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ICU Nurse Resident Program (RN)

Company: William Backus Hospital
Location: Hartford
Posted on: June 1, 2021

Job Description:


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.

Program Description

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 nurses.

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 residents.

Program Requirements:

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 setting
  • Critical care rotation in an acute care facility (hospital setting)

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.


  1. Complete the online application.

  2. Please indicate in your cover letter the top two areas of interest.

  3. 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.

Keywords: William Backus Hospital, Hartford , ICU Nurse Resident Program (RN), Other , Hartford, Connecticut

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