Critical Care

Intensive Care Unit

The Intensive Care Unit environment is ideal for nurses who enjoy the challenges of providing specialized care for critically ill patients in collaboration with the hospital intensivist, internists and other members of the interdisciplinary team. The expanded and remodeled unit provides a family-friendly atmosphere coupled with the latest technological advancements. Evidence-based practice is the foundation of our patient-centered care. Nurses in the unit receive individualized orientation and training for skills vital to the intensive care setting, including hemodynamic monitoring, arrhythmia detection, ventilator management and patients with intra-aortic balloon pumps.

Nurses complete the American Association of Critical Care Nurses Essentials of Critical Care Orientation, which is a computerized orientation program in congruence with monthly advanced critical care classes. Nurses are required to obtain and then maintain ACLS certification. Continuing education is a focal point of our proficiency training. In addition, certification by the AACN is promoted and encouraged. A yearly bonus is given to those who maintain their certification.

Patient Population Adolescent and older (adolescent patient care provided in collaboration with pediatric nurses with potential patient transfer to tertiary facility)
Unit Size 12 beds
Nurse-to-Patient Ratio 1:1 or 1:2
Rotations/Shifts 12-hour shifts
Skill Mix RN
Orientation Individualized, dependent on previous experience. New graduates complete a five- to six-month intern program. Goshen Hospital nurses with previous nursing experience will complete a modified intern program based on skill acquisition.

Progressive Care Unit

The Progressive Care Unit is ideal for nurses who are interested in working in the telemetry unit environment care for patients with acute and chronic coronary conditions, post-cardiac catheterizations, arrhythmias, and acute and chronic respiratory conditions. Nurses provide care in collaboration with healthcare specialists, utilizing evidence-based practice as the foundation of our patient-centered focus. Nurses in the unit receive individualized orientation and training, including an arrhythmia course. 

Nurses complete the AACN Essentials of Critical Care Orientation, which is a computerized orientation program in congruence with monthly advanced critical care classes.

Nurses are required to obtain and maintain ACLS certification. Continuing education of our staff is a focal point of our proficiency training. In addition, certification by the AACN is promoted and encouraged. A yearly bonus is given to those who maintain their certification.

Patient Population Adolescent and older
Unit Size 16 beds
Nurse-to-Patient Ratio 1:4 (day and evening shifts), 1:5 or 1:6 (night shift)
Rotations/Shifts Mix of 12 and 8, hiring for 12 hour shifts
Skill Mix RN
Orientation Individualized, dependent on previous experience. New graduates complete an orientation of 8-12 weeks. Nurses with previous experience complete a modified orientation of 6 weeks.