CTICU APP / Critical Care Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant

Updated: 4 months ago
Location: Durham, NORTH CAROLINA

Duke University Hospital

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Duke Heart Center Advanced Practice Provider

Cardiothoracic Surgery Intensive Care Unit Advanced Practice Provider (APP)

Critical Care Nurse Practitioner or Critical Care Physician Assistant

Position Summary

The Duke Hospital Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit (CTICU) Advanced Practice Provider (APP)  provides direct patient care services for complex critically ill cardiothoracic surgery and Advanced Heart Failure patients, predominately in an intensive care setting, as well as other units within Duke University Hospital including the OR, PACU, Step-down units, inpatient units, emergency department (ED), and hospital-based clinic settings in collaboration with cardiac anesthesiology and under the supervision of the cardiothoracic surgeon(s) and the Medical Director of the CTICU. The APP performs physical exams, collects and documents data, conducts diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, orders and schedules laboratory studies and professional consultations, prescribes appropriate interventions and medications, coordinates the care and discharge of patients, and provides direct patient care services.

Position Responsibilities

  • Provide /coordinate clinical care for cardiothoracic surgery patients at Duke Hospital being followed primarily in the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care  setting through established protocols and under the supervision of the cardiothoracic surgeon or back-up supervising physician who is either on site or available by pager
  • Patient rounding  in collaboration with attending cardiothoracic surgeon(s),cardiac anesthesiologist(s), CTICU intensivists, and Medical Director of the CTICU,  round daily on patients to assess, diagnose, plan treatment, set priorities and realistic outcomes, and evaluate the effectiveness and cost efficiency of cardiothoracic patient care;
  • Collaborate with the chief resident, residents and fellows to formulate treatment plans and monitor patient progress
  • Assess patients for change in status and institute appropriate interventions.  Initiates emergency interventions in an effort to stabilize the patient until physician support arrives.
  • Preoperative evaluation; including (but not limited to) establishing diagnosis, and baseline status
  • Postoperative stabilization and management.
  • Develop patient care pathways, protocols and guidelines for the management of specific problems in conjunction with physicians and other members of the health care team.
  • Analyze clinical practice patterns so as to provide the best medical care and to increase effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Communicate verbally and in writing all pertinent patient information to supervising MD, nursing staff, patient resource manager, home health agency, and other relevant healthcare providers.
  • Document in the patients’ chart all relevant data including but not limited to results of diagnostic tests; laboratory results; patients’ condition and response to therapies/interventions; communications with supervising MD.
  • Utilize prescriptive privileges only for identified patient population.
  • Role models competence in all nurse practitioner / physician assistant advanced skills.

Position Requirements


NP:       Graduate of accredited MSN or DNP Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program

PA:       Graduate of accredited Masters or Doctorate Degree Physician Assistant Program

Prefer candidates also to have completed a Critical Care Fellowship Program


NP:       RN license issued by the NCBON with authorization to practice as a NP

PA:       License to practice medicine as a PA issued by NCMB



PA:       PA-C


  • 2 years minimum CTICU provider experience in critical care setting is strongly preferred

Physical and mental requirements:

  • Able to clearly articulate scope of practice and practices within those guidelines as an NP/PA in the state of North Carolina and within the Duke University Health System (DUHS)
  • Able to independently seek out resources and work collaboratively to solve complex problems
  • Able to communicate clearly with patients, families, visitors, healthcare team, physicians, administrators, leadership, and others
  • Able to use sensory and cognitive functions to process and prioritize information, perform health assessments, treatment, and follow-up
  • Able to use fine motor skills
  • Able to record activities, document assessments, and interventions; prepare reports and presentations.
  • Able to use computer and learn new software programs
  • Able to provide leadership in clinical area of expertise and in meeting organizational goals
  • Able to navigate the Hospital and DUHS to provide clinical expertise to specific patient populations
  • Able to withstand prolonged standing and walking with the ability to move or lift at least fifty pounds
  • Able to remain focused and organized
  • Able to work collaboratively with all levels of personnel


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