Jason Perrin, PA-C
During a time of transition at his hospital, the modus operandi of Jason Perrin, PA-C is to adapt to meet the needs of the moment. Whether rushing to the bedside of a patient or the side of a co-worker, he goes above the call of duty to extend additional care and support to everyone on his team.
Perrin, a seven-year veteran of the hospitalist team, provides continuity for incoming medical staff and augments functional needs to ensure operations run smoothly. For instance, Perrin assists nurses and nurse technicians to move or transport patients or may take on extra patients on a floor he may not be covering. He goes out of his way simply because “it’s his job” and he knows greater cooperation among providers improves hospital operations, boosts productivity and yields better patient outcomes.
“I don’t think of it as helping a nurse; I’m just helping a friend out,” he said. “Our hospital is going through an administrative transition, so a lot of staff has shuffled around. With new hires who are new to their professions and our hospital’s protocols, I take time with them to help them acclimate to their roles.”
On a typical day, Perrin can be seen rounding a hospital floor, emergency room or intermediate care unit treating patients with chronic and acute illnesses. He also works in tandem with the hospital’s chief medical officer to help execute organizational priorities and distill new clinical policies to medical staff. Perrin transcends his clinician role at the hospital – admired for his considerate, accommodating manner and his willingness to extend a hand.
“Jason is a caring individual, and it shows in his work,” said Elvira Reynolds, a licensed practical nurse at the hospital. “His excellent bedside manner helps relieve patients of anxiety and makes my nursing job easier. He simply makes others around him better by constantly giving encouraging words or support, and he is called upon by many to get the job done right the first time.”
Perrin earns this reputation because he knows there’s more to professional relationships than giving direction. If he forms friendships with colleagues, he contributes to creating a better work environment.
“Helping nurses helps me,” he said. “I love the nurses. A good nurse makes your shift easy.”
With patients, forming friendships is an even greater priority because strong patient-provider relationships can ultimately determine outcomes.
“If they feel they’re talking to a friend instead of a PA, they are more comfortable revealing information,” he said. “If I’m speaking their language, I can relate to them on a more personal level and open a better line of communication.”
These friendships enrich his work as a PA, a profession which humbles him for placing so much responsibility in his hands. He lauds its professional rewards but knows that high expectations will remain from fellow providers who rely on his expertise and patients who entrust him with their care.