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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: 42
  • Nurse to patient ratio: 1:1-2
  • Type of patients: medical, surgical, neurosurgical, neurotrauma, 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
  • Programs/councils: Unit Practice Council, Journal Club, Nursing Retention and Communication Council, Nursing Service Quality Performance Improvement Council, AICU PI 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
  • 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 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: Dawn Troutman, RN, BSN, CCRN

eICU, Telemedicine

Geisinger's eICU Program is an advanced telemedicine solution using eICU remote monitoring technology to enhance the care of critically ill patients. Through this technology, a specially trained eICU team of critical care physicians and nurses can monitor critical care patients from an off-site location called the eICU center. eICU provides an additional layer of support to staff and patients to enhance the quality and efficiency of the critical care we provide. This enables round-the-clock access to critical care expertise where and when it is needed. The eICU is currently staffed with eRN's 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Nurses working in the eICU are required to have a minimum of 3 years of critical care experience and obtain their CCRN certification within 18 months of hire if not already obtained. Critical care medicine physicians staff the unit from 7pm-7am seven days a week. Ancillary staff work in our center to provide support to the nurses and physicians around the clock as well.

Operations Director: Janet Rushing RN, MSN