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Nursing Opportunities

As a nurse do you aspire to be the best provider of patient centered care that you can be? If so, North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo is the place for you. Our vision is to be the provider of the best patient centered care and health services in America. We count on nurses who want to be the best in their field and give them every opportunity to excel in their career.

Behavioral Health Center

NMMC's inpatient Behavioral Health Center includes four patient care units: a chemical dependency detoxification and referral unit, a geriatric psychiatry unit, an intensive adult psychiatry unit and a stabilization/step-down adult psychiatry unit. Intensive outpatient services are offered to persons of all ages and include psychological testing and evaluations. Confidential screening interviews are available with a professional counselor. The results of this interview provide the client and family with a good idea of the most appropriate treatment options.

The treatment/services offered at the NMMC Behavioral Health Center are provided by physicians, nursing staff, counselors, psychologists, social workers, pharmacists, dietitians and other caregivers. Treatment teams consisting of these professionals develop and implement plans of care for both inpatients and outpatients.

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Cardiac Care

NMMC has two cardiac care units with a total of 44 beds. As a cardiac care nurse, you will work primarily with patients who are recovering from heart attacks, open heart surgery and congestive heart failure that no longer require intensive care. You will also monitor cardiac telemetry and care for patients who are experiencing angina pain or have undergone cardiac catheterization and other cardiac interventional procedures.

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Critical Care Unit

As a nurse in the Critical Care Unit, you will care for patients having scheduled procedures such as open heart, thoracotomy, vascular or extensive abdominal surgeries. You will also serve patients for whom even routine surgery is considered high risk. SIC nurses also care for neuro/trauma patients, including those who have experienced multiple trauma, neurotrauma or neurosurgery.

As a critical care nurse, you will utilize the latest monitoring technologies including intra-aortic balloon pumps, arterial and Swan Ganz Lines, SVO2 Monitors, left atrial lines, ICP monitors, end tidal volume CO2 monitors and pulse oximeters.

You will assist physicians with inserting a variety of catheters and chest tubes and with performing such procedures as thoracentesis, intubations and tracheostomies. In addition, you will use a variety of equipment and instruments such as cardiac monitors, hemodynamic modules, flexible laryngoscopes, multiple-line infusion pumps, blood pressure monitors, defibrillators, external pacemakers and IABPs.

Pulmonary Care Unit: NMMC has a pulmonary care unit with two levels of care, a five-bed intensive care and a 10-bed step-down. However, other types of medical and surgical patients are served as the need may arise. The unit's focus is on progressive treatment of patients with pulmonary problems. Once the condition is stabilized and the need for intensive nursing care is no longer required, the patient is moved into the step-down unit. Diagnoses include, but are not limited to, COPD, pneumonia, ARDS and respiratory failure. Aspects of care include continuous cardiac monitoring, SaO2, I&O, hemodynamic monitoring, mechanical ventilation, CPAP, oxygen therapy, breath sound assessment and vital sign monitoring.

Telemetry Step-Down Unit: NMMC has a 15-bed critical care telemetry step-down unit. The unit's focus is the progressive treatment of the medical/surgical patient who requires a lesser level of care than is provided in the intensive care unit, but a greater level of care than that which is normally provided on a typical medical/surgical floor. Primary disciplines include cardiac, pulmonary and neurology patients.

Some aspects of care include continuous cardiac monitoring, Sa02, I&O, mechanical ventilation, CPAP, oxygen therapy, breath sound assessment and vital sign monitoring.

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Emergency Services

NMMC's Emergency Services Department operates a Level II Trauma Center. Emergency nurses provide care to acutely ill or injured patients using state-of-the-art equipment. All emergency nurses have received specialized training in trauma and acute care.

Members of the Emergency Services Department's nursing team work in a fast-paced and varied environment, with cases ranging from severe trauma and cardiac emergencies to sore throats and ear infections. Emergency nurses and flight nurses at NMMC may be required to have certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Trauma Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Neonatal Advanced Life Support and Emergency Nursing, depending on the role of the nurse.

CareFlight: Within two to five minutes of receiving a dispatch call, the helicopter flight team, equipped with comprehensive lifesaving equipment and a sophisticated communications system, heads toward any designated point within our response area. To become a flight nurse, you must have prior experience in trauma/critical care nursing and should be certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Basic Trauma Life Support and Emergency Nursing.

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Heart & Vascular Institute

NMMC's nationally recognized Heart & Vascular Institute offers a variety of career opportunities in a high-tech environment. To be eligible for these positions, you should have prior experience in cardiology or critical care.

Cardiac rehabilitation nurses plan and implement exercise prescriptions as well as perform health and risk factor assessments. In addition, you will supervise and instruct exercise therapy classes and provide patient education. Nurses in the echocardiography lab assist physicians in the administration of stress testing and transesophageal echocardiograms and are responsible for performing adult and pediatric echocardiography procedures. Registered nurses employed in nuclear cardiology assist with nuclear stress testing and tilt table studies. The Heart Institute has a high volume in cardiac catheterization, interventional and electrophysiology procedures. As a cath lab nurse, you will provide technical expertise in all facets of the cath lab. Observation RNs provide pre-op and post-op care for cath lab patients.

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Home Health/Hospice

With a house call made in 1966, NMMC's Home Health became the first hospital-based home health agency in the state. NMMC Home Health Agency nurses care for home care and hospice patients in 17 counties and make around 300,000 visits per year.

Because treatments vary from patient to patient, your role as a home health nurse will enable you to draw from a diversity of skills. However, in preparation for managed care, the home health registered nurse builds general knowledge and becomes specialized in one or two areas of interest. Duties range from short-term observation and monitoring, surgery follow-up procedures and management of cases involving high-tech procedures, such as IV therapy, as well as educating patients and family about their disease process.

Hospice: If you choose hospice nursing, your role will involve pain management and supportive care for the terminally ill who desire to remain at home during the final stages of the illness. These patients and their families will need significant emotional support as well as management of their medical diagnoses.

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Medical Nursing

The medical units at NMMC offer a variety of opportunities for nurses interested in diabetes management, nephrology, pulmonology, neurology, enterostomal, GI/GU and general medicine. As a medical nurse, you will deliver skilled, individualized care to your patients, as well as serve as your patients' link to their doctors.

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The oncology/hematology unit at NMMC offers one of the most advanced cancer programs in the South. The National Cancer Institute has three times awarded a three-year grant to NMMC's Clinical Community Oncology program to help fund cancer treatment and research. NMMC is also affiliated with the M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute of Houston, Texas, which allows NMMC oncology patients to receive the most advanced cancer care protocols available.

As a nurse on NMMC's oncology unit, you will become skilled in chemotherapy administration, care of the immunocompromised patient, pain control, maintenance of various access devices and the holistic, supportive care of the terminally ill patient and family. The unit also houses an outpatient bay specializing in pheresis procedures.

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Pain Management Center

The Pain Management Center provides patients the most comprehensive pain management services in north Mississippi. The Pain Management Center includes board certified anesthesiologists and nurses specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic pain. The facility is over 8,000 square feet and includes 14 exam rooms and two procedure rooms.

The goal of the Pain Management Center is to decrease pain and make patients more functional using multi-modalities including nerve blocks and medications. The PMC works in close relations with psychiatry, neurology, orthopedics, neurosurgery, and rehab medicine & services and treats patients from a wide variety of illnesses and disease states including chronic pain and cancer pain.

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Rehabilitation Institute

The Rehabilitation Institute is a comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation unit for stroke patients as well as patients with spinal cord injuries, head injuries, neuromuscular diseases, fractures and burns.

As a nurse at NMMC's Rehabilitation Institute, you will monitor your patients' acute or chronic medical problems. You will also prepare your patients and their family members for managing the medical aspects of the individual's disability after the patient returns home.

As a part of the rehabilitation team, you will work with doctors and various therapists to help individual patients regain their highest possible levels of functioning.

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NMMC's Surgery Department performs approximately 21,000 procedures per year, more than any other hospital in the state. In addition, the Women's Hospital and North Mississippi Surgery Center are freestanding facilities with a high volume of surgery cases. All areas utilize state-of-the-art technology, including laser surgery. Surgical procedures range from complex open heart and advanced neurosurgery to routine outpatient surgeries.

Perioperative nursing consists of preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative care. As a nurse in any of these areas, you will be challenged to utilize and expand your nursing skills to care for patients ranging in age from newborn to geriatric.

Each nurse plays an important role, whether assessing the patient for surgery, circulating, scrubbing or monitoring a patient after anesthesia. Orientation will provide the opportunity to learn the skills needed to be competent in a demanding, yet rewarding, care environment.

Click here for information on NMMC's Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist training program.

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Surgical Nursing

Surgical nursing at NMMC offers a challenging, exciting opportunity to gain expertise in providing pre- and post-op care for patients. You will work with a variety of surgical specialties, including general, thoracic and vascular surgery; reconstructive and plastic surgery; neurology and neurosurgery; endocrinology, otolaryngology and orthopedics.

The role of the surgical nurse requires utilization of diverse clinical skills and provides quality learning experiences designed to enhance your professional growth and development.

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Women and Children's Health

NMMC's Women's Hospital is a freestanding facility that specializes in obstetrics, gynecology and neonatology. The Women's Hospital is recognized throughout the South for its modern technology and innovative treatment of women and newborns.

Obstetrics and Gynecology: The Women's Hospital uses a concept of family-centered care after delivery. As an Ob/Gyn nurse, you will not only care for new mothers' needs but you will also work with specially trained educators in instructing mothers and fathers in caring for their new babies. The Ob/Gyn nurse also assists with diagnostic procedures, treatments and post-operative care of gynecological surgery patients, as well as caring for patients' medical needs during their visit.

Labor and Delivery: The Labor and Delivery suite at the Women's Hospital offers labor, delivery and recovery (LDR) birthing rooms, which allow mothers to deliver their babies in a homelike environment. The hospital also has traditional delivery rooms, high-risk labor rooms and an observation/testing room.

Working as a labor and delivery staff nurse will enable you to develop specialized technical skills in fetal monitoring, assessment of intrapartum progress, assessment and treatment of high-risk patients, surgical skills for Cesarean sections, in addition to recovery of the anesthetized patient and immediate care of the newborn.

Nursery: The Well-Baby Nursery provides care to term and low-risk newborns and has a capacity for 24 patients. The patient care team consists of pediatricians, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, nursing assistants and unit secretaries.

Care of the well newborn is directed toward supporting transition to extrauterine life, observing for alteration in the physiologic functions of the newborn, facilitating newborn/family relationships and instructing family members in care of the newborn.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: The Level III NICU consists of 11 intensive care beds and 11 intermediate care beds. The patient care team consists of neonatologists, registered nurses, respiratory therapists and unit secretaries. Also involved in the multidisciplinary approach to patient care are personnel from social work, pharmacy, pathology, radiology, physical/occupational therapy, dietary and pastoral care. The NICU serves premature infants and sick term newborns. Patient needs include respiratory support; administration of IV fluids, hyperal, antibiotics and other medications and blood products; continuous monitoring of ECG, respirations, SpO2 and blood pressure; and maintenance of neutral thermal environment. Registered nurses and respiratory therapists working in the NICU may also serve on the neonatal transport team. The intermediate nursery houses growing premature infants and term newborns who are nearing discharge from the hospital.

Education: Nurse educators provide a series of childbirth education classes throughout the year. Specially trained lactation consultants help mothers better understand the benefits of breast-feeding and teach feeding techniques and coping skills.

Pediatrics: As a nurse on NMMC's pediatric unit, your role will involve interaction with patients ranging in age from newborn to adolescence. Dedicated pediatric nurses and respiratory therapists provide care for a variety of medical and surgical conditions. Partnering with parents and other health care providers presents numerous opportunities to have a positive impact on health outcomes.

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