REGISTERED NURSE - Progressive Vent Stepdown Unit

Norfolk, VA
Mar 29, 2017
May 23, 2017
Healthcare, Other
Full Time
Job Description:
Sentara Norfolk General Hospital

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 ♦ 1:30pm to 4pm

Sentara Norfolk General Hospital is seeking a full-time Registered Nurse to work with our Progressive Ventilator Stepdown Unit. This position is located in Norfolk, VA and will work a full-time NIGHT shift.

New graduates are welcome to apply!

The progressive ventilator step-down unit (PVSU) at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital is an eight-bed step-down unit, specializing in treatment of patients on mechanical ventilators. Most patients admitted to PVSU come from an Intensive Care Unit (ICU). PVSU focuses on maximizing the rehabilitation while continuing to treat the cause of the illness. This goal is accomplished through intense physical therapy, respiratory care and mental stimulation.

PVSU has a nurse-patient ratio of 3:1 based upon nursing acuity. The core patient care team is comprised of a specially trained nurse and nursing care partner. Other team members may include respiratory therapists, physical therapists, case managers, chaplains, pharmacists, and nutritionists / dieticians. PVSU has a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) that oversees the education of new staff members, supports current staff members, implements evidence-based best practice in line with current research, and assists with patient education.

The goal in PVSU is to continue the progress that began in ICU and to help the patient achieve the best possible outcome.

The Registered Nursing (RN) is responsible to perform a competent level of nursing care as demonstrated by the critical thinking model known as the nursing process. The standards of practice (assessment, diagnosis, outcomes identification, planning, implementation, coordination of care- teaching and health promotion and evaluation) along with the standards of professional performance (ethics, culturally congruent practice, communication, collaboration, leadership, education, evidence- based practice /nursing research, quality, evaluation, resource utilization, and environmental health) encompass the actions and foundation of professional nursing. The RN possesses clinical knowledge and skills to meet standards as required by specific clinical areas.

Education Level
RN-Associate's Degree OR
RN-Bachelor's Level Degree OR
RN-Diploma (Non-degree) OR
RN-Doctorate Level Degree OR
RN-Master's Level Degree

None, unless noted in the “Other” section below

Required: Registered Nurse

Preferred: Basic Life Support

None, unless noted in the “Other” section below

New Hire Education Requirement: All new RN's who do not have their BSN will be required to sign a BSN Agreement committing to enrollment in an accredited RN to BSN program within 24 months of hire and successfully obtaining their BSN within 5 years of hire. BSN or MSN preferred. Meets and maintains any requirements defined by specific specialty; Critical Care/IMCU ACLS within 1 year of hire; Emergency Care - ACLS & PALS or ENPC within 1 year of hire; Oncology Care ONS/ONCC or Sentara approved course Chemotherapy & Biotherapy Provider Card within 6 months of hire. Women's Care - Perinatal departments; NRP within 6 months of hire. Inpatient Pediatrics. PALS within 6 months of hire. All Direct Care RN's required to have BLS within 90 days of hire.

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