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The inpatient acute care medical unit on 4 South provides 24 hour continuous, comprehensive nursing care for the medical patient population. The patient population on General Medicine includes adults through the geriatric life span of development who are stable.
Nursing personnel providing care to patients on Medicine include a professional staff (RNs and LPNs) who are competent to provide care within the scope of their professional practice. Unit Clerks, Nursing Assistants and Patient Care Technicians complete the nursing staff complement of the unit.
Other members of the interdisciplinary health team include Case Managers, Social Workers, Respiratory Therapists, Rehabilitation Therapists (ST, OT, PT), Pharmacists, Nutritionists and the Physicians.
The average nurse patient ratio is 1:5. The amount of staff maintained on the schedule is reflective of projected patient census and acuity. Daily staffing level and assignments are adjusted according to variances in patient volume, acuity and special patient care needs.
Qualifications of Personnel
Registered nurses possess specialized training, knowledge and skills as reflected in the NC Nurse Practice Act. All nurses maintain a current license in the state of North Carolina and certification in BCLS as well as documented annual competencies. The staff has received much recognition for their proactive approach as advocates for their patient care.
Professional Governance Practice Model
- Collaborative Self Scheduling (primarily 12 hour shifts)
- Membership Unit Practice Council
- Membership on Nursing Congress
- Mentors for new graduates