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Clinical Nurse 1- Gateway to Heart & Vascular ICU- Full-Time

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Job ID: 207415
Category: Nursing
Work Type: FT
Location: Philadelphia, PA, United States

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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.

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We are proud to announce the Gateway to HVICU Program at HUP! We are looking for candidates who can start on March 4, 2024. 

The Gateway to HVICU program is designed to prepare the new to practice nurse for the high acuity, fast-paced environment of our world-renowned intensive care unit. This individual will spend approximately 15-18 months as a Clinical Nurse I on the Cardiac Surgery Progressive Care Unit. Here they will learn the basics of their profession while building a solid foundation within this specialty. Upon completion of the Clinical Nurse I period, the nurse, having met the defined competencies, will then be eligible for full time employment within the Heart and Vascular ICU. This unique program will offer ongoing exposure to the ICU environment during their time on the Progressive Care Unit, helping to strengthen the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to ensure a successful transition. Initial reporting structure will be to the progressive care nursing leadership until official transfer. 

East 9 Campus and Center are two 24-bed cardiovascular progressive care surgical units located at the HUP Pavilion. The patient population includes those recovering from post open heart surgery, valve repairs/replacements, thoracic/aortic surgery, heart and lung transplants, and more. 

The Heart and Vascular Intensive Care Unit is a 36-bed ICU that cares for patients in the requiring a variety of complex cardiac, transplant, and vascular surgeries during the acute postoperative phase. Our nurses are experts in the most advanced, critical care technologies including but not limited to ventilator management, ventricular assist devices (VADs), Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy (CRRT), Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump (IABP), Impella, Lumbar Drains, and Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO). 

• The Clinical Nurse 1 New to Practice/Apprentice is a newly licensed new-to-practice RN or RN with less than 15 months of experience that demonstrates basic safe practice within the organizational professional practice model. The Clinical Nurse 1 New to Practice/Apprentice seeks guidance to integrate concepts, knowledge, skills and attitudes to meet standards for competent professional nursing practice as specified in the Clinical Nurse I New to Practice/Apprentice position description addendum. The Clinical Nurse 1 New to Practice/Apprentice exhibits UPHS organizational behavioral competencies which reflect its mission and are embedded in the professional practice competency domains. 

• The Clinical Nurse 1 New to Practice/Apprentice is accountable for the provision of direct care to patients who may range in age from infancy to the elderly and demonstrates within the competency domains of Continuous Quality Improvement, Evidence Based Practice and Research, Leadership, Person and Family Centered Care, Professionalism, Safety, Teamwork, and Technology/ Informatics (Definitions listed below). 

• The Clinical Nurse 1 New to Practice/Apprentice works closely with the interprofessional health care team to facilitate the coordination of care across the continuum. The nurse focuses on developing the knowledge and skills necessary to provide individualized care based on physical, psychosocial, cultural, educational, safety, and age appropriate considerations of assigned patients. 

• The Clinical Nurse 1 New to Practice/Apprentice requires consultation with more experienced clinicians and benefits from feedback while demonstrating growth in the ability to care for increasingly complex patients. The nurse demonstrates how nursing practice impacts the organizational vision, mission, and goals and the care delivery system. The nurse complies with all regulations and standards of regulatory and accrediting bodies. 

• The Clinical Nurse 1 New to Practice /Apprentice must complete all Clinical Nurse 1 competencies and is expected to advance to the Clinical Nurse 2 Colleague level by 18 months of professional practice. See addendum. 


• Professional Practice Competency Domains Definitions • Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI): The nurse utilizes data and QI methods to identify potential and actual problems and opportunities to provide care that is safe, timely, efficient, effective, and equitable. 

• Evidence Based Practice and Research: The nurse evaluates and integrates best current evidence with clinical expertise and patient and family preferences and values for the delivery of optimal health care and system effectiveness. 

• Leadership: The nurse effectively collaborates and applies innovative, systems thinking to engage in systematic, evidence-based problem solving and decision making to promote effective changes within a complex care delivery system supporting the vision of Penn Medicine • Person and Family Centered Care: The nurse recognizes the patient (or the patient’s designee) as the source of control and a full partner in providing compassionate and coordinated care based on respect for the patient’s preferences, values, and needs.

 • Professionalism: The nurse demonstrates a commitment to the nursing profession through lifelong learning, adherence to ANA’s Code of Ethics for Nurses, participation in a professional organization and advancing community outreach 

• Safety: The nurse minimizes risk of harm to patients, families, providers and self through system effectiveness and individual performance. 

• Teamwork: The nurse effectively engages in the process of cooperation, coordination, and collaboration in an effort to provide for safe, quality outcomes for patients within inter and intra-professional teams, including virtual teams. 

• Technology/Informatics: The nurse utilizes appropriate information and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support decision making across the continuum. 


• Basic Cardiac Life Support (Required) • BLS/CPR, as a healthcare provider as per the American Heart Association • Registered Nurse - PA (Required) 

• ACLS prior to transitioning to the HVICU (Required) Education or Equivalent Experience: • Bachelor of Science Nursing (Required) 

• BSN degree from an accredited school of nursing and Less than 15 months Infusion experience 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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