RN Rapid Response Team weekend Incentive Program requires Friday, Saturday and
Sunday night shifts every week.
Security This position is security-sensitive and subject to Texas Education
Code 51.215, which authorizes UT Southwestern to obtain criminal history
Experience and Education Minimioun of 3 years critical care experience.
nGraduate of an accredited Nursing program. Must be able to read, write and
communicate in English. BSN preferred. nCurrent Texas (or BNE Compact State)
Job Duties 1.Responds to all Rapid Response pages ,Code Blue pages for code
blues outside the of the ICUs, Code Stoke, and Sepsis Pages. Assumes the role
of team lead duing these events until a designated physician lead is
identiifed. All assessments take into consideration age specific criteria
(children, adolescents, adults and older adults).
2.Performs Modified Early Warning System (MEWS) Rounds for patients with
increasing MEWS scores. Actively collaborates with staff to develop
appropriate Follow up care for the patient. Utilizes critical thinking skills
to assess appropriate level of care. . Maintains and utilizes competencies to
foster autonomous critical thinking reasoning.
3. Rounds on Direct Admits patients uUtilizing critical thinking reasoning to
ensure the bed assignment is appropriate for the patient. Escalates concerns
to admitting team. Active coordinator of the interdisciplinary plan of care.
Confers with all members of the health care team in a collaborative fashion.
Shares information and observations of the patient and/or patient’s family in
a manner that advocates for optimal patient care.
4. Appropriately prioritizes nursing interventions based upon completed
assessment. Works collaboratively with staff to identify changes in patient
condition which warranted the Rapid Response call. Collects data, including
but not limitied to, physical assessment, laboratory results, xray reports,
etc. Ensures the data is communicated to appropriate care provider team.
Offers suggestions including the transfer of the patient to a higher level of
care if warranted.
5. Evaluates implemented interventions and modifies care according to the
evaluation. Documents interventions, response to interventions, and
modifications in the Rapid Reponse flowsheet.
6. Adheres to appropriate hospital and/or Department of Nursing policies,
procedures, clinical pathways and nationally accepted standards of nursing
practice. Incorporates ANA standards, professional practice model (Shared
governance) and care delivery model (Relationship Based Care) into the
provision of safe, quality patient care. Nursing care is based on current
literature and research.
7.Assist in the design of systems to collect and analyze data to create
information and aid in the evaluation and continuous improvement of the rapid
8. Advocate for resources and support that enhance patient safety and
unit/hospital based initiatives. Participates in evaluating data to guide
decisions regarding unit / department budget formulation and implementation
9. Performs Peer Evaluation to provide constructive feedback to peers
regarding performance. Holds co-workers accountable for their behavior and
compliance with policies and standards. Actively intervenes when patient
safety is at risk.
10. Performance Improvement: Accountable for patient care and
quality/safety initiatives. Participates in debriefing of Rapid Response/ Code
Blue events providing input as to what went well, what was learned, and
suggestions for improvements.
11. Responds to emergent/urgent calls for assistance in a timely,
professional manner. Provides non-judgmental, non-punitive feedback to staff
who initiated the call. Shares professional and technical information with
colleagues and students. Offers self as a resource as needed to others
12. Demonstrates our commitment to our patients and each other by integrating
our culture in all internal and external interactions
**Other Duties: Performs other duties as assigned.
UT Southwestern Medical Center is committed to an educational and working
environment that provides equal opportunity to all members of the University
community. In accordance with federal and state law, the University prohibits
unlawful discrimination, including harassment, on the basis of: race; color;
religion; national origin; sex; including sexual harassment; age; disability;
genetic information; citizenship status; and protected veteran status. In
addition, it is UT Southwestern policy to prohibit discrimination on the basis
of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.