The hospital’s ACUs have sophisticated technical equipment and materials which nurses must make optimum use of to ensure availability of best available care to reporting patients. The nurses posted in ACUs are specially trained nurses for independent critical care and are guided and supported by the team of expert nurses and expert physicians. The nurses in ACUs are actively engaged in nursing processes of assessment of reporting patients and feeding of pertinent data relating to the patient into computerized system, followed by problem identification and diagnosis to identify the patient’s problems or diagnoses, needs, and resources. Expected outcomes are individualized to the patient and documented, as measurable goals, and this provides direction for continuity of care. They plan care by deciding about diagnostics, interventions, and outcomes. The plan is individualized to the priorities set for care reflecting current practice followed by outcome identification along with time estimates for the attainment of treatment results. They have to carry out an implementation of interventions of medication, surgeries, replacements etc. and document them in the hospital’s internal medical information system in a timely manner. Patients treated and cured are discharged and those whose condition is stabilized are transferred to their specialty for further care and management and care. All nurses in ACUs are required to be aware of the use of regular equipment used in critical care and must be ready to work in 12-hour flexible day. Tell us, what do you know about this hospital, and how did you come to know about it.Define acute care and its special needs. What do you believe should comprise an effective and efficient acute care set-up?You have applied for the position of nurses for acute care units at this hospital. Why are you the right person for this nursing job? Give an idea of your training and experience that makes you the best candidate for this specific nurse job.
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