Job Number: 191843
The Cardiothoracic Physician Assistant (PA) assists with surgeries and procedures, manages patients in the hospital, and sees pre- and postoperative patients in the clinic.
- Writes appropriate admission, perioperative, postoperative, discharge and outpatient orders, including nursing care, medication orders, and diagnostic exams (e.g., laboratory, radiological).
- Provides pre-operative assistance to provider(s) for planned and emergent surgeries.
- Performs intra-operative duties, including first and second assisting, and endoscopic saphenous vein harvesting.
- Performs post-operative care: Writes appropriate orders including nursing care, medications, laboratory and radiological studies. Attends the patient throughout the entire hospital stay, reviewing lab and radiologic studies and making appropriate interventions in a critical care setting. Initiates treatment of post-op complications (e.g., hemorrhage, arrhythmia, pneumothorax). Advises the attending surgeon of unexpected events, providing an accurate synopsis of events related to a major change in the patient’s condition and describing corrective measures already taken. Performs daily assessment of the patient’s post-op course, writes notes in the patient’s chart, and implements indicated therapy in accordance with established team protocols.
- Certification as a Physician Assistant with prescriptive authority in the State of Washington required.
- Ability to manage multiple activities in a busy clinical environment, and to respond appropriately in stressful situations.
- Strong oral and written communications skills; ability to communicate effectively with providers and other VM staff, patients, and families.
- Ability to take evening and weekend call.
- Three years’ experience as a Physician Assistant in the Cardiothoracic area.
- Experience with endoscopic vein harvesting is mandatory.
- Experience and comfort with procedures including but not limited to: central line insertion, arterial line insertion, thoracentesis, chest tube insertion, intraaortic balloon pump management.
Virginia Mason offers much more than competitive compensation and benefits. With continuing education opportunities and the added potential of relocation assistance, you will find our commitment to your well-being is both rewarding and refreshing.
There is also the lifestyle benefit that comes with finding yourself in the heart of the Pacific Northwest. Surrounded by the vibrancy and sophistication of one of the most livable cities in the country, finding the perfect urban or outdoor pursuit will instinctively and pleasurably become second nature.
With numerous awards and distinctions, including our recognition as Top Hospital of the Decade by The Leapfrog Group, Virginia Mason has transformed health care through our innovations in patient safety and our ability to provide patients in our community with easier access to our high-quality care. Consisting of a 336-bed hospital in Seattle, WA, and an extensive network of primary and specialty care clinics throughout the Puget Sound region, joining Virginia Mason is an exceptional opportunity to partner with nationally recognized physicians and peers, and an organization recognized as the benchmark for health care.
As a member of our team, you will contribute to the strength of our Team Medicine approach to collaborative medicine. You will also help to further our commitment to continuous improvement through our Virginia Mason Production System, and our philosophy of empowering you to facilitate real change in the delivery of care. Join us, and find out how many ways Virginia Mason offers you the chance to focus on what really matters - your patients.
We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.