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#67667 Cardiothoracic Surgery Nurse Practitioner

Initial Review Date: Fri 2/14/2014

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment or Special Selection: Apply by 08/19/2013 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor. Eligible ACCES or Special Selection clients should contact their Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for Special Selection.


Under the direction of the Division Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery, the incumbent functions as a patient care provider in the operating rooms, intensive care units, progressive care units and outpatient clinics. The NP plans, implements and evaluates healthcare treatments for cardiac and thoracic surgery patients in the inpatient and outpatient settings. The NP also functions as a surgical assistant in the operating room, in the clinics and on the wards, all in coordination with established surgical services. Direct supervision will occur by assigned physicians.

The position requires a strong emphasis on the complete care of the cardiothoracic surgical patient, from pre- to peri- to post-operative settings. The incumbent participates in ongoing research and data collection for quality assurance purposes. The NP functions as liaison to care coordinators, social workers and nurses.


  • Theoretical background in: anatomy, physiology, general medicine, pulmonary, emergency and critical care medicine, management of common diseases, concepts of medicine and surgery, therapeutics including pharmacology, counseling techniques and interpersonal dynamics.

  • Ability to perform initial history, and physical examination, identify major medical problems, and formulate appropriate plans of action.

  • Skill to operate appropriate medical equipment, i.e., Swan-Ganz catheters, central venous pressure monitors, electrocardiograph machines, cardiac defibrillator, transducer systems, digital read-out equipment, and medical computer systems.

  • Skills necessary to function as first assistant in operative procedures, and knowledge of operating room standards and techniques.

  • Proficiency in saphenous vein harvesting, both with open and endoscopic techniques.

  • Ability to maintain detailed medical information in an organized and easily retrievable manner. Knowledge of operating room standards and techniques. Knowledge necessary for instructing housestaff, medical students, physicians, nurses, and other medical personnel in all aspects of surgical care. Knowledge of all types of treatment and modalities necessary for the patients care and well-being.

  • Knowledge of clinical and ancillary services within the UCSD Medical Center.

  • Writing skills to prepare clear medical reports, laboratory data and progress notes, as well as policies, procedures and protocols for patient care management.

  • Ability to perform various medical procedures, for diagnostic studies and therapeutic modalities.

  • Ability to be trained in the use of specialized medical equipment.

  • Ability to properly counsel patients and families, particularly in delicate or death and dying situations.

  • Knowledge necessary for instructing housestaff, medical students, physicians, nurses, and other medical personnel in all aspects of surgical care.

  • Ability to write orders regarding execution of inpatient, outpatient plans of treatment.

  • Ability to assess the daily status and progress of patients and report this effectively to the physician in-charge and other medical care personnel associated with the patient.

  • Knowledge of all types of treatment and modalities necessary for the patients care and well-being and the skill in recording nursing/medical assessment findings accurately and completely.

  • Knowledge of medical ethics and law practices, pertaining to medical and medical socioeconomics.


  • Must have a valid California Registered Nursing and Nurse Practitioner License.
  • Must have a State of California Nurse Practitioner Furnishing Number
  • Must be able to obtain medical staff privileges.
  • Some weekend work may be required.
  • Work location - Temecula Valley Hospital

UC San Diego Health System is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://www-hr.ucsd.edu/saa/nondiscr.html

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