Program Description:

The vascular/ortho unit within Surgical Services provides care for adult elective and emergency vascular and orthopaedic patients. Within the unit there is a 4-monitored beds to provide closer observation for acuity patients.

Multidisciplinary primary nursing care is provided in a medium to high acuity environment. The program is a vascular referral centre for South Western Ontario.

General Information:

Number of beds:

  • 28 beds including 4 monitor beds
  • 7 beds are designated for orthopaedic patients

Team Composition:

RN, NP, PT, OT, Social worker, Dietician, clinical educator,
unit clerks, PSA, TSA, leadership, consultants, residents, secretary, chaplain

Average length of stay: 5-10days

Nurse to patient ratio: Days: 4:1, Nights: 5:1

Hospital Site: Victoria Hospital: Level 4

Scheduling Information:

  • 8 and 12 hourly shifts
  • 2 days 2 nights rotation and scheduling as per request

Background Essentials:

  • No minimum experience required
  • New Grads welcomed
  • Vascular experience an asset

Professional Assets:

  • Vascular course
  • BCLS
  • Monitor experience
  • Phlebotomy and Venipuncture

Professional Development:

  • On staff clinical educator
  • 6 week orientation program
  • Regular in-services
  • Unit specific courses
  • Monthly article provided by staff

Student Consolidation:

  • Year 2,3,4 and consolidation experiences are available.
  • Students are assigned to a preceptor to develop and consolidate experience and skills in the surgical field
  • Vast experience will be gained to promote safe nursing practice.

Program Links:

  • Surgical care website is accessible internally
  • Membership to Society of Vascular nursing