PS Physician Assistant PS Physician Assistant

University of Utah

Department 00260 – Division of General Surgery Job Summary

The Burn Advanced Practice Clinician (BAPC) is an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) who has successfully completed a clinical Master’s Degree from an accredited school of nursing or a Physician Assistant (PA) who has successfully obtained their degree from an accredited school and passed the NCCPA certification exam. BAPCs are required to have current prescriptive licensure in accordance with Utah State Laws and Controlled Substance licensing. The BAPC will collaborate with burn surgeons, residents, nursing staff, and other health care providers (including prehospital providers through rehabilitation) to provide expert clinical care for burn patients in emergency and urgent situations, including advanced assessment, diagnosis and patient management in the clinic, ICU, ED, OR and consultations. BAPC’s will participate in quality assurance and performance improvement activities on a continual basis.

As a patient-focused organization, the University of Utah Health Sciences exists to enhance the health and well-being of people through patient care, research and education. Success in this mission requires a culture of collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. The Health Sciences Center seeks faculty and staff who are committed to the values of compassion, collaboration, innovation, responsibility, diversity, integrity, quality and trust that are integral to our mission.


Clinical Practice


a. Performs and documents patient history, physical examinations and assessment of Burn Service patients.

b. Orders and interprets laboratory, radiographic, and other diagnostic tests.

c. Performs diagnostic and stabilization procedures as necessary based on ACLS, ATLS, PALS, and ABLS guidelines.

d. Orders medications and treatments that include all approved formulary medications, wound care products, and controlled substances II-V, in accordance with Utah state laws and in consultation with burn service physicians.

e. Develops and reviews documented plan of care and consults with attending burn surgeon, senior resident, patients and family regarding plan of care.

f. The outpatient BAPC is the primary participant in daily outpatient burn clinic, providing continuity with patient telephone calls, clinic coordination and consultation with rotating attendings and residents.

g. BAPC will aid in completing paperwork for all Burn Service patients, including patients they may not have seen personally, by reviewing patient’s electronic medical record. Signatures may be obtained by attending burn surgeon once paperwork is complete.

h. Performs procedures under the supervision of the burn attending. Procedures may be delegated to the BAPC once formal proctoring is obtained as per Department of Surgery credentialing, at which time procedures may be delegated to the BAPC and performed independently.

i. Develops at least one performance improvement project/year.

j. Embraces change and continuously identifies opportunities for improvement by demonstrating a commitment to creativity and innovation.

k. Efficiently and effectively uses resources to ensure the financial viability of the Burn Service.

l. The BAPC has the responsibility to assure Burn Clinic clinician coverage for all open clinic hours. They must communicate any foreseen problems well in advance to the BCMD.

m. The BAPC responds to requests for evaluation and management of potential Burn Service patients in the ED, floor and telemedicine visits.



a. In collaboration with nurses, physicians, and other members of the burn team, develops, promotes, and maintains interdisciplinary teamwork using effective communication and interpersonal skills.

b. Demonstrates commitment to the University Health Care system philosophy and ongoing initiatives related to clinical practice, education, and research.

c. Reviews and updates all burn service guidelines and protocols on a yearly basis. Makes necessary revisions and updates to current guidelines/protocols developed by the Burn Service.

d. Annually reviews all burn clinical forms for possible revisions / updates both in powerforms and paper.

e. Serves as a consultant and liaison between the Burn Service and clinical, ancillary, and support services.

f. Attends and participates in all annual burn program retreats, quarterly team meetings and ACS verification visits.

g. Attends and participates in Burn Trauma ICU Interdisciplinary Quality Management Committee meetings; meeting the 50% attendance requirement that will be reviewed at yearly job performance evaluation.



a. Actively participates in the educational process of medical students, interns, residents, advanced practice nursing students, PA students, and nursing students.

b. Obtains and documents continuing education hours required to maintain licensure.

c. Serves as patient/family liaison in education of Burn Service patients and their families.

d. Develops new patient education materials as needed for posting on the burn web page.

e. Serves as a resource to staff and patients on burn related subjects and resources available.

f. Participates in staff development of all inpatient units with burn patients.

g. Presents one formal educational presentation per year. If unable to present on scheduled date, BAPC must find replacement. This will be reviewed at yearly job performance evaluation.

h. BAPC presents one burn education rounds annually.



a. Promotes and participates in burn research.

b. Promotes and participates in presentation and publication of burn related activities; one every three years per provider.

c. Encourages the application of current research to clinical practice by providing in-services to inpatient units as requested.

Problem Solving

Ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined above.

Ability to provide care appropriate to the population served.

Demonstrated knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of the patients served on his or her assigned unit.

Demonstrated knowledge of the principles of life span growth and development and the ability to assess data regarding the patient’s status and provide care as described in the department’s policies and procedures manual.

Minimum Qualifications


Current licensure to practice as a Physician’s Assistant from the State of Utah.


Utah State prescriptive privilege preferred.

Certification in ACLS/BLS/NRP/ATLS may be required by your department or by privileging criteria.

To obtain licensure requires graduation from an AMA approved Physician Assistant program. Specialty experience is preferred on a position-by-position basis.

UHPPM 1-56 requires that newly hired non-physician providers apply for credentialing and privileging at the time of hire.

This position is patient-sensitive and must fulfill all associated requirements. We protect our patients, coworkers and community by requiring all patient-sensitive employees to be immunized according to CDC standards and hospital policy. Limited exemptions may be made for documented medical contraindications or religious beliefs that object to vaccinations.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


This job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.


1. General Surgery or Trauma/Burn clinical experience

2. Intensive Care clinical experience

3. Pediatric clinical experience

Additional Information

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students and patients from all backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education and quality healthcare for historically underrepresented students and patients.

All qualified individuals are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

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