UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

Specification for Class

HEALTH CARE SPECIALIST

UW CODE AND REPRESENTATIVE GROUP

6222 (Classified Non Union)
8933 (1199NW-HMC Health Care Specialists)

CLASS SERIES CONCEPT

Health Care Specialists perform examinations, establish diagnoses, and determine appropriate treatment or referral for medical problems.

BASIC FUNCTION

Provide medical care to patients including examinations, diagnosis, prescription and treatment within the scope of applicable licensure;

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

First level class of the series. Under general supervision of an attending physician, incumbents examine, diagnose and treat patients for such conditions as hypertension, fractures, sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy and angina.

TYPICAL WORK

Record medical histories, perform physical examinations, order and/or perform diagnostic tests, evaluate test results, establish diagnoses and prescribe medication and/or treatments;

Perform minor surgical procedures such as suturing lacerations and incising and draining abscesses, including administration of local anesthesia;

Provide health education; assist with proper utilization of community social and health care resources;

Assist in the clinical training of various levels of health care professionals, participate in continuing education;

Participate in research activities; conduct literature reviews, collect and collate research data; assist with the preparation of materials for publication;

Evaluate daily clinic staffing and adjust patient-flow accordingly;

May lead and/or provide direction to support staff such as Clinical Assistants, clinic representatives and L.P.N.'s;

Perform related duties as required;

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - UW Contract Classified
DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS - Classified Non-Union

Licensure as a Certified Registered Nurse (C.R.N.) in the State of Washington or eligible for registration as a Physician's Assistant (PA) in the State of Washington; must be eligible to receive hospital staff appointments for adjunct staff membership by the organized medical staff of the hospital under Medical Staff By-Laws for Hospital-based positions.

New Class: 4/23/84
CSR Class Conversion (mc): 06-01-05