Working to treat a number of critical conditions, Community nurses in the ICU respond to patient needs using state-of-the-art equipment and technology. Education and cross-training opportunities enable our nurses to respond quickly to a number of diagnoses and crises.
According to Community East ICU Clinical Director, Sherri Crawford, her team shares a collective approach to every situation.
“We are team oriented…really! It’s not just a term for us. Everyone here is self-motivated, meticulous about details, and committed to providing exceptional care. Qualities like these really help us pull together and stay focused in challenging situations,” she shares.
Collectively speaking, the ICU at all three hospitals collaborates effectively with physicians and shares a solid rapport with all staff. In fact, ICU RNs provide mentoring and support to all areas of the hospital through the ICU consult model.
It’s an ideal environment for nurses who want to be involved in active leadership teams led by professionals who are focused on quality improvement.
Nurses choose to stay in the ICU for a number of reasons – the true teamwork nature in the ICU, close relationships with managers and colleagues, the continuous learning environment, and autonomy.
This kind of closeness supports positive patient experiences in the ICU, which are enhanced by practices such as pet therapy visits, open visiting hours, and overnight accommodations for out-of-town family members.