Critical Care NP/PA Program
Critical Care NP/PA Program
Chief Nurse Practitioner:
Paul Boerem, ACNP
Jennifer Cunningham, MD
Medical intensive care unit (MICU) B is a 12-bed, closed medical intensive care unit, staffed 24 hours a day by Acute Care nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs), working alongside pulmonary/critical care fellows and board-certified pulmonary/critical care attendings to provide cutting-edge medical care. The MICU at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia Campus is a major tertiary and quaternary referral center, providing medical critical care to a clinically diverse patient population with a broad range of critical illness. The MICU B team is directly responsible for the evaluation and management of over 600 patients annually. MICU B is also the home of the medical ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation) program, and the MICU B staff serve as the rapid response team for NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia.
Our mission is to provide state-of-the-art care for medically critically ill patients and to train current NPs and PAs as well as our Pulmonary/Critical Care fellows in the comprehensive care of medically complex patients. Clinical independence is crafted in an atmosphere filled with personal and professional multidisciplinary support provided by nursing, nutrition, respiratory therapy, social work, palliative care, patient services, a critical care PharmD and a dedicated MICU rehab staff consisting of physical, occupational and speech therapists, as well as critical care fellows and attending staff. Progressive responsibility is the goal of our staff training with attending level support always available. Clinical skills will be developed and refined to create complete differentials and treatment plans, learning how to apply evidence-based medicine in the diagnosis and treatment of various medical conditions in the intensive care environment.
The MICU B staff training is designed to provide outstanding clinical and academic training that prepares collaborative practitioners to function in a progressive medical intensive care unit. A comprehensive, competency-driven curriculum is the core of our training philosophy. This curriculum is focused on clinical experiences caring for critically ill patients: bedside teaching rounds, educational conferences, as well as independent and peer-guided review of the medical literature.
Our NPs are board-certified and licensed acute care nurse practitioners (ACNPs) and our critical care trained Physician Assistants (PAs) are experienced in ICU care. In addition to clinical growth opportunities, our NP and PA staff have an opportunity to become leaders in critical care and academic medicine by teaching students and trainees, participating in critical care research, publishing in peer-reviewed journals, attending national conferences, as well as taking on leadership roles within the ICU which include:
- Chief Nurse Practitioner
- Research Coordinator
- Recruitment Coordinator
- Education Coordinator
- Training/Orientation Coordinator
- Student Education Coordinator
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