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Cardiac Care Unit –CCU (Zayed 5 West)

Intensive care unit for patients with a variety of cardiac illnesses

Patient Population

  • Adult
  • Diagnoses include acute myocardial infarction, cardiomyopathy, congestive heart failure and dysrhythmias
  • Patients may require electrophysiology testing, IABP therapy, pacemaker placement, cardioversion, and/or mechanical ventilator support
  • Average length of stay:  5 days

Number of Beds

12 ICU

Nurse/Patient Ratio

ICU 1:1, 1:2


Day/Night 12 hour shifts

Skill Mix

  • Staff Mix: 90% RNs and 10% Clinical Technicians
  • RN Staff Education: 18% ADN;  77% BSN;  5 % MSN
  • Required competencies: ICU skill checklist


  • In-depth, specialty care orientation that focuses on our acute cardiac patient population
  • Mentoring program (Nurse Residency Program) for new graduate nurses

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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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