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Caring, patient-centered, quality care—delivered by a unit-based health care team—for patients with various acute medical diagnoses.

Patient Population
  • Adult
  • Diagnoses include: congestive heart failure, pneumonia, asthma, cellulitis, GI- and cancer-related problems, new onset diabetes, hematologic disorders
  • Admissions from the emergency department, outside hospitals and referring Hopkins clinics
  • Average length of stay: 3 to 5 days
Number of Beds
  • 17
Nurse/Patient Ratio
  • Day/Evening: 1:4
  • Night: 1:5-6
  • Self-scheduling; 6-week schedules of 50 percent day shifts, 50 percent night shifts, every third weekend
Skill Mix
  • 85 percent RN; 15 percent clinical technician
  • RN composite: 95% BSN; 5% ADN
  • Required competencies: BLS, ACLS preferred; telemetry

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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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