It takes a special kind of nurse to care for and comfort critically ill patients and their loved ones. Someone who is highly skilled and deeply caring.
In Saint Agnes Medical Center’s 13-bed Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit, we maintain a fast pace – with a 1:2 or 1:1 nurse-to-patient ratio –to meet the needs of those in the most acute phases of cardiac disease. The primary patient population includes the post open heart, thoracotomy/chest surgeries, and aortic vascular surgery (including transcatheter aortic valve replacement), as well as post-operative patients of a surgical oncologist who performs hepatatectomies and extensive bile duct re-arrangement surgeries. Our close-knit CVICU team consists of Practice Coordinators, Registered Nurses, and clinical and nursing assistants. Staffing is a 1:2 or 1:1 RN-to-patient ratio. Critically ill patients are cared for in our 27-bed Intensive Care Unit where a broad range of medical and surgical specialty services can be provided. This unit provides immediate, specialized and interprofessional care to the most severe and critically ill patients, including respiratory failure, sepsis, stroke and renal failure. Other services provided include hypothermia protocol and continuous renal replacement therapy. We maintain a 1:2 or 1:1 nurse-to-patient ratio. Our registered nurses demonstrate highly advanced skills in patient assessment/ intervention, teamwork, assertiveness and crisis management.