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Start Date is August 2, 2021
Work where every moment matters.
Every day, over 30,000 Hartford HealthCare colleagues come to
work with one thing in common: Pride in what we do, knowing every
moment matters here. We invite you to become part of Connecticut's
most comprehensive healthcare network.
Hartford Hospital is one of the largest and most respected
teaching hospitals in New England. We are a Level 1 Trauma Center
that provides cutting edge treatment to its patients. This is made
possible by being home to the largest robotic surgery center in the
Northeast and the Center for Education, Simulation and Innovation
(CESI), one of the most-advanced medical simulation training
centers in the world. When hospitals cannot provide the advanced
care, expertise and new treatment options their patients require,
they turn to us.
Hartford Hospital has implemented a comprehensive graduate nurse
transition to practice program incorporating nursing core
competencies focusing on our values of excellence, safety, caring
and integrity. Graduate nurses are hired into the organization in
cohorts. The cohort members attend nursing orientation together and
are followed through the series of educational opportunities over a
24 week period.
Each graduate nurse will have dedicated preceptors to guide them
through the process of orientation, as well as a committed unit
based nurse educator and manager.
Graduate nurse orientation includes a variety of experiential
learning modalities which provide opportunities for assimilation
and application of clinical theory and concepts to bedside
practice. Hartford Hospital uses a standardized on-line didactic
educational program designed by the governing body of critical care
nursing (American Association of Critical Care Nursing) called the
"ECCO" program (Essentials of Critical Care Orientation). This
program along with classroom instruction, clinical experiences and
simulation provide a blended approach to learning designed to
enhance the knowledge and growth of each new nurse.
Every graduate nurse is also automatically enrolled in the
hospital based Nurse Residency program which incorporates graduate
nurses from across the organization. This program, besides being
educational, brings our graduate nurses together promoting social
support and relevant discussion of common situations encountered in
the first year of practice.
Once the orientation period is completed, participant
evaluations provide the opportunity for valuable feedback used to
impact and enhance the experience of current and future graduate
Eligible Critical Care units:
In critical care, our nurses are highly skilled and trained;
helping to provide expertise at the bedside and the highest quality
care in the most compassionate way. The units heavily rely on a
team-based mentality in which all healthcare team members work
congruently to achieve the best outcomes based on the Hartford
Healthcare values of Safety, Excellence, Integrity and Caring.
Medical ICU: The Medical Intensive Care Unit is a 16-bed unit
that provides care to patients with a wide range of complex, highly
acute medical issues. These issues include but are not limited to;
respiratory failure, gastrointestinal bleeding, liver
injury/failure, kidney injury/failure, sepsis, and drug and alcohol
withdrawal. Under the supervision of a Critical Care Pulmonologist,
the unit is staffed 24 hours-a-day with a team of Physician
Assistants, Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, and medical house
staff physicians consisting of interns and residents.
Cardiac ICU: In the Hartford HealthCare Heart and Vascular
Institute, Cardiac Intensive Care unit's population primarily
consists of patients with myocardial infarctions, cardiogenic
shock, advanced heart failure, and post-cardiac arrest. Nurses are
trained in the use of specialized equipment to monitor and treat
these patient populations. Some of these are: transvenous
pacemakers, intra-aortic balloon pumps, temporary ventricular
assist devices, pulmonary artery catheters, and targeted
temperature management. The unit works closely with the Cardiac
Catherization lab, Electrophysiology department, and the
Cardiovascular Surgical Team.
Neuro-Surgical ICU: The Neuro-Surgical ICU is a 17 bed adult
inpatient unit caring for critically ill Neuro-science and
Neuro-surgical patients. Our patient population consists of stroke,
head and spinal cord trauma and brain hemorrhage. These patients
require nurses who specialize in monitoring intracranial pressures,
brain tissue oxygenation and hemo-dynamic monitoring. RN's in this
specialty also must have a family-centered approach because of the
critical nature of our patients. We also work closely with our
Neuro-intensivist, Physician Assistants and Advanced Practice
Registered Nurses to provide the highest quality of care for our
patients. Our nurses must display the Hartford Healthcare values of
Safety, Excellence, Integrity and Caring.
Surgical-Trauma ICU: The Surgical-Trauma Intensive Care Unit is
a 14-bed unit. As a Level 1 Trauma Center, the mainstream patient
population includes motor vehicle trauma, orthopedic injuries,
vascular surgical, abdominal surgical, liver and kidney transplant,
and extensive esophagectomy patients. Under the supervision of the
rounding Surgical-Trauma Intensivist, the unit has a team of
Physician Assistants, Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, and
surgical house staff physicians consisting of interns and
The Critical Care Graduate Nurse Program requires that
applicants have a demonstrated history of working in a critical
care environment in one or more of the following:
- Minimum of 6 months of experience as a Nursing Assistant in a
critical care unit
- Completed a Senior Practicum/Capstone in a critical care
- Critical care rotation in an acute care facility (hospital
You must be licensed to practice professional nursing as a
registered nurse in the State of Connecticut or be eligible and
able to obtain licensure to practice in CT a minimum of two weeks
prior to a start date.
Complete the online application.
Please indicate in your cover letter the top two areas of
- Prepare a 1-2 page essay explaining your desire to start your
nursing career in Critical Care at Hartford Hospital.
Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.
- Connecticut RN License required prior to start date.
- Must graduate from a BSN program by May 2021.
- Experience in an Adult ICU as a Nurse Tech or completion of a
Capstone Clinical rotation in an Adult ICU.
- BLS certification by the American Heart Association, Advanced
Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), and proof of Arrhythmia Certification
required prior to date of hire.
We take great care of careers.
With locations around the state, Hartford HealthCare offers
exciting opportunities for career development and growth. Here, you
are part of an organization on the cutting edge - helping to bring
new technologies, breakthrough treatments and community education
to countless men, women and children. We know that a thriving
organization starts with thriving employees-- we provide a
competitive benefits program designed to ensure work/life balance.
Every moment matters. And this is your moment.