Trained in advanced emergency response, acute care nurses are on the frontlines now—and always—making them a special breed of steadfast, knowledgeable caregivers we’re particularly thankful for.
Following is a look at one nurse’s experience as a Neuro-ICU nurse at Swedish Cherry Hill, what roles and specialties we’re hiring for and what it’s like to work with us.
Neuro-ICU nursing: one caregiver’s experience
Tarunjit (TJ) is a Neuro-ICU Nurse at Swedish Cherry Hill. According to him, a shift in Neuro-ICU starts with getting two room assignments and connecting with the nurses who were previously with the patients. Together, they conduct neuro exams and check drips and vitals to see if there’s any change. Then, after checking the charts and making plans for the shift, TJ factors in the families.
“I look through the patients’ family information to see if I need to call someone or if I need to update someone about the situation, or if I should be expecting them to call.”
After a bedside report with the doctor, the caregiver continues to monitor vitals and the patients’ comfort levels and cleanliness. “Patients are often intubated, so it’s important to make sure to arrange the pillows so they don’t have any pressure injuries. Small stuff like that is really important; otherwise, it can have big consequences.”
TJ says working in Neuro Critical Care requires both emotional intelligence and emotional strength because Neuro-ICU patients take longer to heal, and it can be frustrating not to see immediate results.
“Sometimes we take care of people whose personality has changed, and they don’t recognize anything or anyone—or they’re just not there anymore. You have to remember that you’re responsible, and you can make a big difference in the patient’s life, and the patient’s family’s life—and in your life as well.”
Other times, it’s easier to know you made a difference, such as when a patient wakes up from a coma. “They wake up and you can say, ‘Wow! Hey! Hello! My name’s TJ, and I’ve been taking care of you for eleven hours and now you can actually know who I am!’ And that’s amazing. It’s just a feeling that doesn’t go away.”
Hiring for critical roles
As we work to fill key roles during this time of change, we’re currently hiring nurses to help care for critically unstable, chronically ill and post-surgical patients in the following units:
- Neuro Critical Care Unit (NCCU)
- Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
- Cardiovascular Care Unit (CVICU)
- Intermediate Care Unit (IMCU)
Being an acute care nurse at Swedish means being on a team devoted to excellence, compassion and perseverance. We strive every day to promote a healing environment and provide the highest-quality care. This means building meaningful relationships and helping patients take on any challenge that comes their way. Swedish nurses are truly changing the way care is delivered—one patient at a time.
From emergency medical services to surgical recovery and beyond, our acute care nurses give their personal best across a myriad of specialties:
- Critical care
- Emergency care
- Medical surgical
- Women’s health
Working with us
When you bring your specialty training, experience and compassionate care to work for us, you receive:
- A competitive salary.
- Best-in-class benefits for you and your family, including a commitment to your mental health and well-being.
- Tuition reimbursement for continuing education.
- Unparalleled specialization and advancement opportunities as part of a large, health care organization.
- A supportive, collaborative working environment.
Plus, select openings offer sign-on bonuses of up to $10,000.
If you’re interested in advancing your career and helping us care for the most critical patients, see the latest acute care nursing opportunities here.