Medical ICU Unit

Fast Facts

  • Average Daily Census FY2020 
    7.45
  • Nurse to PT Ratio
    1:1-2
  • PCT to Pt Ratio
    1 for unit
  • Shifts
    Traditional 12 hr/shifts; 7 a.m. - 7:30 p.m., 7 p.m. - 7:30 a.m.
  • Certifications Available
    CCRN, FCCS, ACLS, BLS

The Medical ICU (MICU) is located on the 3rd floor of MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland built in 2011. Every room on the unit is private and is fully equipped to care for critical patients and support their family during challenging times.

Type of Patient Care

  • Post Cardiac/Respiratory Arrest, including utilization of Therapeutic Hypothermia
  • Severe Sepsis/ Septic Shock
  • Respiratory Failure
  • Diabetic Ketoacidosis with complications
  • Gastrointestinal Bleeds
  • Severe Electrolyte Imbalances
  • Substance Withdrawal/Abuse
  • Acute Myocardial Infarction with complications
  • Critical Mental Health Emergencies
  • Emergent Dialysis
  • Various Life-Threatening Arrhythmias

The MICU values interdisciplinary teamwork and nursing staff work closely with the Intensive Care providers around-the-clock to provide both evidence-based and compassionate care for patients and their families. Daily Grand Rounds support the multidisciplinary approach to patient care and include family members in order to create the most caring environment possible. The majority of patients that come to the MICU are not transferred to other high-acuity hospitals in part due to the quick access to other various specialties provided at MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland. The MICU nurses are highly trained to assist with numerous bedside procedures, thus promoting patient safety by preventing unnecessary travel.

The MICU Unit Practice Council meets monthly and is open to any MICU or critical care resource nurses who want to be involved. MICU nurses also have the ability to join the Code Blue Committee or any of the System Nursing Councils; organize mock codes; teach at the annual ICU/PCU Skills day; and take various training including balloon pump training, continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) training, and trauma care after resuscitation (TCAR) training. Additionally, nurses can support continuing education and evidence-based practice by participating in the journal club.

Unit orientation depends on prior skills and experience, but generally is scheduled as a 12-week orientation. All staff begin on day shift, regardless of the shift they are hired on. If hired for night shift, there are 6 weeks of orientation on days, and 6 weeks on nights. Nurses spend a day in each ICU, as well as PCU for a day while on orientation in order to increase familiarity across the critical care area.

What Our Employees are Saying

  • “The teamwork in the Medical ICU is amazing; all of my co-workers go above and beyond to provide the best possible care for critically ill patients. It is truly an honor to be a part of such a highly skilled team.” — Kyle Gordon-Bidwell, B.S.N., R.N., C.C.R.N.

  • “I love working in this unit because our teamwork with each other and ancillary staff is one of the most excellent bar none. We’re not just a team, we’re a welcoming family.” — Felicia Melchi, B.S.N., R.N.

  • “I’ve been a nurse for over 25 years and MidMichigan Midland’s Medical Intensive Care is by far the best place I’ve ever worked. I really appreciate the value placed on teamwork and the high degree of compassion from ALL disciplines involved in the patient’s care.” — Phyllis Scott, B.S.N., R.N., C.C.R.N.