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Nurse Practitioner - Family Medicine
Ref No.: 17-00037
Category: Nurse Practitioner
Location: Wichita Falls, Texas
Start Date: 02/10/2017
NP - Nurse Practitioner - Family Medicine
Family oriented location described in two words: pleasant and comfortable

The Community - Wichita Falls, TX
The City of Wichita Falls is comfortably nestled in the North East corner of the Panhandle/Plains area of North Texas. Wichita Falls is an economically progressive city home to commerce and industry with worldwide interests. The City also has several institutions of higher learning, a strong international presence through Sheppard Air Force Base, a well-educated, eager workforce and a community spirit geared toward family, friends and a desire to see that this thriving city continues to grow and prosper. By most accounts Wichita Falls can be summed up with two words, pleasant and comfortable. This is a family oriented city conveniently located within two hours of two metropolitan areas with populations exceeding one million citizens; Dallas-Fort Worth and Oklahoma City. Wichita Falls has a population of approximately 104,553, is the county seat of Wichita County and considered the population center of North Texas.

Sheppard Air Force Base
Sheppard Air Force Base is a United States Air Force base located five miles north of the central business district of Wichita Falls, Texas. It is the largest training base and most diversified in Air Education and Training Command. The base is named in honor of Texas Senator John Morris Sheppard, a supporter of military preparations before World War II. The host unit at Sheppard is the 82d Training Wing (82 TRW), which provides specialized technical training, medical, and field training for officers, Airmen, and civilians of all branches of the military, other DoD agencies, and foreign nationals. The 80th Flying Training Wing (80 FTW), also at Sheppard, conducts the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training (ENJJPT) program, a multi-nationally manned and managed flying training program chartered to produce combat pilots for both USAF and NATO. Over 60,000 Airmen and personnel from other military branches are trained at Sheppard AFB each year. Its mission is to recruit, train, and educate quality people through military, technical and flight training. Sheppard AFB shares one runway with Wichita Falls Municipal Airport under a joint civil-military arrangement.

 
REQUIREMENTS (duties include but are not limited to)
  • Provide a full range of nurse practitioner services in accordance with privileges granted by the Commanding Officer (e.g., supervise and provide general screening and medical care and examinations of patients for routine, acute and chronic conditions involving any and all orga systems; provide immunizations; diagnose, treat, and counsel patients as indicated).
  • Treat patients with common acute conditions, illnesses, or minor trauma within accepted protocols, Nurse Practice Acts, and/or in collaboration with a physician.
  • Collaborate with the physician in the health care of patients with chronic illnesses.
  • Request consultation or referral with appropriate physicians, clinics, or other health resources as indicated.
  • Order diagnostic tests as applicable.
  • Prescribe and dispense medications as delineated by the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee.
  • Promote preventive and health maintenance care, including annual physicals, positive health behaviors, and self-care skills through education and counseling.
  • Coordinates patient care through a continuum and facilitates the achievement of optimal outcomes in relation to care, quality and cost effectiveness
  • Ensures compliance with standards of care and practice in accordance with all established policies, procedures, and guidelines used in the medical treatment facility. 
  • Provides care within ethical and legal boundaries.
  • Assesses patients
  • Ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with a diverse group of people for the purpose of informing the healthcare team of plans/actions, for teaching/education to benefit the patient/family and organization. Effectively uses appropriate communication format in addressing professional issues
  • Excellent written communication skills to perform accurate documentation, both written and electronic, of all activity in accordance with requirements.
  • Ability to recognize adverse signs and symptoms and react quickly in emergency situations.
  • Completes orientation and competency verification programs in accordance with (IAW) unit guidelines.
  • Participates in the orientation of newly assigned personnel, as appropriate.
  • Serves and participates in committees, functions and other meetings as directed.
  • Provides relevant and timely information to these groups, and assists with decision-making and process improvement.
  • Participates in customer service initiatives, and medical readiness activities, designed to enhance health services.
  • Ensures a safe work environment, employee safe work habits and patient safety IAW regulatory agencies, infection control policies, and process improvement initiatives.
QUALIFICATIONS
  • Be a graduate of Master's degree program with specialization as a family nurse practitioner accredited by a national nursing accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Must have a license for advanced practice level IAW the U.S. jurisdiction requirements of their currently held RN License. Some U.S. jurisdictions provide a separate license for advanced practice specialty, while others provide only one license which indicates an advanced level of practice. 
  • Must have twenty four (24) months experience within the last thirty six (36) months as a nurse practitioner in family practice.
  • Must have a certification by a nationally recognized certifying body in the specialty (i.e. certification by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).
  • Must have and maintain Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) as certified by the American Heart Association (AHA).
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