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Progressive Care Nurse - (PCU RN)

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Company: American Mobile

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Date Posted: November 7, 2014

Source: AMN Healthcare

UNIT DESCRIPTION:
26 Beds in Unit, Average Daily Census: 23, Patients in unit: Adolescants, Adults, Geriatrics, Unts uses CNA's, Monitor Techs, and Ward Clerks, Unit Patient Population: Coronary Heart Disease, MI Chest Pain, Angina, Minor post-cardiac cath, CHF, COPD, Renal, Diabetes, Hypertension, Respirator Patients, CAPD, Stroke. RN will float to CCU or MS (depending on their contract) however, this is rare, will be oriented to potential float unit in orientation. Specific Medications: Dopamine up to Renal dose, Dobutamine, Cardizem, Integriliin, Amiodarone, Lidocaine, Heparin, and Insulin Drips. We push Lopressor, Dig, Adenosine, Yerapamil, RN's need to have experience with these meds. Special Procedures done on units: CAPD, Elective Cardioversion, Thoracentesis, TCP. Blook products and Transfusions done on unit. Special equipment used in unit: Philips, TCP, BIPAP. Scrubs any color, provided by RN. RN's expected to attend staff meetings

A progressive care nurse (PCU RN) works in a progressive ...


UNIT DESCRIPTION:
26 Beds in Unit, Average Daily Census: 23, Patients in unit: Adolescants, Adults, Geriatrics, Unts uses CNA's, Monitor Techs, and Ward Clerks, Unit Patient Population: Coronary Heart Disease, MI Chest Pain, Angina, Minor post-cardiac cath, CHF, COPD, Renal, Diabetes, Hypertension, Respirator Patients, CAPD, Stroke. RN will float to CCU or MS (depending on their contract) however, this is rare, will be oriented to potential float unit in orientation. Specific Medications: Dopamine up to Renal dose, Dobutamine, Cardizem, Integriliin, Amiodarone, Lidocaine, Heparin, and Insulin Drips. We push Lopressor, Dig, Adenosine, Yerapamil, RN's need to have experience with these meds. Special Procedures done on units: CAPD, Elective Cardioversion, Thoracentesis, TCP. Blook products and Transfusions done on unit. Special equipment used in unit: Philips, TCP, BIPAP. Scrubs any color, provided by RN. RN's expected to attend staff meetings

A progressive care nurse (PCU RN) works in a progressive care unit (PCU) and cares for patients requiring close monitoring and frequent assessment, but who aren't unstable enough to need ICU care. PCU RNs use computer equipment to monitor cardiac and other vital information and detect any changes, thereby enabling intervention of life-threatening or emergency situations. Close observation is necessary as many PCU patients receive a significant amount of complex meds, sometimes through an intravenous line that may need to be adjusted or titrated. The PCU RN is sometimes also called a step-down nurse or telemetry nurse, and the PCU is also known as cardiac stepdown, medical stepdown, neuro stepdown, surgical stepdown, and ER holding.
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