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Billings Clinic Physician Assistant Surgical Podiatry in Billings / Billings, Montana

Job Description: Under clinical supervision of a physician and direct supervision of the Manager/Director, the Physician Assistant provides general medical care, treatment and health care services to patients within the scope of their licensure and expertise level of the supervising physician.

Essential Job Functions

• Supports and models behaviors consistent with the mission and philosophy of Billings Clinic and department/service.
• Examines patients and performs comprehensive physical examination, compiles patient medical data including health history and results of physical examination.
• Administers or orders diagnostic tests, such as x-ray, laboratory, and other ancillary services as appropriate and differentiates between normal and abnormal information contained in the test results. (Patient Care, Testing Diagnostic Tests)
• Performs therapeutic procedures, such as injections, immunizations, suturing, wound care and managing infections within the scope of their licensure and the expertise level of the supervising physician. (Patient Care, Procedures, Midlevel Scope of Practice)
• Formulates diagnosis of medical problem, develops, implements and monitors patient care plans, records progress notes and assists in the provision of continuity of care; conferring with the supervising physician as necessary and/or appropriate. (Patient Care, Treatment plan, Patient Care Plan)
• Instructs and counsels patients and families regarding compliance with prescribed therapeutic regimens. (Education, Patient, Educates Patient)
• Refers patients to other health care providers and appropriate sources of care as necessary.
• Participates in on-call rotations and off hour rounding as it pertains to the specific department. (working condition)
• Identifies needs and sets goals for own growth and development; meets all mandatory organizational and departmental requirements; acquires knowledge and skills essential to incorporating into practice proven new evaluation/treatment modalities.
• Utilizes performance improvement principles to assess and improve quality; participates in the continued program development and marketing of service line.
• Maintains competency in all organiza tional, departmental and outside agency environmental, employee or patient safety standards relevant to job performance.
• Performs other duties as assigned or needed to meet the needs of the department/organization.
Additional Duties for PA/NP - Surgical
• Assists the physician in all aspects of surgical procedures. Assists surgeon with instruments, supplies, equipment, and retraction during surgical procedures. (Patient Care, Procedures, Assist Surgeon Providers)
• Maintains appropriate theoretical and clinical skills with application and patient relevance of commonly utilized equipment specific to the surgeon's needs for the specialty/department and other areas as appropriate; pharmacological application; application of laboratory values and radiologic findings with disease process or physiological status. (Patient Care, Skill Set, Maintains Clinical Skills)
• Performs wound exposure, suturing, hemostasis and tissue handling procedures as training and skill level allows under the direct supervision of the physician. (Patient Care, Surgical Services, Wound Care)
• Assists physician with post operative follow-up care in both the hospital and/or clinic. Instructs and counsels patients and families regarding compliance with prescribed therapeutic regimens. (Patient Care, Surgical Services Post Op Care)
• Adheres to universal and sterile field protocols during operative procedures. Assist with room flow in the operating room. Knowledgeable in instrumentation and patient positioning. (Patient Care, Surgical Services, Sterile Field)

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