Do you have the skills and emotional resilience to support seriously ill patients and their families, balancing clinical knowledge with empathy and sensitivity? Are you looking for an exciting opportunity to develop and strengthen your acute care skills? Then working as a Registered General Nurse (RGN) in an intensive treatment or therapy unit (ITU) or intensive care unit (ICU) team may be just the role you are looking for.
As an agency ITU nurse, your working day is filled with a whole spectrum of responsibilities. Caring for people with acute illnesses or injuries who need specialist support, technical skills – such as discharge planning, the ability to perform CPR and a working knowledge of life support technology – are vital to this role.
On any day, you may have to assess, observe, monitor and chart a patient’s vital signs, and make sure that all medical equipment is working as it should. At the same time, you will be communicating clearly and calmly with patients, relatives and colleagues, and keeping all records accurate and up to date. You will also be responsible for safely identifying, preparing, checking and assembling any equipment required for the relevant operating list.
Whether it is for emergency admissions, planned admissions or post-surgery, you will be an essential source of information and reassurance.
At Medacs, we have plenty of fantastic opportunities for those looking for a career as an ITU/ICU nurse. As part of Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the ITU department at The Royal Preston Hospital has recently been refurbished and is the largest critical care department in Lancashire and South Cumbria, offering care for patients who have suffered major trauma, vascular and traumatic brain injuries.
Working on a flexible shift-based rota, with access to state-of-the-art medical equipment, this role will provide you with the very best opportunities to develop and consolidate your acute care skills whilst prioritising patient care.
What qualifications, experience and skills do you need to work as an RGN in ITU/ICU with Medacs?
You will need:
- to be a Registered Nurse with six months’ recent relevant UK experience within the last three years
- to pass an enhanced background check
There are also a number of key soft skills required for this role, including:
- the ability to remain calm in stressful situations and work well under pressure
- excellent attention to detail and a methodical approach to tasks
- great timekeeping
- empathy and understanding
- a flexible attitude and good listening skills, with a desire to learn and improve
- confidence using a computer
- a commitment to upholding the NMC professional Code of Conduct
Be an integral part of an ITU/ICU team, working the hours that suit you
Medacs has lots of shifts available across days, nights and weekends, to help you stay in control of your work/life balance. Along with competitive pay rates and discounted parking at Royal Preston Hospital, RGNs working within ITU/ICU can benefit from block bookings as well as ad hoc shifts.
And, in addition to support from your own dedicated Medacs consultant, an onsite team is always available to answer any questions. To help support your mental health and wellbeing, you will also have access to Care4Carers (a Medacs support service).