Fast paced acute care unit
RN Charge Nurse (Former Employee) – Kalispell, MT – July 5, 2015
Intermediate Care was a great experience. I was part of the move from the previous telemetry unit in an old location to the "New hospital" and was allowed to participate with management in work flow planning and some of the start up issues new units have. Our patient acuity increased with the facility improvement and we collaborated with a much needed larger ICU. KRMC started the "Open Heart" program and we were up and running and run we did. A typical day on IMC involved discharging at least half of the patient population and receiving new admits, we were a 16 bed unit with 4 RN's. It required really active participation in team nursing and good communication skills with other disciplines like admit, discharge, and sometimes the rehab unit. I worked with many different nurses, one of the challenging aspects was turnover. I enjoyed the new orientees very much, often times they loved the intensity of IMC so much they would go on to the ICU, or to the Cardiac Cath Lab, this to me was a direct reflection of their base knowledge obtained on IMC.