CLINICAL NURSE II - Cardiac Diagnostic Unit

  • Duke Health
  • Durham, NC, USA
  • Aug 01, 2020

Job Description

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 recognizedeach 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!


Department Profile:

The Cardiac Diagnostic Unit (CDU) is part of Duke University Hospital, and encompasses three different sites. These sites include areas in Duke Hospital (7200), Clinic 2K in Duke South, and Southpoint Clinic.


The Cardiac Diagnostic Unit (CDU) is a cardiac procedural area providing comprehensive state of the art diagnostic service inclusive of echocardiography (transthoracic and transesophageal), cardioversions, and stress testing.


Registered nurses in the CDU will have the opportunity to assess, prepare, and monitor the cardiac patient population prior to, during, and after stress testing, cardioversions, and transesophageal echocardiograms (TEE). 


The nurse would be responsible for ensuring appropriateness of procedures ordered for our adult patient population. This job function requires the nurse be able to recognize and act on potential life threatening changes of patient condition as well as multitasking, critical thinking, and working with a diverse group of other medical professionals.  The nurse will be an integral part in interpretation of EKG’s, including rhythm and ST changes, as well as be responsible for the delivery of moderate sedation and continuous monitoring of vitals during the procedures.


Work Hours & Shifts:

10-hour, 8-hour, or a combination of 10 and 8-hour shifts available.

Full Time: Monday thru Friday, 8-hour or 10-hour day shifts with rotation throughout the different locations of the Cardiac Diagnostic Unit (Hospital, 2K, and Southpoint). Rotating limited staff schedule for Weekend day coverage and holiday coverage. 


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Minimum Qualifications




Work requires graduation from an accredited BSN or Associate's Degree in Nursing or Nursing Diploma program. All registered nurses without a Bachelor's degree in Nursing (or higher) will be required to enroll in an appropriate BSN program within two years of their start date andto complete the program within five years of their start date.




Twelve months of appropriate clinical experience is required. At a manager's discretion, employees with 6 months of experience who are exceptional performers may be eligible for this level.


Degrees, Licensures, Certifications


Must have current or compact RN licensure in the state of North Carolina. BLS required.


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.


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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.


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