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Nursing At UVA Health


Along with our commitment to academic research and our advanced technology, it is the attributes of our nurses that make our Health System nationally-recognized —human qualities such as persistence, ingenuity, inquisitiveness, dedication, empathy, initiative, perception, imagination, and intelligence.

The impact of these qualities cannot be measured with the precise scientific calculations we perform every day. But they guide us in providing the best available patient care, preparing health professionals for the healthcare challenges of tomorrow and bringing our innovation to those we serve.

UVA Nurses: Inspired, Expert Caring

Professional Nursing Staff Organization (PNSO)

UVA nurses are looking to work at the highest level in their profession. As expert clinicians and members of the Professional Nursing Staff Organization (PNSO), they push the envelope to grow in both their careers and in life. We make sure they can. UVA's PNSO enables nurses to establish their own professional standards of clinical practice and professional development. Every UVA nurse is a member of our PNSO and has access to innovative programs that foster continued education, training, and professional advancement.

Professional Nursing Staff Organization (PNSO)

Clinical Specialities

As a UVA nurse, you can choose a specialty that reflects your interest, expertise and skill, including positions in inpatient and outpatient, home care, surgical and procedural areas.

  • Critical Care

    UVA Critical Care Units serve patients experiencing acute and chronic illnesses from MI and trauma to cardio-thoracic surgery and organ transplantation. Nurses are involved in bedside nursing research and provide superior patient care and support for families. Bedside practice is based on nursing ideas, expertise, research and policies, with nurses working collaboratively with physicians, respiratory therapists, physical and occupational therapists, pharmacists and social workers to ensure positive patient outcomes.

    Critical Care Nursing at UVA has earned acclaim by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN). In fact, three of our critical care units—the Medical Intensive Care Unit, the Surgical Trauma Burn Intensive Care Unit and the Thoracic Cardiovascular Post-Operative Unit—received Beacon Awards for excellence in intensive care environments, evidence-based processes and outcomes, support of healthy work environments and meeting the AACN mission, vision and values.

    Critical Care Nurses are encouraged to build their careers through education, presentation, publication and membership in professional organizations, including the Monticello Chapter of AACN.

    Our Critical Care units include:

    • Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU)
    • Surgical Trauma ICU (STICU)
    • Coronary Care Unit (CCU)
    • Thoracic Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (TCV ICU)
    • Nerancy Neuro Intensive Unit (NNICU)
    • Although each unit differs in patient population, they share a common nursing goal: to provide evidence-based, comprehensive care that is truly rewarding and beyond measure.
  • Dialysis

    For those interested in Nephrology Nursing, UVA offers a variety of clinical settings across central Virginia, including:

    • A progressive Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Clinic and procedure area
    • Eight outpatient dialysis facilities located in Charlottesville and surrounding counties, including Louisa, Orange, Page, Augusta, Amherst, Lynchburg and Altavista.
    • Three acute programs in three facilities—the UVA Medical Center, Central Health's Lynchburg General Hospital and Augusta Medical Center

    In addition to providing state-of-the-art technology, we offer a highly collaborative working environment that supports nurse autonomy. Professional development, support of nephrology certification, renal-specific continuing education and nursing research opportunities are always available and encouraged.

  • Emergency Services

    Working in a Level 1 Trauma Center with an annual patient volume of more than 61,000, UVA Emergency Services nurses care for the most challenging trauma patients in central Virginia. Commitment to education and the advancement of quality care are trademarks of our department. As an Emergency nurse, you will be provided with the resources to work at the highest levels of efficiency in a highly collaborative, respectful environment.

    Emergency Services at UVA includes:

    • A 23-bed Adult Emergency Department
    • A 7-bed Pediatric Emergency Room
    • A 5-bed Chest Pain Center
    • A 6-bed Express Care Center
    • Pegasus - helicopter flight program and critical care ground unit
  • Home Care

    Home Health nurses at UVA Health System reach out to patients where it counts most—at home. We help a diverse group of patients maximize their independence and return to normal life by providing patients and families with the treatment, knowledge and resources they need. In addition, our management team works diligently to provide staff with continuing education to stay on the leading edge. Because our nurses receive the training they need, our patients benefit from comprehensive care planning. Home Health provides the ideal practice environment where the nurse can spend devoted time teaching patients and their family members how to best care for themselves and their loved ones.

  • Maternal/Child Nursing At UVA

    The Women's Place at UVA provides comprehensive obstetrical care to women experiencing both high-risk and normal pregnancies. We recognize the importance of the family in this process and involve them at every stage appropriate. Working alongside our physicians and other specialists, our nursing staff provides exemplary patient care, supporting the birth process through innovative, family-centered care that builds on technology and strong coaching relationships with patients and their families.

    We are an all-inclusive maternal-child service, providing nurses with the opportunity to care for patients in the following areas:

    • Antepartum
    • Labor and Delivery
    • Postpartum
    • Operating Room
    • Newborn nursery designed to meet the needs of women and their families
    • Benign GYN

    The Health System's strong orientation and professional development programs will support your evolving expertise in this important specialty service.

  • Medical / Surgical Nursing At UVA

    Nurses are essential to helping patients recover, learn to manage their chronic illnesses, or transition to the end of their lives with dignity and comfort. Medical/Surgical Nurses at UVA use an interdisciplinary collaborative approach to provide innovative and evidence-based care to patients with complex needs.

    Medical/Surgical Nursing at UVA includes a vast array of specialties, patient populations and emerging technologies.

    Adult Medical/Surgical specialty units include:

    • Digestive Health Center of Excellence, providing comprehensive medical and surgical care for patients in need of bariatric surgery and treatments for a variety of digestive diseases, including IBD, IBS, pancreatic and liver disease
    • Medical Cardiology with a special focus on heart failure care and research
    • Medical Cardiology and Vascular Surgery
    • General Medicine
    • Geriatric and Palliative Care
    • Neurology, including state-of-the-art continuous EEG/video monitoring, a primary stroke center certified by JCAHO, and an epilepsy unit
    • Neurosurgery, including a 6-bed Intermediate Care Unit
    • Oncology on an NCI-certified unit
    • Orthopedic and Trauma, including groundbreaking research on ACL repair
    • Short-Stay Unit for observation and post-procedure care
    • Thoracic-cardiovascular
    • Transplant, including our Islet Cell Transplantation Center
    • General Surgery
  • Outpatient

    Outpatient Services at UVA are not only extensive but also highly fulfilling for our nursing staff, as witnessed by our high retention rates. As an Outpatient Nurse, you'll experience new treatment modalities and strong cooperative relationships with physicians. You'll also have the opportunity to establish relationships and care for patients and families for an extended time. Healthcare professionals are augmented by an exceptional group of volunteer and auxiliary staff, working together to deliver exemplary care. Our multi-disciplinary and collaborative approach also includes Social Workers, Psychologists, Chaplains, Nutritionists and Pharmacists.

    Our Outpatient Services include:

    • Behavioral Medicine
    • Cancer Center
    • Chronic Wound Care Center
    • Digestive Health Center of Excellence
    • Endocrine
    • Heart Center
    • Internal Medicine
    • Infusion Center
    • Ophthalmology
    • Pain Management
    • Pediatrics
    • Plastic Surgery
    • Surgery
  • Pediatrics

    Hospital provides innovative care to infants, children and adolescents with complex health issues. We serve young patients statewide and from across the nation.

    As a nurse at our Children's Hospital, you'll develop specialized expertise through our strong orientation, continuing education and professional development programs, as well as through mentorship in bedside care. Our fast-paced environment and high patient acuity continuously stimulate growth and learning in staff across all our settings. With expansion of our services planned, UVA nurses will have an even greater role in shaping the future of pediatric healthcare.

    Nurses play a key leadership role in the coordination of care. Through a well-established, evidence-based practice system, nurses define and direct advances in care predicated upon national standards and best practices literature. With our focus on quality pediatric care, nursing excellence thrives in our tertiary Children's Hospital program.

    In all of our inpatient settings, we support the whole child, and families play an integral role in our collaborative team of experts serving our smallest patients.

    Our settings include:

    • NICU and Transitional Nursery: 45-bed NICU that cares for Level II and Level III infants
    • Acute Care Pediatrics: 35-bed acute and intermediate care beds
    • PICU: Level 1 Trauma Center, full-service 14-bed unit
    • Inpatient Children's Rehabilitation Center: 10 acute and 9 rehabilitation beds
  • Psychiatric Services

    As a Psychiatric Nurse at UVA, you'll be an integral member of our multidisciplinary treatment team. Our Psychiatric Services are provided in two separate units.  One is a 16-bed, general acute-care unit; the second is a 20-bed, acute-care unit with a focus on the geriatric patient.

    Professional Psychiatric Nursing practice at UVA is enhanced by:

    • Motivational interviewing training for all nursing staff
    • Active participation in treatment team rounds
    • Close working relationships with Physicians, Occupational and Recreational Therapists and Social Workers
    • Practice based on the recovery model of mental illness
    • Emphasis on professional development
    • Ongoing nursing research program
  • Surgical Services

    As part of UVA Surgical Services, you have a wide spectrum of choices for your nursing career path — each challenging, each rewarding, and each utilizing innovative equipment and procedures. Among these choices include a new, state-of-the-art "Smart" Operating Room, the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU), Surgical Admissions Suite (SAS), Pre-Anesthesia Testing Center and an Outpatient Surgical Center. We also ensure your continued preparedness through our innovative OR training program.

    Professional surgical nursing practice is enhanced by:

    • Support staff roles that allow nurses to practice the art and science of nursing
    • Support for continuing education contributing to high rates of certification
    • Wide range of expertise among nursing colleagues to provide guidance and mentoring for novices
    • Collaborative approach to care
    • Ongoing support for nursing research conducted at the bedside

    Innovative technologies, including:

    • Two-way, hands-free wireless communication
    • Robotics program
    • High-level integration and "Smart OR" technology
    • Coming Soon - Complete computerized documentation, including monitor capture and integration with a computerized anesthesia system
    • OR Training Program

    To train newly graduated nurses interested in surgical services and experienced nurses wishing to change the focus of their practice, UVA OR utilizes the AORN's innovative "Periop 101" core curriculum program. The peer-reviewed program is written by expert perioperative nurses and is based on the AORN's Perioperative Standards and Recommended Practices. Each four- to six-month program consists of computer-based modules, post-tests and classroom experience in a "Mock OR," providing training in both the circulating and scrub roles, giving UVA nurses a solid perioperative orientation.

RN New Graduate/Nurse Residency Program

The first two years of professional practice establish the foundation of clinical skills you will need for the length of your career. We are committed to your professional development and will invest in your clinical practice throughout your tenure.

Our RN New Graduate Programs provide generous, protected orientation time: three months for nurses entering acute care settings and five months for nurses beginning in critical care units. Experienced Preceptors and Nursing Education Coordinators tailor the program to meet your individual needs. In addition, regular meetings with other new graduate nurses allow you to learn and develop together.

Throughout your first year of practice, monthly classes supplement your clinical orientation. These classes provide didactic, evidence-based content essential to developing clinicians, as well as peer discussion about transition-to-practice issues.

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Advanced Practice Nursing

Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs) at UVA are masters prepared, nationally certified clinicians who manage the care of a defined patient population.  Practicing as a Nurse Practitioner or Clinical Nurse Specialist, the APN is recogninized as an interdisciplinary leader within the service area and institution.  Their role includes expert direct clinical practice, consultation and research.

In addition, the APN II role includes critically analyzing the health care delivery system and clinical outcomes to maximize the delivery of quality, cost effective patient care services.  APN IIIs design, implement, and evaluate creative approaches to patient care, and contribute to the body of nursing knowledge through research and scholarly works.

The Advanced Practice Nurse also helps establish a culture of quality patient care through coaching, guidance and mentorship of others.

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Allied Health at UVA

As an allied health professional at UVA, you'll have the opportunity to contribute to patient care plan development and implementation, participate in clinical research and explore the diverse care settings that our Health System offers.

  • Medical Laboratories

    As an academic medical center, we perform many tests in-house that other hospitals send out to reference laboratories, such as flow cytometry, allergy testing, blood cell differentials by automated imaging and many special stains in histology to aid in diagnosis of malignancies. Equally interesting, we have several unique, testing specialized areas, including:

    • CYTOGENETICS LABORATORY: State-of-the-art techniques for chromosome analysis, including FISH testing

    • MOLECULAR DIAGNOSTICS LABORATORY: Part of the Microbiology Department, the molecular diagnostics lab performs a large number of PCR-based tests for infectious disease along with tests for genetic mutations such as cystic fibrosis

    • TOXICOLOGY LABORATORY: An innovative lab employing mass spectrometry and other techniques to test for immunosuppressive drugs, drugs of abuse and anabolic steroids.

    • SURGICAL PATHOLOGY LABORATORY: An exciting area aiding in the diagnosis of malignancies utilizing histochemical, immunohistochemical and enzyme histochemistry stains and immunofluroescence. The laboratory also provides ISH/FISH testing and Electron Microscopy services.

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  • Pharmacy

    At UVA, you'll work with skilled, dedicated Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians and practice in collaboration with renowned medical teams to provide pharmacotherapeutic care for patients with a wide variety of disorders. Collecting, synthesizing and interpreting relevant information about patients' diseases and drug therapies, our pharmacists define and prioritize all actual and drug-related problems.

    You'll also have the chance to teach and train new pharmacists, residents and students. Perhaps most unique is the reward of gaining increased autonomy and growing recognition for your accomplishments.

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  • Radiation Oncology

    UVA is a National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center. Recently ranked as one of the top Cancer Centers in the country, our center employs an integrated team of cancer specialists.

    Here, you'll utilize emerging technology, work with the country's leading Oncologists and provide consultation and treatment to patients. If joining a Cancer Center renowned for its employees' ingenuity, empathy, perception and more interests you, we invite you to apply for positions.

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  • Radiology

    UVA Radiology professionals enjoy a dynamic, collaborative environment that rewards your commitment with growth opportunities and skill development. Our interdisciplinary practice environment enhances your technical knowledge and abilities in a variety of treatment modalities, including diagnostic, interventional, nuclear medicine, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound and CT scan. You'll also coordinate and provide direct care and comprehensive education for patients and their families on their course of radiological treatments, for patients from infant to geriatric adult.

    Driven to succeed, our Radiology professionals rise to the challenges of our fast-paced environment rich in advanced imaging technology and technical innovation.

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  • Social Work

    UVA Social Workers enjoy great diversity in their roles, from counseling, psychosocial evaluation and case management to serving as the hub for patient services. As part of a multidisciplinary team, Social Workers perform numerous functions to help patients obtain the services they need to make living with an acute or chronic illness or with a disability easier.

    You will assist patients and their families with discharge planning, assessing for abuse, neglect or exploitation, and making community referrals for resources and support programs.

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  • Rehab Services

    Occupational Therapy

    Occupational Therapists at UVA work with both adult and pediatric populations within the Health System in a variety of settings, including inpatient adult, acute pediatrics and inpatient rehabilitation at the UVA Children's Hospital.

    Here, we encourage your professional development, offering a four-level clinical career ladder. Our services emphasize disability prevention, restoration to maximum potential and continued wellness.

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    Physical Therapy

    Our PTs are a dynamic group of licensed professionals dedicated to the preservation, development and restoration of optimal physical function in both the adult and pediatric populations.

    As a UVA PT, you're part of an interdisciplinary patient care team in an academic, evidence-based setting. We offer a four-level clinical career ladder so you can expand your skills.

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    Speech Language Pathology

    UVA Speech Language Pathologists provide a full range of diagnostic and treatment services for pediatric and adult patients with a wide variety of communication and swallowing disorders.

    Our services are available in outpatient, rehabilitation and acute-care inpatient settings. Here, our four-level clinical career ladder gives you room to expand your career.

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  • Respiratory Therapy & Sleep Technology

    Respiratory Therapy

    UVA Respiratory Therapists enjoy a collaborative environment in which the multidisciplinary healthcare team values and seeks input from all members.

    You'll have autonomy of practice that will make it possible to both assess your patient's needs and develop an appropriate care plan in conjunction with other team members.

    Utilizing innovative technology and the most advanced therapeutic interventions and procedures, you'll be challenged to expand your skills in acute, critical and diagnostic areas while experiencing invaluable professional development.

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    Sleep Technology

    Sleep Technologists and technicians working in UVA's Sleep Disorders Center (SDC) study adult and pediatric patients referred from the Sleep, Pulmonary, Neurology and Behavioral Medicine services to UVA's eight-bed sleep lab.

    The Sleep Technologists work collaboratively with the SDC Physicians and Nurse Practitioners to study patients, independently score studies and provide patient and family education regarding therapeutic interventions.

    The interdisciplinary practice of UVA's AASM-accredited SDC provides the opportunity to work with a broad patient population, enhancing your professional practice.

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  • Additional Allied Health & Healthcare Specialist Positions

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