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Geriatric Trauma Unit/Support Care Unit Registered Nurse

UMC Health System

Lubbock, TX
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Title: Geriatric Trauma Unit/Support Care Unit Registered Nurse
JobID: 6531
  • Registered Nurse
    Geriatric Trauma Unit/Support Care Unit
    Job Location:                         Lubbock, TX
    Shift:                                       7p-7a
    Status:                                    Part-Time

    About UMC
    UMC, licensed for 450 beds, is the leader in comprehensive healthcare delivery in West Texas and Eastern New Mexico. UMC is home to the region’s only Level I Trauma Center, the Timothy J. Harnar Regional Burn Center, the Southwest Cancer Center, Heart Center, Pediatric Level II Trauma Center, and the UMC Children’s Hospitals by delivery of state-of-the-art sophisticated patient care.  UMC serves as the primary teaching hospital for the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC), to train tomorrow’s healthcare professional.  UMC has a strong and enduring partnership with Texas Tech which helps assist UMC’s mission and support Tech’s academic pursuit of education and research.  UMC is accredited annually thorough Det Norsek Veritas (DNV), a national integrated accreditation for health care organizations. UMC Health System employs 3,890 individuals on our team.  The system has been honored among the Best Places to Work in Texas and is proud of their high patient and employee satisfaction.  We hope you will choose UMC Health System, where “Service is Our Passion”!

    UMC’s Mission, Vision and Standards Include:
    Vision Statement:To Serve Our Patients in the Best Teaching Hospital in the Country
    Mission Statement:Service is our passion. We serve by providing safe, high quality care to all, achieving excellent financial performance, and training tomorrow’s healthcare professionals.
    Standards of Excellence:Attitude, Communication, Responsiveness, Compassion, Teamwork, Ownership, Safety and Respect
    Description / Scope of Service:
    GTU/SCU is a 29 bed Medical/Surgical unit. We have two primary focuses on the unit; one focus is on geriatric trauma patients, age 60 or older, who have sustained a trauma; these patients are primarily received from the Emergency Center and Trauma & Surgical Intensive Care Unit. The GTU was developed as a result of Best Practice and Research that indicates that a shorter length of stay decreases morbidity and mortality in the elderly hospitalized patient.  The other focus the unit provides is care for any patient with a medical and/or surgical condition that requires continuous skilled nursing care in an effort to relieve suffering and improve quality of life for patients and their families with a serious/life limiting illness or injury. GTU/SCU provides a quiet, peaceful environment for patients and their loved ones. The nursing staff on GTU/SCU are trained to care for patients at the end of life as well as those who will be discharged home or to other facilities. 
    The nursing care delivery model is Primary Care Nursing. The nurse-to-patient ratio is a goal of 3-5 patients per 1 nurse. This can be adjusted by the charge nurse according to patient and staffing needs. This delivery care model dictates that the ideal candidate must be able to coordinate needed patient care with all disciplines. The ideal candidate must be able to make the education of patients and families a top priority. Floating to other units is not required.
    Admission criteriat to GTU/SCU is determined by, but not limited to, the following guidelines:
    • Adult patients age 18 and older
    • Orthopedic Trauma patients age 60 and older
    • Renal Failure
    • Post-op complications
    • Cardiac Disorders
    • Oncology
    • General medicine patients such as pneumonia, COPD, hypertension
    • GTU/SCU provides care for over flow patients from all other general care floors which may include but are not limited to medical, oncology, renal, postpartum, chronic pain patients, gynecology, and orthopedics. 
    The below criteria requires more care than GTU/SCU can provide, these patients are not suitable for the unit:
    • Patients requiring intensive care or intensive monitoring.
    • Hemodynamically unstable patients who are a full code
    • Mechanically ventilated patients
    A multi-disciplinary approach to nursing care is utilized on GTU/SCU. Patient care providers will include Registered Nurses, Licensed Vocational Nurses, Nurse Assistants/Patient Care Assistants, Respiratory Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Pharmacists, Social Services, Case Managers, and Nursing Support Services. Special training programs include ELNEC. ELNEC (End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium) is a national education initiative to improve palliative care.
    • UMC Hospital Orientation
    • UMC Nursing Orientation
    • Galen E-learning Curriculum Modules / Online Nursing Competency Validation
    • Electronic Documentation training

    Individualized Unit Specific Orientation
    • Unit specific orientation is provided in addition to UMC’s Hospital and Nursing Orientation.
    • During clinical orientation you will be paired with an experienced nurse preceptor.  Our nursing preceptors are specially trained and work as a team to obtain the best experience for the new employee
    • Orientation length is individually based and will be determined by the Preceptor, Employee and Clinical Instructor
    • Clinical orientation will begin on day shift to maximize your exposure to procedures and physician rounding. 
    • You will also have many opportunities for professional growth and advancement.
    • Attaining an ANCC certification is highly encouraged, resources and study material are available to staff on the unit.
    • Committee involvement is encouraged in order to improve patient care and processes. Committees are available at unit level as well as hospital wide. 
    • Other opportunities include: mentoring and the ability to self-schedule to meet individual needs.

    • Graduation from an accredited School of Nursing
    • Valid Texas Nursing License or Compact Licensure  / Graduate Nurse Permit Required
    • Knows clinical and nursing standards and practices in according with the nursing scope and standards of practice as set forth by the American Nurses Association.
    • Provides professional nursing care to patients and provides supervision and guidance to the members of the nursing staff.
    • Age specific knowledge is required when needed for appropriate patient care.
    • Has working knowledge of organizational and nursing policies.
    • Requires adequate hand/eye coordination and fine motor skills.
    • Talking and hearing is essential for communication.
    • Visual acuity is required to work with patients for observation, assessment, and electronic charting.
    • Current CPR certification from American Heart Association
    • ACLS may be required based upon area of practice.
    • Customer service abilities including effective listening skills
    • Critical thinking skills, decisive judgment and the ability to multi-task in a fast paced environment
    • Ability to perform work that requires walking, sitting and standing most of the time while on duty. Occasional lifting or patients with assistance is required.
    • All employees must review, sign and utilize UMC’s Standards of Excellence.
    Benefits (Full-Time based upon 36 – 40 hours per week Part-Time Benefits based on Hours Worked)
    • Full-time benefit package inclusive of health and dental coverage
    • Competitive compensation based on education and experience
    • Relocation assistance package if relocating > 75 miles / To reside in Lubbock, Texas
    • Educational Reimbursement for BSN / MSN
    • Eligible for overtime pay after 40 hours per week
    • Eligible for annual performance appraisal
    • Eligible for Career Ladder after 12 months of UMC employment
    • Uniform Payroll deduction
    • Certification Exam payment and/or reimbursement
    • Long Term Disability/Group Life Insurance/Group Dependent Life Insurance
    • Vision Insurance
    • Tax Sheltered Annuity Program
    • Supplemental Insurance Programs
    • Healthcare and Dependent care spending accounts
    • Paid Time Off (PTO) and Extended Illness (EI)

Job Type: Part time
Category: Nursing
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