Catholic Health Initiatives: Staff Registered Nurse Cardiac\CV ICU – Houston, TX
Staff Registered Nurse Cardiac responsible for the delivery of excellence in patient care through assessing and formulating a nursing diagnosis and establishing goals, planning and implementing interventions and evaluating patient care outcomes. He/she Responsible for participating in and maintaining quality, achieving cost effectiveness, and ensuring positive guest relations. Requires basic critical patient care and assessment as well as the development of technical proficiency, which all RN’s are expected to assume at the termination of their orientation period.
- Minimum Education:
- Medical Center-Bachelor’s Degree for all transfers and new hires
- Community Hospitals-Associate’s Degree
- Minimum Experience: 0 Years
- Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Displays good patient assessment skills and notifies physician as patient condition warrants.
- Provides emotional support to patients.
- Provides patient teaching based on the patient teaching plan.
Staff Registered Nurse Cardiac Position Responsibilities:
- Initiates nursing interventions and physician orders, recording all patient data and interventions Accurately.
- Proficient at starting IVs and administering medications; understands dosage calculations, drug interactions, implications, precautions, and complications for all medications administered.
- Assists the physician during diagnostic and therapeutic procedures to promote optimal patient outcomes.
- Monitors level of supplies and drugs in the department.
- Understands sterile technique and handles sterile items appropriately.
- Proficient at defibrillation, cardioversion, and emergency medication administration.
- Based on age-specific and patient-specific needs, displays good patient assessment skills and notifies nurse or physician as patient condition warrants.
- Exhibits strong knowledge base of cardiovascular diseases. Able to interpret lab values and correlate with diagnosis to determine potential implications and complications.
- Manages follow-up care for patient and communicates follow-up care plan to patient and patient’s family members.
- Maintains patient confidentiality and complies with ethical, professional, and legal standards inherent in patient care and professional conduct.
- Communicates in an accurate, courteous, and professional manner. Greets everyone with a smile and positive attitude.
- Collaborates with other healthcare professionals.
- Admits, discharges, and transports patients as required.
- Serves as a resource for others nurses and clinical staff. Serves as a mentor for other nurses.
- Participates in continuing education and achieving/maintaining certification.
- Participates in data collection for research and using scientific findings to improve patient care.
- Monitors performance by developing and participating in quality management activities.
Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center
A quaternary care facility that is home of the Texas Heart® Institute, a world-class cardiovascular research and education institution founded in 1962 by Denton A. Cooley, MD–consistently ranked as one of the nation’s best in Cardiovascular Services & Heart Surgery. The first hospital in Texas and the Southwest designated a Magnet® hospital for Nursing Excellence by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, receiving the award four consecutive times. Baylor St. Luke’s is home to three freestanding community emergency centers (Holcombe, Pearland, and San Felipe) offering adult and pediatric care–treating more than 51,000 patients annually. The hospital holds a collaborative partnership with Baylor College of Medicine and affiliations with The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, The University of Texas Medical Branch (Galveston), Houston Baptist University, and Prairie View A&M University.
About Catholic Health Initiatives
For Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), returning sick people to good health is more than a business — it’s a mission. Formed in 1996 through the merger of three Catholic hospital systems, the giant not-for-profit organization is one of the largest Catholic hospital operators in the US. It operates more than 70 hospitals and 40 long-term care, assisted-living, and senior residential facilities in 20 states from Washington to Maryland. Its hospitals range from large urban medical centers (many with strong educational and research programs) to small critical-access hospitals in rural areas. All told, the health system has more than 14,000 acute-care beds. It is sponsored by a dozen different congregations of nuns.
In the years since its founding, the organization has grown through a number of affiliations and acquisitions. In 2012 CHI increased its stake in the Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare (JHSMH) system when JHSMH merged with one of CHI’s wholly owned divisions, Saint Joseph Health System. The two Kentucky entities merged under a newly formed parent organization, KentuckyOne Health, and became the largest health system in the state. CHI is investing $320 million in KentuckyOne, primarily on IT and equipment upgrades, to help the system strengthen its position in the increasingly competitive and economically challenged health care industry.
In addition, in 2010 CHI affiliate Centura Health added a new hospital when it acquired Mercy Regional Medical Center of Durango, Colorado. Both the Colorado and Kentucky transactions were part of CHI’s regional unification strategy, which aims to create a more streamlined organization structure to allow for better coordination of patient care.
CHI has also increased its massive heft by opening new facilities. For example, in 2009, the organization opened the 112-bed St. Anthony’s hospital in Washington and the Mercy Medical Center-West Lake with about 150-beds.
To expand its non-hospital operations, in 2010 the company acquired home health services provider Consolidated Health Services, which operates some 30 agencies in the Midwest, for some $43 million; CHI plans to expand the unit’s operations into new regions. The previous year, CHI acquired a 25% stake in reference lab operator Pathology Associates Medical Laboratories from its majority owner, Providence Health, to expand into the medical testing market. The health care organization also has a subsidiary, Captive Management Initiatives, which was formed in 2008 to provide insurance administration, including bookkeeping, reporting, records management, consulting, and reinsurance services.
CHI is also working to improve its network-wide IT systems, primarily through the implementation of an electronic health record (EHR) database, called OneCare, which allows medical professionals to access patient information from all of its facilities. CHI is investing $1.5 billion in installing the OneCare system over the course of five years, starting in 2011. The system also launched telehealth (remote patient monitoring) initiatives in 2011. The moves come in response to federal health reform mandates that encourage the use of IT initiatives to lower the overall costs of medical care in the US.
Of course, along with making acquisitions and launching new businesses, divestments of underperforming or noncore operations are also part of running a huge health care system. In 2010 for instance, CHI and Trinity Health consolidated a number of their hospitals into a new regional health system based in Ohio and owned by Trinity Health; as part of the deal, CHI sold three hospitals in Idaho and Oregon to Trinity Health. It is also exploring options for its Dayton Heart and Vascular Hospital in Ohio.
Job Title Staff Registered Nurse Cardiac\CV ICU
Primary Location TEXAS-HOUSTON-ST LUKE’S MEDICAL CENTER
Daily Schedule 7a-7p
Scheduled Hours per 2-week Pay Period 0
Weekends Required Every Other