The Neuro ICU at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center (PPMC), a Level I Trauma Center, is looking for a Per Diem Clinical Nurse to join their team for a variable shift. This 12-bed Neuro ICU was specifically designed to maximize patient safety and comfort and in 2015 won an award for its architecture by the Society of Critical Care Medicine. The staff of the Neuro Intensive Care Unit primarily cares for critically ill patients with broad range of disease processes. The Neuro Intensive Care Unit patient population includes trauma patients, neuro-medical, and neurosurgical patients.
The Clinical Nurse II is an RN that practices as a full partner on the health care team and consistently demonstrates safe practice within the organizational professional practice model.
The Clinical Nurse II possesses the knowledge, skills and the attitude to effectively meet standards for competent professional nursing practice. The Clinical Nurse II exhibits UPHS organizational behavioral competencies which reflect its mission and are embedded in the professional practice competency domains. The Clinical Nurse II independently provides patient care through the application of the nursing process and accepts accountability for the nursing care of assigned patients ranging in age from infancy to the elderly. Additional competencies include Continuous Quality Improvement, Evidence Based Practice and Research, Leadership, Person and Family Centered Care, Professionalism, Safety, Technology/Informatics, and Teamwork.
The Clinical Nurse II works closely with the interprofessional health care team to facilitate the coordination of care across the continuum. The nurse focuses on expanding the knowledge and skills necessary to provide individualized care based on physical, psychosocial, cultural, educational, safety, and age appropriate considerations of patients.
The Clinical Nurse II will seek feedback in assuming leadership roles and provides feedback for improved clinical practice, demonstrates how nursing practice impacts the organizational vision, mission, and goals and the care delivery system, and will comply with all regulations and standards of regulatory and accrediting bodies.
• Must have Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) from an accredited school of nursing, at time of hire.
• Must have more than 15 months relevant professional nursing experience and completion of the Nurse Residency Program, if applicable, at time of hire.
• Must possess active Pennsylvania RN License, at time of hire.
• Must possess active BLS/CPR, as a healthcare provider as per the American Heart Association at time of hire.
Neurocritical Care is a field of medicine that deals with patients who have had or who are at risk for severe, acute nervous system injury. Penn Medicine is home to one of the best neurocritical care programs in the country. Our neurocritical care program is internationally recognized for its excellence in clinical care, research, and education.
Our Mission: "The Penn Neurocritical Care Program aims to serve patients with severe acute injury to the nervous system through provision of exceptional, compassionate, cutting-edge care, to make important discoveries through innovative research that lessen the burden of suffering from nervous system injury, and to train the next generation of international leaders in Neurocritical Care."
Admission criteria are established and include, but are not limited to, patients who present with the following:
• Traumatic brain injuries
• Traumatic and non-traumatic spinal cord injuries
• Brain tumors
• Multisystem trauma
• Ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke
• Seizures/Status epilepticus
• Neuromuscular disorders (e.g. myasthenia crisis, Guillain-Barre syndrome)
• Central nervous system infections (meningitis, encephalitis)
• Immune encephalitis
• Acute hydrocephalus
• Neurological complications of systemic illness (e.g. hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy from cardiac arrest)
• Post-operative state from Neurosurgical procedure
Registered nurse staff completes a comprehensive precepted orientation including basic critical care competencies. Staff new to critical care completes a critical care course followed by appropriate test and direct observation during the preceptor period. ACLS, credentialing for conscious sedation and annual competencies are maintained. New skills are covered with in-services with appropriate demonstration of understanding and performance of technical skills.
Staff needs are identified based by assessment and evaluation by nurse manager, clinical educators, clinical nurse specialist, feedback from the staff, and direct observation by members of the team, or needs that arise based on the introduction of new equipment or therapeutic intervention. Critical Care Rounds, Trauma Grand Rounds, Nursing Grand Rounds, and Nursing Continuing Education Series are offered monthly. A continuing education fund is available for staff.
We are an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. Candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, familial status, genetic information, domestic or sexual violence victim status, citizenship status, military status, status as a protected veteran or any other status protected by applicable law.