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Sutter Health Registered Nurse, ICU Transition in Practice in Modesto, California

Position Overview:




To provide the experienced registered nurse, transitioning in practice to a position within the Critical Care Arena, specifically ICU and Intermediate ICU, the basic foundation and skills necessary to work in a new and challenging environment utilizing evidence-based practice and emphasizing quality and safe care.

This program's focus is on:

This program includes 14 days of instruction over 10 weeks, covering essential information to provide safe and competent nursing care to critically ill patients utilizing the AACN guidelines. The cardiac, respiratory, neurologic, GI, GU, hematological, immune and endocrine systems are covered, as well as the skills needed to care for complicated patients.

As part of the overall training program, participates will have access to growing the RN Skill Set into the Critical Care arena by use of the Advanced Clinical Skills Simulation Lab:

  • The Advanced Clinical Skills Lab will include a wireless human patient simulator (both adult and pediatric size) will enable educators to provide our nurses the most optimal clinical experience possible. The simulator will function to reinforce a thorough patient assessment, enhance hands-on skills, replicate real-life situations and evaluate responses. From the basics of handwashing to the intricacies of managing septic shock, code blue scenarios, stroke care, and chest tube management to name a few, this simulation lab is where the clinician can put the equipment and skills they have learned into practice.

on the Benner model of clinical competence. This model recognizes the process of professional development, which moves from beginning understanding and application of nursing principles to expert practice acquired through experience and formal training. Five primary domains define nursing care at MMC: Nursing Process, Clinical Knowledge and Decision Making, Nurse Patient Relationship, Collaboration, and Leadership. It is recognized that RNs develop skills and abilities as they synthesize knowledge while moving through defined stages of learning. The evaluation is based on how the individual meets defined standards.


Education, Licensure, and Certification Qualifications:

  • Associates Degree in Nursing (ASN) required, Bachelor's (BSN) preferred.

  • Current and valid licensure as a Registered Nurse in the State of California or must obtain prior to commencement of employment.

  • Basic Life Support (BLS) certification required upon hire.

  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certificate required upon hire.

  • Current Emergency Nurse Pediatric Course (ENPC) certificate OR Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certificate must be obtained within 90 days of employment into the ICU.

  • Current Trauma Nurse Core Curriculum (TNCC) course completion or must obtain within one (1) year months of hire into ICU.

  • Critical Care Registered Nurse (CCRN) certificate preferred.

  • Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN) certificate preferred.

Experience Qualifications:

  • One year recent experience (within the past five years) working as aRegistered Nurse in an acute care facility highly preferred.

- OR -

  • Successful completion of MMC’s Clinical Nurse Resident (CNR) program OR completion of a new graduate RN program within the last two years is required.

  • One year recent experience in ICU with an acuity level similar to this facility OR additional years of experience in a critical care setting of lower acuity OR at least two years of recent experience in a telemetry unit and completion of AACN ECCO online course/program within six months of hire into ICU.

Skills and Knowledge Qualifications:

  • Proficiency with: PA pressure lines, arterial lines and monitoring, continuous renal replacement therapy, IntraAortic balloon pumps, intracranial pressure monitoring and ventriculostomies.

  • Ability to assist with bedside procedures such as emergency resuscitation, chest tube insertion, central line and Swan Ganz insertion, tracheotomy, and intubation.

  • Demonstrates in-depth knowledge of nursing process in addressing physical, psychosocial, and psychological needs of patients.

  • Ability to demonstrate basic knowledge of unit specific age criteria for patient population.

  • Must demonstrate critical thinking skills.

  • Timely completion of unit specific orientation and competencies.

  • Ability to navigate and perform required electronic documentation for the job using a windows based system.

  • Ability to read, write, hear and verbally communicate in English to the degree required to perform the job.

Organization: Memorial Medical Center, Modesto

Employee Status: Regular

Benefits: Yes

Position Status: Non-Exempt

Union: No

Job Shift: Night

Shift Hours: 12 Hour Shift

Days of the Week Scheduled: Varied Days

Weekend Requirements: Other

Schedule: Full Time

Hrs Per 2wk Pay Period: 72

Applications Accepted: All Applications Accepted

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, registered domestic partner status, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, ancestry, national origin (including possession of a driver's license issued to individuals who did not present proof of authorized presence in the U.S.), age, medical condition, physical or mental disability, military or protected veteran status, political affiliation, pregnancy or perceived pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or related medical condition, genetic information or any other characteristic made unlawful by local, state, or federal law, ordinance or regulation. External hires must pass a background check/drug screening. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with Federal, state, and local laws, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.