Surgical Services Open House Mar. 13

Surgical Services Open HouseMADISON - Many people have an "ultimate destination" when it comes to their career. For stockbrokers, it's Wall Street. For actors, it's Hollywood or Broadway.
Likewise, many registered nurses and surgical technicians view University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics or American Family Children's Hospital as the ultimate destination for their career.

Fortunately, the recent boost in adult and pediatric surgical volumes has allowed UW Hospital and Clinics and American Family Children's Hospital to provide a chance for area surgical technicians (STs) and registered nurses (RNs) to step in for a closer look - the Surgical Services Open House, March 13.

"This is a very new opportunity, locally," says Ann White, RN, manager of surgical training. "Most clinicians have had to travel to Milwaukee to care exclusively for pediatric patients, but that's not the case anymore. American Family Children's Hospital is a world-class facility, and it's right here in Madison."

White says the goal of the Surgical Services Open House is to pique the curiosity of experienced local and regional STs and RNs who have a specific interest in caring for pediatric patients. Specifically, the needs are for surgical technicians, operating room RNs, preoperative/post operative RNs, post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) RNs.

"Our organization offers an environment conducive to ongoing teaching and learning for staff, which you don't find everywhere," says White.

The American Nurses Association's (ANA), National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI) RN Satisfaction Survey conducted in October 2007 gave individual nurses at UW Hospital and Clinics an opportunity for input. The survey, taken by 83 percent of direct patient care nurses, produced impressive results.
High individual satisfaction rankings resulted in areas such as teamwork between co-workers, salary, career development opportunities, job satisfaction and physician collaboration - with UWHC scoring statistically higher than national comparison hospitals on RN to physician interactions.
In addition to a positive work environment and state-of-the-art facilities, ST and RN candidates will have the option of flexible scheduling.
"The inpatient operating room is a 24/7 unit and requires scheduling staff on all shifts," says White. "This provides opportunities for alternating schedules or permanent off-shift schedules."
Inpatient operating room STs and RNs work a combination of hours between the day and evening shifts (6:30am-11:30pm), with a few ST and RN positions that allow scheduling between the day and night shifts (6:30am-6:30pm and 11pm-7:30am). Permanent evening shifts are also available (3-11:30pm).
And at the end of the day, it comes down to fulfillment.
Says White: "My colleagues are amazing, I love the high acuity/intensity of care we offer - Level I trauma, transplant, burn center, 17 different specialties - and the difference we make in a patients' lives. Most of all, it's the pride of working for UW Hospital and Clinics."

Date Published: 03/04/2008

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