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Duke Internal Traveler Program (DITP) RN – PRN – Duke University Health System

Duke Health

This is a Full-time position in Raleigh, NC posted September 20, 2023.

Duke University Hospital

Duke University Hospital is consistently rated as one of the best in the United States and is known around the world for its outstanding care and groundbreaking research. Duke University Hospital has 1,048 licensed inpatient beds and offers comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic facilities, including a regional emergency/trauma center; a major surgery suite containing 65 operating rooms; an endo-surgery center; a separate hospital outpatient surgical department with nine operating rooms and an extensive diagnostic and interventional radiology area. For 2021-2022, U.S. News and World Report ranked Duke University Hospital nationally in 11 adult specialties: cancer, cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, ear, nose & throat, gastroenterology & GI surgery, gynecology, neurology & neurosurgery, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pulmonology & lung surgery, and urology. Duke University Hospital is also ranked first in North Carolina and first in the Raleigh-Durham area.

In addition to its hospitals, Duke Health has an extensive, geographically dispersed network of outpatient facilities that include primary care offices, urgent care centers, multi-specialty clinics and outpatient surgery centers.

RNs who join the Duke Internal Traveler Program (DITP) use their specialized clinical expertise and adaptability skills to fill new assignments every 12 weeks across Duke University Health System’s three hospitals (Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, and Duke Raleigh Hospital).

Registered Nurses will be hired for up to one year into specialty groups to fulfill requests for a traveler RN across DUHS.  


Nurses chosen for the program gain the ability to expand their own professional network and experiences in assignments on different units, including:

  • Emergency Services (Level 1 Trauma in Durham)
  • Perioperative Services
  • Medical/Surgical
  • Mother/Baby
  • Critical Care
  • Oncology
  • Heart


Duties and Responsibilities of this Level

  • Plan, provide, supervise and document professional nursing care utilizing the nursing process for patients in accordance with physician orders and established policies and procedures. Use professional nursing judgment to individualize the plan of care based on assessment of the patient’s baseline needs and response to care.
  • Delegate tasks and supervise the activities of other licensed and unlicensed care providers.
  • Assist other nursing personnel in the delivery of nursing care and act as team leader or charge nurse for a group of patients or an entire unit as assigned.
  • Monitor and initiate corrective action to maintain the environment of care including equipment and material resources.
  • Participate in own professional development by maintaining required competencies, identifying learning needs and seeking appropriate assistance or educational offerings.
  • Act as preceptor and support the development of other staff and formal learners.
  • Participate in the identification of clinical or operational performance improvement opportunities and in performance improvement activities.
  • Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.


Required Qualifications at this Level

Work requires graduation from an accredited BSN or Associate’s Degree in Nursing or Nursing Diploma program.
All registered nurses without a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing (or higher) will be required to enroll in an appropriate BSN program within two years of their start date and to complete the program within five years of their start date.

2 years of clinical experience in a specialty is required.
Degrees, Licensure, and/or Certification:    

Must have current or compact RN licensure in the state of North Carolina. BLS required.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 

– Knowledge of scope of the registered nurse, licensed practical nurse and NCA
– Knowledge of and appropriate application of the nursing process
– Knowledge of professional theory, practice and procedure
– Ability to assess nursing needs of acute and chronically ill patients and their families
– Able to independently seek out resources and work collaboratively
– Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships
– Able to communicate clearly with patients, families, visitors, healthcare team, physicians, administrators, leadership and others
– Able to teach patients and families in accordance with the nursing plan of care
– Able to use sensory and cognitive functions to process and prioritize information, treatment, and follow-up
– Able to use fine motor skills
– Competent in BLS and/or other specialized life support requirements designated by work area
– Able to record activities, document assessments, plan of care, interventions, evaluation and re-evaluation of patient status
– Able to use computer and learn new software programs
– Able to document and communicate pertinent information using computer and/or paper documentation tools
– Able to navigate the entity to provide clinical care for patients
– Able to withstand prolonged standing and walking
– Able to remain focused and organized
– Working knowledge of procedures and techniques involved in administering routine and special treatments to patients
– Working knowledge of infection control procedures and safety precautions
– Working knowledge and completion of appropriate JCAHO and other regulatory requirements


Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.


Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.


Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essentialjob functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.