Nursing Units

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Learn more about the different nursing units at MedStar Georgetown:

Inpatient Surgical Services

Adult Solid Organ Transplant Unit – 6 Bles

6 Bles is a 17 bed, Adult Solid Organ Transplant Unit at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. 6 Bles is one of only six centers in the United States that perform intestinal transplants and averages over 100 liver transplants per year. At MedStar Georgetown, we also offer kidney and pancreas transplants and serve patients regionally, nationally and internationally. The patients are complex, both medically and surgically, and often require telemetry monitoring, high-risk medications and in-depth discharge teaching. Nurses work in collaboration with physicians, pharmacists and nurse practitioners to deliver intense post-surgical care that is focused on infection prevention and patient education.  The nursing team is a highly educated and motivated group of professionals that participate in collaborative governance, achieve certifications and drive positive patient outcomes.  6 Bles is proud to have received the hospitals first-ever Patient Safety award for achieving one year without a CLABSI.

Typical Patient Population and/or Diagnoses

We provide care to the adult population that is waiting for or has recently received a solid organ transplant (liver, kidney, pancreas, intestine) or has had other hepatobiliary surgeries (TACE, liver resection, Whipple). Many of these patients suffer from end stage renal disease, end stage liver disease, hepatitis C, diabetes, hypertension and cancer.

Innovative Procedures, Practices and Technologies

  • Kidney transplant patients are admitted directly to 6 Bles following surgery
  • In-depth discharge class taught by nurses

Notable Honors

  • MGUH Patient Safety Award for one year without a CLABSI
  • More than 50% of eligible RNs are certified
  • Active participation in Clinical Advancement Program
  • National podium presentation on CLABSI reduction project
  • National conference presentation on care of the small bowel transplant patient

Clinical Manager: Catherine Avery, BSN, RN, CCTN
Clinical Educator: Dana Prandoni, MSN, CMSRN, RN-BC
Clinical Director: Claire Piccirillo, MS, BSN, RN, PCCN, CPAN

 

ENT and General Surgery Unit – 7Bles

7 Bles is an 18-bed unit specializing in the care of ENT and General  Surgery patients at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. The nurses on 7 Bles provide exceptional post-operative care for patients undergoing complex ENT surgeries, laparoscopic procedures and numerous reconstructive plastic surgeries including DIEP Flaps. Teamwork and clinical excellence make define practice for our unbeatable interdisciplinary team. 7 Bles values nursing education and professional development and the nurses are very active in the collaborative governance on the unit and hospital level. Newly hired nurses are provided a comprehensive orientation, designed by a Clinical Educator and tailored to the nurses’ skills and experience.  

Clinical expertise paired with a commitment to the profession of nursing practice defines the nursing staff on this unit. RN job satisfaction and patient satisfaction go hand-in-hand on 7 Bles!

Clinical Manager: Nikki Battle, BSN, RN
Clinical Educator: Cathy Grimes, MS, CMSRN
Clinical Director: Claire Piccirillo, MS, BSN, RN, PCCN, CPAN

 

Intermediate Thoracic Medical-Surgical Unit - C4-1

C4-1 is a 19-bed adult Thoracic Medical-Surgical Intermediate Care Unit.  Clinical Nurses on C4-1 provide expert care for acutely ill patients who have a diverse range of medical and surgical diagnoses.  We provide care to patients after complex open and minimally invasive thoracic surgeries of the lung and esophagus.  Medical diagnoses include end-stage renal disease, end-stage liver failure, chest pain, cardiac arrhythmias, sepsis, CHF, COPD, and GI bleeds.  All beds are equipped to provide continuous cardiac and pulse oximetry monitoring. 

Clinical Manager: Elly Palmer, MSN, RN, CNL, PCCN
Clinical Educator: Alisa Olson, MSN, RN-BC, CCRN
Clinical Director: Claire Piccirillo, MS, BSN, RN, PCCN, CPAN

 

Inpatient Psychiatry Unit – 5 West

The Inpatient Psychiatry Unit (5 West) at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital offers in-depth evaluation and acute care treatment of the broad range of psychiatric disorders.

5 West coordinates all patient care through an interdisciplinary team of healthcare professionals, including psychiatrists, nurses, mental health counselors, occupational and art therapists and case managers.  The unit houses a 13 bed, acute care, voluntary adult program and is located on the fifth floor of the Main Building.  For safety and therapeutic purposes, the unit is locked and visiting hours are limited.

The nurses on 5 West organize and implement the daily care for each patient, collaborating with physicians, administering medications, attending the daily interdisciplinary treatment rounds, assessing patients on a continual basis and evaluating the effectiveness of the care.

Clinical Director: Patricia Akhavain, MSN, BSN, RN, NEA-BC

 

Psychiatric Partial Hospitalization Program (PPHP)

Address: 2115 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, Suite 201

The MedStar Georgetown Psychiatric Partial Hospital Program (PPHP) is an intensive treatment program for people with an acute psychiatric illness.  It supplements, but does not replace, the patient’s own psychiatrist and/or therapist.  Treatment is provided in collaboration with these clinicians.  The program can be used as a transition for patients being discharged from an inpatient hospitalization or as an intervention for patients who require more intensive care than they can receive in the outpatient setting.

Staff consists of an attending psychiatrist, three masters’ prepared registered nurses, a masters’ prepared art therapist/case manager, a master’s prepared psychiatric occupational therapist and an administrative assistant.  As MedStar Georgetown is an academic teaching facility, there are also psychiatric residents, neurology residents, medical students, student art therapists and student occupational therapists working in the PPHP.   The attending psychiatrist will meet individually with each patient two to three times per week to evaluate medications and the progress being achieved.  Each patient will be assigned a primary nurse with whom they can meet to discuss individual issues.  Family meetings are scheduled during the program when appropriate.

A personalized interdisciplinary treatment plan is provided to help patients gain control over their symptoms and develop more effective coping skills.  The staff meets three times a week to develop the treatment plans for each patient, evaluate the efficacy of the treatment, and to make additional recommendations upon completion of the treatment. The average length of stay is four to six weeks--a minimum two week commitment is required. 

Below are some examples of PPHP groups and meetings:

  1. Symptom Assessment
  2. Medication Education/Illness Awareness
  3. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness Meditation
  4. Occupational therapy
  5. Group style therapy
  6. Art/Expressive Therapy
  7. Weekend Planning
  8. Wrap-Up Meeting

Clinical Director: Patricia Akhavain, MSN, BSN, RN, NEA-BC

 

Surgical Specialties Unit: Orthopedics, Reconstructive Plastics and Urology – 6 Main

6 Main is a 30-bed Surgical Specialties Unit and is the largest unit at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. All of the rooms on 6 Main are private and offer continuous pulse oximetry. 6 Main nurses provide exceptional post-operative care in our fast-paced environment. Common surgical procedures include joint replacement, spinal surgery, foot and/or ankle surgery, urological procedures, reconstructive plastic surgery and wound management.

6 Main is currently on the journey to become certified as an Orthopedic Joint Replacement Unit, designated by the Joint Commission for Disease Specific Care. We will be undergoing renovation beginning in the Spring of 2015 to make rooms more easily accessible for the patients and healthcare providers.

6 Main is notable for its collaborative interdisciplinary practice. Our nurses work closely with physicians, nurse practitioners, physical therapist and clinical pharmacists, just to name a few. 6 Main is often described as a “family-like environment” in which nurses support one another and demonstrate outstanding teamwork.

6 Main values nursing education and professional development.  As a result, newly hired nurses are provided a comprehensive orientation, designed by a Clinical Educator and tailored to the nurses’ skills and experience.  Our nurses are also involved collaborative governance, with a strong presence on every hospital-wide council.

Clinical expertise, teamwork and a commitment to the profession of nursing define the nursing practice on 6 Main.

Clinical Manager: Diane Ruete, CMSRN
Clinical Educator: Dana Prandoni, MSN, CMSRN, RN-BC
Clinical Director: Claire Piccirillo, MS, BSN, RN, PCCN, CPAN

 

Vascular Medical-Surgical Intermediate Care Unit – 4 East

4 East is a 16-bed adult Vascular Medical-Surgical Intermediate Care Unit. Clinical Nurses on 4 East provide expert care for acutely ill patients who have a diverse range of medical and surgical diagnoses.  We provide care to patients after complex open and minimally invasive vascular surgeries including carotid endarterectomies and AAA repairs.  Medical diagnoses include end-stage renal disease, end-stage liver failure, chest pain, cardiac arrhythmias, sepsis, CHF, COPD and GI bleeds.  All beds are equipped to provide continuous cardiac and pulse oximetry bedside monitoring.  In 2013, 4 East was awarded the Gold Level Beacon Award for Nursing Excellence by the American Association of Critical Care Nursing.

Clinical Manager: Lauren Flynn, MS, BSN, RN, CMSRN
Clinical Educator: Alisa Olson, MSN, RN-BC, CCRN
Clinical Director: Claire Piccirillo, MS, BSN, RN, PCCN, CPAN

 

Medicine and Oncology Services

NEW Medical-Surgical Intermediate Care Unit – 2 North

MedStar Georgetown is currently hiring nurses to be the founding members of the 2 North Magnet Nursing team. Join our team and together we can build this unit from the ground up!

2 North is a NEW 18 bed adult Medical-Surgical Intermediate Care Unit which will be housed on the second floor of the Main Building at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. This new unit will be under construction during the spring and summer, with a planned completion date of date of fall 2015. Clinical Nurses on 2 North will provide expert care for acutely ill patients who have a diverse range of medical and surgical diagnoses.  All of the rooms on 2 North will be private and all beds will be equipped to provide continuous cardiac and pulse oximetry monitoring. 

If you are interested in helping to build a brand new unit, please contact our Nurse Recruitment team at 202-444-1215.

Experience, Education and Certification:

  • Two years of medical-surgical experience required.
  • Intermediate Care or Step Down experience preferred.
  • Experience with chest tubes, cardiac rhythm interpretation, anti-arrhythmic drips and insulin drips is an asset.
  • BSN preferred; will consider experienced nurses enrolled in BSN program.
  • PCCN, CMSRN certification preferred.

Schedule:

  • Three 12 hour shifts per week
  • Six week schedules; Self-scheduling
  • The scheduling system for this new unit will be determined in collaboration with the nursing staff.

Clinical Manager: Katherine Reicher, BSN, RN, PCCN
Clinical Educator: Clinical Educator: Alisa Olson, MSN, RN-BC, CCRN
Clinical Director: Laurie Dohnalek, MBA, BSN, RN, NE-BC

 

Acute Dialysis – 2 South

MedStar Georgetown’s 2 South is a five bed Acute Dialysis Unit. Nurses on 2 South Acute Dialysis provide hemodialysis treatments to admitted patients throughout MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.  While most patients receive treatment on 2 South, nurses from the unit will travel to the ICU to provide hemodialysis to critically ill patients at the bedside.  Nurses on 2 South are active in Collaborative Governance throughout the hospital and are encouraged to participate in professional development opportunities through coaching and mentoring.

Clinical Manager: Leslie Senyitko, MSN, RN, NE-BC, CNN
Clinical Director: Laurie Dohnalek, MBA, BSN, RN, NE-BC

 

Apheresis – 2 South

MedStar Georgetown’s 2 South is a three bed Apheresis Unit.  Nurses on 2 South Apheresis perform apheresis procedures including Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Collections and therapeutic treatments such as plasma and red cell exchange and photopheresis.  Nurses on 2 South Apheresis are active in Collaborative Governance throughout the hospital and are encouraged to participate in professional development opportunities through coaching and mentoring.

Clinical Manager: Leslie Senyitko, MSN, RN, NE-BC, CNN
Clinical Director: Laurie Dohnalek, MBA, BSN, RN, NE-BC

 

Emergency Department

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital’s Emergency Department is a Level Two Trauma. The Emergency Department is staffed and equipped to care for 36,000 patients a year presenting for emergency evaluation and treatment. An experienced nurse will assess and triage their care as they enter the department and ensure that thorough, consistent, high quality care is delivered to each patient. All of the nurses in the Emergency Department are certified in BLS, ACLS and PALS, but many also have their CEN, TNCC and ENPC certifications. Leadership supports and encourages nurses to enhance their educational expertise and professional development. MedStar Georgetown’s Emergency Department prides itself on its collaborative governance and decision making which creates and implements new ideas centered on evidenced based practice. A team approach to staffing and assignments is a major initiative component that is embraced by the Emergency Department staff.

Interim Clinical Manager: Michael Manning, BSN, RN
Clinical Educator: Jordan Tyczka, BSN, RN, CEN
Clinical Director: Laurie Dohnalek, MBA, BSN, RN, NE-BC

 

General Medicine – 4 Bles

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital’s 4 Bles is a 20-bed General Medicine Unit, offering continuous pulse oximetry. The Clinical Nurses on 4 Bles provide expert care for patients with complex, multisystem diagnoses. Their professional experience, compassion and excellent communication skills ensure that all patients receive world-class care. 4 Bles is notable for its incredible diversity, both among the staff and patient population, and the Clinical Nurses pride themselves on the culturally competent care that they provide. Representatives from 4 Bles also led the implementation of the Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) Program. After a pilot on two medical units, it was expanded throughout the Division of Nursing.  

As a Clinical Nurse on 4 Bles, you would work closely with representatives from many teams to provide exceptional, coordinated, interdisciplinary care. Over 75% of the eligible Clinical Nurses on 4 Bles are certified, demonstrating their commitment to professional development. The Clinical Manager and Clinical Educator facilitate this ongoing professional development through support, coaching and mentoring.

Clinical Manager: Judi Bailey, BSN, RN
Clinical Educator: Alexis Smith, RN, MSN, CMSRN
Clinical Director: Laurie Dohnalek, MBA, BSN, RN, NE-BC

 

Hematology/Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplant – 2 Bles

2 Bles is an 18-bed, newly renovated, Hematology/Oncology/Blood and Marrow Transplant Unit.  2 Bles is one of two adult inpatient oncology units at MedStar Georgetown, caring for the patients of the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, established in 1971. Lombardi was initially designated by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in 1974 and achieved NCI comprehensive status in 1990. The mission of Lombardi is to improve the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cancer through innovative basic science, clinical research, patient care, community outreach, and the training of cancer specialists of the future.

The patient population of 2 Bles includes all hematologic diseases and cancers (leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, ITP, sickle cell anemia), autologous PBSC transplant patients, oncologic solid tumor, and a wide range of medical diagnoses. The nurses on 2 Bles provide expert care for their patients, often utilizing a number of hematology/oncology research protocols. In the spring of 2013, MedStar Georgetown entered into an affiliation with Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC) to establish a Blood and Marrow Stem Cell Transplantation Program. This agreement creates greater access to people with cancer, blood diseases and immune deficiency conditions to receive lifesaving treatment in the Washington, DC area.

Clinical Manager: Dawn Donovan, RN, BSN, OCN, MHA/ED
Clinical Educator: Laura Toews, RN, BSN, OCN
Clinical Director: Clinical Director: Laurie Dohnalek, MBA, BSN, RN, NE-BC

 

Medical Oncology & GYN Oncology Unit – 3 Bles

3 Bles is a 20-bed adult Medicine and Oncology Unit.  Clinical nurses on 3 Bles provide expert care for acutely ill oncology patients, specifically solid tumor and GYN oncology patients. They also provide care for complex medical patients with a wide range of diagnoses. The nurses on 3 Bles are committed to cura personalis, care for the whole person, and actively involve families in the care of their patients throughout all stages of treatment.

All nurses on 3 Bles are certified to administer Chemotherapy and Biotherapy. Additionally, nearly 50% of 3 Bles nurses are Oncology Certified (OCN), demonstrating their specialty knowledge, experience and exceptional clinical judgment. Nurses on 3 Bles are active in collaborative governance, at the unit level and throughout the hospital. Both Oncology Units, 3 Bles and 2 Bles, share a Practice Council where nurses work together to improve clinical practice and promote professional development on both units.  

Clinical Manager: Miranda Mosquera, BSN, RN, CMSRN
Clinical Educator: Laura Toews, RN, BSN, OCN
Clinical Director: Clinical Director: Laurie Dohnalek, MBA, BSN, RN, NE-BC

 

Medical Telemetry – 5 Bles

5 Bles is a 20 Bed Medical Telemetry unit designed to provide specialized care for patients who are in need of continuous cardiac monitoring and complex medical nursing care. Nurses provide care for a diverse patient population with a wide range of healthcare requirements. Our entire staff is committed to the MedStar Georgetown mission of cura personalis, caring for the whole person.  The 5 Bles nurses are supported with educational and specialty certification training opportunities. Professional development initiatives and leadership support empower nurses to become active and respected participants within the inter-professional team that provides evidence based, compassionate care to our patients.

Representatives from 5 Bles also led the implementation of the Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders (NICHE) Program. After a pilot on two medical units, it was expanded throughout the Division of Nursing.  

Clinical Manager: Tracy Holliday, RN, BSN, CMSRN
Clinical Educator: Alexis Smith, RN, MSN, CMSRN
Clinical Director: Laurie Dohnalek, MBA, BSN, RN, NE-BC

 

Vascular Access IV/PICC Team

The Vascular Access IV/PICC Team at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital supports and enhances the delivery of nursing care by providing services to patients receiving intravenous IV therapy. The team provides Peripherally Inserted Central Line Access at the bedside, as well as Intravenous Line insertions for patients with compromised vasculature.

 The Vascular Access IV/PICC Team was developed in June of 2012 and grew to four nurses in 2013. The team serves the entire hospital, with a focus on the inpatient adult population. The team utilizes the Sonosite Ultrasound, as well as the Bioflo PICC equipment. Currently, the Vascular Access IV/PICC Team is available from 7:00am to 11:00pm, Monday through Friday, and will be expanding service to cover the weekends in the future. Care is provided according to professional nursing practice standards, the Infusion Nurses Society Standards of Care and the Association of Vascular Access.

Clinical Manager: Leslie Senyitko, MSN, RN, NE-BC, CNN
Clinical Director: Laurie Dohnalek, MBA, BSN, RN, NE-BC

 

Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center

Infusion Unit - MedStar Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center

The MedStar Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center (LCCC) Infusion Unit is a 39 chair department specializing in the administration of Chemotherapy, Biotherapy and Blood Products. The Lombardi Infusion Unit is part of MedStar Georgetown’s Comprehensive Cancer Center, established in 1971. LCCC was initially designated by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in 1974 and achieved NCI comprehensive status in 1990. The mission of LCCC is to improve the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cancer through innovative basic science, clinical research, patient care, community outreach and the training of cancer specialists of the future.

The Lombardi Infusion Unit is comprised of two divisions, a Clinical Trials Infusion Center and a Standard of Care Infusion Center.  The patient population includes all hematologic diseases and cancers (leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, ITP, sickle cell anemia), autologous transplant patients, oncologic solid tumor and a wide range of medical diagnoses. The Magnet nurses in the Lombardi Infusion Unit provide expert care for their patients, while focusing on cura personalis, care for the whole person.

Clinical Manager: Lisa Cusaac, BSN, OCN, RN
Administrative Director: Janice Oppenheim, BSN, OCN, RN

 

Pediatrics and Perinatal Services

General Pediatric and Pediatric Hematology/Oncology – C5-3

C5-3 is a 7 bed General Pediatric and Pediatric Hematology/Oncology unit. It is one of the most recently renovated units at MedStar Georgetown. All the rooms are private rooms which have been constructed to provide a more comfortable environment for our patients and their families, which include sleeper sofas and refrigerators. Clinical Nurses on C5-3 provide expert care for both our general pediatric patients and our pediatric oncology patients. C5-3 was recognized for attaining 4 years without any CLABSIs (Central Line Associated Blood Stream Infections.)

Clinical Manager: Anita Abdeen, BSN, RN, NE-BC
Clinical Educator: Jane Trudel, MSN/Ed, RN
Clinical Director: Rachel Reid, DNP, MSN, RN

 

Epilepsy Monitoring Unit – C5-3

The EMU is a 6 bed Epilepsy Monitoring unit for both adult and pediatric patients. It is one of the most recently renovated units at MedStar Georgetown. All the rooms are private rooms which have been constructed to provide a more comfortable environment for our patients and their families, which include sleeper sofas and refrigerators. Clinical Nurses on the EMU provide expert care for our patients who are there to either rule out epilepsy or determine more advanced treatments for their epilepsy. Our goal is to help all our patients be seizure-free.  Our patients are on 24hr video EEG monitoring and may be candidates for Ictal-SPECT scans to determine the area of the brain that is generating their seizures. The Clinical Nurses collaborate with both the Neurologists and EEG technicians to provide high quality care and treatment.

Clinical Manager: Anita Abdeen, BSN, RN, NE-BC
Clinical Educator: Hartley Wenger, MS, BSN, CCRN, CNS
Clinical Director: Rachel Reid, DNP, MSN, RN

 

Labor and Delivery (3 North) and Mother-Baby (2 North)

MedStar Georgetown's Perinatal Department consists of an Inpatient Antepartum/Mother-Baby Couplet Postpartum Unit (2 North), along with a Labor & Delivery Suite (3 North). Perinatal nurses assess the mother and neonate in a family-centered, holistic environment that supports the new family during this time of changing needs for mother, father and baby. MedStar Georgetown is a regional referral center for high-risk mothers and infants, and we enjoy a supportive and cooperative relationship with our outstanding NICU to provide excellent continuity of care for these families. Perinatal nurses collaborate with parenting services, antepartum/postpartum patient educators and lactation specialists to provide comprehensive patient and family education. Our diverse patient population includes both medically complex and uncomplicated patients.

Perinatal nurses are encouraged to attend a wide variety of educational opportunities, including AWHONN regional and national conferences.  We enjoy participating in collaborative governance at the unit and hospital level and take advantage of self-scheduling. We boast excellent nurse-to-patient ratios and use computerized documentation systems. Recent awards received by the staff include the Daisy award and several nurses have been recognized as Sigma Theta Tau's 100 Outstanding Nurses of Washington, DC.

MedStar Georgetown is designated as a Baby Friendly Hospital.

Clinical Manager, Mother/Baby & Parenting Services: Amy Dolan, BSN RN
Clinical Manager, Labor & Delivery: Cecilia Harris, RNC-OB, MSN
Clinical Educator: Cynthia Heer, MSN, RNC-OB, RN-BC
Clinical Director: Rachel Reid, DNP, MSN, RN

 

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit – NICU

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is a 40-bed unit providing expert nursing care for infants with a number of critical diagnoses. It is one of two Level IV NICUs in Washington, D.C., which is the highest level designated by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Some of the most commonly seen are:

  • Respiratory Distress Sydrome
  • Extreme Prematurity
  • Neonatal Encephalopathy
  • Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Sepsis/Septic Shock
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Genetic and/or Metabolic Disorders
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • Surgical needs

The NICU at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is the only NICU in the Washington, D.C. region where a Clinical Nurse can participate in high-risk deliveries, be trained as an ECMO tech and participate in both flight and ground transports. Our NICU is the major referral center for all MedStar-affiliated facilities, as well as a number of community hospitals in the tri-state area. The NICU offers the following innovative treatments and technologies:

  • ECMO: ExtraCorporeal Membrane Oxygenation
  • Total Body Therapeutic Hypothermia
  • Bedside Patent Ductus Arteriosus Ligation
  • Inhaled Nitric Oxide
  • High Frequency Oscillator Ventilation
  • High Frequency Jet Ventilation

The NICU Nursing Staff is incredibly engaged, with a remarkable number of nurses participating in Shared Governance and the Clinical Advancement Program.  The following committees/councils are Clinical Nurse-led and driven:

  • Parent Advisory Support Group
  • Policy Committee
  • Education Council
  • Scheduling Committee
  • RN/MD Collaboration Council
  • Bereavement Committee
  • Developmental Care Committee

Clinical Manager: Barbara Buckley, BSN, RN
Clinical Educator: Catherine Brown, BSN, RNC-NIC
Clinical Director: Rachel Reid, DNP, MSN, RN

 

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit - C5-2

The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is a multidisciplinary       14-bed unit that provides care for critically ill patients ages ranging from neonates to age 23. The unit is supported by the full spectrum of medical and surgical services available at MGUH. Recent additions to these services include the pediatric liver, kidney, small bowel and multivisceral organ transplants.

The PICU provides the highest level of care to critically ill medical and surgical patients including those requiring high-frequency oscillatory ventilation, continuous veno-venous hemofiltration and inhaled nitric oxide. A team of five pediatric intensivists supervises the care of all patients.

Clinical Manager: Jeremy Dias, MSN, RN, CCRN
Clinical Educator: Jane Trudel, MSN/Ed, RN
Clinical Director: Rachel Reid, DNP, MSN, RN

 

Pediatric Transplant Unit – C5-1

C5-1 is a 15 bed state-of-the-art Pediatric Transplant Unit, serving patients receiving care for life-saving organ transplants, including liver, small bowel and multi-organ transplants (liver, stomach, small bowel, kidney, pancreas and colon).  As one of only seven centers that perform pediatric small bowel and multi-visceral organ transplants, the Transplant Center for Children is the nation’s third largest transplant program. In fact, we perform five times as many transplants as the average transplant program.  Our Pediatric Transplant Team provides complex medical and surgical care for patients regionally, nationally and internationally. Our team is notable for its high success rates, history of innovation, cohesive teamwork and family-friendly approach to the transplant process.

The nurses on C5-1 work in collaboration with physicians, registered dieticians, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, social workers, physical/occupational/speech therapists, clinical technicians and child-life specialists to deliver high-quality care, transplant-focused care. Through the help of our full-time Clinical Educator, our nurses are trained to care for patients requiring telemetry monitoring, high-risk medications and in-depth discharge teaching. The nursing team on C5-1 is a highly educated and motivated group of professionals who actively participate in shared governance, continuing education, and attend regional and national conferences.  In 2015, C5-1 was proud to receive the Patient Safety Award for achieving one year without a CLABSI.

Clinical Manager:  Lyn Knowles, BSN, RN, NE-BC
Clinical Educator: Hartley Wenger, MS, BSN, CCRN, CNS
Clinical Director:  Rachel Reid, DNP, MSN, RN

 

Neurosciences and Critical Care Services

Neuroscience ICU – C6-3  

C6-3 is a 19 bed adult Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit.  It is one of the few dedicated Neurosciences ICUs in Washington, DC. Clinical Nurses on C6-3 provide expert care for critically ill patients who have suffered stroke (hemorrhagic/ischemic), subarachnoid hemorrhage, subdural hematoma, complex spine and brain surgeries. Other common neurological diagnoses include meningitis, Guillain Barre syndrome and viral, infectious or autoimmune processes. In the past, C6-3 has been awarded both the Beacon Award for Nursing Excellence and the Nurse-Family Collaboration Award by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.

Clinical Manager: Claire Dejou, BSN, CNRN
Clinical Educator: Courtney Oliver, BSN, CCRN, SCRN
Clinical Director: Diane McFarland, MSN, RN, NE-BC

 

Neuroscience Specialty Unit – C6-2

C6-2 is a 19-bed Neuroscience Specialty Unit. It is one of MedStar Georgetown’s three inpatient Neurological/Neurosurgical Units which are part of our nationally renowned Neurosciences Center of Excellence. C6-2 nurses care for postoperative adult neurosurgical patients with brain and spine disorders. The nurses also provide care to neurological patients, including Multiple Sclerosis patients who may require intravenous immunoglobulin treatment or chemotherapy. C6-2 nurses participate in daily interdisciplinary rounds, working collaboratively with all members of the healthcare team to provide high-quality, patient-centered, specialty care. They are very engaged, participating in Shared Governance on the unit-level and Collaborative Governance throughout the hospital. The quality of care provided on C6-2 is exceptionally high; the unit has gone over three years without a CLABSI. Nurses joining C6-2 participate in focused neuroscience classes in addition to an individualized orientation on the unit.

Clinical Manager: Cynthia Southard, MSN, RN
Clinical Educator: Sylvia M. Belizario, MEd, BSN, RN, CNRN
Clinical Director: Diane McFarland, MSN, RN, NE-BC

 

Neurotelemetry & Stroke Unit – C6-1

C6-1 is a collaborative Intermediate Care Unit certified by The Joint Commission as a primary stroke center, setting the hospital’s treatment of stroke patients among the best in the nation. C6-1 is one of MedStar Georgetown’s three inpatient Neurological/Neurosurgical Units which are part of our nationally renowned Neurosciences Center of Excellence. The patient population served on C6-1 is primarily Ischemic Stroke Patients, Post-acute Hemorrhagic Stroke Patients, EMU (Continuous EEG Monitoring) patients and other Neurosurgery and Neurology patients requiring telemetry monitoring.

Clinical Manager: Bruce Oren, MS, RN
Clinical Educator: Sylvia M. Belizario, MEd, BSN, RN, CNRN
Clinical Director: Diane McFarland, MSN, RN, NE-BC

 

Medical Intensive Care Unit – C4-2

If you are seeking the excitement and challenge of critical care environment, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital's Medical Intensive Care Unit is the place for you! The Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) boasts a dynamic, interdisciplinary team that provides holistic and compassionate care to MedStar Georgetown's most complex critically ill medical patients. MICU nurses are clinical experts in the management of complicated medical problems and utilize many advanced therapies, such as continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT), post cardiac arrest hypothermia protocol and hemodynamic emergencies.

The MICU is the home of MedStar Georgetown’s rapid response nurse, known as the “Resource Nurse,” who provides critical assessment of decompensating patients throughout the hospital.  Additionally, the MICU team functions as the CODE BLUE responders, managing emergent patient events with expertise and compassion.

As patient and family advocates, MICU nurses are devoted to ethical nursing practice. MICU Nurses provide support and education for patients and family members throughout the entire life spectrum, with a particular focus in end of life treatment.

The nursing leadership team promotes an environment that is supportive of nursing autonomy, and actively supports the personal and professional development of its nurses. Many of the nurses belong to their professional organizations and nearly half have obtained certification in their clinical specialty area. In addition, the MICU has been recognized three times by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) with the Beacon Award for Nursing Excellence.

In the MICU, it is not just about work; it is about supportive relationships, unparallel teamwork and a commitment to quality care that continues to set the standard for excellence at MedStar Georgetown.

Clinical Manager: Laura Fedge, MHSA, BSN, CCRN
Clinical Educator: Abby Butts, MS, CCNS, CCRN
Clinical Director: Diane McFarland, MSN, RN, NE-BC

 

Surgical Intensive Care Unit – C4-3

MedStar Georgetown’s 19-bed Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) is staffed by highly dedicated and experienced critical care nurses and intensivists, complemented by skilled respiratory therapists, and other healthcare professionals trained to care for acutely ill surgical patients. Surgical specialties include transplant (liver, kidney, pancreas, and small bowel), thoracic surgery, plastic-reconstructive surgeries, vascular surgery, abdominal and ear, nose and throat surgery. The SICU is equipped to provide patients with state-of-the-art therapies at the bedside (continuous renal replacement), advanced hemodynamic monitoring, complex mechanical ventilation modes and medication infusions. The synergy between our professional expertise and our patient care model allows for clinical outcomes and results which are among the best in the nation. Unit leadership supports participation in shared governance, research, continuing education as well as national specialty certification. The SICU is the proud recipient of the AACN Beacon Award for excellence in critical care.

Clinical Manager: Gary Yehl, MSN, RN
Clinical Educator: Donna Stanczak  MS, RN, CCRN
Clinical Director: Diane McFarland, MSN, RN, NE-BC

 

Perioperative Services

Operating Room

The MGUH Operating Room houses 23 suites and is staffed 24 hours, 7 days per week. We provide a wide range of surgical services, including, but not limited to, Abdominal Transplants, GYN/GU, Robotics, Pediatrics, Thoracic, Orthopedics, Vascular, Plastics, Neurosurgery and General Surgery. Each service is managed by a Core Leader who is a registered nurse with strong clinical knowledge in their specialty. Nursing education and professional development are incredibly important in the Operating Room.  The OR Clinical Educator orients new staff members, schedules educational programs and manages the OR Nurse Residency Program. The highest priority for the entire Operating Room staff is patient safety and providing exceptional patient care every day.

OR Director: Genevieve Balangero, BSN, RN, CNOR
Clinical Educator: Evelyn Taylor, MSN, RN-BC, CNOR, CURN, NE-BC

 

OR Holding

The OR Holding Department provides preoperative care to patients at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.  OR Holding supports our 23 Operating Rooms that deliver inpatient and outpatient treatment along the following service lines:  orthopedics, neurosurgery, limb salvage, gynecological surgery, otolaryngology, robotics, urology, pediatrics, thoracic, and general surgery.  Our highest priority is patient safety and providing exceptional patient care every day to every patient.

As an OR Holding nurse, you will be responsible for completing a preoperative assessment, obtaining a patient history, administering preoperative medications and completing patient education. OR Holding nurses also provide emotional support to the patients and their loved ones while working in close collaboration with the multidisciplinary team to complete the necessary safety checks prior to entering the operating room. 

The OR Holding Department values nursing education and professional development.  As a result, newly hired nurses are provided a comprehensive orientation, designed by a Clinical Educator and tailored to the nurses’ skills and experience.  Additionally, the Clinical Educator coordinates ongoing educational programs designed to meet the unique needs of all OR Holding associates, including nurses, nurse residents, clinical technicians, patient care associates and suite attendants.

Clinical Manager: Michelle Liptak, RN, BSN, MS
Clinical Educator: Vanessa Daubman, BSN, RN, CAPA, CPAN
Director, Pre & Postoperative Services: Kerstin Magee, MS, BSN, RN, CPAN

 

Main Post Anesthesia Care Unit – PACU

The Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) is a 16-bay Recovery Room that provides immediate postoperative care to surgical patients in accordance with ASPAN standards. The PACU Nurses care for both adult and pediatric patients who have undergone a broad range of surgical procedures, with acuity ranging from Ambulatory to Critical Care. Surgical specialties include ENT, Urological, Vascular, Plastics and Thoracic, with an emphasis on Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, General Surgery and Transplant.

Clinical Manager: Jane Snyder, MBA, BSN, RN, CPAN
Clinical Educator: Vanessa Daubman, BSN, RN, CAPA, CPAN
Director, Pre & Postoperative Services: Kerstin Magee, MS, BSN, RN, CPAN

 

Post Procedural PACU – 7 West

7 West is MedStar Georgetown University Hospital’s 16 bay Procedural PACU. Nurses on 7 West provide the highest quality postoperative care according to ASPAN standards for patients recovering from a variety of procedures including Interventional Radiology, Bronchoscopy and Cardiac Catheterization.  Our highest priority is patient safety and providing exceptional patient care every day to every patient.

During the recovery of each patient, the 7 West nurses continually assess and address basic life-sustaining needs of the patient.  Nursing care focuses on airway management, re-establishing hemodynamic stability with frequent surgical site and vital sign assessments and pain management.  In collaboration with the multidisciplinary team, the nurse will use critical thinking to determine the next most appropriate level of care and facilitate the safe transfer of the patient to that location, including discharge home, return to an inpatient bed or transitioning to an intensive care setting.

7 West values nursing education and professional development.  As a result, newly hired nurses are provided a comprehensive orientation, designed by a Clinical Educator and customized to the nurses’ skills and experience.  Additionally, the Clinical Educator coordinates ongoing educational programs designed to meet the unique needs of all 7 West associates, including nurses, nurse practitioners, clinical technicians and patient care associates. The nurses on 7 West are very engaged, participating in collaborative governance at the unit and hospital level and demonstrating exceptional nursing skill through participation in the Clinical Advancement Program.

Clinical Manager: Andrew Rutledge, BSN, RN
Clinical Educator: Vanessa Daubman, BSN, RN, CAPA, CPAN
Director, Pre & Postoperative Services: Kerstin Magee, MS, BSN, RN, CPAN

 

Pre-Surgical Testing Department

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital’s Pre Surgical Testing Department provides care for patients to ensure that all necessary medical information is obtained and preoperative requirements are completed prior to the day of surgery.  The Pre-surgical Testing Department supports our 23 Operating Rooms that deliver inpatient and outpatient treatment along the following service lines:  orthopedics, neurosurgery, limb salvage, gynecological surgery, otolaryngology, robotics, urology, pediatrics, thoracic, and general surgery.  Our highest priority is patient safety and providing exceptional patient care every day to every patient.

As a Pre-Surgical Testing nurse, you will assess patients to determine if they need an appointment for specialized evaluations, preoperative blood tests and/or diagnostic testing. Pre-Surgical Testing care is provided either during a clinic appointment or via a screening phone call, and in some cases, both.  Nurses are primarily assigned to one area per shift. 

  • Pre-Surgical Testing Clinic: The nurse is responsible for assessing the patient and obtaining pertinent health data in coordination with anesthesia providers. The goal is to effectively identify anesthesia risk in advance of surgery; thereby minimizing day of surgery cancellations while optimizing the patient for the surgical experience. Additionally, the RN provides emotional support and extensive patient education to prepare the patient and assist in setting realistic post-operative expectations.
  • Pre-Surgical Testing Phone Bank: The nurse is responsible for the same duties as listed above, but the care is provided primarily over the phone. We begin calling patients 14 days prior to surgery to ensure all necessary health data is collected and reviewed 24-48 hours prior to surgery.

The Pre-Surgical Testing Department values nursing education and professional development.  As a result, newly hired nurses are provided a comprehensive orientation, designed by a Clinical Educator and tailored to the nurses’ skills and experience.  Additionally, the Clinical Educator coordinates ongoing educational programs designed to meet the unique needs of all Pre-Surgical Testing associates, including nurses, nurse residents, clinical technicians, patient care associates and suite attendants.

Clinical Manager: Hannah Friedrich, BSN, RN
Clinical Educator: Vanessa Daubman, BSN, RN, CAPA, CPAN
Director, Pre & Postoperative Services: Kerstin Magee, MS, BSN, RN, CPAN

 

The Surgery Center

The Surgery Center provides pre- and postoperative care for patients at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. The Surgery Center supports 23 operating rooms that deliver inpatient and outpatient services along the following service lines: orthopedics, neurosurgery, limb salvage, gynecological surgery, otolaryngology, robotics, urology, pediatrics, thoracic, and general surgery. Our highest priority is patient safety and providing exceptional patient care every day to every patient.

As a Surgery Center Nurse, you will coordinate the pre- and postoperative care of the surgical patient and ensure it is delivered safely in a fast-paced, complex environment. Surgery Center nurses provide 3 phases of care, including Pre-Op, Phase I Post Anesthesia Care and Phase II Post Anesthesia Care. Nurses are primarily assigned to one area per shift.

Pre-Op: The nurse is responsible for completing a preoperative assessment, obtaining a patient history, administering preoperative medications, completing patient education and providing emotional support to the patient and their loved ones while working in close collaboration with the multidisciplinary team to complete the necessary safety checks prior to entering the OR.

Phase I Post Anesthesia Care: In this immediate postoperative phase of recovery, the nurse continually assesses and addresses basic life-sustaining needs of the patient. Nursing care focuses on airway management, re-establishing hemodynamic stability with frequent surgical site & vital sign assessments, and pain management. In collaboration with the multidisciplinary team, the nurse will use critical thinking to determine the next most appropriate level of care and facilitate the safe transfer of the patient to that location, including discharge home, admission to an inpatient bed, or transitioning to an intensive care setting.

Phase II Post Anesthesia Care: Phase II nursing care consists of assessing the patient for the appropriateness of discharge home while preparing the patient and loved ones for safe self-care at home. Effective patient education is essential in this phase of recovery. Nursing judgment, critical thinking, and patient advocacy are essential when evaluating the recovery status and readiness of the patient to be discharged home.

The Surgery Center values nursing education and professional development. As a result, newly hired nurses are provided a comprehensive orientation, designed by a clinical nurse educator and customized to the nurses’ skills and experience. Additionally, the clinical nurse educator coordinates ongoing educational programs designed to meet the unique needs of all Surgery Center associates, including nurses, nurse residents, clinical technicians, patient care associates and suite attendants.

Clinical Manager: Michelle Liptak, RN, BSN, MS
Clinical Educator: Vanessa Daubman, BSN, RN, CAPA, CPAN
Director, Pre & Postoperative Services: Kerstin Magee, MS, BSN, RN, CPAN