Chest Pain Observation Unit (CPOU) - Cardiology
The objective of the Chest Pain Observation Unit is to provide efficient and quality care to the subgroup of patients presenting with chest pain who are deemed low to intermediate risk and do not have a clear cut acute coronary syndrome, or a clear non-cardiac cause for their chest pain.
Patients appropriate for this unit are typically low to intermediate risk as determined by the Heart Score (< 7), normal troponins, no ischemic ECG changes, able to participate in testing, and without multiple comorbidities.
Having these patients geographically isolated to a single unit will allow for more streamlined evaluation and testing, reducing length of stay, maintaining good outcomes. The goal being to provide appropriate testing (may vary locally depending on available modalities) to risk stratify the patient, identify the higher risk patient who may benefit from an invasive coronary angiography strategy, versus the low risk patient who may be discharged with appropriate outpatient follow up.
Working on this 10-bed unit would prepare the nurse to learn skills needed to move to Echo Nursing or procedural departments such as Cath Lab and EP Lab.
Role Summary: Provides leadership which facilitates the delivery of professional nursing care for the comfort and well-being of patients. Utilizes the nursing process of assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation, to provide, delegate, supervise and document care and teaching of patients and family. Implements medically prescribed interventions.
Required Education: Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Effective 3/1/18 Bachelor of Science in Nursing OR enroll in a BSN or advanced degree program within 6 months AND obtain a BSN within 4 years of hire date into RN position. Previous signed BSN commitment letter OR grandfathering will be accepted between departments and Mission Health entities. Exemptions may be approved with CNO System Council approval.
Preferred Education: Masters in Nursing.
Required License or Certifications: Must have and maintain current licensure as registered nurse with the North Carolina Board of Nursing. eNLC (Enhanced Nurse License Compact) license may apply, licensee should confirm with NCBON Certificate: BLS Healthcare Provider.
Preferred License or Certifications: National Certification in area of specialty.
Required Experience: One-year hospital nursing experience
Preferred Experience: Five years of Med Surg, Telemetry, or Progressive Care experience, prior Cardiology experience
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