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Keck Medicine of USC

Keck Medicine of USC is the University of Southern California’s medical enterprise, one of only two university-based medical systems in the Los Angeles area. Keck Medicine combines academic excellence, world-class research and state-of-the-art facilities to provide highly specialized care for some of the most acute patients in the country.

Our internationally renowned physicians and scientists provide world-class patient care at Keck Hospital of USC, USC Norris Cancer Hospital, USC Verdugo Hills Hospital, USC Arcadia Hospital and more than 100 unique clinics in Los Angeles, Orange, Kern, Tulare and Ventura counties.

Keck Medical Center of USC, which includes Keck Hospital and USC Norris Cancer Hospital, is among the top 50 hospitals in the country in eight specialties, as well as the top three hospitals in metro Los Angeles and top 10 hospitals in California, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2022-23 Best Hospitals rankings.

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RN Clinical - Recovery Room PACU - Full Time 12 Hour Rotating Days (Non-Exempt) (Union)

Keck Medicine of USC Hospital Los Angeles, California

As an integral part of the interdisciplinary team, the Registered Nurse utilizes the nursing process to provide therapeutic care to patients. The Registered Nurse is accountable for the coordination of patient care and education to the patient and family in accordance with the standards, policies, and practices in a compassionate, supportive, and therapeutic environment.

He/she works under the supervision of the RN Clinical Coordinator and/or Clinical Director of Perioperative Services.

Essential Duties:

  • Consistently transfers scientific knowledge in applying the nursing process.
  • Formulates care plan for direct and indirect care.
  • Performs skills essential to nursing action to be taken.
  • Explains health treatment and teaches client and family.
  • Delegates tasks to others based on scope of practice, preparation and capability.
  • Evaluates effectiveness of care and modifies plan, observes modifications and interprets information.
  • Acts as patient advocate by initiating action to advanced plan of care.
  • Initiates and supports change decisions.
  • Participates in the development of professional practice, i.e., nursing committees, research, policy development/review, unit based improvement projects (internal and external).
  • Demonstrates knowledge about current policies and shares awareness about new trends/technology.
  • Provides appropriate age-specific care to patients.
  • Utilizes the six core steps (data collection, data assessment and nursing diagnosis, plans, implements, evaluates and patient teaching) to manage the patient’s condition.
  • Collaborates with surgeon, co-workers and other ancillary staff while providing direct care to the PACU patient. Utilizes policies and procedures to support the RN’s scope of practice.
  • Assists in establishing and maintaining performance improvement and quality control activities to support the department, as well as, the hospital.Assists in providing orientation, training and continuing education for the staff.
  • Adheres to governing regulations such as hospital policies, Title 22 and JCAHO.
  • Competent in utilizing Cerner Millenium to place physician orders.
  • Is a team player and possesses a positive attitude.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree Nursing Degree in Nursing (BSN) *Grandfathered from BSN if hired prior to 12/2019
  • 1 year Prior PACU experience or one year in a high acuity Intensive Care setting immediately prior to application.
  • Must have excellent communication skills, including the ability to speak, read and write English proficiently.
  • Knowledge of medical procedures and conditions and ability to understand, follow and successfully perform duties, including whole blood collection, and apheresis procedures, in accordance with administrative and clinical policies, regulations and procedures.
  • Committed to excellence in patient care and customer service.
  • Demonstrates ability to work independently with minimal direction and supervision.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Critical Care Nursing Certificate - CCRN (AACN) CCRN or CPAN preferred

Required Licenses/Certifications:

  • Registered Nurse - RN (CA Board of Registered Nursing)
  • Basic Life Support (BLS) Healthcare Provider from American Heart Association
  • Fire Life Safety Training (LA City) If no card upon hire, one must be obtained within 30 days of hire and maintained by renewal before expiration date. (Required within LA City only)
  • Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) Healthcare Provider from American Heart Association
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Healthcare Provider from American Heart Association

The hourly rate range for this position is $41.00 - $88.00. When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state, and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.


REQ20145223 Posted Date: 02/06/2024

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