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Registered Nurse Rapid Response Team - Critical Care Unit - Part Time/Nights in Lancaster, CA at Antelope Valley Hospital

Date Posted: 12/26/2018

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    Lancaster, CA
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Job Description

Job Objective: The Rapid Response Team (RRT) is a Critical Care Registered Nurse who is responsible for responding to rapid Response Calls. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The RRT meets all the essential duty requirements of a Critical Care Registered Nurse. Additionally, the RRT must exemplify expert clinical skills, effective planning, leadership abilities, and ensure appropriate delivery of patient care according to the established standards. The RRT must work effectively with an interdisciplinary team and possess strong communication skills. The RRT must report to House Supervisor every shift. 

A.  Rapid Response Team: Primary Focus

  1. Respond to Code blue calls in the main hospital and in the WIP.
  2. Respond to Code stroke calls in the main hospital and in the WIP.
  3. Evaluate and facilitate, with MD, treatment plan for RRT patients.
  4. Working knowledge of proper level of care placement.
  5. Provide expert consult for deteriorating patients in the main hospital and in the WIP.
  6. Use standardized order set to treat the patient requiring care by the Rapid Response Team.
  7. Assume primary care of patients waiting placement in higher level of care.
  8. Resource nurse for patients waiting for placement in higher level of care.
  9. Provide support for ED admits awaiting admission to CCU and PCU.
  10. Round on all inpatient patient care areas throughout the shift (main hospital and WIP).
  11. Follow up on CCU downgrades and floor upgrades.
  12. Responds to calls for change in patient’s condition.
  13.  Assist in CCU as needed.
  14. Assist with CCU and PCU patients who require moderate sedation during procedures provided off of the CCU and PCU units. 

B.  Critical Care Team Member: Secondary Focus

  1.  Cover patients in CCU when primary nurse is off the unit.
  2.  Patient care.
  3.  Assist with bedside procedures.
  4. Collaborate with the CN of CCU and assist as needed.
  5. Complete RRT and/or response documentation in the Electronic Medical Record.
  6. Sepsis Surveillance
  7. Review Vigilanz Reports
  8. Maintain Rapid Response Data Base in Midas.
  9. Act as critical care transport when need arises for emergent transport of a critical care patient that needs higher level of care. 

C.  Nursing Care Delivery Process

  1.  Meets skills and abilities of a Critical Care Registered Nurse.
  2. Demonstrates accurate knowledge of patient acuity system.
  3. Demonstrates knowledge of staffing guidelines for CCU.
  4. Demonstrates knowledge of conscious sedation.
  5. Demonstrates knowledge of admission criteria for level of care determination. 

Non-Essential Duties:

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 


  • Level 5 Critical Care Registered Nurse


  • Competency as a Level 5 Registered Nurse


  • Ability to work together for the good of the patient at all times
  • Ability to educate staff for patient’s condition and recommended treatment. 

Core Competencies: All AVH employees will effectively demonstrate these behaviors:


Action Oriented

Customer Focused


Effective Communication 


Ethics & Values

Integrity & Trust 

Education and Experience:


  • Registered Nurse 


  • Level 5 Registered Nurse
  • Three to Five years of Critical Care Experience. Experiences in areas, such as Emergency Department may be considered for substitution to Critical Care Experience depending on relevance. 

Required Licensure and/or Certifications:

  • National Certification in Critical Care Nursing (CCRN)  highly preferred. 

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:

  • Work often performed under stressful, emotional, and physical conditions.
  • May be exposed to contaminated Instruments that may cause Infections, burns, or cuts.
  • Requires frequent walking, standing, bending, twisting and reaching, and must be able to speak, see, and hear.
  • Ability to frequently lift, push and pull up to 25 lbs.
  • Ability to occasionally assist, as part of team, in lifting, pushing and/or pulling patients for the transfer of care, requiring exertion of up to and over 50 lbs.   

A detailed description of the physical requirements of this job is maintained in the Employee Health Department.

Looking for an opportunity to work in healthcare the way you always dreamed you could? At Antelope Valley Hospital, our employees are at the heart of what we do best – delivering high quality, patient-centered healthcare.

Antelope Valley Hospital, a 420 bed acute care facility, located just 60 miles north of Los Angeles, the Antelope Valley is one of Southern California’s fastest growing communities. We are a Level II Trauma Center and Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center Accredited. Serving the community for over 50 years, our non-profit hospital has grown to be the preeminent healthcare facility for our district’s nearly 1.2 million residents. 


An Equal Opportunity Employer.


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