The Critical Care Transport Nurse develops, implements, and evaluates the nursing plan of care and medical plan of care in the pre-hospital and in hospital environment in collaboration with all disciplines. The Critical Care Transport nurse may also provide assistance throughout the hospital as needed, dependent on call volume and completion of other assigned duties.
Why Reading Hospital?
- Magnet designated
- Level I Trauma Center
- Emergency Nurses Association 2018 Lantern Award
- MICU: Silver Beacon Award for Excellence by The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
- Healthgrades: America's 100 Best Hospitals Award™ (2017-2019)
- Five-Star Ranking, 2019 – one of only 11 hospitals in the state to do so!
- US News & World Report: 6th best hospital in PA
- Comprehensive benefits to include earned time off, enhanced tuition assistance, retirement savings with employer match and so much more!
ADVOCACY AND MORAL AGENCY - 194:
Working on another's behalf and representing the concerns of the patient and family and nursing staff; serving as a moral agent in identifying and helping to
resolve ethical and clinical concerns within and outside the clinical setting. The Responsibility and Accountability 'meets standards' when:
- (1) Assesses personal values.
- (2) Aware of ethical conflicts and issues that may surface in the clinical setting.
- (3) Makes ethical and moral decisions based on rules.
- (4) Advocates for patient when patient cannot represent self.
- (5) Aware of patients' rights.
CARING PRACTICES - 194:
Nursing activities that create a compassionate, supportive and therapeutic environment for patients and staff, with the aim of promoting comfort and healing
and preventing unnecessary suffering. Includes, but is not limited to, vigilance, engagement and responsiveness of caregivers, including family and healthcare
personnel. The Responsibility and Accountability 'meets standards' when:
- (1) Responds to the uniqueness of the patient and the family, creating a therapeutic environment.
- (2) Provides compassionate care.
- (3) Anticipates future care needs and plans accordingly.
CLINICAL INQUIRY - 194:
The ongoing process of questioning and evaluating practice and providing informed practice. Creating practice changes through research utilization and
experiential learning. The Responsibility and Accountability 'meets standards' when:
- (1) Follows standards and guidelines.
- (2) Maintains competency.
- (3) Implements clinical changes and research-based practices developed by others.
- (4) Recognizes the need for further learning to improve patient care. Achieves a minimum of 15 contact hours per year.
- (5) Recognizes obvious changes in the patient's situation.
- (6) Seeks help to identify patient problems.
- (7) Seeks creative ways to solve problems, achieve growth, manage costs or enhance revenue.
CLINICAL JUDGMENT - 194:
Clinical reasoning, which includes clinical decision-making, critical thinking and a global grasp of the situation, coupled with nursing skills acquired through a
process of integrating formal and informal experiential knowledge and evidence-based guidelines. The Responsibility and Accountability 'meets standards' when:
- (1) Appropriate clinical decision making with evidence of critical thinking.
- (2) Recognizes limitations and seeks appropriate help.
- (3) Focuses on key elements for best patient outcomes.
- (4) Nursing skills display process of integrating formal and experiential knowledge.
- (5) Articulates thoughts and findings effectively.
COLLABORATION - 194:
Working with others, patients, families, healthcare providers, in a way that promotes and encourages each person's contributions toward achieving optimal and
realistic patient and family goals. Involves intra- and inter-disciplinary work with colleagues and community. The Responsibility and Accountability 'meets
- (1) Actively listens to others; shares information in a positive manner.
- (2) Seeks opportunities to be taught, coached or mentored.
- (3) Participates in team meetings regarding patient or practice issues.
- (4) Recognizes each team member's contributions.
FACILITATION OF LEARNING - 194:
The ability to facilitate learning for patients and families, nursing staff, other members of the healthcare team and community. Includes both formal and
informal facilitation of learning. The Responsibility and Accountability 'meets standards' when:
- (1) Assesses patient readiness and understanding.
- (2) Focuses on patient educational needs.
- (3) Facilitates patient and family education as part of care.
- (4) Coaches others to create a positive experience.
- (5) Inspires performance and growth in others.
SYSTEMS THINKING - 194:
Body of knowledge and tools that allow the nurse to manage whatever environmental and system resources exist for the patient, family and staff, within or
across healthcare and non-healthcare systems. The Responsibility and Accountability 'meets standards' when:
- (1) Develops strategies based on the needs and strengths of patient.
- (2) Makes connections with internal and external resources.
- (3) Negotiates to enhance patient flow.
- (4) Uses self as a resource for patient information to ensure communication throughout healthcare system.
- (5) Shifts gears quickly to meet patient and unit needs.
- (6) Promotes quality outcomes across the organization.
- (7) Implements measures to meet goals; outcome oriented. Sets priorities, is proactive and follows through.
PERSONAL MASTERY - 194:
The commitment by an individual to the process of learning. The Responsibility and Accountability 'meets standards' when:
- (1) Pursues lifelong learning.
- (2) Understands personal strengths and opportunities for growth.
- (3) Demonstrates effective emotional intelligence.
- (4) Displays self-confidence without being overconfident.
- (5) Utilizes complementary strengths from others.
- (6) Leads by example.
RESPONSE TO DIVERSITY - 194:
The sensitivity to recognize, appreciate and incorporate differences into the provision of care. Differences may include, but are not limited to, cultural
differences, spiritual beliefs, gender, race, ethnicity, lifestyle, socioeconomic status, age and values. The Responsibility and Accountability 'meets standards'
- (1) Assesses patient and family cultural diversity.
- (2) Learns the culture of the healthcare environment.
- (3) Provides care based on the understanding of patient and family diversity.
- (4) Incorporates alternate therapies to provide holistic care.
PRE-HOSPITAL CLINICAL CARE
Provides quality clinical care to the ill and injured in compliance with PA state protocols and organizational policies. The Responsibility and Accountability 'meets standards' when:
- (1) Effectively plans interventions, evaluates response and reassesses plan of care and documents response on the care plan.
- (2) Demonstrates appropriate interpersonal skills for all age groups.
- (3) Performs physical tasks necessitated by the transportation of the sick and or injured including, but not limited to, lifting, immobilizing and performing CPR.
- (4) Performs patient assessment using a systems approach and rapidly identifies and intervenes according to a host of emergency situations.
- (5) Collects data from all sources, personnel, diagnostic finding and significant others as appropriate.
Performs routine duties to ensure a clean safe working environment. The Responsibility and Accountability 'meets standards' when:
- (1) Maintains a clean vehicle that is both clinically clean and professionally appearing.
- (2) Maintains a clean station, completes routine station duties, and corrects any unsafe or unclean situation immediately.
- (3) Reports any unsafe or unclean situation to supervisor if not able to easily self-correct.
- (4) Gives and receives feedback in a timely manner to peers and supervisors to encourage a professional atmosphere.
- (5) May spend downtime in a patient care assignment or resource role within the Emergency Department, Intensive Care Units, or other as appropriate.
- Graduate of an accredited school of Nursing
- Bachelors degree preferred
CERTIFICATION AND LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS
- PA Registered Nurse License
- PA DOH Pre-Hospital Registered Nurse (PHRN) Certification (REQUIRED)
- AHA Basic Life Support Certification
- AHA Pediatric Advanced Life Support Certification
- AHA Advanced Cardiac Life Support Certification
- TNCC/ITLS/PHTLS within one year of hire
- NRP within one year of hire
- Nursing Certification in related area of expertise preferred
- Minimum 2-3 years of nursing experience in an acute care setting (ICU, ED)
- Previous Critical Care Transport experience preferred