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Nursing at Geisinger Medical Center

Adult Critical Care Nursing

Adult Critical Care Nursing

The link from the ER or OR, these nurses rely on continuous assessment to detect changes in the baseline requiring interventions. Decisive and confident, critical care nurses work with every specialty in the hospital in an arena of high technology coupled with care and education of patients and families.

Critical Care is for patients who require continuous cardiac monitoring and ongoing assessments and interventions – due to risks of arrhythmias, hemodynamic instability, or respiratory compromise. The staff utilizes a multidisciplinary intensivist led approach to provide the patient and their families with comprehensive care and education to achieve an optimal outcome to quality care.

AICU, Inpatient

  • Number of beds: 40
  • Nurse to patient ratio: 1:1-2 
  • Type of patients: medical, surgical, neurosurgical, trauma intensive care
  • Clinical make-up: RNs, nursing assistants, unit desk
    clerks, and 2 clinical nurse educator
  • Shift availability: 8-hour shifts, 12-hour shifts, 8 and 12-hour shifts, 16-hour shifts
  • Programs/councils: Unit Practice Council, Critical Care Council, Online Journal Club, Nursing Retention and Communication Council, Nursing Service Quality Performance Improvement Council, and Professional Practice Council

Operations Manager: Debra Wantz, RN, DNP, CCNS

 

Special Care Unit 3, Inpatient 

  • Number of beds: 19
  • Nurse to patient ratio: 1:2-3 
  • Type of patients: neurology, neurosurgery, trauma, general surgery, ENT, medicine
  • Clinical make-up: RNs, LPNs, nursing aides, unit desk clerks, combination NA/UDC positions, and a clinical nurse educator      
  • Shift availability: 8 and 12-hour shifts, permanent weekends
  • Programs/councils: Nursing Retention and Communication Council, Nursing Service Quality Performance Improvement Council, and Professional Practice Council

Operations Manager: Kim Kuhn RN, BSN

Special Care Unit 4, Inpatient 

  • Number of beds: 14
  • Nurse to patient ratio: 1:2-3
  • Type of patients: neurology, neurosurgery, trauma, general surgery, ENT, medicine
  • Clinical make-up: RNs, LPNs, nursing aides, unit desk clerks, and a clinical nurse educator     
  • Shift availability: 8 and 12-hour shifts
  • Programs/councils: Nursing Retention and Communication Council, Nursing Service Quality Performance Improvement Council, and Professional Practice Council

Operations Manager: Dawn Troutman, RN, BSN, CCRN

Special Care Unit 5, Inpatient 

  • Number of beds: 14
  • Nurse to patient ratio: 1:2-3
  • Type of patients: neurology, neurosurgery, trauma, general surgery, ENT, medicine
  • Clinical make-up: RNs, LPNs, nursing aides, unit desk clerks, and a clinical nurse educator     
  • Shift availability: 8 and 12-hour shifts
  • Programs/councils: Nursing Retention and Communication Council, Nursing Service Quality Performance Improvement Council, and Professional Practice Council

Operations Manager: Kim Kuhn RN, BSN