Acute Care of the Elderly Unit
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ACE Unit, located in Medical Center North at Vanderbilt University
Medical Center, is fast-paced and focused on acute medicine. Acute Care
of the Elderly is the specialty of this 22 bed unit, which cares for patients
65 years of age and older.
The mission of the
ACE Unit is to provide compassionate, quality care that is respectful,
patient/family-centered, safe, and cost efficient. Our nurses are able to
utilize evidence-based guidelines and specialized gerontology nursing education
in caring for the patients on the ACE Unit. The staff experiences the
professional satisfaction that comes with making a difference every day for
their patients and families, while expanding their critical care knowledge base
and applying critical thinking skills to understand and intervene in the care
of their patients.
Our population of patients may include patients with any number of co-morbidities, including neurological, respiratory, cardiac, gastrointestinal, renal and endocrine medical conditions.
All beds are appropriate
for telemetry and sp02 monitoring.
Management structure of the Ace Unit consists of the Unit Manager and 3 Clinical Staff Leaders and Nurse Educator. Each Clinical Staff Leader is responsible for 18-20 staff.
The staff is composed of RN’s, Care Partners and Medical Receptionists.
RN assignments are determined by patient census and acuity. Normal RN ratios are 5:1.
All RNs complete a centralized hospital and nursing orientation, in addition to the unit orientation. The unit-specific Ace Unit competency-based orientation is structured to fit the needs of the experience level of the RN. In addition to a clinical, preceptor-based bedside orientation, RNs attend classes in basic arrhythmia and BLS.
You will apply the nursing process to plan and implement the care of patients, including patient and family education and continuum of care planning. Effectively communicate pertinent patient/family information to the health care team. Collaborate in establishing patient goals and evaluates progress to ensure effective outcomes. Further professional growth by engaging in learning activities according to the Board of Nursing standards. For more information regarding the physical requirements and environmental conditions for this job, please click here.
· Full-time, Night Shift
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