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Nursing Opportunities at University of Colorado Hospital

You can have it all here at UCH.

There’s no greater reward for the years you’ve spent learning and perfecting your nursing skills – both clinical and interpersonal – than to be in one of the most highly regarded academic teaching hospitals in the country.

Leading . . .learning . . .living . . .loving nursing.

Which is precisely why you need to be in a research-driven environment that is mentally stimulating, medically challenging and charged with a super high level of professional camaraderie. The kind of energy-infused atmosphere that you not only expect from a leader, the kind of atmosphere that creates leaders.


There’s a lot more to attract you to us beyond our Magnet status.

We provide you with a support mechanism such as a strong shared governance model and ongoing leadership development programs. Our clinical ladder rewards your continuing growth, and exceptional educational opportunities help ensure that growth.

You can even move from one area of specialization to another – without having to change hospitals. And, as your supportive influence on Interns and Residents grows, you will no doubt find yourself in the extremely valued role of mentor.

You deserve a hospital that values your opinions as well as your skill.

At UCH, it is your invaluable thoughts and opinions that influence decision. In other words, when our nurses speak, we listen. We rely on those opinions as you partner and problem-solve with multidisciplinary teams.

The time is now.

Whether you’ve just earned your Bachelor’s Degree or have many years of professional nursing experience, we currently have a range of opportunities for RNs who have graduated from schools accredited by the CCNE or NLNAC. You will also need CO RN licensure (or as allowed by reciprocal agreement by the State of CO) with no admonitions. BSNs are preferred, but we would also consider ADNs with strong experience. At least one year of acute inpatient hospital experience is also essential. New Grads must first apply to our Post Baccalaureate New Graduate Residency Program.

Letter from CNO to Prospective RNs

Our Units

Medical/Surgical Specialty Units

Internal Medicine

This is an 18-bed unit specialized to care for patients with a medical disease and patients with complications from sickle cell disease.  Other medical/ surgical overflow can be placed on this unit if bed placement is available. The typical nurse-to-patient ratio is 1:4 (days) and 1:5 (nights).



A 22-bed unit with a very diverse population of surgical patients.  They include primary and revision joint replacement procedures, burn/trauma patients and post surgical procedures that require short stay periods. This is a busy turnover unit as the average patient length of stay is 3 days. Typical RN to patient ratio is 1:4.



This 12-bed unit takes care of patients who require continuous telemetry monitoring and IV cardiac medications and drips. The typical nurse-to-patient ratio is 1:3.


Medicine Subspecialties

This 23-bed unit specializes in patients with disorders involving hepatology, GI, renal medicine, pre-transplant, endocrine and rheumatology, among other chronic conditions. This floor has a rapid turnover of patients daily, with an average length of stay of 2.8 days. The typical nurse-to-patient ratio is 1:4.



The Transplant Medicine Unit is a 23-bed unit which provides acute multidisciplinary care to heart, lung, liver, kidney, pancreas transplants and donor nephrectomy and donor hepatectomy patients. We also provide post operative care to liver resection and cholangio biliary surgical patients. The typical nurse-to-patient ratio is 1:4.



This is an 18-bed unit specialized to care for patients with neurological diseases and pre/ post neurosurgical intervention. Five beds have been designated for epilepsy monitoring. The typical nurse-to-patient ratio is 1:4 (days) and 1:5 (nights).



This 12-bed unit focuses on patients with physical disabilities such as strokes, spinal cord injuries, wounds or burns, and loss of limbs due to disease or trauma. Unit nurses also help people with chronic disabilities such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. The unit’s role is to promote independence in our patients and help them achieve their greatest potential. We take a holistic approach, by closely working with physical and occupational therapy, speech therapy, dietary and a variety of medical and surgical teams. The typical nurse-to-patient ratio is 1:4 during the day and 1:5 or 6 on the night shift, depending on acuity.



This 18-bed unit focuses on patients with pulmonary diseases including COPD, pulmonary hypertension, cystic fibrosis, and those undergoing thoracic surgery and other pulmonary procedures. Patients with tracheostomies are also admitted to this specialized unit. The typical nurse-to-patient ratio is 1:4.


General Surgery

Our general surgery unit focuses on patients who have undergone various types of surgery in areas of plastics, oncology, vascular, trauma, gastrointestinal, endocrine, bariatric, and urology, among others. This 18-bed unit has a typical nurse-to-patient ratio of 1:4.



This unit includes 21 oncology beds, and a 15-bed BMT unit. These nurses provide multidisciplinary care to medical/surgical oncology, medicine overflow patients, oncology/hematology patients requiring active cancer treatment, post-operative care, chemotherapy/biotherapy administration, radiation treatments/implants, autologous, allogeneic and cord blood stem cell transplants and supportive measures. The typical nurse-to-patient ratio is 1:4 on days 1:5 on nights.


CTRC (Clinical Translational Research Center)

CTRC provides nursing care services for participants who are enrolled in clinical research. The nursing staff carries out research protocol management and data collection for the clinical investigators. Services are provided to a variety of specialty areas such as oncology, gastroenterology, renal, endocrinology, cardiology, infectious disease and clinical pharmacology. Research participants admitted to the CTRC vary in complexity from the seriously ill to normal healthy individuals. This unit also accepts UCH hospital overflow patients who are med/surg, step-down or ICU status. RNs enjoy the opportunity to participate in advanced research while providing excellent patient care and maintaining critical care nursing skills.


Express Admit Unit

The Express Admit Unit is a 14-bed unit designed for patients who are directly admitted from the ED or one of our various clinics, and are holding for a bed in another part of the hospital. This patient population includes those waiting for surgery, those with medical complications that require hospital admission and those who require telemetry monitoring. Patients are cared for anywhere from a few hours to overnight stays. The typical nurse-to-patient ratio is 1:4, according to acuity.


Acute Care of the Elderly Unit

Acute Care of the Elderly unit is a 13-bed unit. Nurses here provide care primarily to elderly patients with medical problems. In addition we care for an overflow of medical surgical patients who are not over the age of 65. The typical nurse to patient ratio is 1:4 on days and 1:5 on nights.

Women's & Infants Units

OB Services

We are a regional referral center, completing over 3,200 deliveries per year. Range of practice includes a thriving CNM teaching practice, a nationally recognized, research-driven obstetrical residency program, a private faculty practice and a community-based Family Medicine program. The high quality of our nursing care is reflected in the fact that many of our nurses, from Women & Infants Services, as well as many residents and faculty, choose to deliver with us. Our staff of nurses offers expertise in the areas of mother/baby (couplet) care, high risk antepartum and postpartum, lactation, GYN surgery and chronic pain services. The teaching atmosphere is conducive for staff to collaborate jointly with physicians, midwives, students, case managers and social workers to ensure the best possible experience, outcomes and follow-up for our moms, babies, families and surgical clients.


Women’s Care Center

The Women’s Care Center (WCC) includes 7 Triage Beds, 5 high-risk LDR beds, 14 antepartum/postpartum beds, 2 operating rooms and 2 recovery room beds. The WCC cares for high-risk obstetrical patients from their 20th week of pregnancy through delivery. The staff provides the highest level care for the sickest of mothers and infants prior to and during delivery, whether a vaginal or cesarean delivery. After delivery they continue to care for the complicated maternal patient while the infant will be cared for in the NICU that is adjacent to the unit.


Birth Center

The Birth Center includes 7 LDRs and 22 beds for postpartum and GYN care, as well as an OR for C-sections and PP complications. The Birth Center provides delivery and post-partum services for the low-risk obstetric patient. The nurses are skilled in supporting the patient and family throughout the labor process and delivery, including un-medicated and water births. The nurses also care for patients before during and after delivering by cesarean section. The nurses will care for the mother and child together as a "couplet" after the delivery. Rooming in is encouraged to promote bonding; however, a fully equipped nursery is also available.


Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is a 50-bed level 3B Nursery caring for pretem and critically ill newborns. The NICU is a regional referral center for extremely premature infants and we care for babies with a variety of medical/surgical problems. Our multidisciplinary team approach incorporates input from parents, primary care nurses, physicians, neonatal nurse practitioners, physical therapists, respiratory therapists, lactation consultants, a neonatal dietician, case management, and social work. Our focus is on family-centered care and patient outcomes to promote the best care for patients and families during their NICU stay.

Critical Care

Cardiac Intermediate Care Unit

This 28-bed unit specializes in acutely ill adults with medical and cardiac conditions, as well as patients who have undergone Interventional Radiology, Electro Physiology, Vascular and Cardiac-Thoracic surgeries. Nurses here also provide care for patients who require cardiac drips and mechanical circulatory assist devices as a bridge to transplant or as a destination therapy. Nursing assignments are made on a shift-to-shift basis, taking into consideration staff skill levels and patient acuity to ensure we have the proper care needed for every patient each shift.


Surgical ICU

This 17-bed unit provides intensive Care for the critically ill clients who require intensive observation following surgery. The unit provides cardiac, hemodynamic, respiratory, and neurological monitoring as well as intensive therapeutic modalities, sedation and pain management. The typical nurse-to-patient ratio is based on patient acuity.


Medical ICU

The Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) is a busy 17-bed unit providing care for critically ill adult medical patients. We care for a wide variety of diseases and conditions that include (but are not limited to) pulmonary diseases, septic shock and multi-organ failure, GI bleeds, liver disease, acute respiratory failure, and drug overdose. Therapies common to the MICU include ventilator support, vasoactive medications, continuous renal replacement therapy, and invasive hemodynamic monitoring. The typical nurse-to-patient ratio is based on patient acuity.


Cardiac ICU

The 8-bed CICU provides care and monitoring for patients who require intensive cardiac care. Patient population includes pre-transplant, CHF requiring close monitoring or vasopressor support, acute MI, unstable post interventional cardiology procedures, patients requiring invasive monitoring, ventilator support, intra-aortic balloon pump, continuous renal replacement therapy, and those patients who are critically ill. In addition, CICU cares for patients undergoing procedures where sedation is utilized and close monitoring is required. While caring for our population, we strive for excellence in pain control and management. The typical nurse-to-patient ratio is 1:2 or 1:1 if needed.


Neuro ICU

The University of Colorado Hospital’s Neurosurgery and Neuro-Critical Care program is an integral subspecialty and one of the most comprehensive neurosurgical departments in the United States. Our 10-bed Neuro Intensive Care Unit, growing to 24 beds in 2013, provides a dynamic and multi-disciplinary environment for nurses seeking knowledge and experience in Neurosciences where ongoing education and research is a priority. Our Neuro ICU provides acute care to a wide variety of neurosurgical and neurological patient populations with diagnoses and services including: stroke, sub-arachnoid hemorrhage, cerebral aneurysm, AVM and neurovascular surgery, interventional neuro-radiology, oncology & brain tumors, traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury to name a few. We are a Primary Stroke Center preparing to apply for Comprehensive Stroke Center Accreditation. Patient assignments are based on patient acuity.


Burn/Trauma ICU

We are a 9-bed, American Burn Association-accredited regional burn center serving the state of Colorado and the surrounding region. Our experienced multidisciplinary team provides expert emergent, acute, and rehabilitative care for this patient population including all follow-up and referral services. We offer progressive therapies in an evidence-based environment. In addition, we provide care for all types of trauma patients requiring ICU as well as other critical care patients when increased critical care capacity is needed. We are an American College of Surgeons-certified Level II trauma center. The typical nurse-to-patient ratio is based on patient acuity.

Peri-Operative Services

Inpatient Pre-Op, OR and PACU

The inpatient Peri-Operative services handles inpatient and outpatient surgeries, including: kidney, pancreas and liver transplants, gastric bypass, lung surgeries including biopsies and VATS procedures, ENT surgeries, orthopedic (total knee, hips and shoulders), whipples, thyroidectomies, hernia repairs, GYN surgeries, tumor resections, craniotomies, and DBS placements, among others.  There are 18 inpatient ORs and 42 bays for Pre-Op and PACU combined.


Outpatient Pre-Op, OR and PACU

The Day Surgery Peri-Operative services focuses primarily on day surgeries, but also handles some inpatient procedures. Common surgeries include those related to opthamology, ENT, orthopaedic/sports surgeries, GYN, laparascopic procedures, hand, podiatry, urology and dental procedures. Outpatient day surgery has 8 ORs and 32 bays for Pre-Op and PACU combined.

Emergency Services

Emergency Department

Our Emergency Department is a very busy Level II Trauma Center with 47 beds and 2 trauma bays. We are also a Stroke Center, Burn Center and Cardiac Center with a current average of 65,000 visits per year.

Procedural Areas

  • Interventional Radiology
  • Diagnostic Radiology
  • GI Lab
  • Cath Lab
  • EP Lab
  • Dialysis (Acute & Home)
  • Heart Center

Ambulatory Clinics

We have numerous outpatient clinics in a variety of specialty areas, including:

  • Cancer Center
  • Urology
  • Endocrinology
  • Dermatology
  • Neurology
  • Orthopedics
  • Sports Medicine
  • Spine and Rehab
  • Breast Center
  • Burn
  • Pulmonary
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Bariatrics
  • Podiatry
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Pain
  • Digestive Health
  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Audiology
  • Renal
  • Eye Center

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