Dec 16, 2019

Clinical Nurse (Registered Nurse)

  • The University of Kansas Hospital
  • Kansas City, KS, USA

Job Description

We are currently hiring for a Clinical Nurse (Registered Nurse) on our Neurology/Eplilepsy/ENT Progressive Care unit - CA6

CA6 – Neurology/Epilepsy/ENT

This state-of-the-art telemetry unit is dedicated to the care of the Neuroscience and Ear, Nose, & Throat (ENT) patient population. Nurses work with teams of Neuro-specialists in General Neurology, Stroke, Epilepsy, and Movement Disorders. Our ENT specialists include Otolaryngology and Head & Neck surgeries. This is unit is comprised of specialty services – Neurology, Stroke, Epilepsy, and Ear/Nose/Throat Surgeries. As specialties within the KU Health System, CA6 sees the most advanced treatment in the region for these areas. CA6 boasts being part of several top performing teams including a Level 4 Epilepsy Center, Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center, and KU’s Neurology is ranked #31 by US News & World Report. CA6 received the Beacon Gold Award for Excellence in 2019 showcasing our unit’s constant commitment to evidence-based care to continually improve our patients’ outcomes.

CA6 works as a team unit, supporting each other so that every patient receives world class care. Resiliency, initiative, and teamwork are musts. CA6 is supportive, working closely with all interdisciplinary teams to manager patient care. Our staff takes pride in balancing bedside nursing skills (i.e. feeding tubes, drains, tracheostomies, wounds, altered mobility, pain management, etc.), interpersonal communication with teams and families, and compassionate care all while effectively managing their time in a fast paced work environment. Our nurses become experts in this field and value being able to be the support person for these patients and guiding them through their stay.

Our patients have complex medical and surgical needs. Nurses’ ability to communicate effectively and patiently is imperative. Our patients’ communication, movement, and normal daily living activities are greatly affected by our patient population’s diagnoses (i.e. throat cancer/trach/laryngectomies, strokes, ALS, seizures, etc.). Our surgical population primarily includes our ENT patients. These patients require care for complex head and neck wounds including multiple drains, new airways, and microvascular tissue transfers. We care for ENT stepdown patients that are considered intermediate level of care requiring 3:1 ratio with competencies in arterial lines and tissue transfer dopplering. These patients tend to be highly anxious which makes calm interpersonal communication essential. Other common ENT surgeries are thyroidectomies, laryngectomies, sinus surgeries, and parotid tumor ectomies. CA6’s Medical population includes Strokes with advanced interventional therapies, autoimmune neurological diseases such as Gillian-barre syndrome, myasthenia gravis, ALS, Multiple Sclerosis, etc. CA6 and KU’s neurology department have a reputation of caring for complex and rare diseases, often having patients transferred to KU for our specific care. CA6 nurses receive specific stroke, epilepsy, and ENT competencies.

The University of Kansas Health System is the region’s premier academic medical center recognized for quality by:

  • U.S. News & World Report ranks The University of Kansas Hospital as the best in Kansas City and in Kansas.
  • The hospital is the first in Kansas to earn Magnet designation for nursing excellence and one of few to earn it 3 consecutive times.
  • Our health system ranks 5th among 99 academic medical centers, earning Vizient’s 2018 Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Leadership Award

Responsibilities

Essential Functions

  • The Clinical Nurse provides professional nursing care through assessment and accurate documentation, diagnosis, planning, implementation and evaluation for the comfort and well-being of patients.
  • Carries out a plan of care specific to unit competencies for the target patient population.
  • Coordinates care delivery and education through collaboration with patient, family and all health care team providers to ensure safe, effective and quality patient care.
  • Follows organizational policies in providing safe patient care.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

*Must be able to perform the professional, clinical and or technical competencies of the assigned unit or department.

*Note: These statements are intended to describe the essential functions of the job and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities. Skills and duties may vary dependent upon your department or unit. Other duties may be assigned as required.

Qualifications

Required

  • AHA BLS Certification
  • Registered Nurse in State of Kansas or compact state licensure
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing or higher for less than 2 years of RN experience
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing accepted with 2 or more years of RN experience
  • For ADN prepared nurses hired after February 24, 2017, must complete BSN degree by the fifth anniversary of employment as an RN with UKHA

Preferred:

  • BSN Degree