The Shock Trauma Post-Anesthesia Care Unit is a 12-bed unit proving care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to patients of various levels of acuity.
The Shock Trauma Post-Anesthesia Care Unit has the primary focus of providing post-anesthesia care for patients having elective, urgent, or emergent surgery in the Shock Trauma Center Operating Rooms. This area also serves the Shock Trauma Center in providing overflow and procedural space in the event of maximum inpatient capacity as the staff is able to provide care to patients in need of varying levels of acuity.
The nursing and support staff draws from their emergency medicine and critical care knowledge and experience to provide quality care to patients of fluctuating levels of acuity and injury. Patients may be inpatient or outpatient, critically injured or ambulatory and recovering from procedures in the following specialty areas: Trauma, Soft Tissue Injury or Infection, General Surgery, Thoracic, Vascular, Neurosurgery, Plastics, Orthopedics, and Oral-Maxillofacial. Patients are largely adults or adolescents of various developmental stages.This role is considered the minimum role for all nurses at UMMC who have greater than 12 months experience. This nurse will be competent in the skills/knowledge required and fully participate in unit governance. He/she will practice and adhere to the guidelines specified in the UMMC Professional Nurse Job Charter. Independently provides and coordinates care provided to patients within a clinical specialty. Serves as a fully effective and participative member of the multidisciplinary patient care services team. Demonstrates and models the full range of nursing professional practice in both care provided and in participation in development of strategies to improve patient outcomes, satisfaction with service and cost effectiveness at the unit level. Is accountable to patients and families for the processes and outcomes of care during an episode of care. Is accountable to peers for the advancement of group practice on the unit, and to the nurse manager for the totality of work performance.