Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

Surgical Intensive Care Unit West (SICU-W) / Surgical Intensive Care Unit Core (SICU-C)


Surgical Intensive Care Unit West (SICU-W) / Surgical Intensive Care Unit Core (SICU-C)

About the Unit

SICU-W is a 10-bed unit located in the Acute Care Services Building on the first floor. Its sister unit, SICU-C, is a 7-bed unit located adjacent in the CORE Building. Both units are open 24-hours- a-day, 7-days-a-week.


Head Nurse: Naomi Milner, RN, BSN, CCRN

Head Nurse: Daniel Gonzalez, RN

Case Manager: Robin McManus, RN

Case Manager: Karen Rosamilia, RN

Case Manager: Lori Berthsci, RN

Social Worker: Niki Plummer-Estevez

Social Worker: Stephanie Kropf

Patient population

The SICU-West / Core nursing staff cares for adult patients undergoing surgery who are 21 years and older, and trauma patients 18 years of age and older. Patients on these units require critical nursing care interventions based upon surgical procedure, pre –existing medical condition, injuries sustained and complications during or after surgery. Patients in these units frequently undergo abdominal, thoracic, orthopedic, vascular or neurosurgery. Patients may also undergo endoscopic procedures and interventional radiology procedures.

Patient Care Needs

Patients in SICU-West / Core require one-on-one or one-on-two nursing care. They require continuous cardiac monitoring, frequent nursing and ancillary service intervention and other specialized equipment /procedures such as intubation, mechanical ventilation, hemodynamic monitoring, CVVHD, ICP monitoring, lumbar drain management and monitoring, titration of vasoactive drugs, chest tube placement and management, initial management of the spinal cord injury patient, transfusion of blood and blood products, cardioversion, defibrillation, pain management and sedation.

About Our Nurses

Nursing care is provided by professional registered nurses competent in the care of emergency, cardiothoracic, trauma, vascular, neurological, and surgical patients. Competencies include, but are not limited to:

  • EKG certification
  • Vasoactive, anti-arrhythmic drug management
  • Hemodynamic monitoring
  • Moderate sedation
  • Arterial blood gas and mixed venous blood gas drawing and interpretation
  • Assisting with PEG insertion
  • ICP monitoring and assisting with insertion of IV certification
  • TNCC (optional)
  • Advanced wound care
  • Rapid blood infusion
  • Bedside thoracotomy procedures
  • Assisting in percutaneous tracheostomy placement
  • Acute peritoneal dialysis
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