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Clinical Nurse – Specialty Surgery 12E, Full-time, Nights

Location Chicago, Illinois Business Unit Northwestern Memorial Hospital Job REQID REF37572J Job Function Clinical Nurse Shift Night Job (3rd) Pay rates are dependent upon experience. The minimum starting hourly rate for this position is 34 Apply Now

Northwestern Memorial Hospital is an academic medical center in the heart of downtown Chicago with physicians, surgeons, and caregivers representing nearly every medical specialty.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital enjoys a teaching and service partnership with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, an integration that provides patients access to leading-edge clinical trials and fosters an environment of world-class patient care, academic inquiry, and innovative research.

Northwestern Medicine is proud to have five hospitals ranked among “America’s Best” by U.S. News & World Report for 2021-22. Anchored by Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the No. 1 hospital in Illinois and a top 10 hospital in the nation, we’re leading the quest for better care and better treatments in the Chicagoland area.

Northwestern Memorial Hospital has also received Magnet® recognition*, the gold-standard for nursing excellence, from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Why Choose Northwestern Memorial Hospital?

At Northwestern Medicine, every patient interaction makes a difference in cultivating a positive workplace. This patient-first approach is what sets us apart as a leader in the healthcare industry. As an integral part of our team, you'll have the opportunity to join our quest for better healthcare, no matter where you work within the Northwestern Medicine system. At Northwestern Medicine, we pride ourselves on providing competitive benefits: from tuition reimbursement and loan forgiveness to 401(k) matching and lifecycle benefits, we take care of our employees. Ready to join our quest for better?

Description

Patient Population: GI, Surgical Oncology, Plastics, and Ears Nose & Throat

Shift Information: 

  • Full-time, 36 hours per week
  • 3 (12-hour shifts) from 7:00 PM - 7:30 AM 

General Care Information

The Specialty Surgery 12E is a multifaceted unit and is a great introduction to the care of a variety of post-surgical patients at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Our nurses provide care to extremely complex surgical patients that have often undergone life-altering surgery. Clinical nurses on theSpecialty Surgery 12E floor gain incredible experience and knowledge in a number of devices & procedures including ileostomies & colostomies, artificial airways including tracheostomies & T-tubes, negative pressure wound therapy, chest tubes, venous dopplers, and leech therapy. This unit allows for nurses to advance their skillset by combining cutting-edge technology and critical thinking skills to provide evidence-based comprehensive nursing care to our highly complex patient population.

Specialty surgeries include:

  • Tumor Removals
  • Ostomy Placements
  • Weight Loss Procedures
  • Reconstructive Flaps
  • Gender Affirming Surgeries

In addition, the unit offers an environment that supports teamwork and collaboration from all members of the interdisciplinary team. On Specialty Surgery 12E floor, nurses have the opportunity and are encouraged to get involved in departmental quality committees and contribute to advancements in our evidence-based nursing care by participating in our LEAD (Lead, Excel and Develop) program. We provide opportunities for professional growth and development and encourage lifelong learning to continue career advancement in the nursing field.

Please look at our 12 East Instagram page to see what our team has been up to recently!

Northwestern - 12E General Surgery Team Instagram Page

The Clinical Nursereflects the mission, vision, and values of NM, adheres to the organization’s Code of Ethics and Corporate Compliance Program, and complies with all relevant policies, procedures, guidelines and all other regulatory and accreditation standards.

The role of the professional clinical nurse is unique and essential to the care of the patient. The nurse demonstrates that unique and essential function through the framework for nursing practice.

Responsibilities:

Advocate:

  • Practices in accordance with the patient centered care model.
  • Develops an individualized age-specific culturally sensitive nursing plan of care for the patient that is based on the nursing process.
  • Incorporates the role of patient advocate into the plan of care.
  • Uses a team approach to develop and achieve daily patient-centered individualized care goals.
  • Acknowledges and values the contributions of the patients significant others as an integral part of the plan of care.
  • Identifies potential conflict situations and facilitates resolution using established communication channels.
  • Promotes and strives to protect the health, safety and rights of the patient.
  • Protects patients by maintaining a safe environment.

Clinical Expert:

  • Advances clinical expertise, as demonstrated through pursuit of informal and formal continuing education opportunities and obtaining specialty certification when eligible.
  • Continuously enhances skills and abilities to ensure the highest quality patient care.
  • Shares knowledge and expertise through educating team members, patients and students.
  • Demonstrates critical thinking by integrating theoretical knowledge and expertise to pose relevant clinical questions when evidence and practice differ.
  • Identifies priorities, sets realistic and measurable goals, prescribes and implements nursing interventions in a safe and timely manner.
  • Develops and implements individualized education plans for patients and families using suitable instructional materials and methods.
  • Evaluates and documents the patients responses to nursing interventions in the health record and properly individualizes the plan of care based on the evaluation of findings.
  • Identifies situations that require further intervention and escalates appropriately; consults appropriate experts and resources when needed.
  • Participates in the formation, implementation and evaluation of team goals.
  • Appropriately delegates and supervises interventions to implement the plan of care.
  • Conveys complete, timely and accurate information at hand off at the bedside or any hand off.
  • Adheres to ethical standards of practice.

Community Volunteer:

  • Participates in one or more volunteer initiatives annually - Northwestern Medicine organized or on his/her own.

Compassionate:

  • Consistently demonstrates interpersonal connections with patients and families from introduction through discharge.
  • Proactively responds to patient concerns such as speaking to patients about possible/expected delays in plan of care.
  • Treats patients, families, visitors and staff in a caring manner with respect and dignity.
  • Facilities recovery and where appropriate helps ensure a peaceful death for patients.

Professionally Engaged:

  • Is a member of a professional organization or participates on a Northwestern Medicine committee or taskforce at the hospital-wide, departmental, or unit level.
  • Demonstrates accountability and collaborative practice with co-workers, other disciplines, and departments.
  • Assumes responsibility for continued professional growth and education reflecting knowledge and understanding of current nursing practice.
  • Serves as a community mentor for team members.
  • Serves as a preceptor for new team members.
  • Participates in the peer feedback process by conducting a constructive assessment and evaluation of peer performance.
  • Works collaboratively with all hospital services to accomplish daily work and maintain an environment of excellence.
  • Participates in the development of policies, procedures and systems to support safe and effective care and advance nursing practice at NMH through the Shared Leadership Process.
  • Assumes personal responsibility for meeting internal (i.e. Best People profile, ELMs, CPR, and health requirements) and external regulatory and accreditation requirements.
  • Identifies opportunities for innovation and quality improvement; participates in innovation projects and the quality improvement process, including unit based quality committees.
  • Demonstrates accountability to Northwestern Medicine strategic, operational and fiscal goals.
  • Exemplifies a professional image in appearance and communications.
  • Maintains and advances the professional image of nursing and the practice of professional nursing through an ongoing analysis of resources.
  • Professional Organizations, literature, electronic resources, etc.

AA/EOE

Qualifications

Required:

  • Graduate of an NLN accredited school/college of nursing .
  • Baccalaureate degree in Nursing or higher.
  • Current State of Illinois, Registered Professional Nurse license.
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR through American Heart Association.
  • Analytic ability (conceptual and quantitative).
  • Oral, listening and written communication skills.
  • Strong human relation skills to interact effectively and collaborate with others in difficult situations.
  • Use of a keyboard to enter or retrieve data.

Preferred:

  • Experience in specific clinical area.
  • Nursing specialty certification, if eligible.

Equal Opportunity

Northwestern Medicine is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation or any other protected status.
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