The University of California, Merced is the newest and tenth campus of the University of California system and the first American research university built in the 21st century. With approximately 7,300 students, UC Merced has planned for additional student growth until we reach an enrollment of approximately 25,000 students. With undergraduate, graduate, and PhD programs, plans for a future medical school program, partnerships and community involvement, the UC Merced campus is continually evolving, requiring talented, knowledgeable and dynamic educators, researchers, management and staff.
Student Health Services (SHS) serves the campus by providing health promotion and medical services to all University of California, Merced students. Services are designed to enable students to get the most from their educational experience, minimizing the impact of illness, injury and emotional distress on their academic career. The SHS coordinates supplemental needs for off-campus care through a network of community specialist and hospitals.
Student Health Services provides a variety of medical services, which are similar to the outpatient care provided in a physicians’ group practice. These services include primary and urgent/acute care, evaluation and guidance for individual health problems, family planning services, public health prevention programs, and health education.
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Nurse Practitioner provides clinical and educational services in support of the overall operation of the Student Health Center. Working independently and under general supervision, administers direct medical care, including diagnosis and treatment, to patients utilizing written protocols as guidelines. Individuals in this position must reflect a balance and understanding of both patient care needs and the efficient operation of the Student Health Center. This position works in collaboration with the Medical Director on issues of professional practice and performance. This position works with the Executive Director on issues of efficiency, patient flow, teamwork, and patient satisfaction.
CLINICAL CARE • In accordance with Standardized Procedures and consistent with community standards and UCM HS policies and procedures, provides direct patient primary care. • Takes appropriate health history according to presenting compliant and physical findings including pertinent negatives. • Conducts an appropriate physical exam corresponding to presenting complaint, history, and physical findings. • Formulates appropriate medical and nursing assessment of patient problems. • Formulates appropriate disposition and/or treatment plan. Includes: ordering and interpreting diagnostic test(s), implementing therapeutic treatment modalities (including medications), and providing appropriate patient instruction. • Integrates health education and instruction in health maintenance and disease prevention into practice including guidance in nutrition, risk factors, episodic illness, contraception, and self-care. • Discriminates between normal and abnormal findings and determines when to collaborate or refer to physician and/or specialist for further evaluation and/or treatment. • Evaluates the total health care needs of patients and develops plans to meet those needs. • Works collaboratively and cooperatively with the health care team in the management of medical, gynecological, and urgent conditions. • Consults Medical Director and colleagues when appropriate and in a professional manner.
DOCUMENTATION OF PRACTICE • Maintains professional standards of documentation. • Records content of all patient encounters within the patient’s medical record in the S-O- A-P format, when appropriate. • Charting reflects the process of care, patient progress, and current patient status. • Documents on-going and significant problems on the Problem List. • Maintains an up-to-date Health Summary Sheet. • Documents the presence or absence of medication allergies on the Health Summary list and updates section yearly. • Completes appropriate forms including, but not limited to, work-related injury forms, encounter forms, ancillary forms, and urgent care forms.
LEADERSHIP/PROFESSIONAL GROWTH •As a nursing professional, demonstrates an ability to communicate knowledge both formally and informally. •Collaborates with other disciplines in planning, developing, gathering, implementing, and evaluating patient education materials. •Acts as a preceptor providing instruction and guidance in a constructive manner. •Serves in a teaching capacity and resource person for the development of other health care workers, individual patients, volunteers, and groups. •Maintains RN, NP, NP Furnishing, DEA, and CPR (ACLS, if appropriate) licensing and certification. Provides documentation to SHS. •Participates in the development of standards, policies and procedures essential to the delivery of quality medical, nursing, and preventative health care services. •Assists in identifying NP staff educational needs and issues in NP practice. Prepares professional literature to share with other clinical providers and/or appropriate staff.
WORK STANDARDS •Assures timely patient care. Keeps pace within appointment system and appropriate pace for drop-in patient load within the limits of available resources and within expected goals of productivity. Contributes to productivity by demonstrating an ability to work efficiently. •Maintains a professional demeanor even when under pressure or difficult situations are encountered. •Demonstrates respect for co-workers by keeping a reasonably clean and well-organized work area. •Knowledgeable in emergency policies and procedures. •Initiates ACLS as appropriate to training and resources. •Demonstrates understanding and consistently follows Universal Precautions. •Implements SHS Blood borne Pathogen and Infection Control policies. •Adheres to hours of work and payroll responsibilities.
•Comprehensive knowledge of advanced nursing care principles, methods, and procedures. •Demonstration of critical thinking and diagnostic skills in clinical decision making. •Working knowledge of computer software such as: medical record, scheduling database, and word processing. •Working knowledge of medications, their actions, use, and side effects. •Working knowledge of women’s and men’s health evaluation and treatment. •Skill in oral and written communication to meet the needs of a diverse population and student health center staff. •Physical ability and manual dexterity to perform patient care in the functional areas to which assigned. •Ability to perform comprehensive physical assessment. Ability to obtain comprehensive health history and psychosocial data. •Ability to interpret and evaluate diagnostic tests and distinguish between normal and abnormal findings. •Ability to document and assess findings and establish a therapeutic plan of action. •Ability to coordinate screening and follow-up of communicable diseases. •Ability to utilize a model of Health Education that promotes wellness and prevention of illness/injury, taking into account the individual’s age, development status, ability/disability, culture, ethnicity, and sexual orientation.
SPECIAL CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
•California Registered Nurse License. Nurse Practitioner Furnishing License. Successful completion of a Nurse Practitioner program that conforms to the standards of the California Board of Registered Nursing. Certification through the California Board of Registered Nursing as a Nurse Practitioner. • Master’s Degree in FNP required. • Two years of clinical experience as a Nurse Practitioner. Combination of education and experience that demonstrates the knowledge and abilities listed above will also be considered. Student health experience preferred.
UC Merced is the first new American research university built in the 21st century, with a mission of research, teaching and service. The campus opened Sept. 5, 2005, in the San Joaquin Valley. The university is about an hour north of Fresno, two hours south of Sacramento, two hours southeast of San Francisco and the Silicon Valley, and 90 minutes west of Yosemite National Park.