I work at Stanford. I'm not sure if you are asking about the post open heart unit (North ICU) or the CCU. If you are asking about the CCU, I can give you info since that is my unit. I have worked there for 5 years. The unit is D1 and is divided with 8 CCU beds and 14 intermediate ICU (CSU) beds. The CCU is capable of managing vents, IABPs, CVVH, patients with rejection of their transplanted heart, and a multitude of vasoactive drips. The stepdown (CSU)side can manage select vasoactive drips and technically do not titrate them. CSU gets S/P MI, cardiomyopathies, CHF, S/P ablations, pacemaker or AICD insertions, percardial drains, patients waiting for a heart, and arrhthymias. Pt nurse ratio in CCU is 2:1 or 1:1, CSU 4:1 (ratio changes to 3:1 on 1/1/08). I love working there. The all RN staff is capable of working both sides of the floor.
As to your question, I came to Stanford as an experienced RN (20+ years) so I did not require a critical care course. I believe there is a critical care course. On my unit, there is extensive competency based orientation and mentoring.
Hope to see you there!:spin: