Nurse Educator, Varied Shift, Surgical ICU

Job Description

Clinical Nurse Educator, Varied Shift, Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU)

2 CCP- Surgical/Trauma Intensive Care Unit (SICU) - 34-bed unit

UC Health is hiring a Full-time Nurse Educator for the Surgical ICU Department at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

The Nurse Educator will support the Medical Center, delivering high-quality care to patients based on assessed needs, established standards of care, and according to policy and procedures.

The Surgical/Trauma Intensive Care Unit is a 34-bed unit specializing in the complex care of adult patients requiring surgical interventions. The major specialties treated in this ICU are Trauma Surgery, Transplant Surgery, Acute Care Surgery, and Oncologic Surgery. As the region's only adult Level 1 trauma center, the SICU is always ready to receive any critical trauma patient requiring resuscitation and specialized nursing care. We have a variety of solid organ transplant recipients, including liver, kidney-pancreas, and kidney transplants. We care for complex oncologic, hepatobiliary, and general surgery patients that are referred from across the country.

The majority of our patient population is in critical condition, with most patients generally stabilizing within 24-48 hours following admission. Patient care focuses on stabilizing cardio-pulmonary functioning, maintaining adequate circulatory volume and perfusion, preserving the patient's protective mechanisms, and controlling pain. Our fast-paced SICU receives 5-8 admissions daily from the OR and ER. This requires a multidisciplinary team rounding process to ensure patients are ready to transition to the next phase of care on the surgical floors. The SICU nurse plays a vital role in this process.

About the University of Cincinnati Medical Center

As part of the Clifton Campus of UC Health, Greater Cincinnati's academic health system, the University of Cincinnati Medical Center has served Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky for nearly 200 years. Each year, hundreds of thousands of patients receive care from our world-renowned clinicians and care team. Our experts utilize the most advanced medical knowledge and technology available, providing a level of specialty and subspecialty medical care that is not available anywhere else in Greater Cincinnati.

UC Medical Center is also home to medical breakthroughs- our physician experts conduct basic, translational, and clinical research, leading to new therapies and care protocols, and connecting patients to the latest and most advanced treatments. UC Medical Center houses Greater Cincinnati's only Level I adult trauma center, which includes the right mix of specialist and medical resources available at a moment's notice for a wide variety of the most complex medical conditions and injuries.


Patient Population
  • Engages in population appropriate communication.
  • Has knowledge of growth and development milestones and tasks.
  • Gives clear instructions to patients/family regarding treatment.
  • Involves family/guardian in the assessment, initial treatment and continuing care of the patient.
  • Identifies any physical limitations of the patient and deploys intervention when necessary.
  • Recognizes and responds appropriately to patients/families with behavioral health problems.
  • Interprets population related data and plans care appropriately.
  • Identifies and responds appropriately to different needs resulting from, unique psychological needs or those associated with religious / cultural norms.
  • Performs treatments, administers medication or operates equipment safely.
  • Recognizes and responds to signs/symptoms of abuse or neglect.

Education component
  • Identifies with nursing management/staff development/nursing staff educational needs of the associates.
  • Develops inservice and continuing education programs to meet identified learning needs of the associates by: assessing the learning needs of the associates, planning appropriate programs and learning experiences to meet the identified learning needs of the associates, working with the associates to promote his/her active participation in policies and procedures and standards of care, assisting with required nursing certifications, evaluating the educational programs offered.
  • Develops or participates in the development of appropriate materials to facilitate the education of associates. Plans for the education of individuals or groups of associates.
  • Develops and presents educational programs and conferences.
  • Facilitates the application of appropriate theories of nursing and other sciences.

Collaboration/consultations component
  • Collaborates with manager/directors to develop strategic plans in area of specialty
  • Collaborates with manager regarding clinical/educational needs that affect financial and / or labor for specialty area.
  • Collaborates with nursing and other health care professionals in the establishment of goals and implementation of goals.
  • Collaborates with the nurse managers and staff to identify clinical activities to facilitate the professional growth of the health care team.

Job Function
  • Provides leadership in the assessment, development, and implementation of policies and procedures/standards of care that are directly and indirectly related to the area of specialization.
  • Participates in the organizational effectiveness as related to area of specialization
  • Facilitates nurse-to-nurse consulting process. Provides associate consultation.
  • Provides consultation to other hospital departments.
  • Provides consultation to the community at large.
  • Facilitates the maintenance of a clean, safe and organized environment; uses supplies, materials, and equipment economically.
  • Actively participates on organizational committees and meetings within the institution and community.
  • Actively participates in Quality /Performance Improvement process for the facility.



Minimum Required: Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing required.

Preferred: Master of Science degree in health related field preferred.

Certifications & Licensure

Licensed as Registered Nurse in the State of Ohio.


Minimum Required: 1 - 2 Years equivalent experience.

Preferred: 3 - 5 Years equivalent experience.