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Family Nurse Practitioner (Multiple Openings), Chicago, IL

ACCESS Community Health Network

Nurse Practitioner

Chicago, IL

May 10, 2019

About Access Community Health Network

Designated as a Level 3 patient-centered medical home by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), ACCESS offers patient-centered, preventive and primary care services to more than 180,000 patients annually. Through its investment in technology to further improve patient care and engagement, ACCESS has also been recognized by HIMSS at Stage 6 for its adoption of its electronic health record. With 36 Joint Commission-accredited community health centers located throughout Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, ACCESS is also one of the largest networks of community health centers in the nation. For more information, visit:

We are currently seeking Family Nurse Practitioners at various locations within our Chicago, IL based organization.

Characteristic duties and responsibilities:

  • Obtains health history and perform physical examinations.
  • Diagnoses, treats, counsels, and coordinate care for each patient.
  • Reviews and update problem list and longitudinal plan of care at every visit.
  • Meets documentation standards and completes all progress notes within 24 hours following the patient visit.
  • Fulfills on-call responsibilities in accordance with the schedule developed by ACCESS and responds to calls within 20 minutes.
  • Prescribe medication in accordance with Illinois statute and professional practice guidelines.
  • Performs all duties in conformity with the quality standards and clinical guideline established by ACCESS.
  • Meets Meaningful Use standards which is defined as using certified EHR technology to improve quality, safety, efficiency, and reduce health disparities, engage patients and families in their health care, improve care coordination, improve population and public health; all the while maintaining privacy and security.
  • Manages EHR In-Basket, transfers In-Basket responsibilities to colleagues when appropriate, and responds to messages (e.g. lab results, refills, patient calls, patient messages, co-sign orders, co-sign charts, and open charts) within 72 hours.
  • Recognizes patients' families as an integral part of patients' care teams.
  • Ensures that patients' and families' needs are met and clinic policy is followed through.
  • Encourage patients and families to voice questions and/or concerns.
  • Works with patients and their families as appropriate to encourage care self-management.
  • Maintains a strong working relationship with Collaborating Physician and completes the Monthly Practice Reviews.
  • Conducts patient education activities, including pre and post instruction exams and procedures, instructions related to illness and treatment, and reinforcement of provider's follow-up instructions.
  • Utilizes printed health education materials as appropriate and document all instructions given; while giving consideration to an individual varying level of understanding and adjusts level of presentation to ensure the patient is knowledgeable of medical condition and plan of care.
  • Monitors and ensure the cost-effective utilization of clinical resources.
  • Works with care team and case management to provide for coordinated delivery of case management services.
  • Ensures patients presenting with greater acuity than what is clinically appropriate within the health center are transferred appropriately.
  • Provides triage services for same-day appointment patients, identify those patients who can wait to receive care and those patients who require immediate medical attention through consultation with patients and/or their families. Schedule services for the patient within a time frame meeting the patient's medical needs.
  • Coordinates with health center staff at all levels to ensure patient needs are met.
  • Exhibits a positive attitude during daily activities and fosters a positive work environment for the entire team.
  • Participates in health center huddles and meets scheduled health center times and productivity standards.
  • Assures patients are seen in a timely and clinically appropriate manner, and involves health center employees including medical assistants and front desk staff in this process.
  • Assures care teams properly carry out effective treatment, education and performs clinical tasks in accordance with acceptable policy and procedure.
  • Assures all clinical activities are accomplished according to acceptable guidelines for reimbursement.
  • Participates in the orientation and training of staff as needed.
  • Ensures care team meets internal certification requirements for patient education and the administration of medication.
  • Participates in proficiency testing as required by ACCESS to ensure that proper standards of care are being maintained.
  • May function as a preceptor in teaching programs including advance practice nurse students as well as other allied health professions.
  • Follows ACCESS protocols for research projects.
  • Adheres to Federal Tort Claims Act regulations (e.g. care for ACCESS patients only (unless dictated by hospital bylaws, emergencies, or ACCESS approved events - health fairs or others - and adheres to scope of practice determined by ACCESS credentialing / privileging process).
  • Other duties as assigned.


  1. Two (2) to three (3) years work experience in the practice of primary care medicine in a freestanding office setting preferred
  2. Interpersonal skills necessary to work productively with all levels of health center personnel, outside agencies and effectively lead subordinate personnel
  3. Administrative and organizational ability to organize diverse information and the work groups of subordinates.
  4. Knowledge of applicable rules, regulations and standards relative to quality assurance, safety and infection control, and clinical protocols and guidelines of ACCESS.
  5. Current licensure State of Illinois, DEA, Controlled Substance and maintain CME requirements of ACCESS.
  6. Sensitive to needs and concerns of patients.
  7. Follows all policies promulgated by ACCESS management.

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