Progressive care units are increasingly common in hospitals in the United States. These units are often used to bridge the gap between intensive care units and medical-surgical units, with the goal of providing cost-effective, high-quality, safe care. Although progressive care units today may seem to provide care for a wide variety of patients, these patients do share certain typical features: they require a high intensity of nursing care and/or a high level of surveillance. Nurses working in progressive care units all must have certain basic competencies. Those core competencies have been identified and should form the basis for education and training of progressive care nurses.
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Progressive Care| June 01 2011
Progressive Care Units: Different but the Same
Kathleen M. Stacy, RN, PhD, CNS, CCRN, PCCN, CCNS
Kathleen M. Stacy is a clinical nurse specialist in the intermediate care unit at Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, California.
Corresponding author: Kathleen M. Stacy, rn, phd, Palomar Medical Center, 555 East Valley Parkway, Escondido, CA 92025 (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
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Crit Care Nurse (2011) 31 (3): 77–83.
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Kathleen M. Stacy; Progressive Care Units: Different but the Same. Crit Care Nurse 1 June 2011; 31 (3): 77–83. doi: https://doi.org/10.4037/ccn2011644
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