The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU)
The Critical Care department at John C. Lincoln North Mountain Hospital is made up of two units — the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU).
The ICU cares for trauma patients brought in through the hospital's Level 1 Trauma Center as well as medical/surgical patients. The CVICU cares for cardiovascular patients, including those with MIs, open heart, CHF and medical/surgical patients.
The ICU and CVICU are both 22-bed units.
Scheduling & Shifts
Schedules in both departments are flexible and self-scheduling is done with consideration for specialty programs. RNs may occasionally float to other departments, including the CVICU and two telemetry units. The 12-hour shifts are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.
A respiratory care practitioner and a unit-based pharmacist are stationed on the units. The Critical Care units staff a 24-hour rapid response team, which is available for ancillary support to the floors.
"This really is a unit and, like a well-oiled machine, we work well together in any situation. We are all professionals who work side-by-side with one goal in mind — managing patient care in the safest and quickest way possible. Critical care also provides continual opportunities for advancement in a variety of roles. This is a fantastic unit."
— Yvonne Graber, RN, ICU
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