Ward: ICU Number of beds: 12
Site: Wexham Park
Speciality: Intensive care
Working as a nurse on intensive care at Wexham Park
Our CQC ‘outstanding’ rated intensive care unit is consists of a team made up of dedicated, passionate staff nurses looking to expand and develop their knowledge in critical care nursing in a supportive, friendly environment.
We have a 12 bedded unit caring for ITU level 3 and HDU level 2 patients with a wide variety of medical, surgical conditions, and serve around 700 patients per year. Our unit is a modern, light and spacious unit with up to date equipment and facilities, including paperless patient information. We have an experienced team that provides newcomers with the support to enable them to gain experience in the care of critically ill patients undergoing a variety of critical care interventions.
Candidates for this ward must have patience and resilience, a strong teamwork ethic and be committed to a future in ITU nursing. We follow the national standard patient ratio for level 2 and 3 patients, and you will lead on your patient’s assessment, formulate their care plans and be passionate about working towards patient independence and rehabilitation.
All new starters on the unit receive up to six week supernumerary dependant on your previous skills and knowledge. For newly qualified staff you will complete our comprehensive 12 month preceptorship programme with 14 protected study days. Following orientation and completion of relevant competencies, staff will be able to apply for the ITU course which will give you the skills and knowledge to apply for more senior nursing positions within ITU.
As a unit we are committed to education and professional development with a dedicated practice development nurse. We run internal study days and staff are encouraged to attend external study days. There are opportunities within the department to move into senior positions, including being the supernumerary nurse in charge, attending the intermediate life support course undertaking and supernumerary shifts within the critical care outreach nursing team.
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