Graduate Nurse (GN) Emergency Center Internship
UMC Health System - Lubbock, TX

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The Emergency Center internship gives the nurse a unique opportunity to experience a variety of patient care situations including trauma, cardiac, stroke, pediatric, and burn care. While in the Emergency Center internship, you will orient to all 5 areas of the Emergency center.

General Medical: Offers a comprehensive experience caring for all types of patients. You will care for patients that are stable to emergently needing care. This will be the area that you will learn your basic skills and assessment techniques for emergency care.

Minor Care: Offers the opportunity to explore patients that are very stable and only need one to two diagnostics to come to a diagnosis. This is a very fast paced area and will really offer you a chance to do focused assessments rather than extensive assessments. You will become very proficient in learning how to focus on the true problem the patient has.

Triage: Triage training will offer you the best view of how the emergency center flows. As a triage nurse you are the decision maker for each patient that is waiting to be seen. You are instructed on the ESI 5 tier index triage system and will begin using this in making decisions on how sick a patient may be and if it is safe for them to wait or not. This again is the most important part of your orientation, because if will carry over into your patient care as a primary nurse to all patient’s in the Emergency Center.

Critical Care: This zone of the Emergency Center offers the opportunity to explore a wide array of pathophysiology. The patient population includes patients with multi-system organ failure, respiratory failure, diabetic emergencies, drug overdoses, autoimmune crisis, and many other critically ill patients.

Trauma Care: Offers a variety of opportunities for advanced patient care in the region’s only Level I Trauma Center. You will care for patients immediately after a traumatic event and will assist the surgery team, orthopaedics, neurosurgery team and burn team deciding the further plan of care for that patient. The Burn Center is the region’s only verified burn center. You will care for burns and other soft tissue injuries such as toxic epidermal necrolysis, necrotizing soft tissue infections, and snakebites.

ORIENTATION •UMC General Hospital Orientation •UMC General Nursing Orientation •Electronic Documentation training. Individualized Unit Specific Orientation •Unit specific orientation is in addition to UMC’s General Hospital Orientation and General Nursing Orientation •Orientation consists of observation, classroom, and clinical hours in 5 different areas of the Emergency Center. •Emergency Center Internship classes are taught once a week for four hours; each week for eleven weeks. •During clinical orientation you will be paired with 2 experienced nurse preceptors. The preceptors are chosen to best fit your personality and learning style. You will orient 6 weeks on days shift and 6 weeks on night shift. •Each preceptor participates in an interview process with the Clinical Educator and Leadership Team in the Emergency Center. •Total orientation time is 12 weeks. Once you graduate from the internship you will enter a 2 week ghost phase that allows the clinical educator to follow you while you are caring for patients to ensure that you are capable of taking the appropriate patient load. •Clinical orientation will be conducted on days and nights; this is beneficial for the intern to see the difference in patient flow in the Emergency Center. •Professional growth and development opportunities are available and encouraged including: committee participation, educational, and leadership advancement. Committees are available at unit level as well as hospital wide. •Other opportunities include: mentoring and a mix of core and flexible scheduling to optimize staffing and balance for our employees.

Qualifications •Graduation from an accredited School of Nursing •Valid Texas Graduate Nurse Permit required. •Current CPR certification from American Heart Association. •Customer service abilities including effective listening skills. •Critical thinking skills, decisive judgment and the ability to work in a fast paced environment. •Ability to perform work that requires walking, sitting and standing most of the time while on duty. Occasional lifting or patients with assistance is required. •Must not be enrolled in collegiate courses while in the internship. This will not allow for adequate training and will not be able to facilitate a beneficial learning environment. Scheduling is very important and time is valuable while on orientation.

Benefits •Full-time benefit package inclusive of health and dental coverage •Competitive compensation based on education and experience •Relocation assistance package if relocating > 75 miles / To reside in Lubbock, Texas •Educational Reimbursement for BSN / MSN •Eligible for overtime pay after 40 hours per week •Eligible for yearly annual increase •Eligible for Career Ladder after 12 months •Uniform Payroll deduction •Certification Exam reimbursement •Long Term Disability/Group Life Insurance/Group Dependent Life Insurance •Vision Insurance •Tax Sheltered Annuity Program •Supplemental Insurance Programs •Healthcare and Dependent care spending accounts •PTO and Extended Illness

UMC Health System is the leader in comprehensive healthcare delivery in West Texas and Eastern New Mexico. More than 300,000 patients a year have come to expect our dedication to service and the top-tier care we provide. UMC Health System employs almost 3,000 people. The system has been honoured among the Best Places to Work in Texas. We pride ourselves with having one of the highest employee satisfaction rates in the nation. Through UMC’s partnership with Texas Tech University, the health system produces ground-breaking research and innovative technology, including a number of nationally recognized clinical trials in breast and prostate cancers. Patients of the Southwest Cancer Treatment and Research Center are treated with the most modern medical systems available. Since opening in 1978, UMC has been the first to offer lifesaving services to the region.

  • UMC's Children's Hospital was the first to have neonatal and pediatric intensive care units. •UMC maintains the region’s only Level I Trauma Center. •UMC's Timothy J. Harnar Regional Burn Center is the burn center between Dallas and Phoenix.
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