The Registered Nurse (RN) in the Critical Care Unit (CCU) will assume responsibility and accountability for the adult and geriatric patients undergoing continuous monitoring for cardiac, post-surgical, respiratory, and/or psychiatric diagnoses. The CCU RN will often be active participants in bedside procedures with physicians. He/She will be responsible for certain specialty equipment and procedures such as managing arterial lines, ventilators, hypothermia protocol, and performing peritoneal dialysis. As a CCU RN, he/she will be part of the Rapid Response Team and will assist hospital staff in assessing, treating and transferring (if needed) deteriorating patients to the appropriate unit. He/She will provide appropriate care and comfort needs for the well-being of the patients by assessing, administering medications as ordered and educating patients and family members about active treatment plans and goals. The CCU RN will utilize the nursing process in the provision of care and will practice within the scope of the Nurse Practice Act of the State of Arkansas and the policies, procedures, and standards of the Health System. The CCU RN will demonstrate a commitment to teamwork through effective collaboration efforts
- Registered Nurse with current, active license to practice in Arkansas required. Licensed for less than 6 months
- BSN preferred, required within four years of hire
- Certification Preferred
- Proof of high school or equivalent or higher education
- Successful completion of American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers
- Basic keyboarding skills, preferred
Other education and experience may be substituted (if applicable) for the required minimum job qualifications with the approval of the Corporate Director of Human Resources.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED PRIOR TO INDEPENDENCE FROM PRECEPTOR:
Successful completion of American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers
- Computer-Assisted Self-Directed New Employee Orientation
Successful completion of Point of Care Testing Equipment Orientation
- Successful completion of Meditech Information System Orientation
Other qualifications required by the specific job description
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED PRIOR TO COMPLETION OF ORIENTATION:
Successful demonstration of clinical equipment appropriate to department
Successful completion of orientation skills checklist
Attendance at New Employee Orientation classroom program
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED FOR COMPLETEION OF NURSE RESIDENCY:
Satisfactory completion of CRMC Nurse Residency program including attendance and participation in classroom activities and projects.
Successful progression through the six-month mentoring program.