Registered Nurse (RN) - CVICU
The Adult Critical Care Unit at Tucson Medical Center is a 28 bed unit that was recognized with a gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. The Beacon Award for Excellence — a significant milestone on the path to exceptional patient care and healthy work environments — recognizes unit caregivers who successfully improve patient outcomes and align practices with AACN’s six Healthy Work Environment Standards. The gold-level Beacon Award for Excellence signifies excellent and sustained unit performance and patient outcomes. TMC’s Adult Critical Care Unit earned a gold award by meeting the following evidence-based Beacon Award for Excellence criteria:
- Leadership Structures and Systems
- Appropriate Staffing and Staff Engagement
- Effective Communication, Knowledge Management, Learning and Development
- Evidence-Based Practice and Processes
- Outcome Measurement
This unit includes three areas:
This is a 16 bed unit providing care for critically ill patients with a variety of neuro, surgical (general, neuro and vascular) and other medical problems. TMC is a comprehensive stroke center so unit focuses on neurological and neuro-surgical disorders utilizing certified neuro nurses. This unit also includes patients that are post code requiring target temperature management, CRRT, Ventriculostomies and EKOS. Staff utilizes a supportive and collaborative approach to interactions with the patients and their families. All staff are CPR and ACLS certified. Other cerifications include FCCS, CCRN and CNRN.
This is a 12 bed Cardiac Intensive Critical Care. TMC has the busiest heart program in southern Arizona that recovers generally 2-4 open hearts five days per week (CABG, AVR, MVR, TVR, TAVR). Our patient population consists of open hearts, TAVR’s, thoracotomies, MI's, IABP, Impella, CRRT, swans, sepsis, post codes, unstable heart blocks, unstable cardiac patients, post pacemakers, post lead extractions, heart failure, patients requiring vasopressors, intubated patients, vascular surgeries and EKOS. All staff is CPR and ACLS certified. Other certifications include FCCS, CCRN, CSC and CMC.
This unit is an 8 bed overflow.
Coordinates patient care planning with other disciplines utilizing the principles of the nursing process and critical thinking skills in order to maintain patient safety and well-being.
Provides direct patient care, evaluates outcomes, consults with other specialists as required and adjusts nursing care processes as indicated to ensure safe patient care.
Writes or obtains initial nursing histories, assesses patients' conditions and develops individual care plans; maintains patient documentation.
Receives and reviews preceding shift reports and floor nurse reports; makes complete rounds of all units, and notes patients' condition.
Notifies appropriate physician regarding any unusual or unexpected events or problems requiring direct physician consultation.
Works with other members of the interdisciplinary patient care team, implements and reinforces patient instructional needs with patient and family offering informational material and pointing out special areas of concern.
Evaluates outcomes of patient care, consults with other specialists as needed and adjusts nursing care processes as necessary to ensure optimal patient care.
Identifies and resolves workplace health and safety issues.
Provides appropriate, direct patient care utilizing appropriate aseptic techniques.
May manage IV lines, ensure that sterile techniques are adhered to, and oversee patient movement and positioning to ensure that the patient is handled in a medically safe manner.
May perform the administration of pharmacological vasodilator medications for the purpose of nuclear myocardial perfusion imaging; complies with examination competency as defined in the Imaging Services Practice Standards.
Complies with policies, procedures, regulations, and standards and takes corrective action when violations occur.
Orients, instructs, and educates assigned personnel.
Adheres to and supports team members in exhibiting TMCH values of integrity, community, compassion, and dedication.
Adheres to TMC organizational and department-specific safety, confidentiality, values, policies and standards.
Performs related duties as assigned.
EDUCATION: Graduation from a qualified, nationally-accredited nursing program.
EXPERIENCE: One year of nursing experience in an acute care setting preferred.
LICENSURE OR CERTIFICATION: Current RN licensure permitting work in the State of Arizona and Basic Life Support (BLS) certification required. Some departments such as OR, Ambulatory Surgery, Pediatrics/PICU, PACU, and GI Lab will require advanced life support certification (ACLS and PALS).