MagnetTM Nursing at Hunterdon Medical Center
Specialty Areas (Units)
As an integral part of all areas of Hunterdon Medical Center, nurses have the opportunity to pursue careers in the following areas:
Cardiac Step Down Unit -- 5 South is a 29-bed step down medical service providing telemetry. There are seven private rooms and 12 semi-private rooms. 5 South has 29 telemetry-monitored beds. The scope of service extends to patients requiring telemetry or for patients without telemetry who require frequent nurse observation or patients who would be considered medical or surgical overflow. The unit also provides service to chronic ventilator patients, stroke patients and post- catheterization patients.
Surgical Unit -- 5 North is a 34-bed surgical unit consisting of 10 private rooms and 12 semi-private rooms, six of which are step-down beds. Eight monitors are available to provide telemetry service with continued pulse oximetry for surgical patients. The unit serves predominately surgical patients and includes general urological, gynecological, orthopedic, neurological and ENT surgeries. In addition we provide care for patients with cellulites and wound care.
Maternity and Newborn -- The Maternal and Newborn Care Center (MNCC) is organized in the LDRP concept, where newborns room with their mothers. The unit consists of 20 private LDRP rooms and a 24-bed nursery. The LDRP concept combines these areas providing care for the mother during labor, delivery, and post-partum in the same room. The typical patients are either ante-partum patients, pregnancy-at-term-in-labor or post-partum patients plus newborns. In addition, surgical patients may be admitted to this unit. The unit cares for both normal and high-risk post partum patients. The unit has operating room facilities for Cesarean births, dilation and curettages, and other procedures. The unit has a triage area for assessing patients prior to admission. It also includes an ante-partum testing area.
Normal, healthy newborns remain and are cared for at the bedside of the mother, rooming in. The babies are brought to the nursery at the parent’s request or if requiring some testing. Babies requiring specialized care are admitted to the Special Care Nursery, which consists of six beds.
Surgical Services -- The Surgical Services Division includes the Ambulatory Testing Unit, (Express-Admissions), Same Day Center (20 semi-private beds), Operating Room (6 Suites), Post Anesthesia Care Unit, Endoscopy/Pain Management Center and the Laser Room. Patients served are those whose protective reflexes or self-care abilities are diminished by an operative or other invasive procedure.
The Operating Room and PACU operate 16 hours per day, five days a week. On-call personnel cover nights, weekends and holidays. Clients range in age from pediatrics to the very elderly. There are 6 operating rooms and a 10-bed recovery area. An average of 28 cases is done per day.
3 West is a 48 bed unit consisting of a 12-bed Respiratory unit, a 12-bed GI Specialty unit, a 16 bed Oncology unit, and an overflow area that also specializes in Renal and Diabetes. The nursing staff is knowledgeable regarding the operation and usage of the following equipment: IV pumps, PCA pumps, glucometers, IPPB, nebulizers, suction equipment, bed scales, hoyer lifts, 02 analyzers, feeding pumps, telemetry monitors, ventilators, respiratory equipment, pulse oximeters, dynamaps, defibrillators and code carts. They are also certified in CPR.
Intensive Care Unit -- ICU/CCU is a 12-bed cardiac, medical, and surgical intensive care unit. It consists of 12 private rooms. The scope of services extends to cardiac, medical and surgical patients requiring intensive care. These patients have diagnoses such as heart attack or other related cardiac illness, septic shock, respiratory insufficiency, renal failure, gastrointestinal bleeding or aneurysms, pneumonia, and primary angioplasty.
Behavioral Health Unit -- Hunterdon Medical Center's Inpatient Behavioral Health unit is a 14-bed, open, voluntary facility, which provides short-term intensive treatment for patients in need of inpatient psychiatric stabilization and those requiring detoxification from alcohol and benzodiazepines. The patients served in this unit have diagnoses that include but are not limited to substance abuse, psychoses and mood disorders.
Treatment is administered by a multidisciplinary team, which focuses on a common goal of returning patients to their families and community as quickly as possible. The staff fosters a structured atmosphere, which involves patients and families in their treatment and recovery. Activities that take place on this unit include goal directed individual, group, and recreation therapies, under the direction of the psychiatrist.
Admitting privileges are limited to psychiatrists. The unit consists of two private rooms and six semi-private rooms. This unit is the only behavioral health unit in the county.
Emergency Department -- The Emergency Department (ED) provides emergency services to both adults and children 24 hours a day seven days a week. It consists of 17 patient rooms designed for emergent acute care; four Fast Track rooms for less urgent needs and one patient room specifically designed for the needs of behavioral health patients. Code/trauma rooms at the entrance of ED are available and equipped for handling life-threatening emergencies for all age groups. The majority of ED patients are adult medical patients. Because Hunterdon Medical Center is the only hospital in the county, most of our patients come from the surrounding area. Patients requiring more extensive neurosurgical, cardiac, pediatric/neonatal care or other services can be stabilized and rapidly transported to other tertiary care centers by helicopter or by specialty ground transportation.
Pediatrics -- Pediatrics is a 10-bed unit providing care for patients from infants to 18 years of age. The unit consists of two private rooms, two strict isolation rooms, three semi-private rooms and a playroom. The unit encourages 24-hour visiting for patients. Siblings of any age may visit during regular visiting hours. Within the scope of pediatric patients, the most common cases are surgical cases, septic work-ups and respiratory illnesses.