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Ortho Physician Assistant - Seasonal

Company: Aspen Valley Hospital
Location: Aspen
Posted on: November 11, 2021

Job Description:

Company Overview:

Embrace the adventure of a career at Aspen Valley Hospital. Aspen Valley Hospital is a twenty-five-bed community hospital that represents the best of two worlds - the warmth and friendliness of a small town and the technical expertise of a major medical center. Our award-winning hospital, nestled in the heart of Aspen, CO, includes a team of more than 500 people dedicated to making a difference for our patients, families, and community. Nationally we are recognized for providing some of the most exceptional patient care of any hospital across the country.

This Position Offers:

Highly competitive pay, 40 hours per week, comprehensive seasonal benefit offering, being part of a very cohesive & supportive team, and four of North America's top ski resorts at your doorstep.

Job Overview:

A licensed, credentialed and experienced PA that provides evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, consultation and follow up for orthopedic patients with the collaboration of one or more physicians in the Steadman Clinic. The PA provides age and specialty appropriate medical care at the level of training achieved.

Seasonal Benefits:

  • Affordable, clean, well-maintained and private seasonal employee housing located in Aspen. All housing is move in ready and fully furnished.
  • Ski Pass Stipend
  • End of season bonus potential
  • Discounted meal options at the hospital's Castle Creek Cafe
  • Quick access via a free bus ride from employee housing to Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk, Snowmass.


Primary Scope of Responsibilities:

  • Fully competent in care of orthopedic patients in all hospital settings; performs patient and family assessment and problem identification, plans care accordingly, implements and evaluates plan of care so that problems are resolved.
  • Adheres reliably to all accepted patient safety standards.
  • Identifies and promotes new learning around changing patient safety standards of practice.
  • Serves in advocacy role; encouraging active involvement of patient and family in their care.
  • Prioritizes patient's situations and takes appropriate action in an efficient, effective manner.
  • Makes value-added resource decision for patient care with respect to supplies, equipment and acuity of care.
  • Keeps patients informed regarding what to expect pre/during/post procedures and visits
  • Provides individualized patient and family education consistent with patient's learning style, readiness to learn and self-care needs
  • Evaluated the effectiveness of patient learning
  • COMPLIANCE WITH RULES, REGULATIONS AND POLICIES
  • Records pertinent clinical documentation in accordance with regulatory requirements, professional standards and hospital policy.
  • Adheres to federal, state and hospital rules and regulations concerning HIPAA privacy and security.
  • Follows Hospital compliance plan and policies, including the Code of Conduct.
  • Participates in required training for compliance related activities (HIPAA, Compliance, Patient Safety, TJC, etc.)
  • Demonstrates responsibility and accountability for own professional decision making.
  • Develops professional goals and diversity of responsibilities within practice; consistent with hospital mission and goals
  • Demonstrates role awareness and seeks individualized/department specific continuing education that improves patient care or professional practice.
  • Able to express values around patient/family centered care and assists others to achieve shared understanding.
  • Active participant in quality improvement processes and lean projects
  • Participates and contributes to unit meetings and activities.
  • Identifies need to seek out additional information when needed and apply relevant findings to practice
  • Demonstrates purposeful service excellence through exceeding patient and co-worker expectations.
  • Represents the department and hospital as a dedicated, courteous and responsive employee.


Provides professional medical care for the Orthopedic patient under the supervision of an Orthopedic or ED physician. This care includes departments such as, but not limited to, the Patient Care Unit, Emergency Department and Surgery. Care includes: a professional introduction, timely triage, physical exam, compassionate care, complete and accurate documentation, diagnosis and treatment of illness or injury, order and interpret diagnostic tests, appropriate and timely reassessment, counsel on preventative health care, assist in or perform approved procedures, write prescriptions, provide appropriate discharge instructions including follow up care.

  • Maintains and demonstrates competency and knowledge of equipment and procedures commonly performed in the Orthopedic setting (hospital, emergency department and operating room, among others).
  • Positively supports activities to maintain and improve quality of care and services. Monitors cultures and other diagnostic results requiring patient follow-up and provides appropriate follow up to the patient as needed, working with the orthopedic surgeons.
  • Demonstrates self-directed learning, participates in departmental education including required workshops. Takes initiative to identify educational needs both individually and for the department.
  • Participates in department meetings with attendance of 80% or better. Monitor equipment status and identify need for repairs. Read and respond appropriately to departmental emails and postings. Maintain awareness of Press Ganey patient satisfaction improvement initiatives
  • Participates in call coverage as required, demonstrates good judgement and follow through of all calls received.
  • Floats between the multiple practice sites, ED and OR as needed. Works with all physicians to ensure patients receive timely, qualified care.


Minimum Qualifications & Requirements:

  • Required for Physician Assistants: Completion of PA program and required NCCPA certification and licensure from Colorado BME
  • Ortho experience preferred
  • Current Colorado PA or NP licensure required
  • Current BLS certification required through American Heart Association
  • Current ACLS certification required
  • Current PALS certification required
  • ATLS preferred


Benefits & Compensation:

Hire-in rates of pay are based upon the relevance of years of experience, education and certifications. Our talent acquisition team will help you understand how your direct experience will be considered.

Pay range for new hires:

Minimum = $50.19/hr

Mid-Point = $65.19/hr

Keywords: Aspen Valley Hospital, Aspen , Ortho Physician Assistant - Seasonal, Other , Aspen, Colorado

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