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Acute Care (MedSurg)/ Progressive Care - Kansas City

I work with the absolute best nurses in Kansas City. I originally applied to my position because the patient population sounded interesting, but the main reason I love coming to work is because of the amazing team. While I cannot give enough praise to the staff I work with in the Urology, Vascular, GYN Oncology unit, every time I have been floated to another acute care, by the end of the shift, it feels like I’m working with friends. We promote a nursing culture that encourages kindness and teamwork, and I absolutely love that about our hospital. Whenever I feel overwhelmed, there is always someone to lend a hand." Riley Ferree, RNUnit Coordinator

Medical Telemetry/Adult Cystic Fibrosis

This medical-surgical inpatient unit sees a variety of diagnoses, but it specializes in the care of adult patients with cystic fibrosis. Most patients need antibiotic therapy, respiratory management, pain management and the organization of home health services after discharge.

Medical Telemetry

This 20-bed unit provides specialized care to patients who have a wide variety of complex medical conditions such as heart failure, renal failure, liver failure, respiratory complications, GI bleeds, sepsis and other diagnoses that may require continuous cardiac monitoring. Our close-knit unit values teamwork and focuses on providing our patients with the highest quality care. Our nurses are part of a multidisciplinary team, developing expertise to care for our diverse patient population.


Here, nurses acquire a wealth of knowledge and technical skills from managing patients who have had complex orthopedic surgeries. Our specialty within the specialty is total joint replacement. We take great care of these patients throughout the continuum of their care. Because orthopedic patients often have additional complex health problems, nurses acquire wide-ranging experience while on the job. In fact, nurses quickly become experts in pain management, positioning and mobility.

Internal Medicine

New in January 2022, this 33-bed medical-surgical unit emphasizes teamwork in its care for patients who have organ failure disorders, respiratory complications, infections, psychosocial conditions and other diagnoses. Nurses are often trained in specific skill sets and leadership development. Our nurses learn from each other, welcome change and embrace best practices to personalize and optimize patient care.

Medical Progressive Care

This unit is focused on the care of the observation patient and inpatient populations. These patients have a wide array of diagnoses that require care for a shorter period – from 8 to 48 hours. The inpatient population consists of those patients with a range of diagnoses, some that may require additional heart monitoring and medication drips such as cardiac, insulin and heparin. The team is highly engaged with leading-edge therapies in a fast-paced environment.

Internal Medicine/Telemetry

This new unit provides an ideal opportunity to build your fundamental nursing and leadership skills. Our nurses care for patients with diabetes, hypertension, heart failure, kidney failure, liver failure, respiratory failure, COPD, asthma, GI bleeds, electrolyte imbalances, sepsis and many other conditions requiring telemetry observation. We value employee development, engagement, teamwork, shared governance, transformational leadership and high-quality patient care.

Trauma, General Surgery and Plastics

Nurses here collaborate with trauma, general and plastic surgery teams to provide high-quality care to complex medical-surgical patients on this 27-bed unit. Nurses use advanced technologies and telemetry to provide optimal care for patients in trauma – often from auto accidents, falls or acts of violence. Here, general surgery patients often require laparoscopic, open abdomen and bowel procedures. Plastic surgery patients are typically in need of complex wound care and wound reconstruction.

Trauma, General Surgery and Internal Medicine

This 28-bed unit specializes in the complex care of general surgery patients and those in trauma – often from motor vehicle accidents, falls and violence. Acute surgery provides treatment for emergent hernia repairs, small bowel obstructions and other diagnoses that require immediate surgical intervention. Because of our diverse patient population, our nurses build their foundational nursing skills every day. Our large variety of patients makes for a great opportunity to be exposed to a lot of different interventions and treatments. Patient safety and exceptional patient care are what we provide to our patients and their family members. Couple this great patient population with a welcoming, supportive, resourceful, positive and fun team – and this is the unit for you!

Medical Progressive Care

In this 22-bed unit, nurses play a key role in developing best practices for patient care – and in spreading these practices to other units. Nurses provide advanced, specialized, compassionate care to patients with a variety of medical conditions on continuous cardiac monitoring. In specialized rooms, the team cares for pediatric patients and trial-study patients needing radiation therapy.

Organ Transplant and Renal Progressive Care

The University of Kansas Health System Transplant Center is the largest and most successful transplant program in the region. Nurses on Unit 64 are vital members of this nationally recognized program that cares for liver, kidney, and pancreas transplant patients. Nurses on this 24-bed unit provide compassionate, comprehensive care to these critically ill patients throughout all phases of the organ transplant continuum.

Medical Progressive Care/Pulmonary Hypertension

This fast-paced, 22-bed inpatient unit uses telemetry to monitor a wide range of patients while still providing specialized nursing care. This unit supports expanded monitoring capabilities in its progressive care beds so high-risk patients can safely transition from the ICU. The team also supports the region’s only Primary Pulmonary Hypertension program.

Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit

Adult patients rely on Rehabilitation Medicine to help them recover from debilitating injuries and illnesses, and to learn to care for themselves using adaptive techniques and equipment. Our goal is to help patients return to home, community and work. We care for patients with brain and spinal cord injuries, neurological diseases, multiple trauma, complex burns, cancer, pulmonary, cardiac and renal conditions, those receiving organ transplants, and others recovering from complex medical and surgical conditions. The unit houses the Inpatient Acute Rehabilitation Facility as well as a gym, showers in each room, a communal dining room, laundry facilities and other home-like features to help patients prepare for self-care.


This state-of-the-art telemetry unit cares for the neuroscience patient population. Nurses work with a team of neuro-specialists in general neurology and neurosurgery, neuro-oncology, movement disorders, stroke and neuro critical care. Our patient population includes hydrocephalus, acute ischemic stroke, hemorrhagic stroke, sub-arachnoid hemorrhage, neuromuscular diseases, neuro-infectious diseases, head and neck surgical intervention, intermediate microvascular surgical intervention, epilepsy, and seizure monitoring. We use the Philips Agilent telemetry monitoring system and perform such specialized functions as seizure monitoring with advanced seizure detection equipment, some hemodynamic monitoring, and specialized neurologic monitoring, including pupillometry, external ventricular drainage and lumbar drainage.

Neurosurgery and Surgical Oncology

This state-of-the-art telemetry unit cares for neurosurgery and surgical oncology patients. Nurses work with a team of neuro-specialists in neurosurgery and neuro critical care, and nationally ranked surgeons specifically for oncology patients. Our patient population includes craniotomy for tumors, arteriovenous malformations intracranial aneurysms, craniocerebral trauma, spinal cord injury, intervertebral disk and bony abnormalities of the spine requiring surgical intervention, surgical intervention for chronic pain and/or spasticity management, hydrocephalus, hemorrhagic stroke, subarachnoid hemorrhage, and surgical intervention to alleviate symptoms, disorders and cancers related to the pancreas, gastrointestinal system, thyroid, parathyroid glands and other applicable systems and organs. We use the Philips Agilent telemetry monitoring system and perform such specialized functions as seizure monitoring with advanced seizure detection equipment, some hemodynamic monitoring, and specialized neurologic monitoring, including pupillometry, external ventricular drainage and lumbar drainage. Our team is focused on quality metrics and safe, compassionate care. We have strong multidisciplinary partnerships with nationally ranked physicians.

Hematological Malignancies Unit

This 16-bed protective environment unit specializes in the care of patients with hematologic malignancies, including diseases such as lymphoma, leukemia and multiple myelomas. These patients require complex chemotherapy regimens, enhanced monitoring for trial treatment side effects and supportive care therapies such as intravenous medications, electrolyte replacements and blood transfusions. Patients are admitted for several days of each chemotherapy cycle or for complications with their disease, which allows staff to develop strong relationships with them over the course of their treatment. The unit shares the level with the cancer ICU, fostering a close working relationship with ICU partners. The primary service is an attending-led teaching service with consistent attending providers who create a collaborative space for nurses and providers. The nursing team is a small, close-knit team that strongly values teamwork and providing exceptional care for this patient population.

Med Acute Leukemia and Hematology Oncology Unit

This 34-bed protective environment unit specializes in the care of patients with a diagnosis of leukemia and overflow of hematologic and solid tumor malignancies. Patients from across the country receive complex chemotherapy and immunotherapy treatments and management of treatment side effects, including oncologic emergencies, and support through palliative care services. All 34 beds are telemetry-capable, and two rooms comprise a palliative care suite. Specialized nursing care is required for this unique patient population.

Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) and Cellular Therapy Unit

This 34-bed protective environment unit specializes in the care of patients in our nationally accredited blood and marrow transplant and cellular therapy program. These patients often experience longer hospital stays due to complex chemotherapy regimens, prolonged neutropenia and supportive care therapies such as intravenous medications, electrolyte replacements and blood transfusions. Because the patient stays are often lengthy, our team develops strong relationships with them.

Medical Oncology

This 32-bed unit specializes in treating oncology patients who require chemotherapy and symptom management. Newly diagnosed cancer patients receive the latest treatment options available. Patients receive multi-agent chemotherapy, blood products, antifungals, antibiotics and antivirals. This unit has one palliative care room.

Float Pool

Our float pool provides nurses for units that require additional resources. A staffing coordinator makes assignments based on each nurse’s skills and interests. The float pool offers an excellent opportunity to work in different nursing specialties and select the one that’s right for you. We are a collaborative team that supports other teams and provides high-quality care. We adapt to where the needs are and therefore develop unique competencies that help us care for diverse patient populations.

Cardiovascular Progressive Care Unit

This 32-bed progressive care unit specializes in interventional cardiology and advanced heart failure. We provide advanced, specialized care to acutely ill cardiac patients with a wide variety of diagnoses, such as acute myocardial infarction, advanced heart failure and dysrhythmias. Specific to our unit, we work closely with Cardiac ICU and Cath Lab as part of the Cardiac Response Team. Our nurses have specific competencies to provide post-moderate sedation recovery care, arterial/femoral sheath management, ventricular assist devices (VADs) and drug load monitoring for Tikosyn/Sotalol.

Our team atmosphere allows nurses to thrive and grow on a professional level. You continually grow your nursing and leadership skills. The care of the cardiology patient is continuing to advance, and we change with the best in evidence-based practice. You are truly valued as an employee on this unit and as an individual. Our team not only provides the best care of the patient and family members, but also care for each other.

Cardiothoracic Surgery Progressive Care Unit

This 28-bed unit provides post-surgical progressive care to patients recovering from both open heart and minimally invasive cardiac and vascular interventions. Typical diagnoses include coronary artery bypass surgery, valve repair or replacement, aortic aneurysm repair, esophagectomy, revascularization and video-assisted thoracotomy. Additionally, the nursing staff is part of the only heart failure program in the state of Kansas that offers ventricular assist devices (VADs) and heart transplants. Nurses on this unit receive training on advanced hemodynamic monitoring, including management of arterial lines, VAD training and ACLS certification as part of their onboarding. Our unit has a culture of true collaboration and teamwork with the mission to ensure our patients and their families receive exemplary evidence-based nursing care in a positive, multidisciplinary and patient-focused environment.

Family Medicine and Internal Medicine (Formerly Cardiac/Family Medicine)

This 32-bed telemetry progressive care unit specializes in family and internal medicine. While the top patient diagnoses are heart failure exacerbations and sepsis, other diagnoses range from COPD exacerbations, pancreatitis, nonhealing wounds, pulmonary emboli and more. Nurses work with stable trachs, PEG tubes, ostomies, catheters and wound drains. This welcoming unit prides itself on taking care of one another while taking great care of patients. The average nurse-to-patient ratio is 4:1. Here, nurses make the most behavioral and rapid response calls, which gives the unit the buzz of an ED. Nurses also have a close working relationship with the physicians; in fact, the physicians shadow the nurses as a part of the nurses’ orientation.

Urology, Vascular, Gynecologic Oncology (includes women’s health and gender-affirming surgery patients)

This 32-bed telemetry progressive care unit specializes in urology and women’s health. It is the only unit in the region to treat patients after gender reassignment surgery. For four years, the Urology team has ranked in the top 20% in the U.S. News & World Report rankings. Here, nurses get valuable experience in telemetry, Foley catheters, ostomies, surgical incisions, drains, wound management, epidural care, end-of-life care and more. In this fast-paced unit, nurses work side by side with nurse practitioners and residents as a team to provide exceptional, compassionate care to patients who are often going through life-changing events.

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