Program Description:

The General Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery Unit provides exemplary care of cardiac patients requiring cardiac diagnosis and treatment including heart surgery, state of the art cardiac interventions in the cardiac cath lab and arrhythmia areas delivered in a cohesive, cooperative and integrated manner.

The Cardiac Care Program supports and participates in ongoing research, quality improvement and multidisciplinary activities.
The cardiac program is located at both Victoria and University Hospitals.

General Information:

  • Number of beds:
    • 116 inpatient and CCU beds
    • 2 cardiac cath labs (UH and VH)
    • EP lab/arrhythmia lab for device implants (UH)
  • Team Composition: Coordinator, Clinical Educator, APN, RNs, unit clerks, Allied health professionals (OT, PT, SW, RD, SLP, pharmacist, CCAC), PSA’s and TSAs and Consultants
  • Nurse to patient ratio: is dependent on patient acuity but on average the ratios are as follows:
    • CCU 2:1
    • Inpatient 4:1 (days), 5:1 (nights)

Hospital Site: Victoria and University Hospitals

Scheduling Information:

  • Both 12 (VH: 0700-1900, 1900-0700 and UH: 0730-1930 and 1930-0730) and 8 hour shifts
  • Flexible shift options

Background Essentials:

  • No minimum experience required
  • New Grads welcomed
  • Cardiac experience preferred

Professional Assets:

  • ACLS
  • Venipuncture and IV initiation preferred
  • C.N.A. certification-cardiac
  • CCCN

Professional Development:

  • Customized orientation program which includes both classroom and clinical experience
  • Comprehensive development program including communication and interpersonal skills
  • Opportunities to attend conferences
  • Regular updates and in-services

Student Consolidation:

  • LHSC is a teaching hospital and the cardiac program values and support the role of the student learner. The program supports students/interns/residents within all the health care disciplines and clerical support staff.
  • All RN preceptors receive preceptorship training

Program Links:

  • The Cardiac website is accessible internally with links to many other websites