RN Trauma Surgical/Cardiovascular ICU

UAMS Medical Center
January 22, 2020
Little Rock, AR
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The Registered Nurse provides direct patient care to assigned patients in the Trauma Surgical Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (H4).  This unit has a 24 bed capacity and cares for a variety of patients.  Care for the trauma patient includes those who have had trauma related accidents, blunt or penetrating trauma, bone and joint injuries, spinal trauma, or traumatic brain injuries to name a few.  Care for surgical patients includes those who have had solid organ transplants (liver and kidney), abdominal surgeries, and a variety of other surgical interventions that may require additional monitoring in an ICU.  Care for the cardiovascular patients includes those who have had coronary artery bypass grafting, heart valve repair or replacement, thoracotomy, carotid endarterectomy, or a variety of vascular related interventions.

We also care for patients who have experienced a myocardial infarction and require cardiac catheterization, congestive heart failure or aortic aneurysm pathway patients.  Specialized equipment that may be used to care for patients include intra-aortic balloon pumps (IABP), extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT), induced hypothermia, pulmonary artery catheter monitoring, and external ventricular drain monitoring.  Education is provided to staff that includes the basic critical care course, dysrhythmia course, advanced cardiac life support certification, trauma nursing core certification, and intra-aortic balloon pump and continuous renal replacement therapy classes.

Job Responsibilities

The Registered Nurse delivers nursing care for patients in within the limits of the Nurse Practice Act of the State of Arkansas and adheres to institutional policies, procedures and standards. The RN is responsible to adhere to the standard of care defined by UAMS, ANA, and Standards for specialty patient population with support and mentoring by other team members.  Collects and documents assessment data. Develops a Plan of Care (POC) per standard.  Implements POC including medical order and interdisciplinary approach.  Evaluates the progress of patient toward attainment of desired outcomes.  Provides effective patient/family education/discharge planning.  Administers medication per standard including drug information to patients/families.  Acts as a resource/supports others.  Delivers patient care using the principles of the defined nursing modality.  Delegates care based on UAMS standards, legal and regulatory requirements, specific job description and individual level of education and training.  Contributes to a positive work environment that is conducive to clinical education while serving as a resource for student nurses and staff.

Job Requirements


  • Graduate of an accredited Nursing Program with Associates Degree, Nursing Diploma, Bachelors in Nursing, or Master's in Nursing
  • Valid RN License
  • 1 year of Registered Nursing direct patient care experience
  • Excellent communication skills, basic computer skills, strong work ethics and accountability


  • 2 years or more nursing experience
  • Current BLS
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