The Renal Unit also called 8 General is a high acuity acute care telemetry unit that specializes in the care of renal and limb preservation patients (LPP). However, as an acute care unit we do treat patients with a variety of medical issues and co-morbidities. This is an exciting fast paced unit necessitating lots of teamwork! The Renal/LPP unit primarily focuses on the care and management of patients that have been diagnosed with acute and chronic kidney failure and patients needing limb salvage procedures. These patients tend to have multiple, complex co-morbidities such as: diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, cardiovascular disease along with the associated complications from each disease. One never works alone on this unit. We utilize teamwork alongside an interdisciplinary team that includes Physicians, Dieticians, Social Workers, Clerical and Support Staff which empowers our unit to provide a remarkable patient experience in every dimension, every time.
• Capacity: 41 patients • Telemetry capacity: 24 patients • Unit Leadership: Nurse Manager and 3 clinical unit leaders-present 7 days/week with night shift being covered as well. • Limb preservation (LPP): interdisciplinary team led by our LPP RN navigator who had 10+ years’ experience working on 8 general prior to her current role and helps facilitate LPP patient needs • Admission, discharge, and transfer (ADT) nurse 4 days per week to facilitate discharges and admissions. Utilized on historically higher discharge days. • Mobility aide to facilitate patient physical therapy needs 7 days/week. • MUR-24/7 coverage with an additional MUR resource M-F 5am-1:30pm who is also an NA and can assist in patient rooms as necessary. • RN ratio: 1:6 (day shift may be 1:5 after positions are filled)
• NA ratio: 1:8 (hopefully soon to be 1:7) I always share this because it is important for RNs to know what their team will look like • Case management is present on the unit 7 days/week for needs and acts as a liaison between nursing and the community and sets up home health, DME needs, and transfers to skilled nursing facilities. • SOAR educational offering- SOAR=surgical, orthopedic, and renal. Day long educational offering repeated 5 times/year so all RNs can attend. Nurse Managers from the 3 units coordinate the program yearly based on the educational needs/wants of current nursing team members. RNs also received 7+ CEs each year for attending. (only Stephanie Starling’s directorship currently has this program-HVI does Dare to Know with similar concept for HVI units).
Skills Required Current RN licensure in NC state and BLS required CPI certification within three months of hire required. PALS for adolescent unit preferred. Ability to care for Behavioral Health age specific patients within facility. ACLS and PALS preferred. At least 2+ years in Nursing At least 1 + years in a Renal unit/department Eligible to work in the US for any employer