Nurse Practitioner, Personalized Care Suite - Penn Dental Medicine

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Nurse Practitioner, Personalized Care Suite - Penn Dental Medicine

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn's distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning. As an employer Penn has been ranked nationally on many occasions with the most recent award from Forbes who named Penn one of America's Best Employers By State in 2021.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

COVID-19 vaccination is a requirement for all positions at the University of Pennsylvania. New hires are expected to be fully vaccinated before beginning work at the University. For more information about Penn's vaccine requirements and the use of Penn Open Pass, visit the Penn COVID-19 Response website for the latest information.

Posted Job Title
Nurse Practitioner, Personalized Care Suite - Penn Dental Medicine

Job Profile Title
Nurse Practitioner

Job Description Summary
Penn Dental Medicine (PDM) has been a long-standing leader in clinical excellence due to its strong yet diverse faculty, a highly collaborative relationship with the School of Medicine, and its location within an Ivy League university and a city, which is world renowned for health care education. The Nurse Practitioner (NP) with PDM's Personalized Care Clinic (PCC), which includes the Care Center for Individuals with Disabilities, will be a key team member supporting the fourth-year dental students and serve various stakeholders including students, faculty, staff, and patients.

At Penn Dental Medicine, our students are among the nation's best, and they are matched in quality by the high level of instruction and research among our faculty. Our research encompasses all the basic and clinical sciences, and Penn's emphasis on interdisciplinary scholarship encourages collaborations across disciplines. Our clinical care brings the latest techniques and technologies to patients within our teaching clinics and faculty practice. As stewards of the neighborhood in which we reside, Penn Dental Medicine participates in a diversity of community outreach programs, serving area residents while teaching our students to practice with compassion and responsibility.

Job Description


Nurse Practitioners with Penn PCC are responsible for supervising, supporting, developing and assisting pre-doctoral and post-doctoral dental students with medical history review and risk assessment, ordering and understanding laboratory tests and results, physician referral and contact, nutritional counseling, taking and understanding vital signs, and proper documentation and tracking of medical information in the electronic health record. Comfort with patients including but not limited to individuals with complex medical concerns; intellectual and physical disabilities; behavioral, emotional and cognitive limitations is a must. The person must have a passion for the proper care and well-being of patients and an ability to facilitate medical care for individuals that report to PDM without a medical home.
  • MSN or DNP, certified as a family or Adult Gerontology Primary Care NP.
  • Current Pennsylvania nurse practitioner license.
  • Knowledge of dental terminology, procedures, and an understanding of the relationship between oral health and overall health a plus.
  • Familiarity with federal and Pennsylvania's informed consent and guardianship laws and state policies regarding individuals with disabilities.
  • Ability to communicate in fluent English orally, in writing, on computer or via other communication devices.
  • Ability to communicate complex information effectively.
  • Ability to multi-task, set priorities and follow through with general supervision.
  • Maintain a professional appearance.
  • Proficiency in EHR charting systems and computer-based data management programs and information systems.
  • Employment clearance through the State of PA to work with children: as determined through Pennsylvania Criminal Background Check, Pennsylvania Child Abuse Clearance and FBI Finger Printing Database is required.

  • Work with, supervise, and support students in medical history taking and medical risk assessment. Work with students to ensure medical records are accurate and complete.
  • Work with, supervise, and support students in the taking of vital signs and limited physical assessment of patients in terms of medical history and review of systems.
  • Work with dental students in developing patient behavior support plans.
  • Work with dental team to obtain consents for care, treatment plans, and other consents as needed.
  • Work with students and dental care team to identify need for and facilitate referral to community based providers. ( non-dental providers) create and maintain referral path.
  • Assist with timely information sharing between healthcare providers and PDM. Ensure that faculty and students are aware of information received from other providers.
  • Apply APRN skills and knowledge to educate and motivate patients by demonstrating effective communication to bridge the gap between overall health and oral health.
  • Apply APRN skills and knowledge to facilitate inter-professional communication and treatment planning tailored to best meet the overall health of individuals while addressing their oral health needs, including nutritional counseling and tobacco cessation; with providing post-operative instructions that are consistent with the medical risk assessment; ordering, interpreting, recording, and monitoring diagnostic tests. Assist students in relating test results and medical implications to patients and/or caregivers.
  • Other duties as assigned, working with the community one health hygienist, supervise and facilitate tele-denistry appointments.

  • Maintains patient confidence and protects operations by keeping information confidential.
  • Protects patients and employees by adhering to infection-control policies and protocols.
  • Maintains safe and clean working environment by complying with procedures, rules, and regulations.
  • Conserves dental resources by using equipment and supplies as needed to accomplish job results.
  • Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies.
  • To date, clinical hours are Monday through Friday 7:30AM - 5:30PM; flexibility in scheduling is required for all positions (9 hours/day).
  • Contributes to team effort by accomplishing and supporting as assigned.

  • POSITIVE ENERGY AND ENTHUSIASM, with a strong commitment to exceeding patient and team expectations
  • FLEXIBILITY AND OPENNESS to work as a team player in a variety of roles, assignments and duties and a strong desire to be an active, long-term participant in the growth and success of the practice
  • ABILITY TO ADAPT AND LEARN QUICKLY, make an immediate, sustainable impact, and provide value-added service to patients and team
  • ABILITY TO WORK COLLABORATIVELY with individuals at all levels, including patients, physicians, non-physicians, facility and management staff.
  • STRONG COMMUNICATION AND INTERPERSONAL SKILLS, displaying the ability to connect and build relationships with team members/peers and patients. Empathetic attitude with an ability to offer emotional support.

Compensation will commensurate with experience.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
School of Dental Medicine

Pay Range
$51,824.00 - $78,096.00
Salary offers are made based on the candidate's qualifications, experience, skills, and education as they directly relate to the requirements of the position, as well as internal and market factors and grade profile.

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits
  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family-whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement-and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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