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Women & Infants cares for a variety of patients in our Emergency Department/Triage Unit, including obstetrical and gynecologic patients. We also see victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The unit specializes in the evaluation and triage of patients to the appropriate nursing units and outpatient testing for fetal evaluation.
Nurses on the Triage Unit focus on giving the appropriate care to each patient and her family, as well as providing information to patients on follow-up care and the signs and symptoms that may need re-evaluation.
Orientation to the Triage Unit includes classes specific to the care of obstetrical and gynecologic patients, and the victims of sexual assault. Other classes include the care of women with high-risk pregnancy, basic fetal monitoring, and adult code. You will become certified in neonatal resuscitation (NRP).
Clinical orientation takes eight to 10 weeks, depending on your experience. It will include work in labor and delivery, although the majority of your time will be spent in Triage. A second phase of orientation will introduce you to the antepartum unit. That takes place approximately three months after you finish your initial orientation and lasts two to four weeks, depending on your previous experience.