Registered Nurse – Progressive Critical Care Unit (FTD)

Full Time Job Category: Nursing Shift Type: Days
Arkansas Heart Hospital Little Rock, AR

Do you want to be appreciated daily? Our nurses are celebrated for being the heroes on the front line, an ever-ready advocate for patients. At Arkansas Heart Hospital, our nurses lead a patient-focused care model, setting us apart from any other healthcare provider, where we bring care back to the bedside ensuring the best outcomes for our patients.  We are seeking a committed RN for our Progressive Critical Care Unit to join our team.

In the Progressive Critical Care Unit, our nurses play an integral role. Just as each of our patient’s characteristics are varied, we desire our nurses to be just as diverse.  Utilizing each nurse at the top of their scope and experience levels, we have a variety of patient populations for you to choose from!

Consider working as a primary nurse caring for up to 4 patients that are pre and post cardiothoracic surgery patients alongside another nurse with support by unlicensed team member.

Or choose to work on a care team as the nurse leader with an LPN and unlicensed team member caring for up to 7 cardiac / medical lower-acuity patients.

Or choose to work where you are need most, leveraging your skill and expertise with a mixed patient acuity assignment of up to 4 patients, including cardiac / medical / surgical patients.  This, also alongside another nurse and with support of an unlicensed team member.

Our patient focused care model makes it possible for nurses to choose the path that fits them best all while delivering the highest level of quality nursing care. Apply today for our RN Progressive Critical Care Unit opportunity.

What you will do in this role:

  • Assess patient condition, identifying and reporting any changes in patient status.
  • Perform procedures or other functions as ordered by the provider.
  • Document the administration of care in the patient medical record in a timely and thorough manner.
  • Perform the administration of prescribed medications and monitors effectiveness
  • Maintain a knowledge of medications, procedures, surgeries and equipment used in the care of cardiac / medical / surgical patients.

Arkansas Heart Hospital is the premiere cardiac hospital in the state of Arkansas. Our main campus is located in the heart of Little Rock, with clinics nearby in Little Rock and North Little Rock. We serve central Arkansas with cardiac care and a full range of cardiac services, ranging from surgical procedures to cardiology to electrophysiology at our Heart Rhythm Institute.

“World’s Best Hospitals”- 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 – Newsweek
5-star hospital – CMS


  • 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


  • 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