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Intensive care for patients with complex and multi-system medical illnesses.
- Diagnoses include cardiopulmonary arrest, hepatic failure, respiratory diseases, sepsis, renal failure, severe gastrointestinal bleeding, multisystem organ failure and drug overdose
- Average length of stay: 3 to 5 days
- Census: 85 to 95 percent occupied beds
- Fast-paced, High acuity unit
- Recipient of AACN Beacon Award
Number of Beds
- 1:2 (can do several 1:1 assignments)
- 12-hour shifts
- Rotation to night shift up to 50 percent
- Depending on unit scheduling needs, permanent shift options may become available
- 95 percent RN; 5 percent techs
- RN composite: 14 percent AD/diploma; 78 percent BSN; 8 percent MSN
- CCRN certification supported and strongly encouraged
- Learned competencies: Swan Ganz catheters, ICP monitoring, Blakemore tubes, CVVH, HFOV
- Individually planned by clinical nurse specialists, nurse manager and preceptor
- 10 to 12 weeks for experienced nurses
- New Grads: Nurse Residency Program—Adult Track
- Includes clinical and classroom time