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Specialists (Clinical and Non-Clinical)
Surgery Main
Full Time
10 Hour Shift
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Job #
  • Job Objective: A brief overview of the position.
    • The Physician Assistant (PA)- Surgery assists in OR and is responsible for the management of care of the surgical patient across inpatient healthcare continuum.
  • Reports to
    • Administrative Director, Surgical Services and Supervising Surgeon
  • Supervises
    • N/A
  • Ages of Patients
    • Adolescent
    • Adult
    • Geriatric
  • Blood Borne Pathogens
    • High Potential
  • Qualifications
    • Education
      • Required: Physician Assistant Master's degree
    • Licensure/Certification
      • Required: Physician Assistant license by PA’s Examining Committee of the Medical Board of California; and American Heart Association BLS and ACLS.
    • Experience
      • Preferred: Acute multi-specialty surgical experience.
  • Essential Responsibilities
    • Demonstrates compliance with Code of Conduct and compliance policies, and takes action to resolve compliance questions or concerns and report suspected violations.
    • Utilizes the medical model to manage patient care. Completes management of care by:
      • Providing evaluation, diagnosis and treatment.
      • Health promotion and disease prevention-based goals for self-care skills.
      • Provide counseling and education Offer collaborative practice-based setting.
      • Provide risk assessment to families and community.
      • Primary and acute care level of intervention.
    • Assesses the health status of patients by completing the following:
      • Obtains a relevant health and medical history
      • Performs a physical examination based on age and history.
      • Performs or orders diagnostic procedures based on the client’s needs.
      • Identifies health and medical risk factors.
    • Makes accurate diagnosis by:
      • Utilizing critical thinking in the diagnostic process.
      • Synthesizing and analyzing the collected data.
      • Formulating a differential diagnosis based on the history, physical examination, and diagnostic test results.
      • Establishing priorities to meet the health and medical needs of the client.
    • Develops a treatment plan under the supervising physician to maximize health potential.
      • Selecting appropriate pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions.
      • Developing a patient education plan and providing patient teaching.
      • Appropriate consultation/referral.
    • Evaluates and follows up on patient status making modifications in the treatment plan as necessary based on reassessment.
    • Provides intra-operative exposure and retraction.
      • Retracts tissues or organs by use of the hand.
      • Places and holds surgical retractors.
      • Packs sponges or laparotomy pads into body cavities to hold tissues or organs out of the operative field.
      • Manages all instruments in the operative field to prevent obstruction of the surgeon’s view.
    • Sutures tissue, using instruments and suture material.
      • Correctly approximates tissue layers.
      • Approximates tissue appropriately to avoid excess tension and tissue necrosis.
      • Ties knots firmly to avoid slipping.
      • Uses staples, clips or other devices to approximate tissue.
    • Handles tissues and manipulates instruments to perform:
      • Superficial dissection.
      • Aspirating and sponging of blood and other fluids from the operative site.
      • Placing suture ligatures in the muscle, subcutaneous and skin layers.
      • Placing hemoclips or other ligating devices on bleeders.
    • Facilitates patient participation in health and medical care by providing education needed to make decisions and choices about:
      • Promotion, maintenance and restoration of health.
      • Consultation with other appropriate health care personnel.
      • Appropriate utilization of health care resources.
      • Facilitation of entry into the healthcare system; admission to facility under direction of Supervising Physician.
      • The promotion of a safe, realistic discharge plan.
    • Performs other duties as assigned.