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Physician Assistant - Pediatric Neurosurgery (Full Time, Day shift)

Miami, Florida

By becoming a nurse at Nicklaus Children’s, you will be responsible for the planning and delivery of patient and family centered care that meets the quality of standards at our Magnet designated hospital. We are looking for a nurse to provide compassion and knowledge every day.

Position Type: Full Time

Shift Schedule: Days

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Joining a new organization can be daunting or overwhelming. But at Nicklaus, your colleagues make you feel welcomed. They taught me to celebrate our accomplishments and band together during challenging times. This is not easy to find in healthcare these days, so I’m grateful to have found an amazing place to work with people and leadership who have my well-being in mind.

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Part-time and full-time employees receive the same benefits package.

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Tuition Reimbursement

Options included for professional degree, leadership, technical courses and certificate training programs

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Nursing Step Program – Magnet Clinical Ladder

Benefits Package

Healthcare, Dental, PTO, Life Insurance


Job ID 26382 Date posted 03/29/2024


Job Summary

Primary responsibility in association with the Attending Physician/Surgeons(s), for inpatient, first assist in surgical cases, PICU, and clinic management of neurosurgical pediatric patients. Participates in pediatric patients' clinical care demonstrating high levels of critical thinking skills as a member of an interdisciplinary team. Participates in the development of guidelines for Advanced Practice Providers and serves as a resource for staff members, patients, and family. Responsibilities include completing history and physical examinations; ordering and interpreting radiological and laboratory test results; prescribing medications; documenting patient care services within EMR and departmental records; and performing procedures within scope of practice and demonstrated through competency. 

Job Specific Duties

  • Conducts medical rounds (history, verification of medication, etc.), oversees and documents the plan of care and ensures best practices are in place. Performs focused neurological or comprehensive assessments and provides accurate documentation. Ensures plan of care for the neurosurgical care patient is of sufficient breadth and depth to guide the interdisciplinary team in achieving the desired health outcomes.
  • Ensures proper communication between physicians and families. Serves as a patient advocate and educator and provides family with support and community resources. Promotes teamwork and serves a role model, consultant, delegator, educator, and resource for all members of the health care team by providing education and emotional support.
  • Provides patient information and effectively completes the hand off process to physicians using SBAR at shift change and patient reassignments 100% of the time. Models professional verbal and written communication with the interdisciplinary team members involved in the ongoing management of patients to maintain continuity and optimize patient outcomes.
  • Ensures all EVDs, drains, and ICP monitors are functioning appropriately. Maintains availability for bedside procedures as necessary. Assists with other clinical roles as needed where attending neurosurgeon or senior neurosurgical APP deems appropriate.
  • Completes clinical documentation accurately and in a timely manner of 24 hours. Documents patient follow up per guidelines. Generates, collects, and integrates data from a wide variety of sources in order to make clinical judgments and critical decisions about the initiation of orders, procedures, referrals, and treatments.
  • Writes orders, monitors & alters drug therapies, and orders, interprets, and evaluates diagnostic tests with education and experience within established protocol in collaborative relationship with a Physician(s).
  • Reviews all patient records prior to admission (labs, consents, advance directives, custody documentation, etc.) in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Provides mentoring in precepting APP students, Medical Students, and Residents; actively provides feedback and detailed description of areas. Contributes to the development of peers, colleagues, and others to improve patient outcomes and to promote growth of the nursing profession by facilitating collaboration and communication.
  • Ensures zero-based medication errors by efficiently and accurately ordering medication following “Five Patient Rights of Medication Administration” and Medication Administration Policies.
  • Accountable to follow all Infection Control standards and ensures proper use of Personal Protective Equipment per policy and procedures to ensure safe patient care.
  • Provides education to patient and families on the continuing plan of care to include medications and side effects; updates patient and families daily on Plan of Care (POC). Evaluates and applies knowledge of cultural, socioeconomic, and age-appropriate factors in assessments, treatment, and patients/family education.
  • Accountable for measuring key metrics in program. Influences quality of patient care through research. Evaluates data, updates database, and patient outcomes from research initiatives. Performs and maintains competency in designated diagnostic and clinical neurosurgical procedures as defined in and agreed upon in APP protocol.
  • Participates in gathering data for research and development, education, and implementation of system changes. Identifies opportunities for improvement in patient gathering and evaluating quality data to implement QI projects and protocols.
  • Monitors and evaluates the appropriateness of care of the neurosurgical pediatric patients through collaboration within the multi-disciplinary team by participating in ICU and floor rounds.  Communicates effectively within a multidisciplinary team to modify a neurosurgical plan of care to attain expected outcomes.


Minimum Job Requirements

  • Master's Degree from an accredited Physician Assistant Program  
  • Physician Assistant License issued by the State of Florida- maintain active and in good standing throughout employment
  • Certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)-maintain active and in good standing throughout employment
  • American Heart Association BLS - maintain active and in good standing throughout employment
  • American Heart Association PALS - maintain active and in good standing throughout employment
  • Level II Background Check - maintain active and in good standing throughout employment
  • Successful completion of Credentialing by NCH Medical Administration required

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Previous Physician Assistant experience preferred.
  • Available to work weekends and holidays with varying schedules.
  • Able to interpret, adapt, and react calmly under stressful conditions.
  • Able to recognize subtle changes in the patient’s condition and to adapt care based on those changes.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, collaboration, and conflict resolution skills.
  • Able to work independently and collaboratively with other disciplines using discretion and independent judgment.
  • Able to relate cooperatively and constructively with patients, families, and co-workers.
  • Able to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information.
  • Ability to problem solve, to formulate a plan of care, and evaluate the patient's response to care.
  • Able to communicate within a multidisciplinary team approach to modify a neurological plan of care to attain expected outcomes.


Job :

Nursing - Clinical

Primary Location :

Florida-Miami-Nicklaus Children's Hospital - Main Hospital Campus

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Job Status

:Full Time
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