Program Description:

The Medicine Triage Unit (MTU) is specifically designed to treat and deliver care to a medicine patient population with a higher acuity or an anticipated short stay (<72 hours), and patients requiring bedside cardiac monitoring.

The Respirology Unit treats and delivers cares to patients with acute respiratory disease including those requiring non-invasive ventilation (BiPap) and those requiring bedside cardiac monitoring.

Total patient care is provided to both of these patient populations, with a focus on patient/family centred care.

General Information:

  • Number of beds: MTU- 14, Resp- 14
  • Team Composition: Coordinator, clinical educator, APN, RNs, unit clerks, Allied health professionals (OT, PT, SW, RD, SLP, pharmacist, CCAC), PSA’s and TSA, Medical clinical teaching units with internal medicine or respirologist support
  • Average length of stay: MTU: until stable or if short stay < 72 hours, Resp: 8.5 days
  • Nurse to patient ratio: depends on acuity but averages 1:3-1:5
  • Hospital Site: Victoria: Level 5

Scheduling Information:

  • 12 hour shift (0700-1900 and 1900-0700)
  • Rotation is the “mirror” schedule with stats built into the schedule resulting in onen week off every 6 weeks.

Background Essentials:

  • 2 years of General Medicine and/or Respirology experience strongly preferred
  • Current experience in ECG rhythm recognition, Non-invasive ventilation, venipuncture and IV initiation preferred

Professional Assets:

  • CNA Certification in Emergency, Critical Care, Cardiology, GI preferred
  • ACLS an asset

Professional Development:

  • 1 week of classroom orientation upon hire along with a variable clinical orientation based on experience and need
  • Regular updates and in-services
  • Support to attend conferences, courses when possible
  • Ongoing support for continuing education i.e. post-RN BScN

Student Consolidation:

  • Students receive a broad generalized education in many different medicine diagnoses and treatment regimens, familiarization with lab test analysis, prioritizing workload, working within an IDT
  • Formalized preceptor program is in place

Program Links:

  • The Medicine CBU website is accessible internally with links to Medicine at VH many other websites