Provides comprehensive, quality eye and vision care to patients.
Provides comprehensive vision and eye health services to patients to include:
Assess, plan, document, and evaluate patient needs and treatments.
Order and review test results
Design a care plan based on assessment of physical, emotional, and social needs and in collaboration with the patient and, if appropriate, the family. Works with a multi-disciplinary team to ensure patients receive needed services.
Refer patients, as appropriate, to specialists and other practitioners and facilities.
Ensure appropriate follow up.
Review previous records/hospitalizations/consultations when indicated.
Respond to phone messages (pharmacy, patients, families, agencies, consultants) in a timely manner.
Provide emergency care to patients within scope of Massachusetts Optometry practice guidelines
Support other providers (on-site and telephone consultation, reviewing charts, phone back-up) pertaining to eye care issues.
Maintain proper patient records, utilizing the NextGen electronic medical record.
Maintains a practice that is culturally and linguistically sensitive, using interpreters and other assistance as appropriate.
Reviews patient charts and ensures that appropriate treatment plans are developed and followed.
Collaboratively works with other care givers regarding patient education and rehabilitation including promotion of mental and physical health.
5. Maintains collaborative relationship with medical, behavioral health, and dental providers, administration, and other clinical staff. Furnishes professional guidance and assistance to colleagues and other staff. Utilizes skills and expertise of other disciplines to ensure comprehensive care for all patients.
6 Cooperates with efforts of the Patient Care Committee and other committees to monitor and improve the quality of patient care provided.
7 Supervises, orients and trains technicians, opticians and students within the Eye Services department when requested by the Director of Eye Services. Provide guidance and assistance as requested.
8 Participates in performance and quality improvement, peer review, infection control, and compliance with Joint Commission and other accreditation and regulatory standards. Serves on committees as requested.
9 Maintains current awareness of developments in the eye care field by attending workshops and seminars and reading professional journals.
10 Assists Director of Eye Services with development of guidelines and policies.
11 Performs other professional duties as required.
Requires a doctorate in optometry (OD) with a Massachusetts therapeutics level optometry license, and be eligible for board certification in optometry.
Current Massachusetts Controlled Substances registration required.
Requires an active commitment to excellence in patient care, a desire to improve wellness of our community, an appreciation for community needs, a culturally competent individual, and someone who is excited about the opportunity to build the eye service.
Demonstrates characteristics of responsibility and accountability.
Maintains confidentiality at all times.
Maintains discretion of conversation in work areas.
Is pleasant, courteous, and considerate of patients, co-workers, and external professional contacts.
Demonstrates ability to prioritize demands, work with distractions, adapt to change, exercise efficient time management, and work independently.
Maintains appropriate chain of command.
Participates in continuing education for personal and professional growth
Professional verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills required.
Must regularly communicate relevant information learned from colleagues and supervisors and from various meetings attended.
Demonstrates sensitivity and responds appropriately to verbal and non-verbal communications of patients, families, and co-workers.
Maintains patient's right to privacy, assuring dignity in the provision of care and is discreet in all communications, written and oral, about the patient's care.
Consistently utilizes good judgment in the resolution of problems, clinical and non-clinical.
Possesses the ability to act independently and is willing to make decisions utilizing good judgment.
Has the ability to visualize and anticipate new problems and to be part of the problem solving process.
Utilizes tact, courtesy, patience, and discretion in dealing with others.
Possesses the ability to maintain a stable presence under stress due to pressure of the work environment.
Attends and actively participates in scheduled staff meetings.
Participates in professional staff teaching, both formal and informal.
Maintains clinical competence through ongoing medical education and training.
Works in a busy community health center in an urban neighborhood. Long hours are frequently required.
The individual must be in good health of mind and body with the physical dexterity and vision suitable to accomplish the job duties outlined above. Knowledge of proper patient transfer assistance is also required and the ability to lift as much as 50 pounds may be necessary.