Registered Nurse (RN) - Chest Pain Observation Unit in Asheville, North Carolina, United States
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Mission Hospital

Registered Nurse (RN) - Chest Pain Observation Unit

Asheville, NC, United States
Regular Full-Time  7p-7a 
Category: Nursing and Nursing Support • Job ID: 44324
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Chest Pain Observation Unit (CPOU)


Registered Nurse - Cardiac

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.  This is a 10-bed nursing unit that provides a Registered Nurse with the opportunity to use skills learned in prior nursing roles and discernment in caring for this very specific patient population.

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Patient Popluation:

  • 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.

Goals of this unit:

  • Having these patients geographically isolated to a single unit will allow for more streamlined evaluation and testing, reducing length of stay, maintaining good outcomes.
  • 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.

Skills Pathways for the RN working on this unit:

  • Ooportunity to learn skills needed to move to Echo Nursing or procedural departments such as Cath Lab and EP Lab.


Registered Nurse at Mission Hospital:

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.


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 required for Registered Nurse role at Mission Hospital. Please see "Preferred Experience" for department-specific needs.


Preferred Experience:  Previous experience in Telemetry, Critical Care, or Progressive Care units



Mission Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and as such offers equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status or any other protected characteristic.


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