Intensive Care Unit

Fast Facts

  • Average Daily Census FY2020
  • Nurse to Pt Ratio
  • PCT to Pt Ratio
    1 float for the unit, if census allows
  • Shifts
    Traditional 12 hr/shifts; 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., 7 p.m. - 7 a.m.
  • Certifications Available

The Intensive Care Unit at MyMichigan Medical Center Alpena is located on the second floor of the medical facility. With the ICU being a smaller ICU, the staff has a teamwork mentality to provide the best possible care to critical patients. The ICU physicians and care team have a close-knit relationship together, working collaboratively to provide high-quality and seamless care transitions to step-down units. The highly trained staff uses evidence-based practice to ensure the patient is getting the highest quality care available to them. 

Types of Patient Care

  • Post Cardiac Arrest
  • Pneumonia
  • Sepsis
  • COPD
  • Alcohol Withdrawal
  • Diabetic Ketoacidosis
  • Respiratory Failure
  • Patients requiring noninvasive ventilation
  • Ventilated Patients
  • Patients requiring frequent titration of drips.
  • Acute Renal Failure
  • Stroke and Post TPA Stroke
  • Carotid endarterectomy
  • Pre and Post-Surgical Patients 

There are many opportunities available to the staff to enhance their skills and knowledge. This includes the opportunity to participation in mock codes, assistance with advancement towards specialty certifications (CCRN, TCAR, FCCS), and continuing education. The staff is also able to participate in many nursing councils and committees such as the Unit Practice Council and/or System Nursing Councils. 

Unit orientation is based on previous experience, but usually consists of 10-12 weeks based on need and performance. A detailed orientation packet and checklist is provided at the beginning with weekly performance expectations. The ICU uses a preceptor program to help guide new staff and stay connected throughout their orientation program.

What Our Employees are Saying

  • “I have come to realize that working in the intensive care unit helps to feed my need to function in a controlled and bustling setting. I love the attention to detail that I can provide to my patient care practice. Within the unit strong teamwork and good staff relationships are on full display. With just knowing that there are others available to help navigate the shift with provides a sense of comfort.” — Renee Lamp, B.S.N., R.N., C.C.R.N.-C.M.C.

  • “In 2005, I returned home and started working in the ICU at Alpena General Hospital, now MyMichigan Medical Center Alpena. At that time most of the nurses had 20 plus years of experience and they all welcomed me in and never made me feel out of place. So, it was like having 20 moms and 6 dads, one of which who was really my mom. I worked the ICU here for 15 years and always enjoyed the teamwork, work ethic, and helping hands. Many things have changed over the years but staff helping staff with good patient outcomes and great experiences has not. If you want to use your mind, feel part of a team, have positive patient outcomes then Alpena ICU is the place you should work.”— Gabe Kaiser, B.S.N., R.N.

  • “I started working in the Intensive Care Unit two months after graduating from nursing school. To say I have learned a lot is an understatement, I was able to grow as a nurse and person and learn from some very experienced nurses. I now have progressed to a permanent charge nurse in the ICU three years into my career. I was given the opportunity to enhance my knowledge and skills with many different educational opportunities and recognition like TCAR, FCCS, and recently achieved my CCRN certification. I was also named Distinguished Nurse of the Year across the MyMichigan Health System. I found my love for nursing working in the ICU. I feel challenged every day and am able to use my brain each and every shift. I feel that I make a noticeable difference in my patient’s lives.”— Nicole Anderson, B.S.N., R.N., C.C.R.N.