Nursing Services

Onslow Memorial Hospital is a 162-bed, not-for-profit, acute care community hospital that serves Onslow and surrounding counties. The Nursing Department provides the local community with professional, prompt, caring, and safe inpatient and outpatient nursing care. Nursing values human life and maintains the patient's dignity, privacy, confidentiality, and rights at all times. Care is provided by a highly trained and competent staff, which includes Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Practitioners, Certified Nursing Assistants, Patient Care and Surgical Technicians. Mandatory certification in life support is required for all clinical staff, which includes BCLS, ACLS, NRP, and PALS.


Patient Care Provided

Intensive Care (ICU)

The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Onslow Memorial Hospital provides a high standard of care 24 hours per day, utilizing state-of-the-art technology and nursing skill. Our department is a 12-bed facility, staffed with nurses who have special training to provide compassionate care using their skills and advanced equipment. The patient’s needs are our top priority.

Multi-specialty capabilities

OMH ICU provides care to patients for problems related to:

  • Pulmonary conditions/diseases
  • Cardiac conditions/diseases
  • Renal conditions/diseases
  • Multi-system failure
  • Limited trauma
  • Surgery
  • Other acute conditions requiring intensive care

Specialized Medical Equipment

  • Phillips IntelliVue MP70 cardiac monitoring system – monitors HR, oxygen saturation, blood pressure and other hemodynamic factors such as CVP, CO, PCWP, Core Temp, ETCO2
  • Maquet Servo I Mechanical Ventilators, state-of-the-art equipment – helps facilitate breathing for respiratory patients
  • Braun Outlook smart pumps support nurses' decision-making abilities at the bedside
  • Datascope CS 100 Balloon pump
  • Flexiflo Quantum Feeding pump
  • HillRom & Epic 2 patient beds
  • Pictorial Archiving Communication System (PACS) for x-ray, MRI, and CT viewing

Other Services

  • Rapid Response Team related to the 5 Million Lives campaign
  • Resuscitation/Code team
  • Hemodialysis

Professional care

  • Board-certified physicians in the above mentioned specialties
  • 24-hour in-house Hospitalists
  • Physical therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Registered dietitians
  • Social workers
  • On-site pharmacy
  • Nurses ACLS, BLS, PALS certified, and TNCC & CCRN (optional)
  • Certified Nursing Assistants 2 (CNA 2)
  • 24-hour Unit Secretary support


  • Self-scheduling
  • Weekend option
  • Nurse Council
  • Critical Care Internship
  • Point of Light for rewards and recognition
  • Sunshine Club

Intermediate Care (IMCU)

The IMCU cares for patients requiring cardiac monitoring and provides "step-down" care for patients transferred from ICU. The IMCU has a capacity for 16 patients.

Medical Surgical Care

Medical Surgical care is provided on several nursing units throughout the hospital. The surgical patient population includes patients requiring general surgery, urology, ENT, and orthopedic procedures. Medical conditions commonly treated at OMH include disorders involving the respiratory, cardiovascular, renal-urinary, neurologic, endocrine, gastrointestinal, hematologic, and/or musculoskeletal system. Emphasis is placed on safe and effective pain management as well as respect for end of life issues and palliative care.

Pediatric Care

Pediatric care is provided to children from infancy though adolescence that present with an acute illness or injury. Parents are encouraged to participate in the ongoing care of their child. Emphasis is placed on the safety and security of the hospital's pediatric population at all times.

Nursery Care

The OMH Nursery provides three different levels of care: Well Baby, Level I, and Level II (Neonatal Intensive Care). The Well-Baby Nursery can accommodate 23 babies that require newborn baby care. The Level I Nursery is designated for babies that require more comprehensive monitoring and observation and has a 7-bed capacity. The Level II (NICU) has a 4-bed capacity and provides care to neonates requiring intensive nursing and medical care. The Nursery is supported by a board-certified Neonatologist and two Neonatal Nurse Practitioners. Safety and security of babies is always a priority. The Nursery also provides a transport team to pick up babies needing Level II Nursery care.

Labor and Delivery Care

The Labor and Delivery suite consists of 10 LDRP beds and allows the laboring patient to deliver in the same room. The Labor and Delivery unit includes 2 surgical suites and a recovery room for emergency C-Section. Labor and Delivery serves as the triage area for obstetrical patients of 20 weeks gestation and greater who are presenting with an obstetrical emergency.

OB/GYN Women's Unit

This unit is family centered and cares for patients who have had a vaginal or Cesarean Section delivery, and pregnancy related medical problems or gynecological surgical procedures. This unit has a 19-bed capacity.

Surgical Services

The Surgical Services Department provides preoperative nursing care to patients of all ages on a scheduled basis Monday through Friday and on an emergency basis utilizing on-call teams. The Surgical Services Department includes 4 operating suites; a post-anesthesia recovery area; 4 Endoscopy procedure areas; 1 post-recovery area; and an Ambulatory Care Unit, which consists of 10 beds for the preoperative and postoperative care of the surgical outpatient.