Nursing: Nursing Units

  • Adult and Pediatric Emergency Department and Level I Trauma Center

    UF Health Emergency Medicine – Jacksonville is one of the largest departments within the hospital, which allows nurses to grow and develop skills while working with adult, pediatric and trauma emergencies. With 96 beds and nine critical trauma and resuscitation bays, it a part of the highest level resuscitation center in Florida. The fast-paced environment of taking care of critical patients gives staff the opportunity to see the effects of saving someone’s life.

    UF Health Jacksonville’s Trauma Center is the state’s first and region’s only Level I adult and pediatric trauma center. The UF Health nursing team works with nationally recognized experts in emergency medicine in an academic health center setting — allowing team members to learn from experienced trauma nurses who boast an average of 18 years of experience.

    This department was the recipient of the 2017 Four Star Excellence Award for Overall Quality of Care by Professional Research Consultants, Inc. When working in Emergency Medicine, nursing staff will find a supportive atmosphere where teamwork and enthusiasm abound.

    Getting to Know Us

    • Adult, pediatric and trauma emergencies
    • Fast-paced environment with many critical patients
    • 96 beds with nine critical trauma and resuscitation bays
    • Recipient of 2017 Four Star Excellence Award for Overall Quality of Care by PRC
  • Interventional Radiology

    UF Health Interventional Radiology – Jacksonville offers a wide range of image-guided diagnostic and interventional procedures. Nurses in this department assist with procedures in multiple imaging modalities and three outpatient imaging centers. There are three primary procedure rooms and nine patient bays. Nurses on this floor care for an average of 20 patients a day, Monday through Friday. The team specializes in multiple minimally-invasive procedures, dialysis catheters, biopsies and central venous access.

    UF Health Jacksonville offers a cohesive team of nurses who value accountability, compassion, integrity, positivity and respect. Interventional Radiology nurses have strong interdisciplinary collaboration and are devoted to providing excellent and individualized patient care.

    Getting to Know Us

    • An average of 20 patients a day, Monday through Friday
    • Specialize in minimally-invasive procedures, dialysis catheters, biopsies and central venous access
    • Three primary procedure rooms and nine patient bays
  • Perioperative Services

    Are you looking to engage with the excitement and pace of surgery? With over 14,000 patients annually, nurses in Perioperative Services at UF Health Jacksonville work in 28 licensed operating rooms in four locations across the organization. This department includes the trauma and robotics operating rooms, outpatient surgery and eye surgery.

    The trauma operating room is one of the most reputable ORs in the state of Florida. Nurses have the opportunity to excel as a trauma operating room nurse or surgical technician while working at a high level of emergency care.

    OR staff can be a part of cutting-edge technology in the robotics operating room. Nurses are able to develop skills in robotic surgical nursing and take pride in being part of the technology that lessens a patient’s length of stay and enhances recovery.

    With two separate campuses offering a range of ambulatory surgical care, this nursing team has a strong focus on patients in need of sports medicine procedures, plastic surgery and minimally invasive surgery. This department offers nursing staff a fast-paced and patient-oriented environment.

    UF Health Jacksonville also provides eye surgery to patients with history of glaucoma, macular degeneration, oculoplastic, retinal and cataract diseases, and performs corneal transplantation. This department has been ranked with highest level of staff engagement for past six years.

    Nurses in Perioperative Services use patient tracking boards for throughput, an electronic decentralized scheduling system and a concierge philosophy with families in waiting rooms. The team also assists with pre-anesthesia evaluation services. Strong educational activities are available for staff at all levels within this department.

    Getting to Know Us

    • 2017 DAISY Award winner selected from Pre-op Holding
    • 28 licensed operating rooms in four locations across the organization
    • Several staff and management members were selected for the Great 100 Nurses of Northeast
    • Team cares for combined 14,400 patients annually
  • Gynecologic Oncology, Antepartum and Surgery (3 South)

    The south section of the third floor in UF Health Jacksonville’s main hospital houses 24 beds with an average daily census of 15. Patients within this progressive unit are treated for gynecologic oncology diagnoses, antepartum care, or they are recovering from surgery.

    This department offers nurses the chance to work with a diverse patient population along with physicians and interdisciplinary departments. Great communication, exceptional leadership and flexible scheduling are a few other reasons to join the team on 3 South.

    Getting to Know Us

    • Diversity in patient population and nursing care
    • Nurse‐patient ratio: 1:4 GYN-Oncology, 1:6 Antepartum, 1:5 Medical/Surgical
    • 24 bed progressive unit with an average daily census of 15
  • Labor and Delivery

    Labor and delivery nurses are essential for a successful birth. Families will remember the days spent here for the rest of their lives. Nurses in this department are able to make the experience as memorable as possible.

    With over 3,000 deliveries annually, Labor and Delivery is a fast-paced, exciting unit with excellent team work. Nurses work alongside physicians and residents to ensure a safe delivery for patients. There are many opportunities for nursing staff to learn and grow with 16 labor rooms, 10 triage beds and three operating rooms. Staff work in triage, the operating room and the recovery room.

    Getting to Know Us

    • 3,000 deliveries per year
    • 16 labor rooms, 10 triage beds and three operating rooms
    • Based on individual acuity, point of labor, number of OR cases, etc., there is a nurse-patient ratio of 1:1 for patients with complications, epidural, or Pitocin.
  • Mother/Baby (3 North)

    Nurses in the Mother/Baby unit are an integral part in helping patients become mothers. Staff work in the nursery and attend all deliveries to begin maternal-infant bonding. Working with mother-baby couplets provides a rewarding nursing experience as patients never forget the difference our staff makes in their lives. This unit has a very active council to foster participation and encourage involvement in the decisions about changes for the unit.

    Getting to Know Us

    • 24 bed progressive unit with an average daily census of 16
    • Nurse-patient ratio is 1:3 couplets (1:6 healthy babies and 1:6 delivered moms)
  • UF Health Women's Specialists – Jacksonville

    On the third floor of the Ambulatory Care Center at UF Health Jacksonville, approximately 170 patients are scheduled to see providers each day. The team currently consists of 11 medical assistants, five registered nurses and three sonographers. This unit offers flexible work hours with no nights, weekends or holidays as the hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday.

    Getting to Know Us

    • Environment focused on teamwork and positive attitudes
    • Management team supports the key concept of a “staff driven unit”
    • Variety of learning opportunities available
    • Providers are available to facilitate the needs of the patient
    • Ability to implement and modify processes to improve patient care
  • Inpatient Dialysis

    The inpatient dialysis unit offers exceptional care to approximately 18 patients a day, Monday through Saturday. There are nine patient bays with 14 highly skilled nurses on staff to handle the patient load.

    Getting to Know Us

    • Excellent collaboration with nephrology staff
    • High level of nurse satisfaction
    • Nurse-patient ratio is 1:2
  • Neurology (4 North)

    The Neuroscience Institute's dedicated inpatient unit is located on the fourth floor of the UF Health Jacksonville Clinical Center. Specially trained nursing staff and medical support team specialize in the evaluation and treatment of neurological diseases. This unit participates in specialty specific learning experiences including simulations to keep staff current on medical treatments. This 28 bed progressive unit has an average daily census of 24.

    Getting to Know Us

    • Teamwork focusing on HCAHPS score
    • 4:1 Nurse‐patient ratio
    • 8:1 PCAS-patient ratio with free charge nurse
    • Six nurses dedicated to the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit
  • Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation (4 South)

    Patients who have undergone orthopaedic surgery at UF Health Jacksonville are taken to a multi-surgical unit with a subspecialty in orthopaedics. This 26 bed progressive unit has an average daily census of 23. The unit has been recognized by Blue Cross Blue Shield and awarded the Blue Distinction for Joint Replacement after demonstrating quality care, treatment expertise and, overall, better patient results.

    Getting to Know Us

    • 4:1 Nurse‐patient ratio
    • Nurses specialize in orthopaedic and urology patient care
    • Family-oriented environment with focus on teamwork
    • Professional growth highly encouraged
  • Cardiac Care Unit

    UF Health Cardiology in Jacksonville includes internationally recognized physicians who are leaders in cardiac care, research and education. The UF Health Cardiovascular Center – Jacksonville has fully integrated, comprehensive heart programs, including a coronary interventional program, nuclear program, electrophysiology program, non-invasive program and peripheral interventional program.

    Our nurses specialize in treating acute myocardial infarction patients, post cardiac intervention patients and heart failure patients. In addition, nurses in this unit care for electrophysiology patients with tachycardia and those with implant or extant defibrillators and pacers. This unit holds the Gold Standard for care of STEMI and provide post procedure care for percutaneous interventions.

    Getting to Know Us

    • 24 bed Progressive/ ICU Unit with an average daily census of 18
    • 4:1 Progressive/2:1 ICU Nurse‐patient ratio
  • Cardiovascular ICU

    Patients in the cardiovascular intensive care unit typically have had minimally invasive heart procedures such as TAVR, TEVAR, aortic dissections and mini valve replacements. Nurses in this unit have the opportunity to work with specialized surgeons in open heart and general surgery including esophagostomy and whipple procedures. The CVICU has achieved Cardiovascular Excellence in open heart surgery. By joining this team, you will work with a great group of nurses who deliver excellent care in an exciting, multidisciplinary environment, taking care of post-operative patients.

    Getting to Know Us

    • 17 bed Progressive/ ICU Unit with an average daily census of 11
    • 4:1 Progressive/2:1 ICU Nurse‐patient ratio
    • Specialize in open heart and vascular surgery
  • Cardiac Cath Lab, Electrophysiology Lab, Cardiac Holding Unit

    The Interventional Cardiology Program at the UF Health Cardiovascular Center – Jacksonville has invested in the most advanced diagnostic equipment to assist our team in determining the best possible treatment plan. There are 14 catheterization holding beds in this unit. Nurses in this unit are always learning and find the various procedures interesting. Working in this unit will allow you to foster a working relationship with the team of physicians.

  • Medical/Surgical (6 North)

    The specialty of Medical/Surgical nursing unit sets the foundation for nursing care. This multi-disciplinary approach to patient care provides nurses with the opportunity to work with various patients and physicians, including an in-unit pharmacist, wound care nurse and case managers. This unit also has supportive leadership that encourage professional development and employee engagement activities like celebrating birthdays and holidays.

    Getting to Know Us

    • 41 bed Med/Surg Unit with an average daily census of 34
    • 5:1 Med/Surg nurse‐patient ratio
  • Cardiac Progressive Care Unit (CPCU)

    This eight bed progressive unit works closely with the physicians of UF Health Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery – Jacksonville. This small unit allows nurses the opportunity to get to know patients and their families as well as develop relationships with physicians and extenders. Patients on this floor have gone through a variety of procedures making this a unique place to work while impacting patients’ and families’ lives.

    Getting to Know Us

    • 8 bed Progressive unit with an average daily census of 7
    • 4:1 Progressive nurse‐patient ratio
    • Variety of patient procedures
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

    When children are seriously injured or sick, or recovering from complicated surgery, nurses are there to provide a safe place for healing. PICU nurses display courage and dedication caring for the sickest children in Jacksonville. Staff seek each other’s expertise and experience to problem solve. Staff are also dependable, respectful and caring for each other and families while providing clinically excellent care to a diverse patient population of children.

    Getting to Know Us

    • 8 bed ICU with an average daily census of 5
    • 2:1 ICU nurse‐patient ratio
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

    The tiniest of patients receive the finest medical care possible in the 43-bed neonatal intensive care unit at UF Health Jacksonville. As a Level III (highest designation) regional referral center, physicians and staff provide intensive care for infants from around Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia. This unit offers a great nurse to patient ratio with an excellent learning environment while working with alongside neonatologists that teach daily at the bedside. Neonatal medicine is new and innovative and babies are the best patients nurses could have. Nurses also participate in research studies to continue professional development.

    Getting to Know Us

    • Level III NICU
    • 32 bed ICU with an average daily census of 26
    • 1:1 or 1:2 ICU nurse‐patient ratio
  • Medical Progressive Care Unit (7 North)

    The highly skilled nurses on the Medical PCU are a great unit to establish a strong nursing foundation, skill set, time management and confidence. This group forms collaborative relationships with physicians and other staff members to coordinate care for adult patients with complex needs. This unit offers a family-centered work atmosphere with a supportive leadership team.

    Getting to Know Us

    • 38 bed Med/Surg Progressive unit with an average daily census of 33
    • 4:1 Progressive/5:1 Med/Surg nurse‐patient ratio
  • Medical Surgical Unit (7 South)

    This medical surgical progressive unit is the largest in the hospital with nurses who are master coordinators with high-level critical thinking skills, vast knowledge of disease states and body systems, robust management skills, and the ability to stay calm under pressure. With low nurse to patient ratios, staff are able to have unique clinic experiences such as peritoneal dialysis.

    Getting to Know Us

    • 43 bed Med/Surg Progressive unit with an average daily census of 36
    • 4:1 Progressive/5:1 Med/Surg nurse‐patient ratio
  • Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU)

    Day in and day out, nurses in the MICU/MSICU provide the focus and stamina required to monitor and treat the critically ill patients who are admitted to the unit. Each nurse in the unit knows their expertise and vigilance are vital for patients recuperating from life-threatening conditions. There are 28 beds in the MICU, and patients are transferred there from the Emergency Department and Post Anesthesia Care Unit after surgery. The unit also regularly attends to patients who are transferred there from other areas of the hospital. Leadership is committed to nursing excellence and providing an environment of staff engagement and teamwork.

    In 2017, this unit was the first to win the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Silver Beacon Award for Excellence. The honor is given to the country’s top nursing units that improve patient outcomes and align their practices with the AACN’s six Healthy Work Environment standards. This recognition lasts for three years.

    Getting to Know Us

    • 28 bed ICU with an average daily census of 23
    • 2:1 ICU nurse‐patient ratio
  • 8 North

    This unit cares for intermediate level surgical patients recovering from general and bariatric surgery. This high-performance team has excellent relationships with physicians and the highest ranking for employee engagement. Staff is empowered through a shared governance structure, with a focus on mentoring and professional development. This unit also offers a family-oriented environment with a great nurse to patient ratio.

    Getting to Know Us

    • 20 bed Progressive unit with an average daily 18
    • 4:1 Progressive nurse‐patient ratio
  • 8 South

    The highly skilled nurses in this unit specialize in caring for trauma patients with high acuity. Staff is empowered through a shared governance structure, with a focus on mentoring and professional development. Nurses have excellent relationships with physicians, and this unit has the highest ranking for employee engagement.

    Getting to Know Us

    • 39 bed Progressive unit with an average daily census of 35
    • 4:1Progressive nurse‐patient ratio
  • Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU)

    Nurses in the SICU specialize in trauma ICU patients with nurse autonomy and excellent team work. This high-performance staff has an excellent team approach plan of care with opportunities for mentorship and professional development.

    Getting to Know Us

    • 28 bed ICU with an average daily census of 25
    • 2:1 ICU nurse‐patient ratio
  • 5 North Pavilion and 5 South Pavilion

    This unit focuses on an academic partnership to foster the next generation of nurses, and has been ranked as a Tier I in the employee engagement survey for three consecutive years. Sixty-five percent of nurses on this floor have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and 15 percent have Certified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse Certifications. There is excellent teamwork and a collaborative approach environment that supports a healthy lifestyle and professional growth.

    Members of this unit participate in community events like the American Cancer Society’s Heart Walk and other team building activities. They are committed to providing excellent care, and nurses in this unit have been selected for the Daisy Award. This unit offers a diverse environment along with nursing participation in organizational councils and improvement of float guidelines for the unit.

    Getting to Know Us: 5 North Pavilion

    • 20 bed Medical/Surgical unit with an average daily census of 17
    • 5:1 Medical/Surgical nurse‐patient ratio

    Getting to Know Us: 5 South Pavilion

    • 19 bed Medical/Surgical unit with an average daily census of 16
    • 5:1 Medical/Surgical nurse‐patient ratio
  • Transitional Care Unit (TCU)

    The TCU is a specially designed unit with private rooms in a home like setting. The team approach to care engages the resident’s family in developing an individualized plan designed to meet specific needs. Staff are dedicated and committed to ensuring patients receive the best care. Every team member is valued, and there are often celebrations for birthdays and holidays.

    Getting to Know Us

    • Specializes in long- and short-term rehabilitation
    • 56 bed Progressive unit with an average daily census of 39
    • 4:1 Progressive nurse‐patient ratio
  • Perioperative Services at UF Health North

    Perioperative services encompasses care throughout the entire surgical experience — before, during and after an operation. UF Health North consists of five operating rooms, two endoscopy suites, 16 preoperative rooms, 16 post-anesthesia care unit bays, onsite pre-admission testing and sterile processing department. Nurses work collaboratively with multiple service lines providing outstanding customer service to patients, UF Health providers and community physicians.

    This unit has been awarded 5 star PRC award for Overall Quality of Care two years in a row. The department philosophy has always been "There’s no job that’s not your job." Nurses in this unit have heavy physician support and monthly unit council meetings with active staff involvement. Common phrases heard from employees are "I love my job," "This is the best job I’ve ever had!” and “It’s so easy to come to work."

    Getting to Know Us

    • Five ORs
    • Two endoscopy suites
    • 16 PreOp rooms
    • 16 PACU bays
    • Onsite PAT and SPD
  • Emergency Department at UF Health North

    Since its opening in February 2015 as a fully operational department, the Emergency Department at UF Health North has become the cornerstone of the North Hospital. It was one of the first freestanding emergency departments in Florida to be designated as an Acute Stroke Ready Center by The Joint Commission. The department was recently awarded a 5-Star Excellence in Healthcare Award from PRC for scoring in the top 10 percent on the Overall Quality of Care Score for 2016.

    Getting to Know Us

    • 26 private patient care rooms
    • 2 state of the art resuscitation rooms
    • We care for adult and pediatric patients in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia.