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Nursing Floors... Dumb Question

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by DaughteroftheKing DaughteroftheKing (Member) Member

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What do all the floors or places in the hospital mean?

I know this is a simple/dumb quesiton, but you gotta learn it sometime I guess..

Obviously I know what OB/L&D are, Oncology, ED, the obvious ones, but can someone please explain to me all the other floors or departments, or places, and what exactly you do there? ..

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MedSurg or MS: medical-surgical floor, the general catch-all place pts end up who are not on a specialty floor.

Neuro: neurological/neurosurgical....having to do with the brain and spine

Cardiac: heart-related

Pulmonary: lungs

Ortho: skeletal structure

Nephro: kidneys

Hepatic: liver

(When nephro and hepatic patients are separated into their own units it's usually due to transplants)

Heme-Onc: blood cancers like leukemia

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norcalRNstudent has 1 years experience and specializes in ER.

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also Telemetry- like med-surg, but with patients that require constant cardiac monitoring

MICU- medical ICU

SICU- surgical ICU

PICU- Pediatric ICU

TICU- Trauma ICU

NICU- Neonatal ICU

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MikeyJ is a RN and specializes in Peds, PICU, Home health, Dialysis.

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NSICU is Neurological Sciences ICU (a.k.a. Neuro ICU)

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NurseCherlove has 3 years experience and specializes in Med/Surg; Psych; Tele.

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PACU=Post Anesthesia Care Unit

MICU=Medical Intensive Care Unit

Step down units can mean different things in different hospitals...there was a somewhat recent thread on here about differences in cardiac stepdown units...do a search on here

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P_RN has 30 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in ORTHOPAEDICS-CERTIFIED SINCE 89.

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A&E in Europe and OZ is accident and emergency (ER or ED in US)

Theatre there is operating room here.

Rooms there is doctors office here.

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gradRN2007 has 12 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Cardiac/Med Surg.

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ccu=cardiac care unit

aku=acute kidney unit, dialysis

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EarthChild1130 has 9 years experience and specializes in Psychiatric.

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Don't forget psych! Psych=MHU=Mental Health Unit=loads of fun until all you-know-what breaks loose!:monkeydance:

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