Medical/Surgical Nursing

Department Patient Population

The Medical Surgical department is located on the second floor of the main hospital. We are a 33 bed unit and our patient population includes medical, surgical, and telemetry. We receive post op patients of general surgery, gynecology, orthopaedics, urology, podiatry, colorectal, and otolaryngology. We provide wound care consults by certified wound care nurses. We provide blood transfusions including autologous. We provide quality end of life care for patients and their families. Patients who are at risk for falling may be assigned a patient safety technician as recommended by nursing/physician.

Physical Characteristics of the Department

Our unit has two wings that meet together at a central nurses' station. West Wing has six semi-private rooms and the South Wing has six private, seven semi-private rooms, and one palliative care suite. The ICU continuously monitors the rhythms for telemetry patients and a viewing-only monitor at the Med/Surg nurses station.

Staffing Considerations

Our unit is staffed with RNs, LPNs, CNAs, secretaries, and patient safety techs. We work alongside a group of qualified physicians, PAs, case managers, and social workers. Our nurse to patient ratio varies depending upon the acuity of the patient, skills, and experience of the nurse with each RN/CNA or LPN caring for a team of 4-5 patients on day shift and each RN/CNA or LPN caring for 5-6 patients on the night shift; as well as a full-time admission nurse during the week Monday-Friday. RSS