University of Colorado School of Medicine

University of Colorado School of Medicine

  • Denver, CO

  • $98,862 per year

  • Permanent

  • Full-time

Instructor – NP/PA/CNS

Acute Pain Service

School of Medicine – Department of Anesthesiology

  • Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at *

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Exemptions vary by campus location/department.

Campus/Unit-Specific Exemptions:

  • Anschutz Campus – Exemptions are allowed for medical or religious reasons.
  • Denver Campus – Exemptions are allowed for medical, religious, or personal reasons.
  • Consolidated/Central Services Administration – Will follow Anschutz policy on exemptions.

The University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.

The University of Colorado Department of Anesthesiology invites applications for a full-time faculty position as Instructor (Nurse Practitioner, Physician’s Assistant, or Clinical Nurse Specialist) for the UCH Acute Pain Service (APS). This position will in collaboration with the UCH APS multidisciplinary team (Physician, Advanced Practice Provider, PharmD) to provide clinical care to inpatients referred to the APS. This care will include assessment and management of post-surgical pain involving epidural, nerve block, IV PCA, ketamine infusion, lidocaine infusion and consultations on acute and chronic pain. This position currently works 100% night shifts.

Duties of the APS Instructor include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide comprehensive assessment and management of pain for hospitalized patients
  • Provide pain-related nursing and resident physician education
  • Assist with monthly anesthesia resident orientation and onboarding process
  • Participate in pain-related research and evaluation
  • Promote an environment of mutual respect among the interdisciplinary team, referring services, patients, and families
  • Practice holistically, considering patients’ physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual needs
  • In collaboration with the Acute Pain Service physicians, obtain a comprehensive health history, perform a physical examination, and establish a diagnosis and patient treatment plan
  • In collaboration with the interdisciplinary team, evaluate and manage a follow-up plan based on the patient’s response
  • Document in the medical record the health appraisal data, history, physical findings, diagnoses, treatments, and progress of patient
  • In collaboration with the interdisciplinary Acute Pain Service, initiate requests for consultation to other healthcare providers
  • Collaborate with the interdisciplinary team to maintain good communication among families, primary care providers, and other referral services
  • Collaborate with the interdisciplinary team in developing and implementing pain-related policies and procedures, order sets, and clinical documentation templates
  • Participate in quality improvement projects, including initiation and assisting with problem identification and data collection
  • Independently seek opportunities to expand own clinical knowledge and skills and achieve professional development goals
  • Participate in professional affiliations and networks with professional colleagues
  • Participate in department/division/hospital committees as needed/requested

Salary and Benefits:

The salary range (or hiring range) has been established at $98,862 – $133,784

The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.

The above salary range (or hiring range) represents the University’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.

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Diversity and Equity:

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The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master of Science in Nursing or Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from an accredited program and national board certification as a Nurse Practitioner or a Clinical Nurse Specialist.


  • Graduate of an accredited Physician Assistant program with national board certification as a Physician Assistant.
  • Currently hold, or ability to obtain, unrestricted NP, CNS, or PA licensure in the State of Colorado
  • Ability to be fully credentialed within the University of Colorado Hospital as an Advanced Practice Provider in the area pain management
  • Eligible to obtain or already hold prescriptive authority in the State of Colorado
  • Willing and able to work nights

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 2 years of acute pain management-related experience
  • Minimum of 5 years of hospital inpatient acute care-related experience

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work with an interdisciplinary team
  • Excellent problem solving and conflict mediation skills

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