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Progressive Cardiac Care Unit (Bloomberg 5 South)

Intermediate Cardiac Care unit and General Cardiology unit for patients with a cardiac diagnosis of Heart Failure, Hypertension, and Acute Coronary Syndrome. Care of Patients who undergo cardiac procedures including, but not limited to, Cardiac Catheterization, ICD placement, and Pacemaker placement.

Patient Population
  • Adult
  • Diagnoses include acute myocardial infarction, cardiomyopathy, and dsyrhythmias
  • Average length of stay: 4.5 days
Number of Beds
  • 32 total
  • 12 IMC
  • 20 General Cardiology
Nurse/Patient Ratio
  • Day/Evening: 1:4
  • 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
  • 92 percent RN; 8 percent clinical technicians
  • RN composite: 32 percent ADN/diploma; 64 percent BSN; 4 percent MSN
  • BLS, ACLS encouraged
  • 13-15 weeks; 1:1 with an experienced RN preceptor
  • In-depth, specialty care orientation that focuses on cardiac patient population
  • New Grads: SPRING program

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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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