As one of the nation’s leading pediatric health care systems, Nemours is committed to providing all children with their best chance to grow up healthy. We offer integrated, family-centered care to more than 300,000 children each year in our pediatric hospitals, specialty clinics and primary care practices in Delaware, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Nemours strives to ensure a healthier tomorrow for all children – even those who may never enter our doors – through our world-changing research, education and advocacy efforts. At Nemours, our Associates help us deliver on the promise we make to every family we have the privilege of serving: to treat their child as if they were our own.
This individual will work collaboratively with physicians, nurse practitioners, consultants, nurses and other health care providers, dedicating his/her specialized work to patients in the PICU. The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit of Nemours/AI duPont Hospital for Children is a 24 bed unit in a Level 1 Trauma Center. Patients requiring care and surveillance in the PICU will have conditions and diagnoses which may include, but are not limited to, those producing: acute and reversible loss of consciousness, respiratory failure, compromised air exchange, cardiovascular dysfunction, hepatic failure, hemodynamic instability, renal dysfunction, CNS injury or dysfunction, acute trauma and organ failure requiring transplantation.
Treatments or interventions performed in the PICU include measures utilizing advance life support technology including cardiopulmonary resuscitation, tracheal intubation, ECMO, mechanical ventilation, pharmacologic support of circulation, point of care monitoring, CRRT, thoracentesis as well as hemodynamic monitoring, ICP monitoring and intravascular monitoring. Equipment used includes, but is not limited to, radiant warmer beds, heating/cooling blanket systems, Mapleson manual ventilation, end tidal CO2 monitors, ventilators, hemodynamic monitoring systems, ICP monitoring systems, ventriculostomy systems, infusion pumps, blood warmer, continuous renal replacement systems and peripheral nerve stimulators. Clinical competency skills include lumbar puncture, central line placement, arterial line placement, intubation and chest tube placement.
Practices collaboratively with physicians and other health care providers to provide high quality health care to children.
Performs appropriate assessment of patient/family upon referral/admission.
Performs ongoing assessment and evaluation of patient progress and revision of interdisciplinary plan of care.
May use prescriptive authority if appropriately credentialed to do so.
Collaborates interprofessionally as needed.
Identifies patient/family need for further resources and initiates appropriate referrals.
Assists the Staff Nurse in formulating the Nursing Care Plan and setting priorities based on the needs of patient and family.
Documents patient care and progress on patient's chart.
Coordinates Nursing Plan for Discharge in collaboration with the Staff Nurse and other members of the health care team.
Provides patient/family teaching based on identification of learning needs.
Evaluates compliance with the prescribed treatment regimen through telephone calls, family/patient assessments and outpatient visits as needed.
Acts as a patient's advocate. Acts as a role model to other members of the Nursing Department to foster professional development.
Acts as a liaison between families and members of the health care team.
Utilizes advanced knowledge and specialized skill in nursing practice in accordance with the Nurse Practice Act, hospital policy and protocol.
Promotes standards of care for the specialty area.
Identifies educational needs of nursing staff regarding the care of patients in the specialty area.
Serves as an educational resource for unit and the Organization.
Collaborates with nursing management in the monitoring and evaluation of the quality and appropriateness of patient care within the specialty area.
Fosters a spirit of inquiry, identifies nursing problems, and participates in research endeavors.
Disseminates nursing research findings and incorporates these findings into nursing practices for patient care within the specialty area.
Serves as a consultant within specialty area for colleagues both intra and extra departmentally and in the community.
Maintains a current knowledge base through participation in appropriate professional activities and organizations.
Assesses own strengths and weaknesses, identifies resources for professional growth and utilizes these resources to promote professional growth.
Demonstrates effective communication skills with health care team and patient, family, and members of the health care team.
Responsible for participation in departmental and hospital programs for Quality Assessment and Improvement, identifying opportunities to improve services, making recommendations and implementing actions as appropriate and consistent with the goals of the Nemours Foundation.
Demonstrates proficiency in the care of all age groups; neonates, infants, toddlers, school aged, adolescents and adults.
Master of Science in Nursing
Three years of related clinical experience
Active Delaware (or compact state) Registered Nurse Licensure required
Active Delaware Advanced Practice Nurse Licensure, with or without prescriptive authority required
Delaware Controlled Substance Registration (CSR)
Federal DEA registration with Delaware Address
Current appropriate pediatric national certification .
Current Pediatric Acute Care Certification required
Our dedication to professionals who are dedicated to children frequently earns Nemours a spot on the list of top workplaces in the communities we serve. Our Associates enjoy comprehensive benefits, including our unique “Bridge to a Healthy Future” pediatric health plan, an integrated wellness program, opportunities for professional growth, and much more. As an equal opportunity employer, Nemours focuses on the best-qualified applicants for our openings.
Nemours is committed to improving the health of children. As a non-profit children’s health organization, we consider the health of every child to be a sacred trust. Through family-centered care in our children’s hospitals and clinics in Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Florida, as well as world-changing research, education and advocacy, Nemours fulfills the promise of a healthier tomorrow for all children — even those who may never enter our doors. Nemours began more than 70 years ago with the vision of Alfred I. duPont to improve the lives of children and to do whatever it takes to prevent and treat even the most disabling childhood conditions. Today, through our children’s hospitals and health system, we directly care for 250,000 children annually in Delaware Valley and Florida, including families who travel from across the country and world to see our specialists — treating every child as we would our own. We also reach beyond the walls of our hospitals and clinics to be a voice for children on a national and international level, and to lead the way in prevention, intervention, education, and research. Nemours is growing to better serve the children and families in our ca...re. We have 1.1 million square feet of space currently devoted to providing children’s healthcare or under construction, all designed with significant input and advice from our patients and families.