Job Summary :
The Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) is a licensed independent practitioner who is responsible for managing health problems and coordinating age appropriate health care for the patient.
S / he is part of the innovative care team that will meet the individual needs of the patient and their family. The APN practices in accordance with Qatar’s Council for Healthcare Practitioner (QCHP) rules and regulations and the APNs professional body’s standards of care providing evidence-
based best practice care in an age appropriate care model. Included in their scope of practice is performing histories, examinations, ordering appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic tests and procedures along with prescribing pharmacological and non-
pharmacological interventions. The APN manages chronic patient conditions. S / he is instrumental in providing patient and family education.
The APN is an active and respected member of the Healthcare team designed to meet the individual needs of the patient and her family.
The APN takes key responsibility as a patient advocate and ensuring referral of the patient when necessary.
Key Role Accountabilities :
Functions independently to evaluates and treats patients with complex acute, critical and chronically ill patients, according to written guidelines as defined by the nurse practitioner’s professional scope of practice as defined by the QCHP and in adherence with Sidra’s agreed upon scopes of practice
Performs age appropriate histories on new patients
Performs pertinent physical exams with assessment of the normal and abnormal findings on new patients
Obtains age appropriate interval histories on return patients
Performs focused examinations on return patients
Performs or requests and evaluates diagnostic studies as indicated upon evaluation of the patient
Prescribes appropriate pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment modalities (obtains counter-signature on prescription from the supervising physician for medications not included in the approved formulary)
Prescribes physical therapy and other rehabilitation treatments
Performs designated procedures after demonstrating competency and according to written standardized procedure where applicable
Facilitates the patient’s transition within and between health care settings : admissions, transfers and discharges and completes appropriate documentation
Works across all service lines by collaborating with multidisciplinary team members and making appropriate referrals
Applies critical thinking to make independent determinations on process and policy exceptions that need to be defined on a case by case judgment
Where appropriate and skilled, assists the physician in the operating room in accordance with operating room protocols
Evaluates the effectiveness of interventions. Individualizes the plan of care, treatment based upon the desired treatment outcomes
Recognizes and considers the age-specific needs of the patient (prenatal care, well-child care including screening and immunizations), health-maintenance
Utilizes effective communication and interactions with patients, family, staff and members of the community from diverse backgrounds
Acts as advisor and facilitates staff, patient and family decision making by providing educational tools
Provides counseling / anticipatory guidance to patient, family and / or staff regarding physical, psychological or developmental needs
Recognizes situations which require the immediate attention of a physician and initiates life-saving procedures when necessary
Provides expert education, consultation, advocacy research, leadership and mentorship
Promotes the advancement of the advanced practice nursing profession at Sidra and the community-at-large. This may include publication, participation in professional organizations and providing educational support to the nursing staff
In consultation with the collaborating physician, enrolls patients in investigational studies approved by the Investigational Review Board (IRB), and orders necessary tests and medications
Participates in research design, implementation and interpretation
Meets Sidra’s core measures of performance related to patient care, medical knowledge, practice based learning and improvement, interpersonal communication skills, professionalism, and system based practice
Fiscal and Human Resources Management
Takes into consideration the appropriateness and cost effectiveness of services utilized (both human and material resources) in providing care
Professional and Educational Accountability
Performs job functions adhering to service principles with customer service focus of innovation, service excellence and teamwork to provide the highest quality care and service to our patients, families, co-workers and others
Assess the learning needs of patient and families, and develops and / or implements teaching programs to meet these identified needs in the hospital or community /
Provides formal and informal consultation to members of the multidisciplinary team in the hospital and ambulatory setting as well as to the community at large
Initiates and / or participates in the development of hospital policies, procedures, and protocols regarding patient care
Is active in Departmental, Divisional and hospital committees
Maintains knowledge of current / new evidence-based practices and incorporates findings into clinical practice
Takes accountability for their own clinical and professional growth based on evaluation and feedback. In collaboration with leadership, sets realistic goals for performance plan
Maintains competence and professional development in alignment with the Departments of Medicine and Nursing
Maintains license, certification or registration as required
Performs other duties when appropriate
Customer Relations and Communication
Consistently utilizes and facilitates effective communication strategies giving appropriate and constructive feedback to individual patients, families, and other members of the health care team regarding behavior that is detrimental to the achievement of hospital and patient care goals and outcomes
Through teamwork and accountability, exhibits behaviors and attitudes of courtesy and respect to patients, families and to all members of the health care team
Consistently presents and conducts oneself in a professional manner
Consistently acts in a proactive manner to assist the consumer through all facets of the Sidra system
Demonstrates behaviors that support performance improvement activities
Performs other duties as requested.
In view of the evolving needs and opportunities within Sidra during this pre-operational phase, this position may be required to perform other duties as assigned and reporting relationships may vary.
Selection Criteria :
Master’s degree from an accredited school of nursing
Holds the appropriate Board Certification for specialty
A Minimum of 3+ years’ experience as a registered nurse PLUS a minimum of 2 years of experience as an APN in experience in the same specialization after Master’s degree or PhD Pediatric Emergency Services
Basic Life Support certification (Pediatric / Adult)
Advanced Life Support certification required in some specialty areas
Ability to utilize extended education, skills and experience in the assessment, evaluation, diagnosis and management of acute and chronic illness and disease (e.
g. Hypertension, diabetes, dyslidemia, anemia, asthma, depression, anxiety, obesity, osteoarthritis, smoking cessation, thyroid disorder, wound care, musculoskeletal disorder, etc.)
Skilled in obtaining patient histories and conducting physical examinations
Skilled in ordering and performing diagnostic studies (e.g. Lab tests, x-rays and EKGs)
Skilled in prescribing pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions (prescriptive authority)
Skilled in providing prenatal care
Skilled in providing well-child care, including screening and immunizations
Demonstrated ability in providing primary and specialty care services
Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite
Fluency in written and spoken English
Knowledge of advanced nursing practice must be at a formal level of education including board certification. Applicant must have a professional mastery of the scope of professional practice.
Must undertake considerable independent judgment with direct impact on the patient’s health, well-being and satisfaction within authority and own job scope.