Unit Description: The Tallahassee Memorial Orthopedic Center opened in May 2007, expanded from 18 beds to 24 bed capacity in November, 2007, and expanded to 30 bed capacity in April 2009. We are primarily looking for nurses and patient care givers who enjoy work, like to work as a team and are willing to work at getting better. The primary staffing pattern in three twelve hour shifts. Most of the time, these shifts are scheduled consecutively (with no call) allowing for a very attractive work schedule. There are four shifts: weekend days and nights (Fri, Sat, Sun) and weekday days and nights (Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs). Weekend shifts are now fully staffed so weekday nurses work limited weekend shifts. The nurse patient ratio is at the most 6:1 (7:1 at night). All patient rooms are private. A charge nurse and nurse techs are also a part of the care team. Fifty percent of the patients admitted to the Orthopedic Center have had joint replacements: knees, hips and shoulders. Traumas, ranging from automobile accidents to elderly hip fractures make up the remainder of the case load. Most cases are post surgical. Average length of stay is 3.8 days/patient.
Excellent team work, internally and externally, has contributed to the success of this unit.
- Physician partners, all using the same preprinted order sets, work well with and respect nurses.
- An orthopedic trauma surgeon sees many of our patients.
- The physical rehab department works with all of patients in their rooms, the hallways and a satellite gym located on the unit.
- The unit is the cleanest, brightest and quietest unit in the hospital due to the excellent work of the dedicated housekeeping staff.
- A full time case manager on the unit counsels and arranges for post hospital care.
The Orthopedic Center is a patient focused unit that really lives its values. Patient satisfaction scores from this unit frequently lead the hospital. There has been little staff turnover in the last year. The unit is respected by physicians and the whole hospital community.
The staff consists of nurses both in the early years of their career and those with ten or more years of experience. Our number one goal is to be recognized as the unit where nurses learn the most. That goal is being met by supporting certification, by promoting staging, by doing research, and by sharing information and knowledge with each other. This is a unit for both the new nurse who wants a solid introduction to hospital nursing and for the experienced nurse who wants to practice in a safe, demanding and rewarding area.
Job Description: Assist patients in carrying out activities of daily living (bathing, dressing, grooming, feeding, ambulating, toileting, etc.). Responsible for patient safety and implementing preventive skin care measures. Document I&O, V/S, etc. Functions under the supervision of a Registered Nurse and/or Licensed Practical Nurse.
Education: High School Diploma/GED and Nurse Tech/CNA Course required. May substitute directly related experience for required education on a 1:1 basis.
Experience: 1 year of patient care experience preferred.
Hiring Range: $8.60 - $10.32 per hour
Acceptance of a Patient Care Assistant position requires the completion of mandatory hospital Orientation for a full week, Monday-Friday 8a-5p.