Inpatient Medicine Nursing - 6K

Contact Information

Lynne Ferraro, RN, MS
Patient Service Manager
315-464-5374 FerraroL@upstate.edu

Crystal Marshall, RN
Patient Service Leader Trainer
315-464-5325 MarshalC@upstate.edu

6K is a 16 bed general medicine unit with telemetry capability. We specialize in the care of the cardiac medicine patient and have been designated as an area that cares for Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS), chest pain patients.

We also provide care for general medicine inpatients, making this unit very diversified in patient care delivery. Sharp assessment skills and tolerance with high patient turnover is required, as well as interest in patient education on disease management during and after treatment. Nurses treating our patients need to have a clear understanding of the treatment protocols, as well as an understanding of the science behind treatment.

Types of Patients Served:

  • Cardiac disease/failure (chest pain, CHF, angina, myocardial infarction, cardiac dysrhythmias).
  • Cardiac patients S/P cardiac cathererizations, angioplasty, stents, pacemaker/internal defibrillator device insertion, electrophysiology studies aftercare and patient monitoring
  • General medicine patients including, but not limited to:
    • Pulmonary
    • Renal disorders
    • Endocrine disorders
    • Gastrointestinal disorders
    • Vascular disease/anomalies
    • Acute electrolyte and metabolic disorders

Patient Care Model:

  • Patient focused care with hourly rounding
  • RN facilitates the care of patients in an interdisciplinary environment
  • Daily interdisciplinary care rounds

Orientation Procedure:

  • UST/HCT: Four (4) weeks
  • RN: 10-16 weeks
  • Competency based orientation
  • Assigned preceptor
  • Combination of classroom and hands-on clinical

Resources Available to You:

  • Experienced advanced practice RN educator assigned to the unit
  • State of the art health library on campus
  • Internet access with abundant on-line resources on the unit
  • Continuing education opportunities
  • Experienced RN and Patient Service Leaders on each shift

Skills Acquired:

Depending on your role, you will be able to:

  • Draw blood, perform finger sticks, start IV's
  • Provide comprehensive nursing care to cardiac and medicine patients
  • Develop, apply and perfect critical thinking skills
  • Lead and/or participate in developing new patient care processes
  • Become proficient using a computer for patient care documentation, research and word processing.