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Licensed Practical Nurse-CTICU (Harrisburg)

Company: UPMC
Location: Harrisburg
Posted on: July 17, 2021

Job Description:

Description

The CTICU is a 19 bed Cardiac unit which primarily cares for cardiac surgery open heart patients immediate post-op, we also care for acutely ill cardiac patients such as MI, Cardiogenic Shock, those needing devices such as Intra-aortic balloon pump, Impella, and ECMO.  We care for acutely ill vascular patients requiring surgery and care for them immediate post-op to include those needing Thoracic drains and EKOS.  We care for stroke patients, post cardiac arrest (to include hypothermia protocol), minimally invasive cardiac procedure patients, and renal disease patients to include those needing CRRT.  We also care for medically ill patients such as septic shock, acute exacerbation of CHF, and other disease processes requiring ICU critical care.  It is a fast-paced environment with little downtime.  The average stay for many of our cardiac and thoracic patients is 24-72 hours.  The medical patients stay longer with an average of 10-18 days depending on severity of illness and if there are beds available on N10 or M10 where most medical patients from our unit are transferred.  All cardiac, thoracic, and vascular patients are usually transferred to M6 or discharged to home from the unit.  

This position is eligible for a generous sign-on bonus! Whether you’re a recent Graduate Nurse looking to launch your nursing career, or a seasoned LPN seeking a change, now is your moment to find your place at UPMC!

Sign-On Bonus Details (Full Time or Flex Full Time status)

  • $15,000 sign-on bonus available for nurses with over two years of experience
  • $10,000 sign-on bonus available for Graduate Nurses and nurses with less than two years of experience

 

 

Purpose:
Under direction of a registered nurse, provide routine patient care.

Responsibilities:

 

  • Assure equipment malfunctions are reported to the appropriate department. Establish appropriate and effective communication strategies. Establish professional and respectful interpersonal relationships. Participate in health care conferences. Contribute to the universal unit activities including, but not limited to, responding to call lights and telephones, passing meal trays and transporting patients.
  • Assist the RN and interdisciplinary team in evaluating, planning, and implementing plans of care. Provide appropriate, direct patient care. Give injections, take vital signs, perform basic diagnostic tests, observe patients, dress wounds and administer medication. Comply with established medication use policies. Observe and record patient's symptoms, condition, and/or reactions to medications and treatments and report results to the RN in charge. Communicate effectively with patients and families about hospital stay and home care concerns. Instruct and demonstrate care. Discuss any patient or family concerns with RN in charge so that issue can be appropriately addressed. Perform assigned work in a timely and productive manner. Strictly adhere to all policies and practices relative to patient care and hospital-related information. Comply with safety policies and procedures including standard precautions.
  • Maintain current CPR certification at Health Care Provider level. Constructively receive feedback and direction. Identify and communicate learning needs to the unit director. Take action to improve knowledge, skills and performance based on feedback or on self-identified developmental needs. Serve as a resource for staff and other disciplines. Serve as a preceptor for new staff members. Request assistance and reviews relevant policies and procedures prior to performing new or challenging skills. Request assistance to help in planning and prioritizing activities as needed. Participate in self-review as requested by unit director. Participate in project and committee work.
  • Suggest and support changes within the department. Assume responsibility for assignment and view problems as challenges. Demonstrate awareness of behavior on the efficient functioning of the department.

 

Qualifications

Completion of a Practical Nursing Program approved by the State Board of Nursing. Excellent communication skills necessary to effectively interact with patients, family members, visitors and staff members. Basic computer skills necessary to input patient care orders and medical record documentation.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
Assure equipment malfunctions are reported to the appropriate department. Establish appropriate and effective communication strategies. Establish professional and respectful interpersonal relationships. Participate in health care conferences. Contribute to the universal unit activities including, but not limited to, responding to call lights and telephones, passing meal trays and transporting patients.

Clearances must be dated within 90 days.
 

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) OR Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
  • Act 33 with renewal
  • Act 34 with renewal
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance with renewal

  • UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

Keywords: UPMC, Harrisburg , Licensed Practical Nurse-CTICU (Harrisburg), Other , Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

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