Sanford Fargo, ND

  1. Hello fellow nurses,

    I have interviews with Sanford for both the Medical Specialty Unit and the Cardiac Progressive Care Unit.
    I would love some input from you regarding what a typical day in each unit is like. What is the patient to nurse ratio, what about the culture of the unit?
    Which unit would be more helpful for a later transition to ER or ICU?
    Thank you so much for your time.
    Eru Illuvatar
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  3. by   CNACJ
    Quote from Eru Ilúvatar
    Hello fellow nurses,

    I have interviews with Sanford for both the Medical Specialty Unit and the Cardiac Progressive Care Unit.
    I would love some input from you regarding what a typical day in each unit is like. What is the patient to nurse ratio, what about the culture of the unit?
    Which unit would be more helpful for a later transition to ER or ICU?
    Thank you so much for your time.
    Eru Illuvatar
    Cardiac PCU will be better if you plan on transitioning to ICU down the road.
  4. by   CountryMomma
    The medical surgical floor is also a good feeder for ICU.
  5. by   Eru Ilúvatar
    Quote from CNACJ
    Cardiac PCU will be better if you plan on transitioning to ICU down the road.
    Thank you so much! Wish me luck, and hopefully be there soon.
  6. by   Eru Ilúvatar
    Quote from CountryMomma
    The medical surgical floor is also a good feeder for ICU.
    They talked to me about the Medical Specialty unit, its that similar in scope?
    Thank you for your reply!
  7. by   CountryMomma
    Medical surgical and medical specialty have their differences. Med Spec (6 south) does not, on average, recover surgical pts, take urological pts, keep the high risk Tele pts, but they do have many respiratory pts (pna, copd, chf) and med psych.

    Med surg (3 south) does the surgical, transplant, tele, and unofficial intermediate care pts.

    When I was hired, I was told by a manager that 3 South is a feeder unit for 3 east, the CCU. I thought she meant staff, now I know she meant staff and pts lol.
  8. by   Eru Ilúvatar
    Quote from CountryMomma
    Medical surgical and medical specialty have their differences. Med Spec (6 south) does not, on average, recover surgical pts, take urological pts, keep the high risk Tele pts, but they do have many respiratory pts (pna, copd, chf) and med psych.

    Med surg (3 south) does the surgical, transplant, tele, and unofficial intermediate care pts.

    When I was hired, I was told by a manager that 3 South is a feeder unit for 3 east, the CCU. I thought she meant staff, now I know she meant staff and pts lol.
    Lol I like the feeder analogy. Thank you for the clarification, it makes a big difference then based on the type of patient being cared for.
  9. by   Eru Ilúvatar
    Quote from CountryMomma
    Medical surgical and medical specialty have their differences. Med Spec (6 south) does not, on average, recover surgical pts, take urological pts, keep the high risk Tele pts, but they do have many respiratory pts (pna, copd, chf) and med psych.

    Med surg (3 south) does the surgical, transplant, tele, and unofficial intermediate care pts.

    When I was hired, I was told by a manager that 3 South is a feeder unit for 3 east, the CCU. I thought she meant staff, now I know she meant staff and pts lol.
    Sorry to bother you so much with questions.. What about the Observation Unit in 1st Floor, would that be a good pathway towards the ER? What about the Resource team?
    I am trying to get interviews for those positions too.
  10. by   CountryMomma
    Observation 1W can be fast paced, the obviously critical pts don't pass through but once in awhile things will go south pdq. You'd learn a lot about the various procedures/tests and admit/discharge rapidly.

    Resource is our jack of all trades crew. They don't have a home unit, they are cross trained to most of the non- critical floors and rotate between them. I love of our Resource teams and we try to treat them very nicely.

    Amy floor can give you good experience for farther down the road. Obs is fast paced (at times), 3South is a mixed acuity tele/surgical floor with heavy loads, 6south has a crazy mix of med psych, respiratory, and overflow, and Resource does it all!
  11. by   Eru Ilúvatar
    Quote from CountryMomma
    Observation 1W can be fast paced, the obviously critical pts don't pass through but once in awhile things will go south pdq. You'd learn a lot about the various procedures/tests and admit/discharge rapidly.

    Resource is our jack of all trades crew. They don't have a home unit, they are cross trained to most of the non- critical floors and rotate between them. I love of our Resource teams and we try to treat them very nicely.

    Amy floor can give you good experience for farther down the road. Obs is fast paced (at times), 3South is a mixed acuity tele/surgical floor with heavy loads, 6south has a crazy mix of med psych, respiratory, and overflow, and Resource does it all!
    Thank you CountryMomma; this insight helps me better decide what unit would be a best match based on my future plans. I will be asking the interviewing manager anyways to describe a typical day in the unit, and the ratios and such; but your help has been invaluable. Thank you so much again.
  12. by   Royal_Blue
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    Thank you CountryMomma; this insight helps me better decide what unit would be a best match based on my future plans. I will be asking the interviewing manager anyways to describe a typical day in the unit, and the ratios and such; but your help has been invaluable. Thank you so much again.
    Hi. How did your interviews go? Which unit you picked if you don't mind me asking you.
  13. by   Eru Ilúvatar
    Quote from Royal_Blue
    Hi. How did your interviews go? Which unit you picked if you don't mind me asking you.
    My interviews were awesome! The nurse managers are great human beings, and the interview was very professional and laid back.
    I ended up picking a position on the Cardiac Progressive Unit 2S.
    Are you also applying to Sandford or planning to?
  14. by   CountryMomma
    Congratulations Eru! Welcome to Sanford!

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