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University of Utah Health Registered Nurse Huntsman Cancer Hospital ICU (HICU) in SALT LAKE CITY, Utah

Overview

As a patient-focused organization, University of Utah Health exists to enhance the health and well-being of people through patient care, research and education. Success in this mission requires a culture of collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. University of Utah Health seeks staff that are committed to the values of compassion, collaboration, innovation, responsibility, diversity, integrity, quality and trust that are integral to our mission. EO/AA

This position is responsible for delivering exceptional nursing care to patients by utilizing strong organizational and leadership skills to assess patient status, implement clinical nursing interventions to modify symptoms, and develop and implement patient care plans to enhance and improve outcomes and ensure a safe and therapeutic environment.

This position may be required to access and administer medications within their scope of practice and according to State Law.

Huntsman Cancer Hospital’s ICU/IMU

Bed Size: 16

Unit Description: Huntsman Cancer Hospital’s ICU/IMU unit provides critical care to patients that have an acute or chronic condition that is primary or secondary to cancer. Medical oncology, hematology, BMT and surgical oncology patients are all admitted to the HICU. As the only Oncology ICU in the Intermountain West, we serve a large variety of patients and conditions including:

  • Hemodynamic instability due to sepsis or hypovolemia

  • Respiratory compromise requiring ventilator support

  • Rejection or significant relapse to cancer therapy

  • Craniotomies

  • Extensive and complex surgeries and high risk patients receiving chemotherapy

We are the cardiac arrest and rapid response team for the Huntsman Cancer Hospital and Clinics where we work with a multidisciplinary team to provide emergency support and continued aftercare to all that receive their care at our facility.

We have received recognition for being in the top 1% for patient satisfaction and exceptional patient services. We have also been recognized quarterly in nursing communication, pain management and exceptional patient experience.

As a department, the Huntsman ICU works as a shared model department and utilize a Clinical Practice Council that consists of nurses, nursing assistants, health unit coordinators and leaders to drive policy and practice changes and development. We encourage staff to attain additional national certifications such as the American Association of Critical Care Nurses CCRN and the Oncology Nurse Certification Corporations OCN. We invite interested staff to develop and participate in quality improvement, evidenced based practice standards, staff development, and other initiatives throughout the critical care and oncology nursing profession.

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Responsibilities

  • Identifies, assesses and diagnoses problems through patient assessment and interactions; and evaluates actual or potential patient health problems.

  • Assesses, plans and implements interventions for solving patient care problems.

  • Formulates care plans for specific patients and documents the nursing process in patient’s record.

  • Evaluates patient response to interventions and modifies plan of care as needed to achieve health care goals.

  • Develops and participates in educating patients, their families, or significant others about post discharge care programs.

  • Initiates patient care meetings with the health care team to revise the plan of care as the patient’s condition warrants.

  • Maintains a safe and therapeutic patient care environment.

  • Provides guidance and direction to members of the health care team to ensure quality patient care.

  • Keeps current on advances in nursing care by participating in educational programs.

  • Orients and educates new staff in nursing techniques and departmental procedures.

  • Provides and oversees direct patient care in accordance with established nursing protocol and physicians’ orders.

  • Utilizes knowledge of medications, procedures, infection control, and safety precaution; and initiates appropriate interventions in crisis situations.

  • Participates in total quality management to positively affect patient and system outcomes to improve care.

Knowledge / Skills / Abilities

  • Demonstrated potential ability to perform the essential functions as outlined above.

  • Ability to provide care to the population served.

  • Demonstrated leadership, human relations, and effective communication skills.

  • Ability to function during regularly scheduled, 12 hour, extended or alternative shifts.

  • Ability to display mental and emotional stamina in situations dealing with death, multiple patients, family members, etc.

  • Demonstrated ability to function calmly and competently in high stress situations.

  • Ability to deal with the hazards involved in assessing and providing care to patients.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of the principles of life span growth and development and the ability to assess data regarding the patient’s status and provide care as described in the department’s policies and procedures manual.

Qualifications

Qualifications Licenses Required

  • Current RQI Healthcare Provider eCredential through the University of Utah Health RQI system. The eCredential is to be obtained within 30 days of hire.

  • Current license to practice as a Registered Nurse in the State of Utah, or obtain one within 90 days of hire under the interstate compact if switching residency to State of Utah. Must maintain current Interstate Compact (multi-state) license if residency is not being changed to Utah.

* Additional license requirements as determined by the hiring department.

Qualifications (Preferred)

Preferred

  • Some positions may require additional certifications such as Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), or Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) within one year of hire.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

Employee must be able to meet the following requirements with or without an accommodation.

  • This position involves intensive work that may exert up to 100 pounds and may consistently require lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling or otherwise moving objects, such as medical equipment, or patients while providing medical care. Workers in this position may be exposed to infectious diseases and may be required to function around prisoners and behavioral health patients.

Physical Requirements

Carrying, Climbing, Color Determination, Crawling, Far Vision, Lifting, Listening, Manual Dexterity, Near Vision, Pulling and/or Pushing, Reaching, Sitting, Speaking, Standing, Stooping and Crouching, Tasting or Smelling, Walking

EEO Statement

The University of Utah Health Care is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. The University of Utah Health Care is committed to diversity in its workforce. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Requisition Number 44756
Reg/Temp Regular
Employment Type Full-Time
Shift Rotating
Work Schedule 36 hrs a week
Location Name Huntsman Cancer Hospital
Patient Care? Yes
City SALT LAKE CITY
State UT
Department HCH IPC 60N HICU
Category Oncology

The University of Utah Health Care is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. The University of Utah Health Care is committed to diversity in its workforce. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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