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RN Transport Nurse Specialist FT

Universal Health Services

Washington, DC
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RN Transport Nurse Specialist FT

Job Code:  223308
Facility: The George Washington University Hospital
Location: WASHINGTON, DC US Mid-Atlantic
Region: Mid-Atlantic
Travel Involved: None
Job Type: Full Time
Job Level: 
Minimum Education Required: Bachelor's Degree 
Category: Allied Health
FTE: 1.0
Position Summary:

The George Washington University Hospital (GW Hospital) is a 385-bed tertiary care, academic medical center located in downtown Washington, DC, next to the Foggy Bottom metro. GW Hospital serves a diverse group of patients — from local residents to our nation’s leaders. As an academic medical center, GW Hospital has the resources and clinical expertise necessary to provide specialized, complex care. This expertise includes cardiac, cancer, neurosciences, women’s health, trauma, and advanced surgery including robotic and minimally invasive surgery.

GW Hospital is jointly owned and operated by George Washington University and a subsidiary of Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS), one of the nation's largest healthcare management companies. The GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), adjacent to the hospital, is the 11th oldest medical center in the country and the first in the nation’s capital.

The mission of GW Hospital is to provide the highest quality health care, advanced medical technology and world-class service to its patients in an academic medical center dedicated to education and research.

The Transport Nurse Specialist (TNS) provides safe and therapeutic care during inter-hospital transport of a wide variety of patients from infants through adults.  The nurse autonomously conducts the initial and ongoing patient assessment, clinical stabilization, and provision of diagnostic, medical, and surgical interventions during transport. The nurse collaborates with other health team members and other individuals to problem solve and implement treatment modalities in an effort to maximize patient outcomes.  The TNS supports the mission of GW, the Center for Trauma And Critical Care, and Emergency Services by establishing and maintaining constructive departmental and inter-organizational relationships.   



  • BSN
  • Minimum of three years or equivalent of critical care experience (ICU and/or Emergency Department) OR previous critical care transport experience as a team leader 
  • American Heart Association BLS, ACLS, and PALS (successful completion within 3 months of hire)
  • ASLS (successful completion within 3 months of hire)
  • NRP (successful completion within 6 months of hire)
  • TNCC, TPATC, or ATCN (successful completion within 6 months of hire with equivalent experience)
  • One advanced nursing certification: CEN, CCRN, CTRN, or CFRN (successful completion within 12 months of hire)
  • Current and unrestricted RN licensure in DC, MD, and VA.  Compact licensure may replace Maryland and/or Virginia RN licensure 
  • Successful completion  of a comprehensive critical care transport orientation program provided by The George Washington University Hospital
  • Participation in clinical training, didactic education, research, and continuous quality improvement activities is mandatory; this includes departmental and hospital requirements. TNS training includes regularly scheduled simulation and skill labs where invasive procedures such as endotracheal intubation, chest wall decompression, escarotomy, cricothyroidotomy, pericardiocentesis, and central line insertion are taught.  Other teaching environments such as ED, ICU, and OR will also be utilized


  • Demonstrates expert clinical acumen, critical thinking skills and autonomous practice as evidenced by successful completion of selective testing tools in areas of advanced practice nursing.  These include, but are not limited to, the hemodynamically unstable patient, critically ill pediatric patient, patients with airway or respiratory compromise, acute trauma, severe sepsis, and multisystem organ failure.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of the indications, risks, benefits, and procedural steps of advanced interventions
  • Demonstrates problem solving skills and independent decision making in working with peers, residents, and/or attending physicians within and outside institutional boundaries
  • Demonstrates positive and constructive communication in stressful situations
  • Effectively communicates with patients, families, and other healthcare team members
  • Demonstrates effective delegation and leadership of the transport team    
  • Provides accurate and objective feedback in a respectful and professional manner
  • Adapts to multiple and changing priorities
  • Receives peer feedback in a respectful and professional manner
  • Demonstrates knowledge, dose, and efficacy of commonly utilized emergency medications
  • Demonstrates understanding and compliance with regulatory, department, hospital, and CAMTS

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