Medical-Surgical/Intermediate Care (4 East)

4 East is a medical-surgical/intermediate care unit that provides unique learning opportunities for new and experienced nurses. We are focused on providing high quality care and exemplary service to our patients and their families. Teamwork is a core value for 4 East. We are tops in the nation for nursing satisfaction with RN-RN and RN-MD relationships. We have a shared governance model with strong leadership, flexible schedules and great support services. Advance for Nurses, a regional biweekly trade publication, rated our unit 4th Best Nursing Team in 2005 and 1st in terms of Rewards and Recognition of our staff.

Medical-Surgical Unit (5 West)

5 West is a 36-bed medical-surgical unit. The nursing staff specializes in the treatment of patients with chronic renal failure, including Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis (CAPD). In addition, because many of our patients have non-healing wounds, the 5 West nurses are very facile at handling specialized wound care, such as Vacuum Assisted Closure (VAC) therapy to promote wound healing.

Because of our commitment to shared governance, the 5 West nursing staff works with the unit manager in making decisions related to nursing practice and delivery of care, quality improvement, operational systems, equipment, and the environment of care. Nurses work with the operations council's scheduling sub council to develop schedules that meet personal and professional needs. As integral members of the patient care team, 5 West nurses participate in multidisciplinary medical rounds with physicians, case managers, social workers, nutritionists, therapists, and clinical pharmacists every morning to provide input into each patient's plan of treatment.

Meet the Medical/Surgical/IMC Patient Care Manager

An interview with: Ruth Bertuzzi, RN, BSN

Q: What is your educational background/experience?
A: I've held positions in med/surg, ICU, PACU, and infection control.

Q: What types of patients do you care for on your unit?
A: Patients with complex medical conditions such as stroke, respiratory failure, diabetes, and renal failure.

Q: What is your nurse/patient ratio?
A: Intermediate care is 1:3; medical/surgical is 1:5 or 1:6.

Q: What is your skill mix?
A: RNs, LPNs, PSAs, and PCAs.

Q: What sort of credentials/certifications do your nurses have?
A: We have staff certified in ACLS, medical/surgical nursing, gerontology, and critical care.

Q: What kind of support staff do you have?
A: MedStar Good Samaritan has a IV therapy team that also includes a number of people who work as phlebotomists.

Q: Does your staff participate on nursing shared-governance councils?
A: Yes, all staff members are encouraged to participate in councils.

Q: What unit-based shared governance councils do you have?
A: We have an education council, professional practice, recruitment and retention, journal club and others.

Q: What is the best part of working on your unit?
A: We work well together as a team.

Q: What staff/unit awards has your unit received?
A: In 2005, we won first place from Advance for Nurses for our Rewards & Recognition, and 4th place for Best Nursing Team.