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Registered Nurse (New or Experienced) – DUH – General Surgery Trauma Stepdown (8300) – Day Shift

Duke Health

This is a Full-time position in Raleigh, NC posted September 17, 2023.

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 957 inpatient beds and offers comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic facilities, including a regional emergency/trauma center; a major surgery suite containing 51 operating rooms; an endo-surgery center; an Ambulatory Surgery Center with nine operating rooms and an extensive diagnostic and interventional radiology area. In fiscal year 2018, Duke University Hospital admitted 42,916 patients and had 1,085,740 outpatient visits in fiscal year 2017.


U.S News & World Report named Duke University Hospital #1 in North Carolina and #1 in the Raleigh-Durham area in 2018-19.


Duke University Hospital is ranked in the top 20 nationally for seven adult specialties, including cardiology and heart surgery, nephrology, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pulmonology, rheumatology, and urology.


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.


Duke Nursing Highlights:


  • Duke University Health System is designated as a Magnet® organization
  • Nurses from each hospital are consistently recognized each year as North Carolina’s Great 100 Nurses.
  • Duke University Health System was awarded the American Board of Nursing Specialties Award for Nursing Certification Advocacy for being strong advocates of specialty nursing certification.
  • Duke University Health System has 6000 + registered nurses
  • Quality of Life: Living in the Triangle!
  • Relocation Assistance!


Are you a nurse that aspires to become a Critical Care Nurse in the future or currently enjoys the high acuity of trauma?  If so, the General Surgery Trauma Stepdown is a perfect unit to build your foundation!


Registered Nurse (Experienced RN or New Grad RN) – Duke University Hospital – General Surgery/Trauma Stepdown Unit (8300)


Duke University Health System – Duke University Hospital seeks to hire a new graduate Registered Nurse who will embrace our mission of Advancing Health Together.
 Work Hours & Shifts:

  • 3 12’s night shift (7pm-7am) OR
  • 3 12’s Rotating Shifts (50% Days; 50% Nights)
  • **The shift options are contingent upon completing a day shift orientation and a successful 90-day probationary period.


Knowledge, Skills, Education, and Experience Required:

  • Graduation from an accredited Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing (or higher), Associate’s Degree in Nursing or Nursing Diploma program is required.
  • Experienced Nurses: Previous work experience (1+ years) as a clinical nurse is required.


All registered nurses without a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing 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
Licensure, Certification or Registration Required:

  • Current registration with North Carolina State Board of Nursing as a registered professional nurse OR current compact RN licensure to practice in the state of North Carolina required.
  • BLS (or higher) certification required.
  • Experienced Nurses: Professional specialty certification (preferred).


Unit Profile:

The General Surgery & Trauma Stepdown Unit (8300) at Duke strives to provide exceptional care to acutely ill patients. We are a 31 bed stepdown unit with a patient population consisting primarily of abdominal and vascular surgeries, abdominal oncology as well as a variety of trauma patients. Our unit offers an opportunity to cultivate critical thinking in a fast-paced environment that promotes team building and fosters learning. The RNs in our unit aim to provide the highest quality care to our patient population while serving as patient advocates.

On unit 8300, we strive to develop the foundational skills required to excel in the nursing field while working within an extensive interdisciplinary and supportive team. You will master skills such as:

? Tracheostomy care and maintenance
? Blood product administration
? Wound care including wound management systems
? Ostomy care and maintenance and patient education
? Management of chest tubes and various drains
? Maintenance of a variety of collars, braces, and orthopedic devices
? Polytrauma mobility
? Post-operative monitoring and care
? Various pain management techniques including Patient Controlled Analgesic (PCA), Epidural pumps,
Ketamine, and Lidocaine infusions.
? Foley catheter insertion, maintenance, and removal
? Nasogastric tube insertion, maintenance, and removal
? Central and Peripheral IV maintenance and removal
? Administration of oral, intravenous, and via tube medications
? Collection of laboratory specimens, including but not limited to blood and urine
? Cardiac telemetry monitoring
? Parenteral and Enteral nutrition administration
? Coordination of patient and family education


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.