Registered Nurses in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit at Chandler Hospital provide care primarily to adult patients between 18-90 years of age. This unit provides care to patients recovering from surgical procedures which include: heart bypass, post-operative cardiothoracic, heart/lung transplant, and open-heart surgery as well as congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiogenic shock, and sepsis. Patients’ length of stay can range from overnight to several weeks or months. The unit also has a clinical nurse specialist on-site to provide education, referrals and consultations for staff, patients and their family members.
The primary responsibilities for this position consist of providing total, comprehensive, continuous and patient centered care which includes: assessing, documenting, planning, implementing, teaching, developing, and evaluating a comprehensive nursing plan of care; delivering direct patient care; ensuring patient satisfaction; training and delegating duties for Nursing Care Technicians (Nursing Assistant); and adhering to University policies and procedures as well as federal, state and local regulations. Furthermore, this environment supports collaborative efforts among the nursing staff and the team of physicians to increase communication and enhance expected patient outcomes. This includes utilization of the nursing process in conjunction with a comprehensive patient-centered plan of care, ensuring patient satisfaction.