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MD Anderson Cancer Center

Clinical Nurse - Clinical Decision "Observation" Unit (Eve/Nights 7p - 7a) (148901)





Houston, Texas, United States

The Clinical Decision "Observation" Unit (CDU) is a designated, 16-bed medical unit where adult patients in need of additional monitoring, diagnostic evaluation and/or treatment may be monitored while a clinical decision is being made whether to admit the patient for hospitalization or discharge the patient for further care.

The unit provides an alternative to discharge, or inpatient hospital admission for the patient who may benefit from an extended observation period; ideally less than twenty four hours. The unit was created to reduce hospitalization and health care cost for patients, provide a more comfortable area for medical care while the patient is in an observation setting and deliver outstanding patient care to better serve our patients.

This is a very fast-paced unit. Our employees must possess good time management skills, excellent communication skills, comfort with the electronic medical record systems, the ability to think critically, and a passion for a short-stay and fast-paced environment.

Ideal candidate will have graduated from an accredited school of professional nursing; an RN license, Basic Life Support (BLS) or Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification. Prefer at 12 months RN experience in an acute care or medical / surgical setting.

Shift will be 7 pm - 7 am, 26 out of 52 weekend shifts per year, and rotating holidays.


Accountable for the management and provision of patient care in assigned area. Assesses patient's needs for nursing care and multidisciplinary team. Collaborates with physicians, other services, patient and patient's family to plan care and evaluate outcomes. Improves practice by integrating results and theories of research studies. Participates in data collection for current studies. Demonstrates clinical competency and compassion in providing care, using technology, administering medications, performing procedures and managing emergencies. Documents care according to established standards. Accesses, inputs and retrieves information from computer systems. Assures continuity of care through appropriate discharge planning, patient education and coordination of services. Acts as a patient and family advocate in order to uphold patient rights. Trains, coaches and assists team members to ensure optimum patient care and efficient use of resources.


Required: Graduation from an accredited school of professional nursing.


All clinical nurses with less than one year registered nurse (RN) work experience will be required to participate in the Clinical Nurse Residency Program.

Preferred: 12 months of recent RN experience in an acute care setting.


Current State of Texas Professional Nursing license (RN).

Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification if working in the following department: Nrsg Post Anesthesia Care Unit (600160).

It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law. [Register to View] Information

  • Requisition ID: 148901
  • Employment Status: Full-Time
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • FLSA: exempt and eligible for additional compensation for hours worked beyond your usual schedule, paid at a time and a half rate
  • Work Week: Evening/Night, Rotating, Weekends
  • Fund Type: Hard
  • Work Location: Onsite
  • Pivotal Position: Yes
  • Minimum Salary: US Dollar (USD) 66,000
  • Midpoint Salary: US Dollar (USD) 90,000
  • Maximum Salary : US Dollar (USD) 114,000
  • Science Jobs: No