Critical Care Trauma Centre (CCTC)

Program Description:

  • The Critical Care Trauma Centre is a multidisciplinary medical/surgical unit that provides life support and treatment of critically ill patients
  • CCTC is the Regional Referral Centre for Trauma and Vascular Programs
  • The unit supports the Trauma Program, Vascular, Thoracic, Oncology and ENT

Average length of stay: 5.8 days

General Information:

Number of beds: 30


  • Manager, Coordinator, Charge Nurse, CNS, Educator(s), Registered Nurses, Registered Respiratory Therapists, Social Worker, Dietician, Physiotherapist, Pharmacy, Consultants and Residents, PSA/TSAs, Unit Clerks

Nurse to patient ratio:
1:1, 1:2

Hospital Site: Victoria Hospital: Level 2

Scheduling Information:

  • 12 hour shifts (0700-1900, 1900-0700) with a variety of schedule options including 2- Days/ 2-Nights with 5 off and the traditional 2 and 3 master schedule
  • Regular Part time master schedules

Background Essentials:

  • Minimum of 1-2 years acute surgical or medical experience or previous critical care experience
  • Basic ECG interpretation

Professional Assets:

  • BCLS, ACLS, any critical care course(s)

Professional Development:

  • 10 – 12 week orientation (theory and clinical)
  • Annual CCTC conference
  • Every 2 years staff participate in a review test which is case based - Skills fairs are provided for staff on an annual basis
  • Funding for professional development available from the CCTC Research and Education Committee

Student Consolidation:

  • Currently consolidate post RN BScN student
  • Manager and Clinical Educator roles participate in BScN consolidation and mentoring experience

Program Links:

  • CACCN, CCR-Net, CNA, RNAO, Canadian Critical Care

Collaborative Group

  • Surgical Clinical Business Unit web site
  • Internal CCTC website available for all staff with program policies, online education and other useful information