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RN- Critical Response

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Website SSM Health

This role is pat of the expert clinical team in the acute care area. Prevents clinical deterioration in patients outside of intensive care units. Leads the Critical Response team’s initial assessment of critically ill patients and has the ability and clinical skills to assess and implement early interventions to prevent cardiopulmonary arrest, better facilitating the patient’s transition to a higher level of care.


  • Acts as the first level of support for the bedside nursing team when the condition of a patient is in question or jeopardy.
  • Educates and supports the bedside team in the evaluation and management of unstable patients.
  • Guides the bedside nursing team to help direct patient care.
  • Assists in determining when to escalate a rapid response.
  • Facilitates early and rapid transition of patients to a higher level of care.
  • Closely monitors patients who have recently transferred from the intensive care unit (ICU).
  • Utilizes available data from the electronic medical record and other sources to identify at risk patients. e.g. Deterioration Index, Sepsis score and other acuity scores.
  • Collects and maintains data related to Rapid Response and Code episodes to drive process improvement.
  • Participates in Ministry Rapid Response and Code debrief process and Regional Critical Response Nursing Team.
  • Applies the existing body of evidence-based practice and scientific knowledge in health care to critical care nursing practice, ensuring that nursing care is delivered based on patient s age-specific needs and clinical needs as described in the department’s Scope of Service.
  • Works in a constant state of alertness and safe manner.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Graduate of accredited school of nursing


  • Two years of registered nurse experience in critical care, emergency care or progressive care


  • Constant use of speech to share information through oral communication.
  • Constant standing and walking.
  • Frequent lifting/carrying and pushing/pulling objects weighing 0-25 lbs.
  • Frequent sitting, reaching and keyboard use/data entry.
  • Frequent use of vision and depth perception for distances near (20 inches or less) and far (20 feet or more) and to identify and distinguish colors.
  • Frequent use of smell to detect/recognize odors.
  • Frequent use of hearing to receive oral communication, distinguish body sounds and/or hear alarms, malfunctioning machinery, etc.
  • Occasional lifting/carrying and pushing/pulling objects weighing 25-50 lbs.
  • Occasional lifting/moving of patients.
  • Occasional bending, stooping, kneeling, squatting, twisting, gripping and repetitive foot/leg and hand/arm movements.
  • Occasional driving.
  • Rare crawling and running.

Associated topics: ambulatory, infusion, intensive, neonatal, nurse clinical, psychatric, recovery, surgery, surgical, transitional

Tagged as: Ambulatory, Infusion, Intensive, Neonatal, Nurse Clinical, Psychatric, Recovery, Surgery, Surgical, Transitional

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