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NURSE PRACTITIONER

Company: The GEO Group
Location: Houston
Posted on: November 22, 2021

Job Description:

Summary

This position diagnoses and treats acute, episodic, or chronic illness, independently or as part of a healthcare team. In addition, this position focuses on health promotion and disease prevention; order, perform, or interpret diagnostic tests such as laboratory work and x- rays; and prescribe medication.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Performs routine medical examinations on inmates or detainees under established guidelines.
Diagnose and treat acute and chronic medical illnesses.
Provides medical treatment and services, consistent with the provision of basic health care services, in conjunction with a physician.
Formulates comprehensive treatment plans and prognosis based on the patients health conditions.
Prescribes medication dosages, routes, and frequencies based on patients' diagnosis permitted under State and DEA licensure.
Orders, performs, or interprets the results of diagnostic tests such as complete blood counts (CBCs), electrocardiograms (EKGs), and radiographs (x-rays) with physician oversight as needed.
Analyzes and interprets a patients history, symptoms, physical findings, and diagnostic information to develop appropriate clinical assessment and treatment plan.
Develops treatment plans are based on scientific rationale, standards of care, and clinical practice guidelines.
Documents all health care services provided and include comprehensive records of health care plans and prognosis in the patients medical record.
Counsels patients on prescribed drug regimens and possible side effects or interactions with other drugs or substances.
Recommends interventions to modify behavior associated with health risks.
Educates patients about self-management of acute or chronic illnesses, tailoring instructions to patients' individual circumstances.
Provides patients with information needed to promote good health, reduce risk factors, and prevent disease or disability.
Consults with or refers patients to appropriate specialists when conditions exceed the scope of practice or expertise.
Reads current literature, talk with colleagues, and participates in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in nursing.
Recommends diagnostic or therapeutic interventions with attention to clinical indication, safety and patient acceptability and compliance, to treatment plan.
Schedules follow-up visits to monitor patients or evaluate health or illness care.
Maintains current knowledge of state legal regulations for nurse practitioner practice and licensure requirements.
Performs primary care procedures such as suturing, splinting, administering immunizations, taking specimen cultures, and appropriate wound care and debridement as necessary.
Maintains departmental policies and procedures in areas such as safety and infection control.
Must be available for 24-hour coverage based on the need of the facility and as assigned, to advise nursing staff in the care of detainees/inmates/residents after hours.
Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements

Graduate from an accredited school of nursing required. Must have a current, unrestricted license to practice as a Registered Nurse and Nurse Practitioner in the state the facility is located, as well as a current DEA license. Must maintain current copy of applicable licenses at the facility at all times.
Two (2) years of direct work experience preferred.
Knowledge of nursing principles practices and techniques.
Knowledge of human anatomy and physiology.
Skill in performing uncomplicated surgical procedures.
Ability to administer prescribed medications.
Ability to perform complete physical appraisals of patients.
Ability to identify and evaluate illnesses.
Ability to initiate diagnostic laboratory tests and evaluate the results.
Ability to manage the care of patients.
Ability to work with patients having a variety of physical problems.
Ability to compile and evaluate medical histories and other clinical and laboratory data.
Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments.
Ability to communicate effectively.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
Ability to work with computers and the necessary software typically used by the department.

Equal Opportunity Employer.

Keywords: The GEO Group, Houston , NURSE PRACTITIONER, Healthcare , Houston, Texas

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