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Mid-Level Practitioner - II

(Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant)
Recruitment #2016-14309-01

Salary:$41.78 - $50.78/hour; $7,241.69 - $8,802.35/month; $86,900.32 - $105,628.22/year
Department:Health and Human Services
Job Type: Open - Tahoe Area
Date Opened:6/1/2016 12:00:00 PM
Filing Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employment Type: Temporary/Extra Help
Work Location: Tahoe Area (Carnelian Bay, Kings Beach, Tahoe City, Tahoe Vista, Truckee)
HR Analyst: Natalie Wilhite

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INTRODUCTION

This recruitment is being conducted to fill one temporary/extra help positions in the Tahoe area.

Temporary/Extra Help assignments are limited to 999 hours (or 960 hours for CalPERS retired annuitants) in a fiscal year and are not eligible for benefits.

5% Bilingual Differential for employees who use a second language in the normal course and scope of work (subject to employee passing the Spanish Language Skills Examination).

This recruitment will be opened until the positions are filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply prior to the first screening deadline of 5:00 PM on Wednesday, June 15, 2016. Applications submitted after this date will be screened on a weekly basis.

POSITION INFORMATION

This position requires possession of a valid license as a Registered Nurse and Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner or Family Planning Nurse Practitioner; or a valid certificate or Letter of Approval to practice as a Physician Assistant issued by the State of California Board of Medical Quality Assurance.

DEFINITION

To perform clinical services as a nurse practitioner or physician assistant; to assess and manage the medical care needs of patients in a clinic setting; to perform physical examinations and procedures; to interpret laboratory and other diagnostic tests; to make routine diagnosis of injury or illness; to arrange consultations as required; and when assigned to outlying areas, to provide lead supervision to staff and oversee clinic operations.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

This is the full journey level class within the Mid-Level Practitioner series.  This class is distinguished from the Mid-Level Practitioner I by the assignment of the full range of duties.  Employees at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies within the work unit.  Positions in this class are flexibly staffed and are normally filled by advancement from the entry level.
This class is distinguished from the Senior Mid-Level Practitioner in that the latter assesses and manages the most difficult and complex medical care needs of patients in a clinic setting and exercises first-line, direct supervision over professional, technical and clerical personnel.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED

Receives direction from Deputy Director, Public Health Nursing, Medical Services Manager and Health Officer, or a Senior Mid-Level Practitioner; may receive technical and functional supervision from other professional medical staff.

May exercise technical and functional supervision over technical and clerical staff.

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Provide for the care of superficial wounds and burns, removal of foreign bodies from the skin, incision and drainage of infections, suturing of wounds and incisions, casting or splinting of sprains and simple fractures.
  • Order and interpret electrocardiography and radiography.
  • Assist and consult with physicians regarding treatment of patients.
  • Assess medical histories, perform comprehensive physical examinations, record findings and make evaluations.
  • Order, interpret and may perform laboratory and other diagnostic testing.
  • Perform routine and specialized therapeutic procedures.
  • Diagnose, instruct and counsel patients and family members as appropriate, regarding medical problems.
  • Develop and implement treatment plans under protocol.
  • Evaluate basic dental diseases for referral.
  • Provide emergency services in the absence of a physician, including life saving emergency procedures in order to stabilize a patient sufficiently to transport to a hospital facility.
  • Participate in clinical investigations, collaborate with physician staff and appropriately refer complex medical conditions to a physician.
  • Perform other related work as required within the guidelines established by the State of California Board of Registered Nursing and/or Medical Quality Assurance.
  • Aid in the prevention and control of communicable disease through the instruction of preventive health measures.
  • Participate in interagency conferences.
  • When assigned to outlying areas, may provide lead supervision to staff and oversee clinic operations.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

It is the applicant's responsibility to identify in their application materials how they meet the Minimum Qualifications listed below.

Experience: Two years of responsible Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant experience performing duties similar to a Mid-Level Practitioner I with Placer County.

Training:
Equivalent to completion of a formal Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant training   program at an accredited educational institution.

License or Certificate:

  • Possession of a valid license as a Registered Nurse and Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner or Family Planning Nurse Practitioner; or a valid Certificate or Letter of Approval to practice as a Physician Assistant issued by the State of California Board of Medical Quality Assurance.
  • May need to possess a valid driver's license as required by the position.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

Knowledge of:

  • Current principles, practices, methods and techniques in the field of medicine.
  • The role of various health care professionals both in the Department and the community.
  • Medications and their desired effects, side effects, contra-indications and complications.
  • Medical symptoms and findings for the purpose of determining treatment or referral.
  • Principles and practices of work safety, especially as related to communicable diseases.
  • Differing cultural, religious, economic and social groups and their relationships to the delivery and acceptance of health care services.
  • Policies and procedures of a health services department, especially as related to the Medical Care Services and Public Health Nursing Divisions.

Ability to:

  • On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of the job; intermittently analyze work papers, patient charts, reports and special projects; identify and interpret technical and numerical information; observe and problem solve operational and technical policies and procedures; explain medical procedures.
  • On an intermittent basis, sit at desk for long periods of time while reviewing patient charts and histories and preparing patient charts and reports; intermittently walk, stand, bend and reach while examining/treating patients or conducting tests.  Intermittently twist to reach equipment surrounding desk or the treatment area; perform simple grasping and fine manipulation; use telephone and write or use a keyboard to communicate through written means; see and hear with sufficient acuity to examine patients and make diagnoses; and lift moderate weight.
  • Understand and carry out complex written and oral directions.
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner.
  • Act quickly and calmly in emergency situations.
  • Obtain information through interviews; deal fairly and courteously with the public; handle multiple cases; and work effectively with interruption.
  • Analyze situations quickly and objectively and determine proper course of action.
  • Use equipment and supplies appropriate to medical diagnosis and treatment.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Exercise independent judgement and perform journey level duties in an independent manner.

SELECTION PROCEDURE

Training & Experience Rating (100%)

Based upon responses to the supplemental questionnaire, the applicant’s education, training and experience will be evaluated using a pre-determined formula.  Scores from this evaluation will determine applicant ranking and placement on the eligible list.

All applicants who meet minimum qualifications will be required to respond to an online Conviction History Questionnaire, which will be sent as a link on their notification that minimum qualifications have been met.  Failure to respond to this questionnaire within (3) three calendar days of the minimum qualification notification will result in disqualification from the examination.

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT

Prior to the date of hire, applicants must undergo a fingerprint test by the Department of Justice, pass a medical examination, which may include a drug screening and possibly a psychological evaluation, sign a constitutional oath and submit proof of U.S. citizenship or legal right to remain and work in the U.S.  For some positions, applicants may also be required to submit proof of age, undergo a background investigation and/or be bonded.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Thank you for your interest in employment with Placer County. Placer County is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to an active nondiscrimination program. It is the stated policy of Placer County that harassment and retaliation is prohibited and that all employees and applicants shall receive equal consideration and treatment. All recruitment, hiring, transfer and promotion will be based on the qualifications of the individual for the positions being filled regardless of sex, sexual orientation, race, color, ancestry, religious creed, national origin, physical disability (Including HIV and AIDS), mental disability, medical condition (cancer or genetic characteristics/information), age (40 or over), marital status, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, or any other classification protected by federal, state or local laws or ordinance. Please contact the Human Resources Department at least 5 working days before a scheduled examination if you require accommodation in the examination process. Medical disability verification may be required prior to accommodation.

BENEFITS

The following information represents benefits currently available to permanent Placer County employees and may be subject to change.  It is advisable that applicants inquire as to the most current benefit package during hiring interviews or by contacting the Human Resources Department.

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