Registered Nurse (Experienced or New Grad) - General Surgery Trauma ICU Stepdown - BONUS ELIGIBLE - Military Veterans

at Duke University and Duke University Health System

Durham, North Carolina

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 recognized each 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!
  • Bonus Eligible!


Registered Nurse (Experienced RN or New Grad RN) – Duke University Hospital – General Surgery/Trauma Stepdown (2200/3200)

ATTENTION REGISTERED NURSES: Are you looking to build a solid foundation at one of the most prestigious teaching hospitals in the country?  Do you aspire to become an ICU Nurse in the future?  Are you looking for a Nurse Residency Program that embraces a myriad of patient population?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, please continue reading and apply now!


Duke University Health System seeks to hire an experienced Registered Nurse who will embrace our mission of Advancing Health Together.

The General Surgery/Trauma Stepdown Unit is comprised of 32 beds. Our General Surgery patient population includes but is not limited to: intermediate and stepdown level ICU patients, GI, GI Oncology, ENT, General Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Urology, Obsetetrics/Gynecology, Trauma and Orthopedics.  Will also help General Medicine, Neurology, Cardiology and Abdominal Transplant overflow patients when beds are needed.


We are a Level 1 Trauma Center. Our Trauma patient population includes falls and MVC's. We would care for these patients when they are stable enough to come out of the SICU. 


What makes us so unique?

  • We are an educational environment that will allow you to become the best nurse you can be! We are striving to add nurses to our team who have a passion to continue in lifelong learning and who are able to integrate their knowledge and compassion for others while providing exceptional care. 
  • To add value to your nursing skills, we encourage our nurses to pursue a Med/Surg Certification such as RN-BC or CMSRN, as Duke will provide a bonus for obtaining this certification and will reimburse for renewals. 
  • The culture, support and development within our organization 

Work Shifts
Full Time: 3 -12 hours shifts, 7a/7p day/night rotating, 36 hours per week for the first year for new grads.  We want to everyone to see the different patient populations and flow.  Self scheduling available and honored whenever possible.


What you will do:
As a Clinical Nurse with Duke University Health System, you will make providing service your priority while caring for the whole person in a patient-centered atmosphere.

  • The Clinical Nurse (RN) is responsible for providing and supervising direct and indirect total nursing care responsibilities.
  • Utilizing the nursing process (assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating) in achieving the goals of the nursing department.
  • Plan and provide advanced and/or specialized nursing care for patients in guided by DUHS Professional Practice model participate in the clinical ladder program, educational activities, departmental committees, research projects or other health related projects as assigned.
  • Provide nursing services to patients and families in accordance with the scope of the RN as defined by the North Carolina Board of Nursing.
  • Adheres to all rules and regulations of all applicable local, state and federal agencies and accrediting bodies.
  • Actively participates in outstanding customer service and accepts responsibility in maintaining relationships that are equally respectful to all.


What you will need:

  • Previous work experience or clinical hours is preferred.
  • Graduation from an accredited Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing (or higher) 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 and to complete the program within five years of their start date


Licensure, Certification or Registration Required:

  • Current registration with North Carolina State Board of Nursing as a registered professional nurse OR current compact RN licensure to practice in the state of North Carolina required.
  • Med/Surg Certification is encouraged.


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.


Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.


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.


Durham, North Carolina

As a world-class academic and health care system, Duke Health strives to transform medicine and health locally and globally through innovative scientific research, rapid translation of breakthrough discoveries, educating future clinical and scientific leaders, advocating and practicing evidence-based medicine to improve community health, and leading efforts to eliminate health inequalities.

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