Clinical Nurse II - Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU)
Company: Children's Hospital Colorado
Posted on: June 20, 2022
Why Work at Children's.... Here, it's different. Come join
us.Children's Hospital Colorado has defined and delivered pediatric
healthcare excellence for more than 100 years.Here, the nation's
brightest nurses, physicians, scientists, researchers, therapists,
and care providers are creating the future of child health. With an
optimist's outlook, a trailblazing spirit, and a celebrated
history, we're making new strides every day.We've been
Magnet-designated four times by the American Nurses Credentialing
Center and are consistently recognized among the nation's top 10
pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report.As a national
leader in pediatric care, we serve children and families from all
over the nation. Our System of Care includes four pediatric
hospitals, 11 specialty care centers, 1,300+ outreach clinics and
more than 10,000 healthcare professionals representing the full
spectrum of pediatric care specialties.Here, we know it takes all
of us, every role, to deliver the best possible care to each child
and family we treat.That's why we build our teams toward a
foundation of equity in access, advancement, and opportunity. We
know teams of individuals with different identities and backgrounds
can nurture creativity and innovation. We know we can see, treat,
and heal children better when our team reflects the diversity of
our patient population. We strive to attract and retain diverse
talent because we know a truly inclusive and equitable workforce
will help us one day realize our most basic calling: to heal every
child who comes through our doors.A career at Children's Colorado
will challenge you, inspire you, and motivate you to make a
difference in the life of a child. Here, it's different.Additional
InformationDepartment: Level Three-CICUHours per week: 36, eligible
for benefitsShift: 12 hour shifts, nights (1845-0715), holiday and
weekend requirementJob OverviewProvides Family-Centered Care as
demonstrated by recognizing the patient, family and/or designee as
a full partner in providing compassionate and coordinated care
based on respect for patient's preferences, values, and needs.
Assumes active role in clinical education of patients, families and
staff. Functions effectively within nursing and inter-professional
teams, fostering open communication, mutual respect, and shared
decision-making to achieve quality patient care. Integrates best
current evidence with clinical expertise for delivery of optimal
health care. Uses data to monitor the outcomes of care processes
and uses improvement methods to test changes to continuously
improve the quality and safety of health care systems. Minimizes
risk of harm to patients and providers through both system
effectiveness and individual performance. Uses information and
technology to communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and
support decision-making. Serves as an agent of change within the
organization, as demonstrated by one of the following; involved in
unit and/or organizational activities, professional development
activities, maintain Magnet - recognized certification, member of a
professional organization and/ or active participant in community
advocacy or volunteer activities.The Cardiac Intensive Care Unit
(CICU) on Anschutz campus at Children's Hospital Colorado offers
state-of-the-art recovery and monitoring for acutely-ill cardiac
patients and those recovering from heart surgery . With the largest
pediatric heart surgery program in the region, we perform more than
500 heart surgeries per year. Our highly specialized providers take
on the most complex heart problems and achieve some of the best
outcomes in the nation. The CICU team cares for patients across
their entire lifespan and some of the subspecialty populations we
commonly treat are: Maternal/Fetal, congenital heart disease, adult
congenital heart disease (ACHD), heart transplant, cardiomyopathy,
pulmonary hypertension and single ventricle patients. We offer care
modalities that include Ventricular Assist Devices (VAD),
Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO), Continuous Renal
Replacement Therapy (CRRT) and advanced pulmonary support. The CICU
is served by an interdisciplinary team of highly specialized and
trained team members including cardiac intensivists, bachelor's
prepared intensive care nurses, respiratory therapists,
pharmacists, nutritionists, feeding specialists, social workers and
education specialists that work closely with the heart surgeons,
anesthesiologists and other caregivers. The training we offer our
CICU team is diverse and emphasizes communication, teamwork, and
critical thinking in addition to highly specialized clinical
skills. We promote continued education and encourage team members
to pursue specialty certifications. You will find our team to be a
passionate and intelligent interdisciplinary team focused on
providing excellent care to our patients, in a fast-paced
environment. Here---. it's different.ResponsibilitiesPopulation
- a.) Neonate -
- b.) Infancy - > 30 days to 1yr
- c.) Toddlers - > 1yr to 3yrs
- d.) Pre-Schoolers - > 3yrs to 5yrs
- e.) School age - > 5yrs to 13yrs
- f.) Adolescent - > 13yrs to 18yrs
- g.) Adult - > 18yrs to 65yrs Essential FunctionsAn employee
in this position may be called upon to do any or all of the
following essential functions. (These examples do not include all
of the functions which the employee may be expected to
perform)Family-Centered Care: Recognize the patient or designee as
the source of control and full partner in providing compassionate
and coordinated care based on respect for patient's preferences,
values, and needs.
- Delivers patient and family centered care incorporating the
nursing process while providing developmentally appropriate,
culturally sensitive, evidence based care. Actively anticipates
changes in patient outcomes/ unit needs in the provision of
- Care is guided by the Professional Practice Model throughout
the continuum of care.
- Communicate and advocate patient values, preferences and
expressed needs as part of implementation of care plan, evaluation
of care and assessment of patient/family learning needs to the
interdisciplinary team. Initiates and anticipates individualized
care and education for patients/families across the continuum using
an interdisciplinary approach Teamwork & Collaboration: Function
effectively within nursing and inter-professional teams, fostering
open communication, mutual respect, and shared decision-making to
achieve quality patient care.
- Applies communication practices that minimize risks across
transitions of care.
- Presents own perspective and supporting evidence in patient
care and team discussions.
- Collaborates with team members in shared decision making.
Evidence Based Practice: Integrate best current evidence with
clinical expertise and patient/family preferences and values for
delivery of optimal health care.
- Identifies key concepts of research and evidence based
- Participates in structuring the work environment to facilitate
integration of new evidence into standards of practice.
- Recognizes and communicates the need for revision of hospital
and departmental policies procedures, practice guidelines, and/or
measures for clinical practice evaluation.
- Recognizes the standard of care provided by the applicable
professional organization and /or association. Quality Improvement:
Use data to monitor the outcomes of care processes and use
improvement methods to design and test changes to continuously
improve the quality and safety of health care systems.
- Utilizes outcome data at the patient level to make care
- Participates in the quality improvement activities and uses
quality measures to understand individual and unit performance.
Safety: Minimize risk of harm to patients and providers through
both system effectiveness and individual performance.
- Utilizes and discusses policy, procedures, and guidelines to
- Communicates observations or concerns related to unsafe
situations that pose a risk to patients, families or the health
care team. Informatics: Use information and technology to
communicate, manage knowledge, mitigate error, and support
- Recognizes and applies information and technology of patient
and unit outcomes to facilitate communication, clinical decision
making, error prevention, and care coordination.
- Navigates and documents in the EMR to support patient care.
Leadership: Agents of change within the organization, involved in
committees, professional development and supports organizational
goals, as well as, active participants in the community. Nurses
support organizational goals, advance the nursing profession, and
enhance professional development by extending their influence to
professional and community groups.
- Works within scope of practice and delegates according to Nurse
- Participates in shared governance activities.
- Seeks opportunities to participate in professional development
activities such as:
- continuing education activities,
- a nursing or professional health organization
- certification in clinical specialty
- community service and/or grass roots advocacy
- Participates in education by precepting and the education of
orientees, peers and students and acting as a clinical resource.
- Expert knowledge in medical/ clinical operations.
- Expert knowledge in principles of communication: verbal and
written, to deal with all levels of personnel.
- Excellent customer service skills with hospital/ clinic staff,
children, parents, and visitors.
- Solid knowledge of computer use and software to include MS
office and other software used for hospital operations.
- Ability to prioritize and organize tasks in a fast paced
- Ability to work independently and as a team member.
- Skill in developing and maintain effective working
relationships with personnel.
- Ability to utilize motivational techniques to develop
leadership and decision-making within the department. SCOPE AND
LEVELGuidelines: Developmental, standard, or intermediate level.
Guidelines are generally numerous, well established, and directly
applicable to the work assignment. Work assignment and desired
results are explained by general oral or written
instructions.Complexity: Duties assigned are generally repetitive
and restricted in scope but may be of substantial intricacy.
Employee primarily applies standardized practices.Decision Making:
Decisions or recommendations on non-standardized situations are
limited to relating organizational policies to specific cases.
Brings non-routine issues to supervisor. Problems that are not
covered by guidelines or are without precedent are taken up with
the supervisor.Communications: Contacts with the public or
employees where explanatory or interpretive information is
exchanged, gathered, or presented and some degree of discretion and
judgment are required within the parameters of the job
function.Supervision Received: Under normal supervision, within a
standardized work situation, the employee performs duties common to
the line of work without close supervision or detailed instruction.
Work product is subject to continual review.Qualifications
- EDUCATION - Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).
- EXPERIENCE - One year nursing experience.
- LICENSURE/CERTIFICATION(S) - Registered Nurse (RN) license;
BLS/CPR from the American Heart Association with at least 6 months
left before expiration is required upon hire. Physical
RequirementsAbility to Perform Essential Functions of the JobBody
- Will frequently stand/walk up to 12 hours per day.
- Will frequently use hands while keyboarding and writing.
- Will frequently sit up to 2-4 hours per day while accessing
computer, talking on the telephone, and while attending meetings.
Back and Upper Body (lifting and carrying)
- Will occasionally lift/force exerted up to 35 pounds/16 kilos.
- Constantly uses sight in performance for daily job duties.
- Constantly uses hearing in performance for daily job duties.
- Able to assist or assume direct patient care as census directly
permits. Exposure to unsteady or falling patient: In the course of
transferring a patient, may encounter a patient who falls or loses
balance, causing employee to fall and/or bear the full weight of a
patient. Work Envirnonment
- Exposure: Exposure to blood/body fluid: Regular/Frequent.
- Exposure: Exposure to heights: Occasional.
- Exposure: Exposure to infectious diseases: Frequent.
- Exposure: Exposure to lung irritations: Occasional.
- Mental and Emotional Requirements: Independent
- Mental and Emotional Requirements: Makes decisions under
- Mental and Emotional Requirements: Manages stress
- Mental and Emotional Requirements: Works with others
effectively. Equal Employment Opportunity It is our intention that
all qualified applicants be given equal opportunity and that
selection decisions be based on job-related factors. We do not
discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national
origin, sex, age, disability, or any other status protected by law
or regulation. Be aware that none of the questions are intended to
imply illegal preferences or discrimination based on
non-job-related information.Salary InformationAnnual Salary Range
(Based on 40 hours worked per week): $62,759.04 to $94,138.56Hourly
Salary Range: $30.17 to $45.26Benefits InformationAs a Children's
Hospital Colorado team member, you will receive a competitive pay
and benefits package designed to take care of your needs that
includes base pay, incentives, paid time off, medical/dental/vision
insurance, company provided life and disability insurance, 403b
employer match (retirement savings), and a robust wellness
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