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Nurse Practitioner, Acute Pain

To us, it's about living life to the fullest while serving our patients, teammates, neighbors and friends. We are dedicated and passionate in everything we do, seeking challenge and appreciating the routes that got us here. Whether our path is clinical or not, we all came to find balance and meaning in our lives within the work we are passionate about and the adventures we live.

Vail Health has become the world’s most advanced mountain healthcare system. Vail Health consists of an updated 520,000-square-foot, 56-bed hospital.  This state-of-the-art facility provides exceptional care to all of our patients, with the most beautiful views in the area, located centrally in Vail. 

In addition to the hospital, Vail Health has many access points including:

  • Howard Head Sports Medicine offers physical therapy services at 10 locations and works closely with our internationally renowned orthopedic partners at The Steadman Clinic and Vail-Summit Orthopedics & Neurosurgery.
  • Vail Health also owns interest in multiple joint venture ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) throughout the region.
  • Colorado Mountain Medical, Beaver Creek Medical Center, urgent care clinics in Vail, Dillon, Avon and Eagle, Edwards medical campus and Eagle Healthcare Center.
  • The Shaw Cancer Center and Sonnenalp Breast Center are the region’s only fully accredited cancer treatment center and comprehensive breast center. 
  • Vail Health is also leading the way in serving our communities’ behavioral health needs with outpatient behavioral health services at the Edwards Community Health Campus, and the Precourt Healing Center, a 28-bed in-patient behavioral health facility, opening in 2025.
About the opportunity:

Assumes responsibility and accountability for providing nursing care for acute pain service patients and their families. Will perform daily rounds on all acute pain patients including patient assessment and plan formation. Will act as the liaison between patients, patient care unit nursing staff, PACU/PreOp nursing staff, pharmacy, physical therapists, surgeons, and anesthesiologists. Will assist acute pain anesthesiologist with nerve blocks. Will establish database and maintain statistics for acute pain service. Will perform acute pain education for patient care unit nursing staff, PACU/PreOp/OR nursing staffs and others as needed.

What you will do:
  1. Utilize the nursing process as the format for nursing practice.
  2. Demonstrates flexibility in nursing practice.
  3. Adheres to the standards of nursing practice as defined by the Colorado State Board of Nursing, AORN, and VVMC.
  4. Provides care consistent with the mission statement and values of Vail Health.
  5. Operates within the scope of practice for the position and license held. 
  6. Administers medication, implements or delegates patient care orders, accurately documents, and evaluates patient responses to care.
  7. Participates in ongoing quality improvement as necessary.
  8. Ensures compliance with all regulatory agencies. 
  9. Models principles of a Just Culture and Organizational Values.
  10. Perform other duties as assigned. Must be HIPAA compliant.
This description is not intended and should not be construed to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills and efforts or work conditions associated with the job. It is intended to be an accurate reflection of the general nature and level of the job.
What you will need:
  • One year of nursing experience required.
  • License and certifications per the employee's contract. With credentialing by the Medical Staff Office.
  • License and certifications per the employee's contract. With credentialing by the Medical Staff Office.
Computer / Typing:
  • Must possess, or be able to obtain within 90 days, the computers skills necessary to complete online learning requirements for job-specific competencies, access online forms and policies, complete online benefits enrollment, etc.
Must have working knowledge of the English language, including reading, writing, and speaking English.
  • Graduation from an accredited nursing master's program.

Application Close Date: February 2, 2024

PRN (POOL) benefits include: Wellbeing reimbursement funds and 403(b) contribution eligibility 


Pay is based upon relevant education and experience per hour.

Hourly Pay:
$113,526.40$137,425.60 USD

Some roles may be based outside of our Colorado office (remote-only positions). Roles based outside of our primary office can sit in any of the following states: AZ, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, ID, IL, KS, MA, MD, MI, MN, NC, NJ, OH, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, and WI. Please only apply if you are able to live and work primarily in one of the states listed above. State locations and specifics are subject to change as our hiring requirements shift.

Relocation and housing assistance may be available.

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