The day beds unit at Community Hospital North includes 10 private suites. Day beds nurses may choose from 8- and 12-hour shifts with some weekend commitment. Scheduling is flexible and there are no holiday shifts. The mix of nurses in this area includes RNs, advanced practice (AP) nurses and patient support partners (PSPs).
Day beds nurses provide care to adult (over age 17) outpatients, outpatients in a bed, and extended recovery patients. The private suites allow patients and families to be together for support. Common procedures performed by day beds staff include IR invasive procedures, IV infusions, blood transfusions, IV antibiotic adminstration and transesophageal echocardiography (TEE). Cardiac monitors are employed at every bedside.
All day beds nurses are required to have Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification.
Staff in day beds choose to stay because they enjoy the flexible scheduling and feel self-empowered to take an active role in the unit's processes.