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Med-Surg Telemetry Specialty

Our Medical-Surgical units are, in many ways, the backbone of the hospital. They are a great place to work for nurses who want a constantly evolving, fast-paced setting. Our units include oncology, respiratory, neuro/orthopedic, surgical, and telemetry floors. Each individual unit supports one of our centers of excellence: joint, stroke, bariatric, and oncology. Nursing leadership encourages and supports medical-surgical nurses in pursuing certification through the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses and the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Nurses on our Grant 5 orthopedic and neurology unit care for a variety of patients. It is a fast-paced, multidisciplinary unit that builds a great knowledge base and strong clinical skills to be used in any specialty. The nursing staff is a part of a dynamic team consisting of therapists, and providers from orthopedic, neurology, neurosurgery, and trauma services. Through this collaborative approach, patients and families are highly involved in learning how to optimize their health outcomes. Our unit has been awarded both a Joint Replacement Center of Excellence and a Stroke Care Center by the Joint Commission.

Grant 6 serves as a respiratory specialty unit where nurses encounter patients with a diverse range of diagnoses. Nurses have the opportunity to learn and care for patients with chest tubes, tracheostomies, and ventilators. We are a unit of preference for thoracic patients who have undergone complex surgery such as lung resection, video-assisted thoracotomy, open thoracotomy, and esophagectomy. We also care for patients with COPD, pneumonia, lung cancer, cystic fibrosis, and a variety of other respiratory diseases.

Grant 6 also serves as a hematology and oncology specialty unit specializing in the care of patients with blood disorders and various types of cancer. Nurses have the opportunity to obtain chemotherapy/biotherapy certification, which allows them to administer medications and manage the care of patients receiving these therapies.

Our adult oncology program at Northern Light Cancer Care is the only Maine member of the Dana-Farber Cancer Care Collaborative. We offer patients and families support through the entire course of illness up to and including end of life care. Further opportunities include training in apheresis and obtaining oncology nurse certification.

Grant 4 and Penobscot Pavilion 6 are the dynamic, fast-paced cardiac telemetry units. They provide a unique opportunity to administer and manage medications that require cardiac monitoring and training to manage abnormal cardiac rhythms. We care for acute cardiac medical patients, as well as pre-op and post-op open heart surgery patients. All of our nurses receive their advanced cardiac life support certification in the first year of employment. The two units collaborate to care for our large cardiac population.

Merritt 3 Surgical is our advanced surgical post-operative specialty unit. We are one of the first surgery and weight loss centers in the country to offer robot-assisted surgical weight loss. We are a national and worldwide leader and resource for this technique. As a Bariatric Center of Excellence recognized by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, our nurses provide our patients with remarkable care everyday.