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General Medical-Surgical Nursing

Medical-Surgical Nursing is a practice setting where experienced professionals and new graduates alike can gain a world of knowledge. This department features a variety of orientations and schedules, offering you every opportunity to discover the right career path.

Acute Medical (7 South, 7 North and 13 West Tower)

  • These units provide acute care to a wide variety of medical patients
  • Services include hemodialysis, cardiac monitoring/telemetry, respiratory, gastrointestinal, hematological, endocrine and general neurological care
  • All staff members are educated on the basics of cardiac arrhythmia, urgent care, peritoneal and hemodialysis
  • 7 North Atrium is equipped with negative pressure rooms to accommodate patients with infectious diseases.

Acute Surgical (9 Kellogg and 9 North Atrium)

  • Patient services include transplants, general surgery, liver resections, medicine, plastics, decubiti/sacral flaps, gynecology, ENT, urology and gastric bypass surgery
  • Unit structure supports mentoring-precepting foundation for novice nurses and experienced nurses new to surgical and transplantation nursing
  • Fast-paced environment includes central lines, surgical wounds and dialysis
  • Nursing staff on 9 Kellogg certified in chemotherapy administration by Oncology Nursing Society.

Orthopedics (13 East Tower)

  • The Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Rush is ranked among the best programs in the nation.
  • Common procedures on this premier unit include total joint replacement, oncological procedures with limb salvaging and spinal surgeries, traumatic injuries and extremity procedures of the arms, hand and foot.
  • Services provided by over 20 admitting orthopedic surgeons include same-day, state-of-the-art minimally invasive total hip and knee replacment, micro-disectomy and disc replacement surgery.

Neuroscience (12 West Tower)

  • Joint Commission Certified Stroke Program. All nursing staff complete stroke-focused education and obtain certification in the National Institute of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS) for patient assessment
  • Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) offers 24-hour continuous EEG studies and closed circuit TV monitoring for adults and teenage children. Postictal exams are completed by the nursing staff, which helps the attending physician determine the focal point of epileptic activity
  • Neurosurgical care is provided for postoperative and postprocedural cases involving the brain.
  • Common conditions admitted to the unit include multiple sclerosis, Guillian-Barre, transverse myelitis, myasthenia gravis, migraine headaches, pituitary tumors and normal pressure hydrocephalus.

Bone Marrow, Hematology and Oncology (14 West and 14 East Tower)

14 East Tower is a 32-bed stem cell transplant and hematology unit, offering rooms designed for the immunosuppressed by providing positive pressure rooms and unit, and HEPA filtration. The multidisciplinary team consists of physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacy, dietary and nursing, and daily rounds.

14 West Tower is a 32-bed medical oncology and hematology unit. Inpatient hospice is available as well. This unit focuses on chemotherapy administration and patient management for those experiencing complications related to either cancer or its treatment.

  • Both units work collaboratively to provide the comprehensive quality services offered through the Rush cancer program.
  • Unique clinical activities include the opportunity to participate in clinical trials and research protocols.
  • Patient- and family-centered care is the philosophy in these areas. Support groups are provided in collaboration with Gilda's Club and the American Cancer Society. Psychosocial oncology services are available on the units
  • Staff are specially trained in pain management, stem cell transplant, chemotherapy administration (ONS-approved course) and validation, central venous catheter skills, and the various hematology/oncology disease processes.

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