At WakeMed, every decision we make is in the best interest of our patients.
The top priority for all members of the WakeMed team is to provide outstanding patient care. WakeMed supports professional and patient-focused relationships between all members of our staff, and are therefore very dedicated to open communication among all caregivers.
WakeMed employs the latest equipment and technology, and our Nursing Education and Staff Development & Training departments offer comprehensive training, certification and professional development opportunities, allowing our nursing staff to advance their careers and to provide the highest level of quality care to our patients.
WakeMed Raleigh Campus provides cardiac patients with easy access to comprehensive services at our state-of-the-art Heart Center. From open heart surgery to cardiac catheterizations and angioplasty, WakeMed nurses are trained to work with a wide range of heart disease patients. Physicians' offices, procedure rooms and an Inn providing overnight accommodations for patients and their families are just a few of the unique services under the same roof at the state's busiest Heart Center. There are also two adult cardiac intensive care units.
Emergency & Trauma Services
As Wake County's only state-designated Level I Trauma Center (one of only six in the state of North Carolina), WakeMed is committed to bringing the highest level of care to its trauma patients. WakeMed operates three 24-hour Emergency Departments that treat more than 160,000 patients per year and a children's Emergency Department that treats more than 40,000 children per year. Nursing staff are specialty-certified in basic, advanced, and pediatric life support and trauma care, and have completed certification as a Mobile Intensive Care Nurse with Wake County.
Medical/surgical nursing at WakeMed provides an opportunity to work with a variety of specialties, conditions and diagnoses. Through patient education and discharge planning, nurses provide continual care to meet the needs of both patients and their families.
Women's & Children's Services
The Women's Pavilion & Birthplace on the Raleigh Campus and at Cary Hospital deliver more than 5,000 babies each year. The Raleigh Campus offers a Level III intensive care nursery and is a regional referral center for high-risk pregnancies and critically ill babies. As babies grow, their needs are covered by WakeMed's Children's Center. In addition to the Children's Emergency Department, WakeMed offers a pediatric intensive care unit, a dedicated pediatrics unit, pediatric primary care, specialty services and the county's only Children's Transport Service. WakeMed nurses in these fields have the opportunity to integrate their primary nursing skills with special training in difficult pregnancies and high-risk births, as well as several areas within pediatrics.
With seven critical care units on the Raleigh Campus and one at Cary Hospital, WakeMed's Critical Care nurses are focused on providing excellent and compassionate care to our most critically ill patients. Caregivers work closely with social workers, spiritual services, rehabilitation, respiratory care, dieticians, financial planners, and others to provide a full plan of care for our patients. Nurses also have the opportunity to quickly and easily communicate with families and visitors waiting in our designated Critical Care waiting areas.
The WakeMed Rehab Hospital is Wake County's only inpatient physical rehabilitation hospital, offering 24 hour nursing care and comprehensive rehabilitation to patients with brain injury, spinal injury or disease, stroke or neurological disease, major trauma, fractured hips, and complex medical conditions which have severely limited their physical functional abilities. Nursing care is delivered around the clock by a nurse/nursing assistant pair for each group of patients. We work closely with our physician, therapy, case manager, and neuro psychology colleagues to assist our patients along their road to regain independence. Rehab nurses manage complex medical conditions and situations, while assisting patients to maximize their level of function. We offer flexible schedules and shifts, friendly staff, personal, focused orientation, and open and available management. It's a very exciting place in which to start or to grow a career!
The six-bed Neuro Care Unit is WakeMed's low level brain injury unit - an acute care unit, designed along the rehab model, including the full therapy treatment team. Our focus is on caring for the patient who has sustained a brain injury (from trauma or disease) and is functioning at a very low level, but is expected to make some progress. Lengths of stay may be quite long, up to several months in some cases. Nurses are paired with nursing assistants for all shifts. Care may be quite complex and intense, but also challenging and very rewarding.
WakeMed offers two long-term nursing care units in Zebulon (19 Beds) and Fuquay-Varina (36 Beds). Our Zebulon facility is used primarily for those who are expected to be discharged within a few weeks after admission, while the Fuquay facility is for those who usually do not have another discharge plan. Zebulon accepts patients from WakeMed and other facilities, primarily those who may need intensive therapy (who don't qualify for inpatient Rehab), wound care, or IV therapy. Fuquay accepts only those from within our system who cannot be admitted elsewhere. Both facilities offer flexible scheduling, individualized orientation, approachable, friendly management, and reflect the high standards and quality care WakeMed expects in every facility.
Primary Outpatient Care
Our WakeMed Faculty Physicians clinics provide primary and specialty care in an outpatient setting. Office nurses work closely with WakeMed Faculty Physicians in all of the major specialty areas and provide care to more than 95,000 patients annually.