Neonatology - Advanced Practice Provider
Advanced Practice Provider | Medical College - Main Campus | Pediatrics

The Department of Pediatrics at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL is seeking an experienced Thoracic Surgery Practitioner or Physician Assistant to join its Division of Neonatology. The Renée Schine Crown Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is a Level 3, 72 bed (single roomed), state-of-the-art unit. We care for critically ill infants who are born at Rush and/or transferred in from network hospitals. Our patient mix ranges from extremely preterm infants to those with complex surgical needs.

Our center has had consistent excellent outcomes in several major neonatal morbidities in very low birth weight infants within the Vermont Oxford Network. The Division partners with Obstetrics and Pediatric subspecialists to provide prenatal care and consultation through our multidisciplinary Fetal-Neonatal Center. Our productive NICU Human Milk research team at Rush conducts clinical and translational research in diverse areas: clinical, neurodevelopmental and economic outcomes associated with mother’s own milk and donor milk, disparities in lactation, maternal, infant and milk microbiome, human milk science, and lactation physiology.

The expectation for this role would be to care for a complex set of patients and work collaboratively with neonatologists, neonatal fellows, pediatric residents and fellow neonatal nurse practitioners. Responsibilities would include delivery room attendance and management, direct patient care and neonatal procedures. The schedule for this position is rotating and is handled through self-scheduling within guidelines. The schedule includes 10 hour day shifts, 16 hour overnight shifts from 4pm – 8am, and 24-hour shifts (24 hour shifts are not required). 

*Physician Assistant or APRN candidates for this position must be acute care certified 

Position Responsibilities:


  • Completes and documents an accurate history and physical examination of patients.
  • Conducts comprehensive or episodic health assessments and develops patient care plans.
  • Orders and interprets tests, treatments, and therapies within the scope of practice.
  • Prescribes medications, including controlled substances, to the extent delegated including non-pharmacologic treatment modalities.
  • Orders, interprets, and performs laboratory and other diagnostic tests and procedures.
  • Provides clear, concise, and accurate information in the electronic medical record.
  • Initiates and performs consultations in accordance with Rush rules and regulations.
  • Makes appropriate referrals to other healthcare professionals and/or agencies.
  • Provides direct patient care in assigned areas.


  • Works collaboratively with collaborating physician, department, and other members of the healthcare team in an effective and comprehensive manner.
  • Acts as an advocate for patients, families, coworkers, and the physician assistant profession.
  • Integrates evidence-based knowledge and clinical expertise in decision-making.
  • Maintains board certification, state licensure, and continuing medical education as outlined by hospital, state, and federal policy.


  • Supports the organization’s overall strategic plan and direction.
  • Serves as a leader of the healthcare team to provide integrated delivery of patient care services.
  • Actively participates in ongoing and systematic quality improvement efforts.
  • Demonstrates accountability for own professional practice and improvement.
  • Develops and leads implementation of department goals by collaborating with department staff, students, and physicians.
  • Serves as a role model and thought leader.
  • Manages resources effectively.
  • Demonstrates understanding of patient documentation, compliance, and billing best practices.


  • Provides relevant and comprehensive patient education to patients, families, and significant others.
  • Fosters growth and development of students and other healthcare professionals.
  • Continuously assess personal capabilities and limitations, striving to improve medical practice.
  • Uses knowledge and expertise to contribute to an improved community.

Position Qualifications Include:

  • NNP applicants must have current State of Illinois Registered Nurse (RN) and Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) licensure, Master’s or Doctorate degree in Nursing, and current Neonatal Nurse Practitioner certification from a national certifying organization required.
  • PA applicants must have current State of Illinois Physician Assistant Licensure, current certification from National Certification Commission for Physician Assistants, degree from an ARC-PA (or predecessor) accredited PA program, and must have previous neonatal clinical experience.
  • BLS and NRP certifications required.
  • Demonstrates competency in all areas of practice including medical knowledge, interpersonal and communication skills, patient care, professionalism, practice-based learning and improvement, and systems-based practice.
  • Skilled in preparing and maintaining electronic and paper medical records.
  • Knowledge of emerging trends in technologies, techniques, issues, and approaches in area of expertise.
  • Strong work ethic, interpersonal, and communication skills.
  • Ability to work autonomously and collaboratively with collaborating physician, department, and other members of the healthcare team in an effective and comprehensive manner. 

Rush University Medical Center is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or Protected Veteran status.

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