. Our hallmark is to carefully listen to patients and innovatively serve them. This is true of every employee, from support staff and leadership, to clinicians and care providers.
Mary Free Bed is a not-for-profit, nationally accredited rehabilitation hospital serving thousands of children and adults each year through inpatient, outpatient, sub-acute rehabilitation, orthotics and prosthetics and home and community programs. With the most comprehensive rehabilitation services in Michigan and an exclusive focus on rehabilitation, Mary Free Bed physicians, nurses and therapists help our patients achieve outstanding clinical outcomes. The growing Mary Free Bed Network provides patients throughout the state with access to our unique standard of care.
Mission Statement
Restoring hope and freedom through rehabilitation.

Diversity and Inclusion 
Mary Free Bed values diversity and inclusion among patients, families and staff. We strive to hire people who reflect the communities we serve. Our employees will serve all patients, families and each other with dignity and respect.

As an employee of the Mary Free Bed Medical Group (MFBMG), and working as a representative of this physician group, the MFBMG Physician Assistant (PA) or Nurse Practitioner (NP) works in coordination with the physicians within the MFBMG to:

  • Provide timely response to acute care hospital consultations
  • Screen patients for appropriateness of inpatient admission to Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital using the MFB admission criteria
  • Communicate with the consulting physician and report the decision of the physician to the patient, family members, and the discharge planner from the referring hospital
  • Complete admission assessments, history and physical documentation, and admission orders for new admissions for physicians within the MFBMG, within approved PA or NP protocols.
  • Assist with daily physician rounding, patient/family education and collaborating with the nursing and therapy staff to respond to patient care needs when these occur.
  • Assist with discharge planning and completion of discharge summaries in collaboration with the physician.
Essential Job Responsibilities:
  • For MFBMG Consults:  Assures the timely and efficient response to consultations for the rehabilitation physician.  Obtains and prepares relevant information for the physician to review.  Communicates the decision of the MFBMG physician to the patient, family, and discharge planner from the referring hospital in a clear and positive manner.  Working with the MFBMG physician, completes medical record documentation in accordance with referring hospital’s policies and procedures.
  • Develops and maintains effective working relationships with all referrals sources, MFB employees, consulting physicians, and MFBMG physicians and staff.  Facilitates professional communication with each employee of the referring hospital, MFB, and the MFBMG.  Demonstrates excellent customer service standards and behaviors. Encourages, coaches, and monitors teamwork and direct communication with co-workers. Deals discreetly and sensitively with confidential information.
  • Monitors customer satisfaction and facilitates problem solving with the MFBMG physicians, patients and families, and referral sources.  Encourages a culture of personal accountability, solution-seeking behavior, mutual respect, open communication, openness to change, enthusiasm, and pride. 
  • Maintains knowledge of current trends and developments in the field of PM&R by reading appropriate books, journals, and other literature and attending related conferences, seminars and other related activities.  Maintains the professional competence, knowledge, and skills necessary for all responsibilities.  Completes required training and education, including department specific requirements.
  • For MFB inpatients:  Performs admission or consultation assessment (H&P) for new patients, including an assessment of the patient and the medical records from the referring hospital.  Completes a history and physical within a timely manner, and as directed by the attending physician, writes admission orders under approved protocols after reconciling the medication transfer records from the referring hospital.  Completes required regulatory documentation in accordance with MFB policies, in collaboration with the responsible physician.  Pursuant to the Michigan Public Health Code Administrative Rules 338.2304/338.2406 writes controlled substance (Schedule II-V) via the following routes for administration: IM, SQ, and PO for in-patients if the admitting/designated physician has given proper authorization to do so. 
  • As directed by the MFBMG physicians, assists with daily patient rounding and assists with medical care within approved protocols.  Writes medication orders within approved protocols or in collaboration with the responsible physician.  Completes required regulatory documentation in accordance with MFB policies, in collaboration with the responsible physician.
  • As directed by the MFBMG physicians, assists with discharge planning for patients, and completes discharge orders and writes prescriptions according to approved protocols and within the restrictions of the MFB privileges.  Completes the discharge summary in collaboration with the attending physician.
  • Ensures that services are provided in accordance with state and federal regulations, organizational policy, and accreditation/compliance requirements.
  • Performs individual assignments as management may direct.  Establishes and maintains effective working relationships within the organization.  Provides information to senior levels of management on the implication of policies and procedures being formulated and recommends specific actions.
  • Participates in program development and service recovery as needed
Essential Job Qualifications:
  • Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner Studies.
  • Certified and licensed as a Physician’s Assistant (PA) or Nurse Practitioner (NP) by the State of Michigan.
  • Maintenance of CPR Certification
  • Time management and organizational skills
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Able to respond to a highly variable workload including flexibility of work hours
  • Able to maintain effective communication with multiple physicians and referral hospital employees.
  • Excellent computer skills with specific ability to use Microsoft Office Products, Electronic Medical Record, other applications as necessary
  • Reliable transportation and ability to access area Hospitals on a daily basis
Other Preferred Job Qualifications:
  • Significant rehabilitation and acute care experience as a Physician’s Assistant.
  • Knowledge of Inpatient Hospital billing requirements.
  • Experience & Knowledge of Medicare Admission requirements.
Physical Demands/Work Environment
The work environment described here are representative of those an employee will encounter while working at Mary Free Bed.  The ability to perform these tasks are required in order to provide the necessary patient care required by MFB patients:

  • Required to stand, sit, talk, type, see/read, and hear.
  • Required to use hands and arms to handle, feel, carry and work.
  • Required to frequently stand, walk, bend, kneel, and rise from a kneeling position while performing patient care.
  • Required to be independently mobile, with frequent bending, and reaching overhead, for activities such as positioning and transferring of patients and equipment.
  • Must be able to exert 20 to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 10 to 25 pounds of force frequently, and/or greater than negligible up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects. 
  • Due to possible exposure to blood-borne pathogens and hazardous materials, must be able to understand and follow department policies related to employee safety.
  • Must be competent with computer systems for the purpose of documenting patient care.

Mary Free Bed is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, genetic information, veteran status, disability or other legally protected characteristic.

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