SICU nursing involves a multidisciplinary team approach to patient care including physician, respiratory therapy, SNE, and AP, dietary, pharmacy, and case management. In addition, a multidisciplinary communication form is used daily to share the plan of care.
Daily nursing activities in this area include care for and recovery of post-surgical cardiovascular patients, including adult and geriatric populations. Common diagnoses of patients in this unit include post-open heart surgery care, carotid endarterectomy, peripheral vascular disease and abdominal aneurysms.
Equipment used in the SICU includes ventilators, intra-aortic balloon pumps, CCO swans, Prisma continuous renal replacement therapy, Alaris pumps, Hil Rom beds and ventricular assist devices.
Additional educational opportunities include CCRN review for those interested in pursuing certification, many educational opportunities available via MyLearning (employee online learning system), charge nurse education, Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification, and preceptor education.
The SICU unit presents a special care opportunity due to the culture of teamwork, collegial relationships with surgeons and anesthesiologists, and active shared leadership teams. Nurses who stay in this unit value the great team work, the autonomy, and the fact that nurses are empowered to impact practice and operations.
Exceptional patient experiences are reflected in no patients contracting ventilator acquired pneumonia (VAP) since April 2005, and nomination of two nurses for The Indianapolis Star’s Salute to Nurses “Nurse of the Year” Award.