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Acupuncturist
Job Code:2022-04-027
Department:Procedural Suite
FT/PT Status:Regular Full Time
Salary Minimum60,190
Salary Midpoint75,238
  
Position Closes:

Job Responsibilities & Qualifications:

Primary Function

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Provides Acupuncture care/services to adolescent, adult and geriatric patients.  Services appropriate may be for but not limited to muscular, skeletal, respiratory, gastrointestinal, and circulatory systems.  Provider will be in calibration with the patients’ primary care provider in regards to referrals and treatment.     

Job Description

  • Meet with patients to obtain information about their complaints, symptoms, medical history, diet, lifestyle, and psychological health.
  • Making a diagnosis and devising a personalized treatment plan;
  • Explain the diagnosis and treatment to the patient and responding to their questions and concerns;
  • Take detailed case history, which typically involves questioning patients about their condition, all aspects of their physical and emotional health and history, lifestyle and diet as well as sometimes taking their blood pressure;
  • Take a pulse and examining the tongue to aid diagnosis;
  • Evaluate treatment outcomes and maintain patient records
  • Treating by inserting fine needles into the skin at particular locations to stimulate the energy flow along meridians (energy channels) and the body's own healing response;
  • Comply with quality, safety, and infection-prevention protocols, as well as laws and regulations

 

Education/Experience

  • Must be a licensed acupuncturist in North Carolina and have passed the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine exam.
  • Must have completed a three or four year acupuncture program from a certified educational institution.

     

  • ACLS, BLS and PALS certifications required
  • Must possess valid NC drivers' license
  • Specific experience working with Native Americans preferred

 

Job Knowledge

  • Professional knowledge of a wide range of concepts, principles, and practices in the field of Acupuncture.
  • Skills in working with groups for example guiding families in the development of general problem solving ability regarding health problems, assisting with training health workers, and health counseling.
  • Able to multitask, prioritize, and manage time efficiently.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Great interpersonal relations, communications, and demeanor.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to explain medical conditions to a non-medical audience.
  • Strong observation skills to accurately evaluate patients’ demeanor and identify symptoms.
  • Knowledge of the culture and medical health profile of the patient population.
  • Development and implementation of the care program and evaluation of the results.
  • Ability to collect, organize, record and communicate in a concise method, data pertinent or primary health assessments including detailed family and medical history, physical examinations.
  • Skills in making appropriate diagnoses, choosing, initiating and modifying current therapies.
  • Ability to provide emergency treatment as appropriate such as management of chronic pain.
  • A great bedside manner and the ability to remain calm, empathetic and patient while interacting with patients who suffer from severe disorders.
  • Ongoing continuing medical education (CME) activities as required to maintain credentials and to stay current in Psychiatry.
  • Proficient computer skills.
  • Will be proficient within 6 months.

 

 

Complexity of Duties

  • Empathy: Acupuncturists use empathy to identify with the problems of their clients. In return, clients will be more apt to reveal pertinent information that can aid in their treatment because of the bond formed with the acupuncturist.
  • Good eye-hand coordination: Acupuncturists need good eye-hand coordination to execute acupuncture needling techniques effectively. Only individuals with good eye-hand coordination can expect t be successful at acupuncture.
  • Social perceptiveness: Acupuncturists use their social perceptiveness to become aware of reactions in others and to understand why they react as they do.
  • Service oriented: Acupuncturists should be service oriented and supportive. They should receive personal satisfaction from actively seeking ways to help people.
  • Good judgment: Acupuncturists should be able to exercise good judgment in making decisions about a patient’s treatment, especially in regards to costs and benefits.
  • Critical thinking: Acupuncturists use reasoning and logic to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of alternative approaches to a client’s problems.
  • The work requires continued efforts to establish programs and to resolve chronic medical problems among the population served.
  • The work may require originating new techniques and concepts.

 

Supervision Received

  • The Acupuncturist receives supervision for the Director of Nursing for Primary Care and /or the Nurse Leads in Primary Care as well as the Executive Clinical Director
  • Position must demonstrate considerable initiative and ability to work independently within applicable licensing regulations where latitude for creative thinking, initiative and discretion are given to achieve department goals and objectives.
  • Position must communicate effectively with supervisor to ensure alignment with organizational goals, mission, vision and values.

 

Contact with Others

Contacts are with patients, families, hospital personnel, and community agencies.  Contacts with patients, families, and hospital personnel are to exchange, provide, and obtain information concerning the patient’s physical and psychosocial health care problems, and needs.  Contacts with other health care or related disciplines within the hospital are for the purpose of collaboration and consultation. Tact, courtesy, and professional conduct are required to maintain positive working relationships. Utmost sensitivity and confidentiality is required when dealing with patients and families.

 

Confidential Data

The incumbent has access to highly confidential patient medical and personal information.  The Privacy Act of 1974 mandates that the incumbent shall maintain complete confidentiality of all administrative, medical, and all other pertinent information that comes to his/her attention or knowledge.  The Act carries both civil and criminal penalties for unlawful disclosure of records. Violations of such confidentiality shall be cause for adverse action.

 

Mental/Visual/Physical

Job duties can be mentally/emotionally stressful at times. Close mental concentration and attention to detail are required. Physical activities require the ability to walk, sit, reach, bend, and lift while assisting patients to walk, transfer, or turn. Some physical exertion and stamina is required. Must have visual acuity, manual dexterity, and the ability to speak and hear. Must be able to lift 30 lbs.

 

 

 

 

Environment

The employee works primarily in a hospital, inpatient or outpatient clinical environment but may be required to work at other offices and locations. The work environment involves moderate risks of exposure to infectious disease, radiation, electrical hazards, and irritant chemical and explosive gases. Employee must strictly adhere to OSHA guidelines and protocol for maintaining sterile conditions.

 

 

Customer Service

Consistently demonstrates superior customer service skills to patients/customers by demonstrating characteristics that align with CIHA’s guiding principles and core values. Ensure excellent customer service is provided to all patients/customers by seeking out opportunities to be of service.