Medical Intensive Care Unit

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The MICU of New Hanover Regional Medical Center provides 24 hour continuous, critical care nursing to the adult and geriatric critically ill patient population.


The professional nursing staff providing care to patients in MICU includes Registered Nurses (RNs) who are competent to provide care within the scope of their professional practice. Unit Clerks, and 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) and the Physicians.

The nurse/patient ratio reflects the patient’s acuity and required nursing care. The average nurse/patient ratio is 1:2.  The amount of staff maintained on the schedule is reflective of projected patient census and acuity. Daily staffing levels 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 Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) as well as documented annual competencies. The nurses are required to attend 16 hours of continuing education annually. Standards of Care and Practice have been developed based on the American Nurses’ Association Standards of Practice for Nursing and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses Standards for Nursing Care of the Critically Ill.

Professional Governance Practice Model

  • Collaborative Self Scheduling (primarily 12 hour shifts)
  • Unit Practice Council
  • Membership on Nursing Congress