Position Summary

Responsible for performing all assigned diagnostic ultrasound exams in a timely manner. Performs procedures according to physician’s orders or per prescription on outpatients. As a member of the care team, the Cardiac Sonographer is responsible for working collaboratively with other members to assure safe and accurate delivery of patient care. Assumes, under the direction of the Laboratory, responsibility for patient specimen testing, quality control, quality improvement, and equipment maintenance.

Primary Duties

  • Performs quality echocardiograms utilizing 2-D, 3-D, Colorflow, pulsed- and continuous-wave Doppler.
  • Assists physicians and nurses with transesophageal echocardiograms. Responsible for probe care, sterilization and safety.
  • May perform stress and pharmacological echocardiograms.
  • Evaluates each test and provides physicians, when necessary, with preliminary reports.
  • Exercises personal judgment regarding when to notify physicians of a test result immediately.
  • Orders all supplies within the Echo department, anticipating future needs.
  • Stocks all necessary supplies for Echo lab (i.e., gel bottles, gowns, tapes).
  • Attends to weekly duties as designated.
  • Responsible for assuring the studies completed are available to the Cardiologist or appropriate physician.
  • Maintains all equipment used.
  • Stores echo studies according to approved guidelines.
  • Maintains accurate logs of all studies performed.
  • Performs Point of Care procedures in a timely manner according to established policy and procedure.  Documents required information and complies with all Point of Care quality control standards.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications/Specifications

  • Education: Associate of Science degree in diagnostic ultrasound or certificate of successful completion from an accredited school of cardiac ultrasound required. Bachelor degree in any major, particularly Sonography, preferred.
  • Licensure/ Certification: Registry-eligible required. Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS) and/or Registered Cardiac Sonographer (RCS) in adult echocardiography preferred or required within six (6) months of employment. Current BLS certification within 90 days of employment or placement in position required. ACLS required prior to participating in walk stress testing.
  • Experience: None required. At least one year in echocardiography and vascular ultrasound preferred.

The Progressive Critical Care Unit (PCCU) is a 112 bed inpatient unit that provides complex care to a variety of adult patient populations.  There are 7 beds utilized for scheduled outpatient procedures, and the remaining beds for med-surg to critical care patients with a focus on the following:  medicine, cardiology (diagnostic, interventional, structural, electrophysiology), general surgery, cardiothoracic and vascular surgery.

PCCU design allows for YOU to care for patients with varying care levels from stable to critical, yet every room is a critical care room to support our patient-focused-care model.  This way, the patient never need move in and out of ‘ICU’ when their condition changes.  The care is brought to the patient, not the other way around.  This also means every nurse is a critical care nurse, or is trained to become one.

PCCU is also a fast-paced environment where YOU have the opportunity to work with cutting-edge procedure, surgeries and treatment – sometimes the first in the state of Arkansas.

PCCU is where YOU have the opportunity for professional growth through support in seeking Nationally Recognized Specialty Certification – such as CCRN, advancing your Nursing Degree, Clinical Ladder, other specialized training (First Assist, IABP, Impella, Prevue) and more!

PCCU is a family you can belong to!  We celebrate each other through All Heart Nominations and recognition, and attend functions such as Arkansas Travelers baseball games, Heart Summit, Christmas Party just to name a few.

PCCU is where YOU can give back to your profession.  Love to teach?  We have Preceptor Programs for teaching a new nurse, as well as an experienced nurse.  You may want to join us for Cardiac Anatomy and dissect a heart with an eager nursing student, or give time in the community doing health fairs.

The Registered Nurse (RN) working in the Progressive Critical Care Unit (PCCU) has primary responsibility for adult patients with varying degrees of resilience, vulnerability, stability, predictability, complexity, ability to participate in care and decision making, and availability of home care resources.

Responsibilities:

  • Assessment, Nursing Diagnosis, Outcome Identification, Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Responding to life-saving situations, including providing advanced life cardiac support
  • Assisting providers with procedures, including moderate sedation
  • Administering wound care, medications, including intravenous fluids and titration of vasoactive continuous infusions
  • Management of critical care patient equipment, including ventilators, BIPAP, cardiac and hemodynamic monitoring, etc.
  • Care and Management of pre/post procedure/surgical patients, including cardiothoracic, vascular, general surgical and medical
  • Providing education and support to patients/caregivers
  • Supervision/delegation of duties to unlicensed assist personnel
  • Patient specimen testing and quality control under direction of the Laboratory
  • Documents findings and communicates effectively
  • Maintains patient confidentiality, standard precautions

Qualifications/Specifications:

  • Education: Graduate of an accredited nursing program; BSN preferred but not required
  • Licensure/Certification:  Registered Nurse with current state licensure or licensure from a state within the Nursing Compact
  • Experience:  one year cardiac or critical care nursing (exception – New Graduate RN Residency Program)
  • BLS within 30 days of hire and prior to completion of clinical orientation
  • ACLS prior to completion of clinical orientation
  • Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN) preferred
  • Nurse Characteristics varying from advanced beginner to expert with the goal of promoting patient’s optimal outcome:
    • Clinical Judgment – clinical reasoning
    • Advocacy – ability to work on another’s behalf
    • Caring Practices – compassionate, engaging
    • Collaboration – works well with others
    • Systems Thinking – global perspective for patient needs
    • Response to diversity – sensitivity, appreciation
    • Clinical inquiry – innovation through learning and evaluation of practice
    • Facilitation of learning – for patient and caregivers, including validation of learning

 

 

Position Summary:

This professional staff person is responsible for performing assessments, developing a plan of care and implementing and evaluating the care. The RN administers medications and treatments as ordered by physicians and in keeping with the current clinical nursing practice. Also responsible for directing, monitoring and evaluating the care delegated to non-licensed personnel. The RN leads the interdisciplinary care team for patients with primarily general acute/critical disease processes. In addition, the RN performs a range of technical services in a cross-functional mode to comprehensively serve patient needs. Assumes (under the direction of the Laboratory) responsibility for patient specimen testing, quality control, quality improvement and equipment maintenance.

Intensive care unit-Located on the 2nd floor is a 9 bed ICU with hardwire monitored rooms for those patients that are unstable requiring a higher nurse to patient ratio. These patients include, but not limited to, Mechanical ventilation, invasive monitoring, post-resuscitation requiring frequent vital sign monitoring, trauma requiring frequent vital signs or neuro checks, medical or surgical patients requiring close observation, and/or acute hemodialysis.  The 12-hour shifts will be on a track schedule rotating through required weekends.

Primary Duties:

  • Completes admission assessment and periodic reassessments according to patient’s progress and/or unit routines and patient population-specific parameters.
  • Documents findings and communicates all pertinent information to interdisciplinary team members as appropriate.
  • Collaborates with interdisciplinary team members in the development, evaluation and revision of the plan of care as appropriate to meet the patient’s needs and goals.
  • Provides competent direct care and ensures the provision of a safe and comforting environment resulting in a high level of patient satisfaction.
  • Assists healthcare team members in the understanding of hospital policies and procedures.
  • Provides education to patients/families/significant others, incorporating patient population-specific criteria and assessment of readiness to learn.
  • Maintains patient confidentiality.
  • Maintains standard precautions.
  • Administers medications and completes treatments according to provider orders, hospital policy and within patient population-specific parameters.
  • Maintains all necessary documentation.
  • Facilitates transition of care plan in collaboration with interdisciplinary team.
  • Demonstrates knowledge and ability to use necessary patient care equipment.
  • Coordinates response of the interdisciplinary team to emergency situations.
  • Performs Point-of-Care procedures in a timely manner according to established policy and procedure. Documents required information and complies with all Point-of-Care quality control standards.
  • Ability to formulate an individualized plan of care and revise plan according to the patient’s response to treatment. Evaluates plan regularly for effectiveness.
  • Communicates appropriately and clearly to Resource Nurse, CCO and Physician.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of cardiac monitoring; identifies dysrhythmias and treats appropriately based on orders and ACLS protocol.
  • Able to perform a head-to-toe assessment on all patients per policy.
  • Able to monitor hemodynamic status of patient and correctly interpret the results.
  • Consults other departments as appropriate to provide an interdisciplinary approach to the patient’s needs.
  • Coordinates and supervises patient care as necessary.
  •  This position is designated as a safety sensitive position because of the essential duties of the job involves critical medical care to patients.  A lapse in attention to detail may constitute a threat to health or safety resulting in injury, illness or death.  This position is required to work in a constant state of alertness in a safe manner. 

Qualifications/Specifications:

  • Education: Graduate of an accredited nursing program required.
  • Licensure/Certification: Registered Nurse with current state licensure or licensure from a state within the Nursing Compact required. BLS certification required within 30 days of employment and prior to providing direct patient care.  Successful completion of ACLS certification is required for any Registered Nurse by completion of clinical orientation. Certifications will be renewed by recommended renewal date on the certification documentation.

 

Position Summary:

This professional staff person is responsible for performing assessments, developing a plan of care and implementing and evaluating the care. The RN administers medications and treatments as ordered by physicians and in keeping with the current clinical nursing practice. Also responsible for directing, monitoring and evaluating the care delegated to non-licensed personnel. The RN leads the interdisciplinary care team for patients with primarily general acute/critical disease processes. In addition, the RN performs a range of technical services in a cross-functional mode to comprehensively serve patient needs. Assumes (under the direction of the Laboratory) responsibility for patient specimen testing, quality control, quality improvement and equipment maintenance.

Intensive care unit-Located on the 2nd floor is a 9 bed ICU with hardwire monitored rooms for those patients that are unstable requiring a higher nurse to patient ratio. These patients include, but not limited to, Mechanical ventilation, invasive monitoring, post-resuscitation requiring frequent vital sign monitoring, trauma requiring frequent vital signs or neuro checks, medical or surgical patients requiring close observation, and/or acute hemodialysis.  The 12-hour shifts will be on a track schedule rotating through required weekends.

Primary Duties:

  • Completes admission assessment and periodic reassessments according to patient’s progress and/or unit routines and patient population-specific parameters.
  • Documents findings and communicates all pertinent information to interdisciplinary team members as appropriate.
  • Collaborates with interdisciplinary team members in the development, evaluation and revision of the plan of care as appropriate to meet the patient’s needs and goals.
  • Provides competent direct care and ensures the provision of a safe and comforting environment resulting in a high level of patient satisfaction.
  • Assists healthcare team members in the understanding of hospital policies and procedures.
  • Provides education to patients/families/significant others, incorporating patient population-specific criteria and assessment of readiness to learn.
  • Maintains patient confidentiality.
  • Maintains standard precautions.
  • Administers medications and completes treatments according to provider orders, hospital policy and within patient population-specific parameters.
  • Maintains all necessary documentation.
  • Facilitates transition of care plan in collaboration with interdisciplinary team.
  • Demonstrates knowledge and ability to use necessary patient care equipment.
  • Coordinates response of the interdisciplinary team to emergency situations.
  • Performs Point-of-Care procedures in a timely manner according to established policy and procedure. Documents required information and complies with all Point-of-Care quality control standards.
  • Ability to formulate an individualized plan of care and revise plan according to the patient’s response to treatment. Evaluates plan regularly for effectiveness.
  • Communicates appropriately and clearly to Resource Nurse, CCO and Physician.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of cardiac monitoring; identifies dysrhythmias and treats appropriately based on orders and ACLS protocol.
  • Able to perform a head-to-toe assessment on all patients per policy.
  • Able to monitor hemodynamic status of patient and correctly interpret the results.
  • Consults other departments as appropriate to provide an interdisciplinary approach to the patient’s needs.
  • Coordinates and supervises patient care as necessary.
  •  This position is designated as a safety sensitive position because of the essential duties of the job involves critical medical care to patients.  A lapse in attention to detail may constitute a threat to health or safety resulting in injury, illness or death.  This position is required to work in a constant state of alertness in a safe manner. 

Qualifications/Specifications:

  • Education: Graduate of an accredited nursing program required.
  • Licensure/Certification: Registered Nurse with current state licensure or licensure from a state within the Nursing Compact required. BLS certification required within 30 days of employment and prior to providing direct patient care.  Successful completion of ACLS certification is required for any Registered Nurse by completion of clinical orientation. Certifications will be renewed by recommended renewal date on the certification documentation.

 

Position Summary:

Responsible for setting up and operating various types of respiratory care equipment to be utilized in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiopulmonary diseases as ordered by physicians. As a member of the patient-focused care team, the Respiratory Therapist works collaboratively with the other members to assure the safe and accurate delivery of care. In addition, the Respiratory Therapist performs a range of technical procedures related to cardiopulmonary hemodynamics to comprehensively serve patient needs. Assumes, under the direction of the Laboratory, responsibility for patient specimen testing, quality control, quality improvement, and equipment maintenance.

Primary Duties:

  • Assesses patient appropriately, interprets results accurately and suggests alternative treatment.
  • Able to appropriately change modes of therapy.
  • Prioritizes work assignments efficiently.
  • Able to work independently, demonstrating respect for patient’s rights and confidentiality.
  • Communicates effectively with physicians, patients and co-workers.
  • Documents by exception and communicates to physicians and nurses all pertinent information.
  • Involves patient and significant others in the care activities as a means of informing and teaching.
  • Actively assists the physicians in the clinical management of patients.
  • Administers medications according to hospital policy.
  • Effectively and efficiently receives/interprets telephone and verbal orders and documents appropriately.
  • Demonstrates knowledge and ability to use necessary patient equipment.
  • Demonstrates ability to react calmly and effectively in an emergency situation.
  •  Performs Point of Care procedures in a timely manner according to established policy and procedures.
  • Documents required information and complies with all Point of Care quality control standards.
  • This position is designated as a safety sensitive position because of the essential duties of the job involves critical medical care to patients.  A lapse in attention to detail may constitute a threat to health or safety resulting in injury, illness or death.  This position is required to work in a constant state of alertness in a safe manner. 

Qualifications/Specifications:

  • Education: Graduate of an approved, accredited program recognized by the Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) required.
  • Licensure/ Certification: Current state licensure (Licensed Respiratory Care Practitioner) required. PALS certification required within six months of employment. BLS training required prior to completion of orientation; ACLS required within six months of employment. Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) preferred. Active membership in the AARC (American Association of Respiratory Care) preferred. Certification is to be renewed by recommended renewal date on certification card.
  • Experience: Minimum of two years acute care experience preferred.

Position Summary:

This position is responsible for assisting clinical team members by performing a variety of duties for patients within the patient-focused care system and under the direction/supervision of a registered nurse. Assumes, under the direction of the Laboratory, responsibility for patient specimen testing, quality control, quality improvement, and equipment maintenance.

Primary Duties:

  • Always greets patients courteously and makes comfortable with department/surroundings.
  • Ensures admission chart is ready and actively assists with admission process (ID band, computer information, and consent form).
  • Actively participates in administering patient care and ensures a safe and comforting environment.
  • Responds to patients needs in a timely manner.
  • Assists patients with ADLs, including meals, bathing and hygiene needs.
  • Performs/assists with range of motion exercises and progressive ambulation as directed by RN.
  • Performs/assists with positioning patients and transferring patients from bed to chair or wheelchair or stretcher. Transports patients as needed.
  • Reports changes in condition to the RN in a timely manner.
  • Maintains personal responsibility for clinical growth and development.
  • Applies the knowledge of growth and development to appropriate patient populations.
  • Maintains patient confidentiality.
  • Maintains standard precautions.
  • Performs Point of Care procedures in a timely manner according to established policy and procedure.  Documents required information and complies with all Point of Care quality control standards.
  • This position is designated as a safety sensitive position because of the essential duties of the job involves critical medical care to patients.  A lapse in attention to detail may constitute a threat to health or safety resulting in injury, illness or death.  This position is required to work in a constant state of alertness in a safe manner. 

 

Qualifications/Specifications:

  • Education: High school graduate or G.E.D. certificate required.
  • Licensure/Certification: None required. CNA, MA and/or paramedic certification (National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT) paramedic certification) preferred. BLS certification required within the first 30 days of employment. Certification is to be renewed by recommended renewal date on certification card.  Basic EKG skills required within 6 months of employment.
  • Experience: With CNA, MA and/or paramedic certification, no experience required. Without CNA, MA or paramedic certification, minimum of one year patient care experience in a nursing home or hospital (acute care setting preferred) or one year nursing school required.