Harris Health System
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Lead Rapid Response Team Nurse
at Harris Health System
Harris Health is a nationally recognized health system comprising three teaching hospitals and an extensive network of ambulatory care centers serving the people of Harris County, Texas, since 1966. Staffed by the faculty, fellows and residents from two nationally ranked medical schools, Baylor College of Medicine and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), Harris Health is the first healthcare system in Houston to receive the prestigious National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) designation for its network of patient-centered medical homes.
Each year, Harris Health provides more than 1.8 million total outpatient visits through its more than 40 ambulatory care facilities. Additionally, Harris Health sees more than 177,000 emergency visits at its Level 1 and Level 3 trauma centers and 35,000 hospital admissions through its three hospitals: Ben Taub, LBJ and Quentin Mease.
Established by voter referendum to enhance the level of charity care available in the community, Harris Health System has often received national recognition for serving those in need and for its achievements in operational excellence, such as being named to the 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Most Wired Hospitals lists by the American Hospital Association’s Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.
Additionally, Harris Health System is pleased that each of its three hospitals — Ben Taub, Lyndon B. Johnson and Quentin Mease — achieved Pathway to Excellence™ designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
The Lead Rapid Response Team Nurse (LRRTN) serves as the frontrunner of the multi-disciplinary team and coordinates the execution of rapid response system encompassing detection, activation, response, assessment and stabilization, disposition and evaluation. The LRRTN facilitates and responds to Rapid Response and Code Blue activations and Sepsis Alerts. The LRRTN operates under the guidelines of the Rapid Response Team/Code Blue Team/Sepsis Alert standardized procedures. The LRRTN facilitates team huddles, debriefings and evaluation of the rapid response system, structure and process. The LRRTN contributes to quality and performance improvement initiatives and provides ongoing education and training to staff.
The LRRTN is responsible for the provision of safe and emergency patient care in a manner that is consistent with professional standards and hospital policies. The LRRTN upholds high standards of integrity and ethical behavior, mentors others, and role models professionalism.
1. Education/Licensure/Specialized Training:
i. Graduate of an accredited school of Nursing. Holds one (1) of the following: Bachelors, Masters, or Doctoral degree.
i. Licensed to practice professional nursing in the state of Texas
ii. Certification in critical care or emergency nursing specialty (CCRN/CEN)
iii. NIHSS stroke certification
iv. Crisis Intervention training
2. Work Experience: Three (3) years nursing experience with two (2) years in ICU or Emergency Center
3. Management Experience: One (1) year related leadership experience
1. Communication Skills:
Above Average Verbal (Heavy Public Contact)
Writing /Composing: Correspondence / Reports
2. Other Skills: Analytical, Medical Terms, Mathematics, PC, Word Proc.
3. Advanced Education:
Advance Training Specialty: Certification in critical care or emergency nursing
Bachelor's Degree Major: Nursing
Master's Degree Major: preferred
4. Work Schedule: Weekends, Holidays, Flexible
5. Other Requirements: None
Benefits and EEOC
Harris Health System benefits program is designed to provide you with more flexibility and choices in meeting your specific needs. Harris Health System benefits program allows you to protect your income in case of illness, death and disability, and to help you save for retirement.
It is the policy of Harris Health System to provide equal opportunity for all applicants for employment regardless political affiliation, race, color, national origin, age, sex, religious creed or disability. Applicants may request any reasonable accommodation(s) to participate in the application process.