Salem Hospital’s 30 bed cardiovascular unit is situated on the 5th floor of the Critical Care Tower (Building A). CVCU provides care to patients 16 years-of-age and older, who have primary cardiac diagnoses, including heart failure, post-cardiac arrest, cardiothoracic (CT) surgery (CABG, Valve repair/replacement, VATS/thoracotomy), IABP therapy, Impella insertion, post PCI, pacemaker insertion, ablation, arrhythmia, STEMI/NSTEMI, EKOS, CVCU is a blended unit. The unit includes 18 beds designated as cardiovascular intensive care (CVICU) and 12 beds as cardiovascular intermediate care (CVIMCU). The CVICU utilizes a cardiac universal bed (CUB) model for patient care in which immediate post-operative CT surgery patients are recovered, transitioned through the phases of care and discharged from the same room. CVCU patients often require frequent assessment and intervention to maintain hemodynamic stability through aggressive titration of vasopressors, complex treatments to prevent further deterioration, pulmonary artery monitoring. The CVCU care team is comprised of CT surgeons, cardiologists, PA/NPs, intensivists, nurses, nursing assistants, critical care techs, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, physical therapists, dietitians, social workers, and chaplains. The team places the greatest value on compassionate bedside care, and evidence-based practice.
The CVCU, as a Beacon Silver Award recipient, functions using a model of shared governance. Key decisions are made in collaboration among unit leaders and staff. The CVCU staff is represented by the unit Special Practice Team (SPT) consisting of registered nurses, the leadership team (nurse manager and assistant nurse managers), critical care techs, and certified nursing assistants. The SPT serves as a venue to which staff members address concerns and/or questions regarding unit practice. Any issues brought to SPT are reviewed, discussed, and appropriate actions are taken. The unit promotes a positive and supportive work environment of collaboration among colleagues and leaders.
The CVCU nursing staff has the opportunity for advancement through its professional development pathway, which utilizes the novice to expert nursing theory as a framework. From beginning intermediate level care through open heart recovery and care, identified as Levels 1 – 6, education and clinical orientation are provided. The hospital’s New Grad Residence Program incorporates AACN’s Essentials of Critical Care Orientation (ECCO). This program provides first-time nurses with a blended learning process of computer-based education, precepted clinical training, and classroom experience sensitive to the local diverse and multicultural environment.
What you’ll need
- Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited school of nursing
- Minimum of one year of RN staff nurse experience required, except for the New Grads Residence Program
- Current and unrestricted Oregon nursing license.
- BLS issued by the American Heart Association