Salem Hospital’s 30 bed cardiovascular unit is situated on the 5th floor of the Critical Care Tower (Building A). CVCU provides care to patients 16 years-of-age and older, who have primary cardiac diagnoses, including heart failure, post-cardiac arrest, cardiothoracic (CT) surgery (CABG, Valve repair/replacement, VATS/thoracotomy), IABP therapy, Impella insertion, post PCI, pacemaker insertion, ablation, arrhythmia, STEMI/NSTEMI, EKOS. CVCU is a blended unit which includes 18 beds designated as cardiovascular intensive care (CVICU) and 12 beds as cardiovascular intermediate care (CVIMCU). The CVICU utilizes a cardiac universal bed (CUB) model for patient care in which immediate post-operative CT surgery patients are recovered, transitioned through the phases of care and discharged from the same room. CVCU patients often require frequent assessment and intervention to maintain hemodynamic stability through aggressive titration of vasopressors, complex treatments to prevent further deterioration, pulmonary artery monitoring. The CVCU care team is comprised of CT surgeons, cardiologists, PAs, intensivists, nurses, nursing assistants, critical care techs, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, physical therapists, dietitians, social workers, care managers, and chaplains. The team places the greatest value on compassionate bedside care, and evidence-based practice.
The CVCU, as a Beacon Silver Award recipient, functions using a model of shared governance. Key decisions are made in collaboration among unit leaders and staff. The CVCU staff is represented by the unit Special Practice Team (SPT) consisting of registered nurses, the leadership team (nurse manager and assistant nurse managers), critical care techs, and certified nursing assistants. The SPT serves as a venue to which staff members address concerns and/or questions regarding unit practice. Any issues brought to SPT are reviewed, discussed, and appropriate actions are taken. The unit promotes a positive and supportive work environment of collaboration among colleagues and leaders.
The CVCU nursing staff has the opportunity for advancement through its professional development pathway, which utilizes the Benner’s novice to expert nursing theory as a framework. From beginning intermediate level care through open heart recovery and care, identified as Levels 1 – 6, education and clinical orientation are provided. The hospital’s New Grad Residence Program provides first-time nurses with a blended learning process of computer-based education, precepted clinical training, and classroom experience sensitive to the local diverse and multicultural environment.
What you’ll need
- Graduate of an accredited school of Nursing with a Bachelor of Science degree or non-nursing Bachelor’s Degree with MSN for Salem Health applicants.
- Current and unrestricted Oregon license.
- Minimum of one (1) year experience required.
- BLS issued by the American Heart Association required.
What we offer:
A meaningful career alongside industry experts who drive toward excellence every day, highly competitive wages, a generous benefits package including medical, vision, dental, 401K plus match, paid time off, and other perks.