The University of Kansas Hospital
Kansas City, KS, USA
We currently have openings for Nursing Associates to work on the following units on a PRN basis (two shift per month requirement). Please see more information regarding each unit below. This posting is for Nursing Associates for the following units: Unit 15 Med Tele/Adult Cystic Fibrosis Unit 43 Orthopedics Unit 45 Med Telemetry Unit 46 Med PCU Unit 51 Trauma, General Surgery and Plastics Unit 62 Med PCU Unit 64 Renal and Organ Transplant Unit 66 Med PCU/Pulmonary Hypertension Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Float Pool Unit 15 Medical Telemetry/Adult Cystic Fibrosis This medical-surgical inpatient unit sees a variety of diagnoses, but specializes in the care of adult patients with Cystic Fibrosis. The majority of our patients are in need of antibiotic therapy, respiratory management, pain management, and the organization of home health services after discharge. Unit 43 Orthopedics This unit specializes in the care of orthopedic patients. Nurses will gain a wealth of knowledge and technical skills in managing a complex set of patients that have just undergone various orthopedic surgeries. Our specialty within the specialty is total joint replacement. We take great care of total joint replacement patients throughout the continuum of their care episode. Orthopedic patients often have many other complex health problems as well, providing the nurses with an opportunity to gain increasing medical-surgical knowledge and skill. Nurses on Unit 43 quickly become pain management, positioning and mobility experts. Unit 45 Medical Telemetry This fast paced 26 bed medical telemetry unit provides advanced and specialized care to patients with a variety of medical conditions including renal failure, liver failure, respiratory complications, infections and many other diagnoses that may require continuous cardiac monitoring. Our nurses have the opportunity to work with a variety of physician services in the hospital, and through this, develop the expertise to care for our diverse population. Unit 46 Medical Progressive Care This is a 36 bed medical telemetry unit that specializes in caring for patients with a wide array of diagnoses requiring cardiac monitoring and IV medications/infusions. Our nurses are engaged with leading edged therapies used to treat unique conditions in a fast-paced, high acuity environment. Our nurses have the opportunity to work with a variety of physician services in the hospital and through this develop the expertise to care for our diverse population. Unit 51 Trauma, General Surgery and Plastics The Unit 51 nursing staff collaborate with trauma, general, and plastic surgery teams to provide high quality care to complex medical-surgical patients on this 27 bed unit. The nursing staff use technology, such as telemetry, and have a wealth of resources to provide the most technically advanced care to the patient population served on this unit. Trauma patients receive care for injuries sustained in motor vehicle crashes and falls, as well as injuries related to personal violence. General surgery patients encompasses a wide variety of laparoscopic and open abdomen and bowel procedures. Plastics patients include those in need of complex wound care and wound reconstruction. Unit 62 Medical Progressive Care This 22 bed unit provides advanced and specialized care to patients with a variety of medical conditions on continuous cardiac monitoring. Specialized rooms on the unit allow the team to care for pediatric patient radiation therapy as well as trial study patients need radiation therapy. Unit 62 is identified as a dedicated unit for the patient population it serves, allowing for close collaboration with the physicians and other ancillary team members. This unit is the model unit for advancing best practices in patient care and supporting spread of the established processes to other inpatient units. The participants on this team have the opportunity to be involved in the development of these best practices and provide real time input. The unit uses the latest technology and procedures to provide innovative and compassionate care. Unit 64 Renal Progressive Care and Organ Transplant Nurses on this 24 bed unit provide compassionate and comprehensive care to critically ill patients throughout all phases of the organ transplant continuum. As a member of the transplant care team, nurses provide specialized care to patients who are awaiting a lifesaving organ transplant as well as those recovering from organ transplant surgery. The Center for Transplant at The University of Kansas Hospital is the largest and most successful transplant program in the region. Nurses on Unit 64 have the opportunity to work as a vital member of a nationally recognized program specializing in the care of liver, kidney and pancreas transplant patients. Unit 66 Medical Progressive Care/Pulmonary Hypertension Unit 66 is a fast paced 22 bed inpatient unit which utilizes telemetry monitoring for a wide range of patient populations while still providing specialized nursing care. This unit supports expanded monitoring capabilities in Progressive Care beds so that high risk patients can safely transition from the intensive care unit. Unit 66 also plays a lead role in supporting the region's only Primary Pulmonary Hypertension program with expert nursing care that can only be found here at KU. Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit Adult patients of all ages rely on Rehabilitation Medicine to help them recover from debilitating injuries and illnesses and learn to care for themselves using adaptive techniques and equipment. Our goal is to help patients return back to home, the community and work. Our staff cares for patients with brain and spinal cord injuries, neurological diseases, multiple trauma, complex burns, organ transplants, cancer, pulmonary, cardiac, and renal conditions, as well as patients with debility recovering from complex medical and surgical conditions. The Rehab Unit is housed in a four-story facility on the southwest corner of 39th Street and Rainbow Boulevard. The facility's second floor offers space for the hospital's Inpatient Acute Rehabilitation Facility and also offers patients and staff improved environment, services and equipment. The facility offers a wide range of patient amenities, including a large gym, large showers in each room to accommodate shower benches and shower-chairs, and a kitchen and laundry to help patients prepare for self-care at home. It also offers home-like features, such as a family lounge, sleeper couches in patient rooms, and a dining room where patients can dine as a group. Float Pool Unit Our Float Pool provides nurses for units that require additional resources in caring for patients. A staffing coordinator makes assignments based on each nurse’s skills and interests. The Float Pool offers an excellent opportunity to work in different nursing specialties and selects the area that’s right for you.
The Nursing Associate is an unlicensed staff member who is accountable to and completes delegated tasks from the RN in a caring and culturally sensitive manner with excellent customer service at all times. Demonstrates competence in the areas of critical thinking, interpersonal relationships, and technical skills related to delegated tasks. Provides basic nursing skills, including but not limited to: Vital signs and pulse oximetry; finger stick blood glucose; ADL’s; recording intake and output; collecting urine, phlebotomy, stool and sputum specimens; apply/remove compression hose; SCDs etc.; emptying drains, urinary catheters, NG tubes, and ostomies; additional skills to meet unit needs. Documents in O2 all tasks, I&O, percentage of meals eaten, etc. Maintains a neat, clutter free and clean patient room and work environment. Maintains a safe patient environment to include High Fall Risk interventions as appropriate for high fall risk patients. This can include but is not limited to: hourly rounds; answering call lights in person, promptly for all patients on the unit. Demonstrates proper hand hygiene, standard precautions, and isolation principles. Care for the patient in restraints; including ROM and fluids/toileting; reorienting confused patients; reinforcement of patient/family education regarding fall and safety precautions. Promptly notifies the RN of change in vital signs from baseline or expected result, change in mental status or condition, any breakdown in skin integrity or redness of skin, patient report of pain, any other patient needs, concerns or issues. Must complete other duties as assigned.
Required: Currently enrolled in an accredited School of Nursing to obtain a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing; and has completed basic nursing skills class/lab with documentation of knowledge/competence of required basic skills BLS Certification