HCA, Hospital Corporation of America Registered Nurse - PCU Nights in Austin, Texas

Heart Hospital of Austin

Austin Texas

Progressive Care Unit

Austin, Texas is home to one of the highest performing cardiovascular facilities in the nation – Heart Hospital of Austin. Our team of professionals has created a center of excellence that has made us the leading cardiac program in Texas for six consecutive years as ranked by HealthGrades. Additionally, Heart Hospital of Austin has been named one of the top cardiovascular hospitals in the nation by Truven Health Analytics for seven years, and it was also named to the list of 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals in 2013. Our exceptional clinical outcomes have allowed us to be the first in Texas to implement new procedures and technologies. Our Pathway to Excellence designated facility is a nurse-friendly organization promoting evidence-based practice and professional growth. The facility boasts three hybrid operating rooms, two surgical suites, three catheterization labs and two electrophysiological labs - all equipped with leading-edge technology and highly-specialized personnel. Heart Hospital of Austin is one of the largest non-academic cardiovascular research sites in the world conducting up to 30 research studies simultaneously. We are a small hospital (58-beds) with a family-like atmosphere and the largest cardiothoracic program in Central Texas. Consider joining our winning team.

Position Summary: This professional staff person is responsible for performing assessments, developing a plan of care, implementing and evaluating the care. The RN administers medications and treatments as ordered by physicians and in keeping with the current clinical nursing practice. The RN is responsible for directing, monitoring and evaluating the care delegated to non-licensed personnel. As a member of the interdisciplinary care team, the RN works collaboratively with the other members to assure the safe and accurate delivery of care. In addition, the RN performs a range of technical services in a cross-functional mode to comprehensively serve patient needs. Assumes, under the direction of the Laboratory, responsibility for patient specimen testing, quality control, quality improvement, and equipment maintenance.

Primary Duties: 1. Patient Care: - Completes admission assessment and periodic reassessments according to patient's progress and/or unit protocols and age-specific parameters. - Documents findings and communicates all pertinent information to interdisciplinary team members as appropriate. - Collaborates with interdisciplinary team members in the development, evaluation, and revision of the plan of care as appropriate to meet the patient's needs and goals. - Provides competent direct care and ensures the provision of a safe and comforting environment resulting in a high level of patient satisfaction. - Assists healthcare team members in the understanding of hospital policies and procedures. - Provides education to patients/families/significant others, incorporating age-specific criteria and assessment of readiness to learn. - Maintains patient confidentiality. - Maintains standard precautions. - Administers medications and completes treatments according to hospital policy and within age-specific parameters. - Maintains all necessary documentation. - Facilitates discharge plan in collaboration with interdisciplinary team. - Demonstrates knowledge and ability to use necessary patient care equipment. - Coordinates response of the interdisciplinary team to emergency situations. - Performs Point of Care procedures in a timely manner according to established policy and procedure. Documents required information and complies with all Point of Care quality control standards.

  1. Staff/Unit Responsibilities:
  2. Delegates appropriately to non-licensed staff in accordance with job descriptions, license requirements, and standards of practice.
  3. Utilizes resources in an efficient and cost effective manner.
  4. Participates in developing other staff and affiliating students.
  5. Maintains and develops own professional competencies.
  6. Maintains unit-based competencies.
  7. Maintains and promotes a team spirit through active cooperation and collaboration.
  8. Assists in interdepartmental service coordination.
  9. Actively participates in the Performance Improvement and Utilization Review program.
  10. Assumes a leadership role in the maintenance of the patient-focused care delivery system.
  11. Assists in directing and guiding staff in the coordination of unit operations.
  12. Supports the multi-skilled worker environment (i.e., cross training).
  13. Demonstrates willingness to assist other areas of the hospital as needed.
  14. Cross-trains and willingly works in other areas of the hospital accepting assignments within competency level.
  15. Effectively applies prioritization and time management to patient's care.
  16. Assists in all aspects of care in the environment.
  17. Adheres to all policy and procedures.
  18. Ensures that a patient has a signed consent present in the chart prior to procedure.


    Education: Graduate of a nursing program.

    Licensure/Certification: Registered Nurse with current state licensure or licensure from a state within the Nursing Compact. BLS certification required within 30 days of hire. Successful completion of AHA approved course in ACLS within three months of employment required for all nursing areas except Executive Wellness and OR. ACLS preferred for OR and Executive Wellness nurses who cross train into other nursing areas. PALS or ENPC certification required for Emergency Room nurses within six months of employment.

    Experience: Minimum of one-year adult, acute care with cardiology/cardiovascular nursing preferred.

    Essential Technical/Motor Skills: Ability to manipulate various types of electronic and clinical equipment, adjust and troubleshoot monitoring equipment, IV infusions, and computer equipment. Ability to operate specialty equipment related to area of expertise and to perform computer tasks at a "user's" level.

    Interpersonal Skills: Must possess the ability to interact and communicate in English, both orally and written, with all levels of staff, physicians, patients, and families in an effective manner, exhibiting tact, enthusiasm, and patience. Must be sensitive to cultural and bilingual issues.

    Essential Physical Requirements: Registered Nurse transfers patient to perform medical duties. Requires vertically transferring patient weighing up to (50 lbs.) from (23") to (36"), up to (6/shift). Registered Nurse transfers hardware and monitors from patient room to room. Requires vertically/horizontally transferring hardware and monitors weighing up to (25 lbs.) from (70") to (70"), up to (15/shift), a distance of up to (150 feet) without mechanical assistance. Registered Nurse transfers patient in bed, EKG, pump, wheelchair, crash cart, stretcher, and medical equipment to perform job duties. Must horizontally transfer patient in bed, EKG, pump, wheelchair, crash cart, stretcher, and medical equipment requiring a force up to (40 lbs.), up to (15/shift), a distance up to (50 feet). Registered Nurse must access medical equipment to perform job duty. Requires repetitive assumption of posture to access a point (1") from the floor, up to (6/shift). Registered Nurse stands to perform job duties when indicated. Requires tolerance of standing posture up to (4 hours.), continuously, for a total of up to (7 hours) per (12 hours.). Registered Nurse requires (Near/Far/Depth/Color) vision to use needles, orders, computer, electrodes, labels, medication and flow sheet. Registered Nurse must access hospital and campus to perform job duties. Requires walking up to (3.0 miles), in (12 hours). Registered nurse is required to operate injections, swan pumps, threaded parts and open unit doses to perform job duties. Registered Nurse is required to use computer keyboard, mouse, and visual display for a total of up to (5 hours) per (12 hours). Registered Nurse is required to hand write for a total of up to (5 hours) per (12 hours). Registered Nurse is required to perform CPR when indicated to perform job duties.

    Essential Cognitive Abilities: Possesses the ability to comprehend and interpret complex clinical subject matter related to the specialty and calculate in apothecary and metric systems for drug administration. Must possess the ability to document appropriate clinical information. Has the ability to interpret rules/regulations/accrediting and licensing standards sufficiently for implementation. Maintains concentration and organization while dealing with multiple issues. Possesses the ability to analyze data and formulate an appropriate plan of action.

    Essential Sensory Requirements: Possesses the ability to respond to patient/family needs by interpreting verbal and non-verbal expressions.

    Exposure to Hazards: Requires exposure to communicable diseases and potentially contaminated body fluids and bio-hazardous materials. OSHA Risk Factor: Category 1. Potential risk of physical injury due to moving machinery and supplies.

    Age-Specific Criteria: Possesses the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to any age-related needs of the patients served on his or her assigned unit. Possesses knowledge of growth and development appropriate to the patient population served. Possesses the skills/knowledge to perform treatments and interpret data, including age-related care needed by the patient group.

    Other: Knowledgeable of the mission, vision, and values of the hospital. Operates within the concept of patient-focused care. Evolves into an effective team member. Must adhere to dress code, good grooming and personal hygiene habits. Cognizant of and conforms to all hospital policies and procedures.

Title: Registered Nurse - PCU Nights

Location: Texas-Austin-Heart Hospital of Austin

Requisition ID: 25960-48458