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Nursing Patient Care Areas – Heart and Vascular Institute

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Patient population: The Heart and Vascular Institute Critical Care Unit (HVICCU) is an acuity-adaptable intensive care unit specializing in advanced cardiac critical care diagnoses. The all-RN staff cares for complex, multi-system health issues of a cardiac and/or cardio-respiratory origin. Nurses have the opportunity to receive training via the Graduate Nurse Program or HVICCU RN fellowship. RNs with a minimum of six months experience will orient in the fellowship program, which consists of 12 weeks of clinical orientation, followed by an additional nine months of didactic lecture and process for gradually increasing difficulty of assignments. Nurses will care for patients with a wide variety of mechanical circulatory support devices, including (but not limited to): extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), left ventricular assist device (LVAD), biventricular assist device (Bi-VAD), right ventricular assist device (RVAD), total artificial heart, and intra-aortic balloon pump. This unit demonstrates a strong commitment to Shared Governance and is well known for its strong team effort. Nurses practice in a collaborative and inter-professional setting with an intensivist team and supporting specialty services (cardio-thoracic surgery, cardiology, thoracic surgery and vascular surgery). 

Beds: This is a 30-bed unit.

Candidates: ICU experience, ACLS, two years Medical/Surgical or one year stepdown; previous experience with mechanical circulatory support devices and/or ECMO.

Patient population: This unit is a mixed acuity unit. Must be willing to care for four floor-level patients, three IMC-level patients or a combination of both. Nurses here care for both IMC and floor level heart and vascular populations including coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), valve replacements, video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) procedures, vascular bypass grafting, amputations, heart failure, myocardial infarction (MI), LVAD and heart transplant patients.

Beds: This unit has 24 beds.

Candidates: At least one year acute care experience. ACLS and telemetry experience.

Patient population: Our registered nurse (clinical nurse) is responsible for assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating nursing care to a designated group of adult patients recovering from invasive procedures. The Heart and Vascular Outpatient Care Unit (HVOC) is the pre/post procedural unit for our Interventional/Neuro-Interventional Radiology labs.

Beds: This is a 10-bed unit.

Candidates: Three or more years IMC-level experience required, which must be within the last two years. Candidate must possess knowledge of cardiac care, to include advanced cardiac life support and basic cardiopulmonary life support certification. BSN preferred. This position cares for adult patients. It requires on-call hours on rotating Saturday mornings.

Patient population: Our registered nurse (clinical nurse) is responsible for assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating nursing care for a designated group of adult patients recovering from invasive procedures. The Heart and Vascular Outpatient Unit (HVOU) is the pre/post procedural unit for our Adult Cardiac Catheterization and Electrophysiology (EP) Labs.

Beds: This is a 15-bed unit.

Candidates: Three or more years critical care experience is required, which must be within the last two years. Candidate must possess knowledge of cardiac critical care, to include advanced cardiac life support and basic cardiopulmonary life support certification. BSN preferred. This position cares for adult patients. It requires on-call hours on rotating Saturday mornings.

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