Full-Time Physician Assistant – Corrections
JOB SUMMARY: Under general direction of the Health Services Administrator, the contracted supervising physician, and in accordance with the Physician Assistant Medical Practice Act, provides general medical care, assessments, evaluation, and treatment to inmates incarcerated at the Utah County Security Center.
DUTIES INCLUDE: Assess and evaluate clinical problems and health care needs of the inmate population. Perform physical examinations of inmates seeking medical attention including referrals by the registered nurses.
Collaborate with the supervising physician to determine treatment plans for the chronically ill and for acute medical emergencies. Prescribe relevant medication. Monitor ongoing patient care given by nursing and medical staff. Refer to, or arrange for, outside providers when appropriate. Conduct clinical evaluation of all labs and charts, and review diagnostic tests. Maintain and update patient charts, records, and information. Communicate with others regarding inmate status and progress to provide education, guidance, case management and follow-up. Evaluate inmates requesting medical clearance for work programs. Collaborate with doctors and jail administrators to develop policies, procedures and nursing protocols; provide training and ensure compliance. Upgrade medical care continually to be consistent with standards set forth by the National Commission of Correctional Health Care Standards. Collaborate with other departments and agencies regarding resources and services for improved patient care and staff development. Develop and participate in continuous quality improvement programs, studies and drills to identify trends, prepare for emergencies, and to improve overall quality of care.
EVALUATION AND SELECTION FACTORS INCLUDE:
Knowledge and Understanding of: Physician Assistant Certified techniques including assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation, evaluation, and emergency resuscitation procedures.
Skill in: CPR, basic First Aid, and wound care; counseling and teaching both inmates and staff; writing comprehensive medical and incident reports; developing, implementing, and monitoring policies, procedures, and protocol; ordering medicines and ensuring their safety.
Ability to: maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted in the course of work activities; establish and maintain accurate records and files; communicate verbally and in writing; maintain mental and emotional composure in a stressful and potentially dangerous environment; detect and prevent dangerous situations.
REQUIREMENTS FOR EMPLOYMENT: Completion of a master level Physician Assistant Program and three (3) years of professional Physician Assistant Certified experience in a corrections setting. DEA certification with prescriptive authority. Utah Controlled Substance license. Preference may be given to applicants with experience in a corrections environment. Applicants receiving a conditional offer of employment will be required to submit to a pre-employment drug screen and additional background checks as required.
LICENSURE/CERTIFICATIONS: Applicant must possess a current State of Utah Physician Assistant Certified license. Applicant must possess a valid driver license and obtain a valid State of Utah driver license within 60 days of employment.