Bedside Registered Nurses (RNs)
There are over 200 RNs who work full-time, part-time, job share or casual in both the MSICU and CSRU. Every RN in the MSICU is a Registered Nurse with further training in critical care. Some have further certification from the Canadian Nurses’ Association as Certified Nurses in Critical Care, Canada (CNCC-C).
Each RN is assigned to one or two patients during a shift. They are responsible for on-going monitoring of the patient’s condition. RNs provide therapies, co-ordinate care with other members of the team, provide for physical care and comfort, and are a great source of information and support to patients and their families.
Charge Nurses are a group of RNs who provide 24 hour a day coverage for both the Medical-Surgical ICU and Cardiac Surgery Recovery Unit ( CSRU). As expert Critical Care Nurses, their role is to facilitate patient flow (e.g., admissions, discharges, etc.), ensure appropriate staffing for patient needs, and support the bedside staff. They have many years of critical care experience, and are an excellent resource for staff, patients, and families.
Clinical Nurse Educators
The MSICU and CSRU has 2 Clinical Nurse Educators. They are Critical Care RNs, with a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree, who specialize in new staff orientation, on-going education, and evidence-based practice for the bedside RNs in the fast paced, ever changing environment of the MSICU.
Clinical Nurse Specialist
The Clincial Nurse Specialist (CNS) is an Advance Practice Nurse assigned to the MSICU. The clinical focus of the role is to provide continuity and consistency in the plan of care for specific groups of patients, their families, and the Medical-Surgical ICU team. This role also supports Critical Care Nursing Journal Clubs.