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Registered Nurse - Thoracic Intensive Care

San Diego, California



At Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego, patients can range from premature infants as little as two pounds to teenagers weighing in at over 200. While some conditions and illnesses may mimic those of an adult, many factors beyond the obvious physiological differences can make treating children and adolescents challenging. Certified nurses are specialists who are changing the way critically small and critically ill patients receive care. Your commitment, knowledge, and skill set will be crucial to improving patient outcomes.

Rady Children's offers competitive salaries, robust benefits, generous paid time off, retirement savings with contribution match, employee recognition, Team Rady events and celebrations, along with other great perks. Join us in sunny San Diego!

  • Full Time
  • Level: Mid

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  • Consistently excellent in providing the highest level of care for our patients.
  • Committed to improving outcomes and empowering individuals to seek innovative solutions.
  • Ensuring that our employees Nursing Team receives suport, rewards and career advancement opportunities.
  • Collaborative, respectful and dedicated to care, research and teaching.

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What makes a successful critical care Registered Nurse at Rady Children’s Hospital? Check out the traits we’re looking for and see if you have the right mix.

  • Good listener
  • Adaptable
  • Compassionate
  • Detail-oriented
  • Positive
  • Quick-thinking

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It’s amazing to see these children go from weak to vibrant… The nurses who chose to come here are unique because they’re comfortable with these patients and are eager to give it their all… I’ve never worked with a more passionate group of nurses. Each and every one of them truly loves this patient population. They’re so dedicated and do such a great job.

– Cheryle Pillow,


  • Healthcare

    Medical, Dental, Vision

  • 403(b) Retirement Plan

  • Tuition Reimbursement

  • Life and Disability Insurance

  • Infertility Reimbursement

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Job ID 5158 Date posted 02/08/2021

CTICU (Thoracic Intensive Care Unit). Very few heart centers around the world offer dedicated pediatric intensive care services and our program is unmatched in the region which stretches across the Pacific Rim to the U.S. southwest. Our 30-bed unit, situated in space solely devoted to cardiac care, provides all levels of inpatient care for congenital or acquired heart disease and can flex to 37 beds when needed. Patients remain in the CTICU from admission to discharge, providing continuity and stream-lined care. Our work stations are within steps of the patient rooms offering reassurance and comfort to both patients and families of being in visual contact with members of the healthcare team. Advanced care modalities include extra corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and a heart transplantation program that is thriving and demonstrates excellent outcomes.
We offer an extensive training program for nurses with adult critical care experience or pediatric medical/surgical experience wishing to transition into the CTICU. For the first year, you will be working a rotating schedule consisting of 2 months on the day shift, followed by 2 months on the night shift. After your first year, you will transition to fulltime night shifts. The shifts are 12 hour shifts.

Functions at the Standard Level of nursing practice. Responsible for independently applying the nursing process through the assessment, planning, implementation, evaluation and documentation of pediatric patient care. Selects and administers the appropriate care taking into consideration the age and developmental level and size of the patient. Provides a caring relationship that facilitates health and healing. Should be able to identify own limitations and seek resources as needed.

Associate's Degree or Nursing Diploma
One year of experience
Current California RN license
Current BLS for Healthcare Providers, issued by AHA
PALS or PEARS (within 6 months of hire)

Bachelor's Degree in Nursing
Three years of experience
Professional nursing certification
Bilingual Spanish
Pediatric nursing experience in a comparable, high-acuity department


Schedule: Rotating, 12 hour shifts

FTE: 72 hours per pay period

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