Nursing in the Cardiac Surgery Recovery Unit

Nurses in the CSRU

Registered nurses in the Cardiac Surgery Recovery Unit (CSRU) work closely together as part of the team providing care to our patients. To be considered for employment in CSRU, we prefer 2 years of medical-surgical nursing experience and a keen interest in the critical care patient population.

The CSRU is under the umbrella of critical care. As a member of the critical care team, you will spend 50% of your time with the cardiac surgery patients and the other 50% will be devoted to medical-surgical ICU patients. Working between the two units offers variety for our nurses and provides them with a good critical care skill mix. Patients will be assigned to you on a one-to-one or one-to-two basis.

New staff attend a 10-week critical care orientation. This is a phased orientation using a preceptorship model, self-directed learning, and is tailored to each nurse's experience. Certifications acquired include the following:

  • ECG monitoring
  • 12-lead ECG interpretation
  • hemodynamic monitoring
  • ACLS
  • pacemaker adjustments
  • defibrillation
  • ICP monitoring
  • chest tube removal
  • PA catheter removal

Optional certifications include:

  • continuous EEG monitoring
  • intra-aortic balloon pump
  • continuous renal replacement therapy

CNA certification in critical care and in cardiovascular care is highly valued.

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