Registered Nurses in Tower 100 ICU of the Trauma Acute Care Surgical Center at UK Chandler Hospital provide care primarily for adult patients with trauma or acute care surgical conditions. Patient conditions include injuries resulting from blunt and penetrating trauma, solid organ transplant, and vascular and non-elective orthopaedic surgeries. The Trauma Acute Care Surgical Center is comprised of three units: ICU, Progressive Care, and Acute Care. The average length of stay for most patients is 5 days.
The Trauma Acute Care Surgical Center consists of two towers with ICU, progressive, acute, and telemetry rooms in each tower. All rooms are private and allow two visitors in each room until 9pm and one overnight visitor. A social worker and service coordinator are on-site to provide referrals and consultations for patients and their family members.
The primary responsibilities for this position consist of providing total, continuous, and patient centered care in a collaborative work environment. The environment supports collaborative efforts among the nursing staff and the- team of physicians to increase communication and enhance expected patient outcomes. This includes utilization of the nursing process in conjunction with a comprehensive patient-centered plan of care, ensuring patient satisfaction, delegating duties to unlicensed personnel, and adhering to University policies and procedures as well as federal, state and local regulations.
The University of Kentucky recognizes the sanctity of the relationship between the health care professional and the patient. Therefore, all UK HealthCare employees commit to providing excellent service and promoting a positive image while adhering to UK HealthCare Behavioral Expectations and Standards which include being: customer centered, service focused, quality driven, resource wise, and growth oriented.
In addition, the essential functions for this position include the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull 50-100 pounds occasionally and 25-50 pounds frequently; as well as stand, walk and sit for long periods of time. The conditions of work may involve exposure to communicable diseases, hazards of radiation, and injury from intractable patients or sharp instruments.
Skills / Knowledge / Abilities
The ideal candidate will be assertive, inquisitive, passionate, flexible and enjoy serving as an advocate for the patient and their family members. It is also necessary to communicate in a professional and respectful manner and educate family members through teaching and demonstration as well as help family members navigate health care resources, which is essential to delivering collaborative care to our patients. Knowledge of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs and Gordon's Functional Patterns, along with Roy's Adaptation model is a must in clinical practice at UK Healthcare. In addition, must have strong technical skills, the ability to quickly assimilate new skills into practice and a proven ability to work in a team as well as independently. Candidate will also need strong organizational, prioritization, and delegation skills along with basic computer navigation skills and working knowledge of the internet.
Preferred Education / Experience
Prefer a Bachelor's degree in nursing and at least one year of RN experience in a critical care unit. New graduates will also be considered.
Deadline to Apply
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