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Cardiac Monitoring and Heart Failure Failure (Nelson 7)

Assessment and care for a highly diverse patient population with multiple medical and cardiac problems.

Patient Population
  • Adult
  • Management of patients of anti-arrhythmic drips
  • Diabetes, heart, liver, lung and kidney disease
  • Admissions from emergency department
  • Transfers from intensive care units
  • Average length of stay: 4.7 days
Number of Beds
  • 20 (all monitored)
Nurse/Patient Ratio
  • Day: 1:3-4
  • Evening: 1:4-5
  • Night: 1:5
  • 8- and 12-hour shifts; new RNs start as day/night, then move to day/evening within 3-4 years; New RN’s every other weekend, move to every third weekend with in one year. 
Skill Mix
  • 99 percent BSN; 30 percent MSN candidates
  • Required competencies: dysrhythmia and telemetry skills certification; ACLS recommended

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Why I Choose Nursing in Medicine

Amanda C. Owen

"I started on Nelson 4 as a new grad, precepting new staff within my first year and running charge within my second. My nurse manager constantly challenged me to advance my career goals - which led me to earn my certificate as a wound care specialist. Now, as a unit-based expert, I enjoy a high level of autonomy and work closely with the entire interdisciplinary team. I truly believe I've had opportunities not available at other institutions."

—Amanda C. Owen, R.N.
General Acute Medical Unit (Nelson 4)

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