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If you are looking for a new focus or want to take your nursing career to the next level, Care New England might be the answer. Nursing positions in Rhode Island are available in a variety of clinical and non-traditional settings including: psychiatric care at Butler Hospital; orthopedics, nursing education, and critical care at Kent Hospital and Memorial Hospital; neonatal and obstetric medicine at Women & Infants Hospital; and hospice and maternal/child health at VNA of Care New England.

From management to staff nurses, the spectrum of opportunity is endless. To learn more about what it means to be a nurse at each of Care New England's member organizations, click on the links below.

Our nursing departments and orientations:

The Labor Delivery and Recovery unit (LDR) is made up of 20 labor rooms, six cesarean recovery bays, and one alternative birthing room (ABC). The patient care skill mix caring for the laboring obstetric population includes:

  • Registered nurses.
  • Secretaries.
  • CNAs.
  • Anesthesia personnel.
  • Maternal Fetal Medicine staff.
  • Fellows.
  • Residents.

The LDR delivers approximately 8,400 babies annually.

The NICU consists of 80-bed single-family rooms. The patient care skill mix consists of:

  • RNs.
  • NICU care assistants.
  • Respiratory therapists.
  • Nurse practitioners.
  • Social workers.
  • Pharmacists.
  • Nutritionists.
  • Care managers.
  • Lactation consultants and counselors.

We collaborate with Hasbro Children’s Hospital for consultative needs of the patients.

73 percent of babies in the NICU are born premature, the rest are babies with any need for specialized care.

The nursing model of practice is based on a primary care nurse system to implement consistency of care to the best of our ability. Multi-interdisciplinary rounds are held every day on every infant and include families on the team.

Women & Infants has three, 24-bed units designed primarily for obstetrical patients. The patients are both high- and low-risk women who have delivered vaginally or by Cesarean.

Their babies are admitted to the newborn nurseries located on each unit. We encourage them to room-in with their mothers as we foster a and emphasize patient teaching.

Orientation for nurses working on these units includes classroom sessions on the care of the postpartum woman, as well as classes geared toward caring for other patients who may be admitted to the unit. Classes in breastfeeding, adult IV, EKG and adult code are also part of the orientation. You will also become certified in newborn resuscitation (NRP).

You will spend approximately eight to 10 days in the classroom for orientation, as well as six to eight weeks orienting on the unit with a staff preceptor. The length of your orientation will depend upon your experience.

The AMS Unit is a 24-bed unit that provides care for the needs of women with a focus on medical/surgical, gynecological-oncology care and acute obstetrical care in a multi-disciplinary team environment. The unit features six acute monitoring service beds which provide an advanced level of care and monitoring for gynecologic and obstetrical patients. The unit is staffed with dedicated registered nurses, certified nursing assistants, and secretaries skilled in the care of women with medical, surgical, gynecologic oncology, chemotherapy and telemetry needs.

Six cardiac monitored beds are staffed by nurses trained in critical care for gynecologic, surgical and obstetrical patients.

Patients on the AMS Unit have access to spiritual care, social work, nutrition, physical therapy, pharmacy and case management services. These services are located on the unit for holistic, patient-centered culturally-competent care. The Healing Garden area provides a relaxing and therapeutic environment for patients and families to visit comfortably while continuing to recuperate.

The availability of nationally recognized gynecology oncology care, hospice and palliative care consultation, obstetric medicine consultation, open patient visitation and expert nursing care provides a unique environment that promotes comfort and healing for women and their families across the continuum.

Surgical Services at Women & Infants Hospital has seen great advancements in recent years. 2014 saw the opening of a brand new, state-of-the-art operating room equipped with all of the latest technology, signifying Women & Infants' commitment to keeping the surgical care of women at the forefront of technology. During the course of the year, Women & Infants also added Plasma Jet technology to the hospital's armament of techniques available for cytoreduction of metastatic carcinoma. The Surgical Services specialty encompasses the operating rooms, post-anesthesia care unit (PACU), and outpatient surgery. Women & Infants is the only hospital in the region that offers all of the most important surgical strategies for women, from the traditional open hysterectomy to more complex laparoscopic urogynecologic procedures, to virtually scarless operations using our state-of-the-art surgical robot. At Women & Infants, our whole focus is on providing women with the right surgery, by the right surgeon, for the best outcomes.

The 12 ORs are staffed by attending physicians, fellows, residents, RNs, surgical techs, and OR assistants. The patient population is from menses to elderly. The OR provides care under anesthesia and services breast, REI, private Gyn, oncology, plastics, Uro/Gyn, GI and cesarean section deliveries.

The Women & Infants Emergency Department currently sees approximately 28,000 patients annually. Although we are licensed in the state of Rhode Island as an emergency department, we currently specialize in the care of women with obstetrical, gynecological, and gyn/oncology emergencies. We are currently the only free standing academic emergency department in the United States that operates within this scope of practice. We are staffed 24/7 with licensed independent practitioners including: Ob/Gyn board-certified doctors, midwives, nurse practitioners, and residents, registered nurses, and patient care support staff.

Over the last five years we identified the need to increase our capacity to allow us to efficiently provide care to our patients. We increased from a 12-bed emergency department to 19 beds. Along with improved facilities, we looked at our care delivery model, ensuring that we continue to provide safe, quality care to “every patient, every family, and every time."

In April, 2014, the ED embarked on a journey which was aimed at transforming the way we provide care to our patients. Along with a physical change and expansion, we adopted a new model of care referred to as “Care Teams." Care Teams foster team work, collaboration, and improved communication among all members of the team, ensuring a shared mental model, appropriate resources, and safe patient outcomes.

Women & Infants offers nurses a unique opportunity to enjoy variety and challenge by joining our float pool.

When you have completed at least one year of nursing work in the field, you can join the pool, which will give you the opportunity to work in many settings at the hospital.  

Orientation for float pool nurses includes general nursing orientation classes and then orientation to 4 East, 4 West, 5 East, 6 East, and 6 West. As part of your orientation, which can take two to three months based upon your skill level, you will attend all of the classes provided for the nurses working on designated units, in addition to a one-on-one preceptor orientation.  

After six months as a float nurse, you can expand your expertise by undergoing orientation for either 5 West and Triage, or NICU/PACU. This advanced level of care requires additional classes and precepting. We tailor the schedule to your skill level.

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