Located in Nashville, Tennessee, and operating at a global crossroads of teaching, discovery and patient care, VUMC is a community of individuals who come to work each day with the simple aim of changing the world. It is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity — of culture, thinking, learning and leading — is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something that is bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt's mission is to advance health and wellness through preeminent programs in patient care, education, and research.
JOB SUMMARY: Upon graduation and obtaining a degree in Nursing from a NLN or CCNE accredited program and Tennessee state-approved program, applies the nursing process to plan and manage the care of patients, including patient and family education and continuum of care planning. Effectively communicates pertinent patient/family information to health care. team. Participates in finding solutions for variances from patient goals and ensures implementation of solutions. Furthers professional growth by engaging in 6- 10 hours of learning activities annually. Employee must be available for 144 hours per quarter (12 shifts, and for 60 hours (5 shifts) of weekend shifts per quarter (60 of 144) and for 2 holiday/difficult to staff day per year.
PLANNING & MANAGING CARE
Practice adheres to specialty and organizational standards.
Addresses patient safety needs
Applies age specific/cultural considerations to care of patient.
Organizes and triages patient care - timely, accurate, and acuity determination.
Manages patient flow for maximum efficiency and notifies internal resources of changes
Appropriately communicates changes in patient condition.
Takes on additional clinical responsibilities and/or assists others.
Delegates to staff appropriately, with consideration for other team members' workload.
Patients and families are satisfied with the care this nurse has given.
Manages complex clinical situations.
CONTINUUM OF CARE PLANNING
Identifies discharge/transfer needs and initiates plan for movement to next level of care.
Uses internal & external referrals & resources that support patients/families through continuum of care.
Initiates change in plan for next level of care in unexpected, changing and complex situations.
Acts to resolve systems breakdowns, knowledge, and behavior issues that impact continuum of care needs.
PATIENT & FAMILY EDUCATION
Incorporates a variety of resources to teach and support patient and family learning
Individualizes patient/family education for complex patients/families
Led in development/revision/use of teaching tools/aids for specific population within the last year.
Identifies and takes action to resolve patient safety related problems and other clinical issues.
Identifies and takes action to resolve systems (operational/workarounds) problems.
Follows appropriate chain of command when problem solving.
Actively participates in team/group problem solving.
Uses interdisciplinary approach to lead others in problem solving projects and evaluates outcomes using data.
Positively supports change.
Is a consultant to manager (ex: clinical, proposed changes, dept enhancements).
COMMUNICATION & COLLABORATION
Personal behavior positively influences environment and others (may include attendance, tardiness, team support).
Participates in rounds with HCT.
Effectively communicates and collaborates with patients, families, and other HCT members
Effectively communicates and collaborates with staff and other HCT members.
Communicates positively and constructively in stressful situations.
Provides accurate and objective feedback in a respectful and professional manner while maintaining confidentiality.
Completes assigned evaluation tools within designated timeframe
Receives peer feedback in a respectful and professional manner.
Participates directly in and/or supports orientation of new staff.
Provide to manager evidence of self- educational activities within timeframe designated by manager. *Total # of contact hours, courses taken, articles read/hours spent in self education.
Participates in quality improvement initiatives.
Participates in developing and/or revising evidence based practice guidelines.
Participates in quality improvement projects.
Leads in the development and/or revision of evidence based practice guidelines.
Participated in scholarly/professional activities in the past year
Our Nursing Philosophy
We believe highly skilled and specialized nursing care is essential to Vanderbilt University Medical Center's mission of quality in patient care, education and research. We believe nursing is an applied art and science focused on helping people, families and communities reach excellent health and well-being.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center is home to Vanderbilt University Hospital, The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital and the Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital. These hospitals experienced more than 61,000 inpatient admissions during fiscal year 2015. Vanderbilt’s adult and pediatric clinics treated nearly 2 million patients during this same period.
Vanderbilt University Hospital and the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt are recognized again this year by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals as among the nation’s best with 18 nationally ranked specialties.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center is world renowned because of the innovation, work ethic and collegiality of its employees. From our health care advances to our compassionate care, Vanderbilt owes its accomplishments and reputation to staff and faculty who bring skill and drive and innovation to the medical center day after day. World-leading academic departments and comprehensive centers of excellence pursue scientific discoveries and transformational educational and clinical advances across the entire spectrum of health and disea...se.
As the largest employer in middle Tennessee, we welcome those who are interested in ongoing development in a caring, culturally sensitive and professional atmosphere. Most of us spend so much of our lives at work, we want to be part of maintaining a workplace in which people support one another and encourage reaching for excellence. Many high-achieving employees stay at Vanderbilt because of the professional growth they experience and because of their appreciation of Vanderbilt’s benefits, public events and discussions, athletic opportunities, beautiful setting and, above all, sense of community and purpose.
Vanderbilt and its employees share a set of mutual expectations that have been created with productivity, legality, fairness and safety always in mind. We believe that our investment in training and compensating employees multiplies in value when we enable individuals to deliver their best performance for the benefit of us all.