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Student Nurse- Cardiology ICU/PCU- Rotating - HUP

Job ID: 182428
Category: CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant)/ Nursing Assistant
Work Type: PT -19 HOURS
Location: Philadelphia, PA, United States
Date Posted: May 10, 2023

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Penn Medicine is dedicated to our tripartite mission of providing the highest level of care to patients, conducting innovative research, and educating future leaders in the field of medicine. Working for this leading academic medical center means collaboration with top clinical, technical and business professionals across all disciplines.

Today at Penn Medicine, someone will make a breakthrough. Someone will heal a heart, deliver hopeful news, and give comfort and reassurance. Our employees shape our future each day. Are you living your life's work?

The Cardiology ICU/PCU is in search of a student nurse to join their team ! We are looking for someone who is flexible in working both day shift and night shift and is in their junior year of nursing school.

About the unit:

8 Campus is a combined 24-bed cardiac intensive care unit and cardiac progressive care unit. We are located in the state of the art pavilion that opened in 2021. All staff hired on the unit care for both levels of care. Recognized as a silver-level Beacon Award for Excellence recipient by the AACN, the nursing team works in collaboration with many disciplines and partners to provide exceptional care to our patients. Diagnoses range from cardiogenic shock, to lethal cardiac arrhythmias, acute myocardial infarction, advanced heart failure, congenital cardiac disease, post-partum cardiac disease, pulmonary hypertension, acute coronary syndrome, and many more. We manage critically ill patients requiring advanced monitoring and therapy via central venous, arterial, and pulmonary artery catheters, mechanical ventilation, intra-aortic balloon pumps, continuous renal replacement therapy, targeted temperature management, ventricular assist devices (VADs and Impellas), and the wide spectrum of vasoactive medications. The Cardiology ICU/PCU is predominantly a medical cardiology unit, managing patients before durable VAD implant, before organ transplant and with any repeat admissions, but separate from where patients would recover after invasive cardiothoracic surgery. We also provide care for patients pre and post cardiac catheterization, electrophysiology procedures, and other minimally invasive cardiac procedures.


  • The Student Nurse interacts with patient at the most intimate level and highest frequency. As an integral member of the health care team, the student nurse shows up and remains engaged in all aspects of the role, drive results with intention, partners with unwavering support, commit to every single moment and serve with compassion. While working under the direct supervision of the registered nurse, the CNA role primary focus is to support and assist in the delivery of quality care to patients and families. Some of the major responsibilities includes participation in RN/CNA hand-off communications and unit huddles, timely collection and reporting of patient data, demonstrating safety protocols at all times, timely notification and escalation of data or clinical conditions, remaining alert and responsive to activities on the unit, and demonstrating a genuine care for the patient (paying a close attention to the basics), e.g., active listening, timely response, cultural sensitivity, individualized approach to care.


  • Demonstrates a genuine care for the patient, e.g., active listening and responding, gentle approach to providing care, knock then identify yourself before entering a patient's space, provide timely information to patients in a caring manner; ensure an individualized approach to care to include cultural sensitivities, anticipate patent needs based on dialogue and observation
  • Active participation in daily RN/CNA handoffs and unit huddles
  • Communicate with patients to ascertain feelings or need for assistance or social and emotional support.
  • Answer patient call signals, signal lights, bells, or intercom systems to determine patients' needs.
  • Provide physical support to assist patients to perform daily living activities, such as getting out of bed, bathing, dressing, using the toilet, standing, walking, or exercising. Assist patient in their independence (when appropriate), preserving the patient's dignity while providing care.
  • Timely notification and escalation of data or clinical data/information
  • Gather information from caregivers, nurses, or physicians about patient condition, treatment plans, or appropriate activities.
  • Collecting and recording vital signs, such as temperature, blood pressure, pulse, or respiration rate, as directed by medical or nursing staff.
  • Document or otherwise report observations of patient behavior, complaints, or physical symptoms to nurses.
  • Demonstrates flexibility/change in assignments based on patient acuity and unit needs
  • Demonstrate safe patient handling skills, proper hand hygiene
  • Demonstrates support of quality and safety measures in the work environment, e.g., demonstrated support of the unit's Quality Assessment Performance Improvement (QAPI) goals
  • Ensure actions and behaviors demonstrate their support in creating a positive, caring and healing patient environment
  • Consistently focus on improving the patient experience


  • Basic Cardiac Life Support (Required)
  • Matriculated in an accredited BSN Nursing Program; minimally completed the nursing foundations/fundamentals clinical course with a 3.0 GPA overall and in the nursing major (Required)

    We believe that the best care for our patients starts with the best care for our employees. Our employee benefits programs help our employees get healthy and stay healthy. We offer a comprehensive compensation and benefits program that includes one of the finest prepaid tuition assistance programs in the region. Penn Medicine employees are actively engaged and committed to our mission. Together we will continue to make medical advances that help people live longer, healthier lives.

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    We are an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. Candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, familial status, genetic information, domestic or sexual violence victim status, citizenship status, military status, status as a protected veteran or any other status protected by applicable law.

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