PACE Central Michigan
What is a PACE program?
- The Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) is a unique health care model designed to help seniors (participants) stay safely in their home for as long as possible. PACE coordinates and provides or facilitates all medical care for its participants. Services are delivered across various settings, including on site at the PACE center, in the community, and in participant homes.
Why Work at PACE?
At PACE, employees have the opportunity to see the full impact of their efforts. Staffing ratios are much lower, time spent with each participant is much greater, and team collaboration occurs much more frequently than in other care settings. PACE is a very fulfilling health care delivery model for its employees.
Nurse Practitioner Responsibilities Include But Are Not Limited To:
- Performs health histories, physical exams, and participant teaching. Orders, interprets, and follows up on lab tests and results. Performs selected procedures and documents care in EMR. Initiates emergency measures as indicated. Recognizes abnormalities that justify immediate referral for intervention by others.
- Initiates, evaluates, reviews and changes orders for selected medications and diagnostic studies/treatments within Medical Director/PCP approved protocols.
- Assesses, initiates and coordinates participant care daily under the supervision of the attending physician. Makes referral to other physicians including specialists with Medical Director/PCP approval.
- Requests consultations from other services as needed in collaboration with Medical Director/PCP and/or established protocols.
- Acts as liaison with physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals providing education, communication and support for healthcare staff, participants, and families. Directs participant management in conjunction with Medical Director/PCP.
- Participates in the PACE provider call schedule.
- Participates as a member of the Interdisciplinary Team. Attends staff meetings and takes part in participant care planning.
- Assists the IDT in formulating a plan for the coordination of 24-hour care.
- Documents participant changes appropriately in the medical record and communicates participant changes to team members.
- Precepts medical students and residents during their PACE rotation.
- Encourages all participants to have Advanced Directives and provides education as needed; may discuss the Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) option with the participant and/or family members and may complete the Health Care Wishes form and write DNR orders in the medical record, in collaboration with Medical Director/PCP.
Qualifications & Requirements:
Education: Master’s Degree in Nursing from accredited Nurse practitioner program.
Experience: 3-5 years nursing experience with Nurse Practitioner experience preferred and 1 year of experience with a frail or elderly population.
Number and Type of Employees Supervised: None.
Licensure, Registry or Certification Required: Active RN licensure and specialty certification as a Nurse Practitioner in Michigan.
Special Training: Ability to learn, team and research; ability to solve problems and think analytically; must possess skills necessary to treat geriatric participants; ability to get along with others in a team environment. Only act within the scope of his or her authority to practice. Ability to meet a standardized set of competencies as set forth by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE).
PACE Central Michigan is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or veteran status.