Frequently Asked Questions
For Mid-level Practitioners, Surgical First Assistants & Physicians
Q. What types of clinical practitioners work for your company?
A. We employ a range of practitioners to work in a hospital’s perioperative care continuum. On the floor, our practitioners are Nurse Practitioners (NP), Physician Assistants (PA) and Physicians (MD and DO’s). In the operating room, our practitioners are NPs, PAs, Registered Nurse First Assistants (RNFA) and Certified Surgical Assistants (CSA)
Q. What exactly is your definition of the “Perioperative Continuum?”
A. Our services cross the Perioperative Continuum from admission to discharge, in harmony with surgeons and key hospital resources and help provide some of the “glue” to ensure a team approach to each surgical patient. Read more about AP’s approach and see our Perioperative Continuum diagrams.
Q. Would we be working in all perioperative areas?
A. Not necessarily. It depends on the hospital’s Perioperative needs and your expertise and certifications. An SFA would be working exclusively in the OR. PAs and NPs would perform First Assistant (intra-operative) OR duties and/ or also perform pre-operative and post-operative tasks. AP Physicians supervise the midlevels in the pre and post operative areas.
Q. Do you cross train your staff for to work in the OR, PACU and on the Floors?
A. Yes, we do cross train our Mid-Level staff. Our NPs and PAs are cross-trained to perform multiple functions, in and out of the operating room. However, some NPs and PAs may just work in the OR or just on the floor.
Q. What surgical specialties does your company cover?
A. All specialties that need our service.
Q. Would we be required to work in multiple surgical specialties?
A. Yes, most of the time AP practitioners cover multiple surgical types. However a large part of our service depends on the case mix, volume of patients and exactly what the hospital needs. For example, if orthopedics is a large service or is becoming the new emphasis, we might devote a large part of our practitioner staff to that service line. We will evaluate your skill sets and best apply them to the needs of our hospitals and surgeons.
Q. Why work with Advancing Practitioners and not a provider, directly?
A. You will have a lot more control and growth opportunities within our organization. AP understands Mid-Level Practitioners and Physicians because our two founders are a PA and a MD. You will be a partner in a cutting edge team-based healthcare company which, we believe, will proliferate rapidly throughout the U.S. healthcare system. You will have a great salary/benefits package and opportunities to advance in your particular profession. Unlike most practitioners working for other organizations, you will be an owner! Read more about the many other advantages of joining AP Practitioners.
Q. What happens to me if my hospital contracts with AP and I am one of the hospital’s Surgical First Assistant staff?
A. After we sign an agreement with your organization, you would become an AP employee and an owner in our company. As an AP partner, besides competitive pay and benefits, you would realize a number of other advantages by joining our company, including owning an equity stake that vests over time. We focus on your expertise and you will be working with a nationwide group of peers with similar interests. Read more about the many other advantages of joining AP Practitioners.
Q. Would Advancing Practitioners run the whole OR?
A. No, we play important roles but do not take the place of many of the key perioperative components. For example, we would not provide the surgeon or OR director. Our role is to work with them to do our part to enhance the efficiency throughout the perioperative continuum. There are a lot of people and processes directly related to the OR. Patient care starts before the patient arrives and continues after they leave the hospital. During this continuum, AP acts as the hospital’s advocate in helping to coordinate the disparate components. AP’s services increase the efficiency and effectiveness of care provided to surgical patients.
Q. Are you a surgical staffing firm or a specialized Surgical First Assistant staffing firm?
A. Not exactly. Typically, yes, we provide key perioperative staffing components which include SFAs. We employ and make owners providers who have a vast array of skill sets in the perioperative space. We employ NPs, PAs, RNFAs, and CSAs depending on a hospital’s case mix, volume of patients and surgeon needs. We, also, provide NPs and PAs who coordinate with our team leader in ensuring continuity of care before and after surgery. Along with these services, we offer Information Technology, Supply Chain Innovation and Perioperative Process Improvement services to further enhance the cost effectiveness and efficiency of a hospital’s overall perioperative service.
Q. Is AP a type of “traveling” staffing firm?
A. No. We seek to develop a stable staff of AP practitioners for one facility or across a hospital system.
Q. What kind of training do you provide? Is it part of your benefits package?
A. Depending on your needs, interests and how you would like to advance in our company, we offer a number of training opportunities that we fund for you. For example, for SFAs and NPs and PAs we will provide access to specialized training in such areas as as robotics, suturing, and graft preparation. We want to make sure you have all the skills needed to provide a first class service to our surgeons and hospitals.
Q. What roles do AP Physicians play in the Perioperative Continuum?
A. Our Physicians are credentialed and Board Certified typically in Internal Medicine or Family Practice and have experience working in hospitals. Their primary roles are to supervise AP Mid-Level Practitioners that are providing care outside the OR to surgical patients. Our physicians provide patient care alongside our Mid-Level Practitioners as needed. Plus, they are the primary interface as issues arise with hospital managers, surgeons or other physicians.
Q. Is AP a hospitalist company?
A. No, AP provides medical co-management for surgical inpatients. As medical consultants our physicians provide supervision of AP Mid-Levels and direct care for surgical patients outside of the OR during their hospital stay. Read more about our AP Physicians. AP can be complementary to a current hospitalist program with regard to surgical patients. AP provides a more focused and specialized level of service in the perioperative continuum.
Q. Do you accept entry level practitioners of any type(s)?
A. Not usually, we are typically looking for practitioners (in all categories with at least 2-5 years of experience. Read more about responsibilities and minimum requirements for Mid-Level Practitioners, Surgical First Assistants and Medical Doctors.