Feb 2, '13 by GypsyNurse54
Here's the trend I've seen over the past few years when both of these units exist in the same facility.
Cardiac Specialty Unit: I've seen this unit be one of 2 very different things, either: 1) A Cardiac Rehab area, or 2) A PCU/stepdown area.
Acute Care Cardiac Unit: Warning: this job posting can be misleading. "Acute Care Cardiac Unit" often has the hidden meaning: "Acute Care AND Cardiac Unit. You get heart patients, but you also get a diversity of other acute care patients: renal failure, psych, etc. These floors tend to be more "medsurgey" and you see a greater diversity of patient illnesses.
Keep in mind the above is from personal experience; it may be the complete opposite at some facilities, I agree with the above poster about contacting a facility resource to elaborate on the job/patient population specifications.
Best of luck!
Last edit by GypsyNurse54 on Feb 2, '13
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