Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) - 333

Yakutat, Alaska, United States | Full-time

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JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

POSITION TITLE: Family Nurse Practitioner

POSITION UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF: Medical Director/Executive Director

POSITION DETAILS: Exempt, Full-time permanent

POSITION CLOSE DATE:  Open Until Filled

BENEFITS:  Health Insurance, Life Insurance, Paid Leave, Retirement

The Yakutat Community Health Center is seeking an experienced and adventurous Family Nurse Practitioner to join its health care team in Yakutat, Alaska. 

Yakutat is a small isolated coastal community of approximately 600 people with a diverse cultural history. It’s the northern most community in the Southeast Alaska panhandle and is an outdoor paradise. Yakutat means "the place where the canoes rest."  It has world class fishing, surrounded by miles of sand beaches, and host some fantastic surfing (yes, no kidding). We even have our own surf shop! The Yakutat area is located in a temperate rain forest with a massive spruce trees and abundant wildlife. It is truly an outdoor adventure land. 

The Yakutat Community Health Clinic is a new 22,000 sq-ft primary care clinic which opened in September 2020. The facility was built as part of the IHS Joint Venture Construction Program. Yakutat qualifies for the Commission Corp isolation/hardship award and the IHS loan forgiveness program.  The Yakutat Tlingit Tribe is an independent P.L. 93-638 Title V Tribe which owns and operates the IHS/HRSA funded facility.

 

POSITION SUMMARY: 

The Family Nurse Practitioner functions autonomously to deliver primary care to complex patients, chronically ill patients, and acute patients across the lifespan; assists patients to better manage their health; and helps patients learn to integrate useful health practices into their daily lives. The nurse practitioner must possess solid critical thinking and communication skills. They must be able to use independent judgement and initiative. They must be able to think large scale while at the same time have excellent attention to detail. This position requires compliance with the Health Center’s compliance standards, including its Standards of Conduct, Compliance Program, and policies and procedures. Such compliance will be an element considered as part of the Nurse Practitioner’s regular performance evaluation. 

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITES:

  1. Provides primary health care at an IHS/HRSA funded facility in the city and borough of Yakutat. Primary care includes comprehensive assessment, diagnosis, and treatment as well as referral when indicated.
  2. Provides urgent/emergent care for both beneficiaries and non-beneficiaries. This may include the initiation of ACLS/ATLS guidelines, trauma care, cold injury, fracture management, suturing, and management of mental health emergencies. Patients requiring emergency transfer to another facility must be stabilized prior to medical evacuation. In urgent/emergent situations the nurse practitioner must supervise and direct the care provided by adjunctive personnel.
  3. Collaborate with specialists when indicated.
  4. Order, perform, and interpret laboratory tests and x-rays.
  5. Provides home visits if patients are unable to travel to the clinic for care.
  6. Documentation of patient visits and communications utilizing the YCHC electronic medical record (EMR).
  7. Involves the patient’s support system in planning and care to the degree that the patient wishes them to be involved.
  8. Complies with the policies and procedures that govern YCHC.
  9. Conducts care related activities considering efficiency and cost.
  10. Serves as the primary patient advocate.
  11. Serve as a resource for patients, staff, and the community regarding health-related issues.
  12. Dispenses medications from a limited formulary.
  13. Must comply with federal laws and regulations as required by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
  14. Performs related duties.

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITES:

  1. Solid knowledge base related to family practice and emergency care.
  2. Strong computer skills, experience with Cerner EMR helpful.
  3. Ability to perform minor surgical procedures such as wound debridement, incision and drainage, removal of skin lesions, removal of foreign bodies, and wound closure after providing adequate anesthesia.
  4. Ability to perform routine diagnostic procedures including lab draws and tests, complete well woman exams, and perform and interpret x-rays.
  5. Ability to apply casts and splints.
  6. Must be able to develop and maintain effective working relationships with personnel in the clinic as well as personnel at referral centers and other agencies.
  7. Must be able to participate in emergency call schedule, which includes working evenings, weekends, and holidays as required.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Completion of an accredited Advanced Practice Nurse or Nurse Practitioner Program.
  2. A minimum of 5 years’ experience in primary care with a strong preference for additional emergency/trauma experience. Experience working with the Native American populations preferred.
  3. Must have and maintain a permanent, full, and unrestricted license as an Advanced Practice Nurse or Nurse Practitioner in any U.S. State or Territory. Eligible for licensure in Alaska as an Advanced Practice Nurse with prescriptive privileges including controlled substances.
  4. Must obtain and maintain medical staff clinical privileges, including any licensure requirements.
  5. Current American Heart Association (or American Red Cross) BLS, PALS, and ACLS.
  6. Must successfully pass a criminal and background check and a pre-employment drug screen.
  7. Employment is contingent upon the outcome of all required criminal background checks and pre-employment drug screen.

 

CREDENTIALING REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Verification of licensure, registration or certification
  2. Verification of education/training
  3. Pass National Practitioner Databank background check
  4. DEA registration
  5. Positive Reference Checks/Peer Reviews
  6. Attestation of fitness for duty
  7. Verification of immunizations

 

NATIVE AMERICAN PREFERENCE WILL BE APPLIED TO HIRING OF THIS POSITION AS DEFINED IN TITLE 25, US CODE, CHAPTER 14, SUBCHAPTER V, SUBSECTION 273 & 274. WE ARE AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER WITH PREFERENCE GIVEN TO QUALIFIED NATIVE AMERICAN APPLICANTS IN ACCORDANCE WITH FEDERAL LAW AND TRIBAL POLICY.