Inpatient Medicine Nursing - 7U

Contact Information

Andrea Kite, RN
Patient Service Supervisor
315-464-9704
KiteA@upstate.edu

Sherry Towle, RN
Patient Service Leader Trainer
315-464-9700 TowleS@upstate.edu

10 Bed "Secure Unit"

A combined medical-surgical unit specifically designed and constructed to house correctional inmates who require inpatient hospitalization.

Treating the Following Conditions and Patient Poplulation:

Pulmonary
Pneumonia, Asthma, Respiratory Distress COPD, Ventilator Dependent Patient and Bipap/Cipap Dependent Patients

Cardiac
Congestive Heart Failure, Cardiac Arrhythmias Chest Pain, Patients requiring telemetry monitoring and Patients undergoing cardiac procedures

Renal
Acute and Chronic renal failure, Polynephritis Urinary tract infections, Hemodialysis Patients and CAPD Patients

Endocrine
Diabetes Mellitus, Pancreatitis and Cystic Fibrosis

Gastrointenstinal Disorders
GI Hemorrhage, Ulcerative Colitis, Crohns Disease, IBS and Diverticulitis

General Surgical Patients

Hematology/Oncology Patients

Patient Care Model
Patient-Focused Care, Hourly Rounding with Patients, Patient Teaching Atmosphere and Discharge Collaboration with the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS).

Orientation Process

  • HCT - Four weeks
  • RNs - 6-10 weeks (RNs must have at least one year acute care experience to apply to 7U).

Resources Available on floor

  • Internet Access
  • Reference Materials
  • Patient Teaching Materials

Opportunities to Provide Input

Policy review and input by the bedside nurse. Many different committees available to participate in.

Skills Acquired

Depending on your role, you will be able to utilize skills such as:

  • Blood draws
  • Fingersticks
  • Telemetry monitoring
  • EKGs
  • CAPD
  • Tracheotomy care
  • Vented patients
  • Chemotherapy
  • Complex dressing changes
  • Computer documentation
  • Scanning system for medications
  • Physician/Nurse collaboration