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RN - Trauma Step Down Unit

Company: Erlanger Health
Location: Chattanooga
Posted on: May 16, 2022

Job Description:

Erlanger is a multi-hospital health system anchored by a leading academic medical center in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Erlanger is the only public, non-profit hospital in the region and serves as the region's only Level 1 Trauma Center.

At Erlanger, we believe the most important part of our organization is our employees, who provide compassionate, excellent care to our patients every day. We foster an attitude of caring and compassion in our organization and we believe that this attitude distinguishes us from other healthcare providers.

Erlanger offers a robust total rewards package, including a comprehensive benefits plan, tuition reimbursement, scholarship opportunities and leadership training to grow within the organization.

Job Summary:

A registered professional nurse employed on the Trauma Stepdown Unit (TSDU) of Erlanger Health System is responsible for direct and indirect care of patients with a variety of traumatic or surgical related conditions, including but not limited to fractures, head injuries, blunt and penetrating trauma, extended surgical recovery.



Graduate from accredited School of Nursing; Annual Erlanger Health System EOL and Elsevier courses..





Knowledge of general nursing principles and practice skills; knowledge of organizational

functions, policies, and regulations; knowledge of current trends and new developments; knowledge of principles and practices of nursing, applicable to those areas requiring special education.



Position Requirement(s): License/Certification/Registration


Current licensure to practice nursing in the State of Tennessee

BLS and ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) certification completed prior to going to unit/department and to be maintained going forward.

The Nurse Licensure Compact will not change how to obtain or renew a Tennessee license. However, the Tennessee nursing license will be a single state license for Tennessee Residents or non-compact state residents. Tennessee licensure or multistate licensure from a compact state must be obtained within three months of hire for non-Tennessee residents.



Department Position Summary:

The RN on the Trauma Stepdown Unit must be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide comprehensive direct and/or indirect care of patients with a variety of traumatic or surgical related conditions, including but not limited to fractures, head injuries, blunt and penetrating trauma, gunshot/stabbing, MVC or extended surgical recovery. The registered nurse must be able to assess and monitor patients pre- and post-procedure, as well as administer medications and assist with bedside procedures under the direction of EHS physicians. The RN must demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide care appropriate to the age and acuity of the patients served on the Trauma Stepdown Unit. Patients located on TSDU have a higher acuity level than a general Med Surg floor requiring a 4:1 ratio. He/she must demonstrate knowledge of the principles of growth and development over the life span and possess the ability to assess data reflective of the patient's status. The employee must interpret the appropriate information needed to identify each patient's requirements relative to their age-specific needs and to provide the care needed as described in the unit's policies and procedures manual.


Keywords: Erlanger Health, Chattanooga , RN - Trauma Step Down Unit, Healthcare , Chattanooga, Tennessee

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