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#101518 (NP) Movement Disorder Nurse Practitioner II

Extended Deadline: Tue 10/29/2019

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 9/10/2019 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 9/20/2019. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


UC San Diego Health is a Magnet designated organization, which is a prestigious recognition that applies to only 6% of all U.S. hospitals. Magnet is the “gold standard” for nursing excellence and is based on strengths in five key areas which include transformational leadership, structural empowerment, exemplary professional practice, new knowledge, innovation and improvements and empirical quality results. UC San Diego Health has held its Magnet status since 2011.

The Parkinson and Other Movement Disorder Center is dedicated to provide a multidisciplinary and personalized approach for the care of patients with these disorders. The Center includes in addition to movement disorder specialists, social worker, rehabilitation team, neuropsychology, neurosurgery, nurse practitioner, clinical coordinator, and team of research coordinators who meet weekly for discussion of patients. The Center conducts state of the art research that patients can participate if they meet study criteria. It has an outreach program and conducts biannual seminars for the community.

Under general supervision, the Nurse Practitioner (NP) provides clinically expert triage and patient care services for the neurological surgical/neuroscience functional practice. Serves as liaison between patients and physicians, assessing and determining the acuity of patient symptoms and communicating these to the physicians as appropriate. Interviews patients regarding presenting problem to determine and expedite disposition. Performs outpatient nursing functions; assists nurse practitioners and physicians as required; conveys instructions and lab results to patients, providing health education as needed; maintains and restocks equipment and supplies, including sterilization of instruments, disinfection and cleaning.

Triage all incoming patient calls and electronic messages. Prioritizes and resolves, involving Physicians as appropriate. Manages and documents all communications in the electronic medical record system.

The NP also functions as a provider of patient care for neurological neuroscience practice. Provides full clinical support in the management of inpatients and outpatients. Plans, implements and evaluates health care treatments for movement disorder patients. Direct supervision will occur by assigned Attending Movement Disorder Specialists. The position requires a strong emphasis on the complete care of the movement disorder patient. Position requires special knowledge, skills and abilities in the field of neurology, ideally in movement disorders.

While not required, a cover letter is highly recommended when applying to this position.


  • California Registered Nurse (RN) license, California Nurse Practitioner (NP) license, and Furnishing License Certification.

  • Current Nurse Practitioner (NP) Specialty Certification from one of the following Nursing Boards: AANP, ANCC, NCC, PNCB, AACN.

  • BLS/CPR certification at time of hire with commitment to get BART within 6 months of hire date.

  • Minimum 1.5 years of NP experience in neuro and outpatient.

  • Working knowledge of outpatient services with recent direct patient care experience.

  • Ability to properly counsel patients and families, particularly in delicate or death and dying situations. Ability to communicate effectively with patients and other health care personnel. Ability to maintain good working relationships and communications with physicians in-charge, laboratory personnel, and members of the health care team.

  • Ability to communicate clearly and accurately both verbally and in writing. Excellent interpersonal skills, using tact and diplomacy in order to interact effectively with all levels of professional staff and a diversity of patients. Skill in appropriate telephone techniques.

  • Ability to multitask and be flexible in very busy practice.

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

  • Ability to maintain detailed medical information in an organized and easily retrievable manner.

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

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

  • Knowledge necessary for instructing housestaff, medical students, physicians, nurses, and other medical personnel.

  • 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.

  • Skill in interpreting lab test results commonly used in the clinical area.

  • Skill in insertion of intravenous lines.


  • Current ACLS Certificate.

  • Bilingual English/Spanish.

  • Theoretical background in neurology, and/or movement disorders.

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


  • Must be able to obtain UCSD Medical Staff privileges.

  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.

  • Must be able to work various hours and locations based on business needs.

  • Selected candidate may be hired at the NPIII level pending review and approval by the Advanced Practice Council.

The Movement Disorder Center at UC San Diego Health System has been designated the 41st Center of Excellence in the National Parkinson Foundation’s (NPF) global network. This designation is the highest recognition offered by NPF to a Parkinson’s specialty clinic. It represents the consensus of leaders in the field that the UC San Diego program is among the world’s leading centers for Parkinson’s research, outreach and care.

UC San Diego Health is the only academic health system in the San Diego region, providing leading-edge care in patient care, biomedical research, education, and community service. Our facilities include two university hospitals, a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Shiley Eye Institute, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, and several outpatient clinics. UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest is a designated Level I Trauma Center and has the only Burn Center in the county. We invite you to join our dynamic team!


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