Nurs­ing Services

Onslow Memorial Hospital is a 162-bed, not-for-profit, acute care community hospital that serves Onslow and surrounding counties. The Nursing Division 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, 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

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.

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

  • 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
  • Teleflex AutoCat 2 Series Balloon pump
  • Flexiflo Quantum Feeding pump
  • HillRom & Epic 2 patient beds
  • Pictorial Archiving Communication System (PACS) for x-ray, MRI, and CT viewing

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

  • Closed ICU with Critical Care Providers
  • Physical therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Registered dietitians
  • Social workers
  • On-site pharmacy
  • Nurses ACLS, BLS, PALS certified, and TNCC & CCRN (optional)
  • Patient Care Technicians
  • 24-hour Unit Secretary support

  • Self-scheduling
  • Weekend option
  • Nurse Council
  • Critical Care Internship

The Intermediate Care Unit (IMCU) consists of 37 patient beds. IMCU operates 24 hours a day to accept patients who can be managed safely with less than intensive care, but demonstrate the need for frequent nursing assessment and intervention. IMCU manages patients requiring cardiac monitoring, stroke care, hemodynamic drip management, and stable ventilation. IMCU is staffed with Registered nurses, Patient care techs, and unit secretaries.

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.

The Pediatric unit is located within our Women's and Children's Services. It is a 10 bed unit providing care 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.

The OMH Nursery provides three different levels of care: Well Baby, Level II and Level III (Neonatal Intensive Care). The Well-Baby Nursery can accommodate 23 babies that require newborn baby care. OMH is currently transitioning to couplet care, supporting the mother and baby dyad during the initial days of birth. The couplet care model supports the infant spending as much time as possible rooming in with the family, with the medical support carried out at the bedside. The Level II Nursery is designated for babies that require more comprehensive monitoring and observation and has a 7-bed capacity. The Level III (NICU) has a 4-bed capacity and provides care to neonates requiring intensive nursing and medical care. The Nursery is supported by board-certified Neonatologists and Neonatal Nurse Practitioners. Safety and security of babies is always a priority. The Nursery also works with local medical centers, coordinating with a transport team to assist in transporting those babies needing a higher level of NICU care.

The Labor and Delivery suite consists of 10 LDRP beds, allowing the patient to labor, deliver, and recover in the same room. The Labor and Delivery unit includes 2 surgical suites and a recovery room for all C-Sections performed at OMH. Labor and Delivery serves as the triage area for obstetrical patients of 20 weeks gestation and greater who are presenting with obstetrical concerns.

The Women's unit is a 19-bed, family centered unit that cares for patients who have had a vaginal or Cesarean Section delivery, pregnancy related medical problems, or gynecological surgical procedures.

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.