Acute Care Unit

Fast Facts

  • Average Daily Census FY2020
    13.8
  • Nurse to Pt Ratio
    1:4-6
  • PCT to Pt Ratio
    1 to 3 floats for unit depending on census
  • Shifts
    Traditional 12 hr/shifts; 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., 7 p.m. - 7 a.m.
  • Certifications Available
    BSN, ACLS, CCRN, PCCN, CMC, TCAR

The Alpena Acute Care Unit promotes teamwork and a healthy work environment. It is a place where educational opportunities exist and learning is encouraged. The unit is a fast-paced area with higher acuity patients. There is great collaboration between the nursing staff and Hospitalist group. Nurses hired to this unit will complete the CCU/PCU pathways course and the cardiac monitoring course.

Types of Patient Care

  • Cardiac/CHF
  • Sepsis
  • Stroke
  • COPD
  • Dialysis
  • Detox
  • Electrolyte Imbalance

Engagement opportunities for the unit include unit practice councils, system nursing councils, and cardiac monitoring refresher courses. Many of the nurses on this unit are highly involved with the many shared governance opportunities.

At this time, our unit is trialing a 7-week orientation with 6 months on the unit before orientation to the secondary unit. This would include 1 week of general orientation, 4 weeks on day shift, and 2 weeks on night shift. After 6 months working on the unit, orientation to a secondary secondary unit.

What Our Employees are Saying

  • “I am truly excited to come to work every day. The work environment is fun and we have an excellent team.” — Brittney Rollf, R.N.

  • “What I like about my unit is the people I work with. We perform our normal work duties and care for our patients. We are still able to laugh and joke with each other. Our charge nurse and unit manager do their best to make the unit run smooth.” — Lynette Schellie, C.A.