Registered Nurse 2, VPNPP Acute Care of the Elderly (ACE) (7PM - 7AM) (NIGHTS)

Nashville, Davidson County
Jul 15, 2014


Our unit specializes in cardiac telemetry, geriatric care and inpatient medicine for a wide variety of medical diagnoses.  Our patient focus is on providing quality care with attention to clinical expertise, evidence-based practice, patient safety, and positive outcomes utilizing an interdisciplinary team approach.

A typical shift for our nurses includes direct patient care while working side by side with care partners and a designated shift charge nurse.

We focus on excellence in inpatient medicine and geriatric care, using Geriatric Nursing Practice Guidelines when caring for patients 65 and older. 

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.

Key Functions and Expected Performances:
    1. Practice adheres to specialty and organizational standards.
    2. Addresses patient safety needs
    3. Applies age specific/cultural considerations to care of patient.
    4. Organizes and triages patient care - timely, accurate, and acuity determination.
    5. Manages patient flow for maximum efficiency and notifies internal resources of changes
    6. Appropriately communicates changes in patient condition.
    7. Takes on additional clinical responsibilities and/or assists others.
    8. Takes on additional clinical responsibilities and/or assists others.
    9. Delegates to staff appropriately, with consideration for other team members' workload.
    10. Patients and families are satisfied with the care this nurse has given.
    11. Manages complex clinical situations.
    1. Identifies discharge/transfer needs and initiates plan for movement to next level of care.
    2. Uses internal & external referrals & resources that support patients/families through continuum of care.
    3. Initiates change in plan for next level of care in unexpected, changing and complex situations.
    4. Acts to resolve systems breakdowns, knowledge, and behavior issues that impact continuum of care needs.
    1. Incorporates a variety of resources to teach and support patient and family learning
    2. Individualizes patient/family education for complex patients/families
    3. Led in development/revision/use of teaching tools/aids for specific population within the last year.
    1. Identifies and takes action to resolve patient safety related problems and other clinical issues.
    2. Identifies and takes action to resolve systems (operational/workarounds) problems.
    3. Follows appropriate chain of command when problem solving.
    4. Actively participates in team/group problem solving.
    5. Uses interdisciplinary approach to lead others in problem solving projects and evaluates outcomes using data.
    6. Positively supports change.
    7. Is a consultant to manager (ex: clinical, proposed changes, dept enhancements).
    1. Personal behavior positively influences environment and others (may include attendance, tardiness, team support).
    2. Participates in rounds with HCT
    3. Effectively communicates and collaborates with patients, families, and other HCT members
    4. Effectively communicates and collaborates with staff and other HCT members.
    5. Communicates positively and constructively in stressful situations.
    6. Provides accurate and objective feedback in a respectful and professional manner while maintaining confidentiality.
    7. Completes assigned evaluation tools within designated timeframe
    8. Receives peer feedback in a respectful and professional manner.
    9. Participates directly in and/or supports orientation of new staff.
    10. Facilitates internal and/or external customer satisfaction.
    1. 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.
    2. Participates in quality improvement initiatives.
    3. Participates in developing and/or revising evidence based practice guidelines.
    4. Participates in quality improvement initiatives.
    5. Leads in the development and/or revision of evidence based practice guidelines.
    6. Participated in scholarly/professional activities in the past year
Additional Information:
This is a full-time, non-exempt position (36 hours per week). 
Scheduled hours are typically 7:00 p.m. - 7:00 a.m.; however, additional hours may be needed as business dictates. 
Hourly rate is dependent upon education and experience. 
Background screens will be performed and education will be verified prior to employment.  Please be prepared to provide required information and/or documentation. 
Vanderbilt is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer

Basic Qualifications

This position requires a Graduate of an accredited discipline specific program and 1 year of experience or the equivalent.

Licensure, Certification, and/or Registration (LCR):

Registered Nurse

Job Registered Nurse

Primary Location TN-Nashville-Medical Center North (MCN)

Organization 7 RW / ACE Unit 201128