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RN Full Time - Neuroscience ICU

Company: Prisma Health
Location: Lexington
Posted on: January 13, 2022

Job Description:

Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit (NSICU) - The Neuroscience ICU is a 16-bed unit caring for critically ill patients with injury or disease to the nervous system. The nurse to patient ratio is 1:2. Common diagnoses of patients include post-op craniotomies or tumor resections, interventional radiology procedures, ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke including SAH, post TPA administration, brain tumor and AVM. Care of this population incorporates a multi-disciplinary team of physicians with specialized training in neuro critical care, acute care nurse practitioners, critical care nurses with neuroscience training and critical care trained pharmacists. There is also a close involvement with physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, respiratory therapists and case managers. Nurses hired to NSICU will continue education specifically around the neuroscience patient population and will directly assist practitioners, while monitoring patients, during bedside procedures such as IVD placement, CVC insertion and intubations.

Our neuroscience service at Prisma Health is co-led by Roham Moftakhar, MD, Chief of Neurosurgery, Prisma Health Richland Hospital, and Souvik Sen, MD, MPH, Chair, USC School of Medicine Department of Neurology. They share a vision to provide the most advanced neurology and neurological surgery treatments available to the residents of South Carolina.

Through recruitment of the best and brightest neurologists and neurosurgeons, investment in the most advanced equipment and technology, participation in cutting edge research, and education of the next generation of neuroscience physicians, Prisma Health and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine are committed to offering the area's premier neuroscience service.

Position Summary:

Provides direct and indirect nursing care to assigned patients. Works under the direct and indirect supervision of the Nurse Manager or designee but is independent in the application of nursing knowledge and skills. Manages clinical situations for which he/she is responsible.

All team members are responsible for bringing life to our Purpose Statement Inspire health. Serve with compassion. Be the difference through every action and every interaction at work.


Assessment: Collects patient data and completes required forms with appropriate responses according to unit standards; identifies patient's problems/needs and sets priorities; identifies problems requiring further referral and/or follow-up; interprets and records latest diagnostic results; performs nursing assessment using critical thinking skills.

Planning Care: Develops a plan of care based on nursing process and which incorporates the plans of other disciplines and continuing care needs; includes the patient/family in developing or revising the plan of care; makes referrals to multidisciplinary support services.

Implementing/Managing Care: Care provided conforms to accepted practice standards; provides treatments/procedures and other care as prescribed and according to patient care standards; demonstrates understanding of age-related characteristics and needs of patients served; explains nursing procedures; provides discharge teaching; identifies emergency situations and independently initiates advanced therapy; acts as an advocate and coordinator of patient care with other health care personnel and evaluates patient care measures instituted; understands and demonstrates respect for patient rights and utilizes established mechanisms for management of ethical issues in patient care.

Evaluation: Records patient care delivered as planned and any variation, with appropriate rationale; makes and records observations related to impending or associated problems; implements nursing measures related to impending or associated problems.

Leadership: Using nursing process, delegates nursing care to appropriate personnel; integrates cost effective measures into nursing practice; recognizes unit problems and takes responsibility for documenting same; demonstrates active participation in QI processes; complies with hospital expectations to meet staffing demands based on patient care needs; complies with policies addressing safe working conditions; monitors unsafe working conditions; recognizes inappropriate patient care management and refers to immediate supervisor; fulfills call for unit as assigned and completes under supervision unit tasks specified as leadership role responsibilities with appropriate documentation.


Education: Graduate of an accredited school of Nursing program and approved by the South Carolina State Board of Nursing required. Bachelor's degree in Nursing preferred. Work experience may NOT substitute for education requirement.

Number and type of team members supervised: Licensed and non-licensed personnel.

Licensure, registry or certification required: RN currently licensed in South Carolina; Current BLS (Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers) required prior to start date directly through the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, or the military. (To register: Blended Learning or In Person BLS through the American Red Cross; or Classroom or Skills Session BLS through the American Heart Association. Certification must include an in-person skills session. Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) is required within 90 days of start date.

Special training: Must possess knowledge and skills necessary to treat patients and other training as required by department.


Keywords: Prisma Health, Columbia , RN Full Time - Neuroscience ICU, Healthcare , Lexington, South Carolina

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