Nursing Careers

Nursing Careers

Join Our Nursing Team

Grow, Learn, and Excel in Patient Care at Elliot Health System

Elliot Health System offers exciting opportunities for new and experienced nurses at Elliot Hospital and our outpatient practices. As part of our team, you'll have access to a wealth of exciting opportunities, whether you're just beginning your nursing career or are an experienced professional. Our supportive team atmosphere is designed to encourage continuous learning and professional development. We emphasize the importance of acquiring new skills and advancing in your career, ensuring that you feel challenged and fulfilled in your role. By joining us, you will not only enhance your own professional journey but also contribute significantly to delivering top-notch patient care, embodying our commitment to excellence in healthcare services.

New Graduate Nurses

New Graduate Nurses

Elliot Hospital’s Transition to Practice Residency program for new graduate nurses gives new nurses the resources they need to confidently transition from the classroom to professional nursing practice. The nursing staff at Elliot Health System have a commitment to excellence and are passionate about the role that we have in patient care. We know that the transition from school to professional nursing is both exciting and challenging. Through the Transition to Practice Residency program, we ensure that our new nurses have the tools they need to thrive as registered nurses.

Residency occurs during the first six months of your employment as a graduate nurse. During this time, you will learn and grow alongside other new graduate nurses under the direct supervision of experienced registered nurses. In addition to the continuous learning that will occur when you’re delivering care, you will also have a variety of opportunities for education, support, and personal and professional growth.

You will participate in the following opportunities during residency:

  • Trained nurse preceptors who guide your unit orientation
  • Debriefing sessions with other new graduate RNs
  • Classroom discussions lead by experienced nurse educators that enhance clinical knowledge and critical thinking
  • Case studies that provide real-life examples of medical issues faced by patients on your unit
  • Skill review sessions that allow additional opportunities for “hands-on” practice
  • Online learning programs and computer simulations that supplement skill development
  • High and low fidelity simulations that provide a safe environment to practice and refine clinical skills, decision making, and prioritization

What? This is a program that provides new graduate nurses with experience in four adult inpatient units (Fitch, a medical unit; Fuller, a surgical unit; the Geropsych Unit; and Cardiac Intermediate Care Unit). Following several weeks on each unit, the nurse will apply for a position on the unit that will be the best match for him/her.

Why? New graduate nurses may be unsure what type of unit will be the best match for them when they search for their first nursing position. This program provides an opportunity to experience four units, enabling the nurse to get a real sense of the patients, colleagues, and culture of each unit to be able to pick the unit that is the best match.

Who? New graduate nurses who are looking for positions within the hospital setting may participate.

How? The new graduate nurses will apply for a position in the program and interview with the nurse manager, float teams, and supervisors. Nurses hired into the program will orient for several weeks on each of the four units. Following the orientation on each unit, the nurses will identify which unit(s) are the best fit for them.  A nursing development specialist will check in with the nurses weekly to provide guidance and support.

Experienced Nurses

Experienced Nurses

A.C.E. is an acronym for the Advancing Clinical Excellence program. This recognition is a means of encouraging, recognizing, and rewarding innovation in practice. A.C.E. formally promotes professional growth and development through teamwork, community service, education, and clinical leadership. The program gives direct care nurses an avenue to work collaboratively with their nursing colleagues, manager, and the organization to improve the delivery of patient care and clinical outcomes. Nurses achieving gold, silver, or bronze status are recognized as leaders for their contribution to practice.

What We Offer Our Nurses  

We offer a variety of options to provide nurses with flexibility to meet their work-life balance needs. For example, there is a special weekend program for nurses that work every weekend to receive a special bonus. There is also a program called “Five and Revive” in which nurses work their coded hours in five weeks and get their sixth week off without using earned time. A third option is a fulltime position called 0/75 FTE in which a nurse works three 12’s one week and 2 the following week.

Nurses at the Elliot Hospital are supported in their professional development through a number of programs and incentives that include:

  • Tuition discounts through academic partnerships with a number of local universities and colleges
  • An annual “Advancing Clinical Excellence” program that recognizes nurses and provides monetary rewards for innovation, teamwork, community service, education, and clinical leadership
  • Peer nominated “Spotlight Awards” that highlight exemplary nursing care, support, and passion and are celebrated during Nurse’s Week
  • Scholarship awards from the generous donations of our medical staff and benefactors wishing to reward nurses seeking further education

Nursing Recognition Award 

This award is available to Elliot Health System registered nurses who demonstrate clinical skill and professionalism beyond that normally expected of their level of experience. Their actions make a significant difference in the lives of patients, families, and the community. Registered nurses who receive the Elliot Health System Recognition award are critical thinkers. They draw fully upon their own skills as well as the skill of those around them to provide the best possible outcomes for their patients. Nominations for the award are typically prompted by a notable clinical episode.

Nursing Departments and Units

As a nurse or LNA at the Elliot Hospital, you have many options to practice throughout our 296-bed acute care facility. Our state-of-the-art units provide a wide array of equipment and patient acuity depending on a nurse’s professional interests, certifications, and experience level. In the following pages, you will find detailed information to help you learn more about these units so you can make an informed decision on where you might like to apply.

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Shared Governance & Professional Practice Model

The practice of professional nursing throughout Elliot Health System is predicated upon a commitment to a comprehensive, active shared governance model that provides appropriate authority for decisions pertaining to practice and accountability for the outcomes resulting from those decisions. Shared governance enables each nurse to function to their highest level based on education and licensure, promotes optimal clinical and professional outcomes, and enhances patient, family, and staff satisfaction.

Nursing at Elliot Health System is committed to partnering with patients, families, and colleagues to provide exceptional care that is safe, compassionate, and evidence based.

The vision of Nursing at Elliot Health System is to be a recognized leader in the provision of high quality, compassionate, patient and family-centered, and future-oriented care. The vision is achieved and sustained through shared governance, partnerships with healthcare consumers, superb interdisciplinary collaboration, and an unequivocal focus on professional accountability. The vision is supported by the work of theorist Kristen Swanson. Swanson’s Conceptual Framework Theory of Caring (1993), consists of five categories that define the structure of caring: knowing, being with, doing for, enabling, and maintaining belief (figure 1). Knowing is striving to understand an event and its meaning in the life of the other. Being with is being emotionally present with the other. Doing for is doing what the other would do for themselves if it were at all possible. Enabling is facilitating the other’s passage through life events and transitions by providing information, validation, and support. Finally, maintaining a belief is sustaining faith in the capacity of the other to get through the events or transitions and face a future with meaning.

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Nursing’s care commitment is actualized through Elliot Health System’s I CARE Professional Practice Model.

  1. Innovation and inspiration
  2. Collaboration and continuity in caring
  3. Accountability
  4. Respect/role modeling
  5. Ethics and integrity

There are seven master shared governance councils that assume responsibility and accountability for the management, operation, and integration of the nursing services and work. The master councils are identified as follows:

  1. Executive Nursing Leadership Council
  2. Nursing Leadership Council
  3. Professional Development & Recognition Council
  4. Nursing Practice Council
  5. Nursing Research Council
  6. Advanced Practice Nursing Council
  7. Ambulatory Practice Council