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14th Floor (Surgical Oncology, Inflammatory Bowel Disease)

Unit Profiles in the Gerald P. Turner Department of Nursing

14 North

14 North is a 28-bed General Surgical Oncology unit catering to patients requiring surgical intervention for various types of abdominal/GI, urological and breast malignancies. 

The philosophy of 14 North is to provide high quality surgical oncology care in a patient and family-centred framework. Our focus is the promotion of growth and development of the staff through learning and innovation, collaboration of the multidisciplinary team and creating and supporting a positive work environment.

The nurses on this unit have extensive training and expertise in surgical oncology particularly in relation to some of the more unusual gastrointestinal cancers. This unit places a large emphasis on the important of a multidisciplinary approach to patient care.  This team works collaboratively to provide the necessary continuity of care for patients as they move throughout the cancer continuum. 

14 North is also home to a 4-bed Surgical Step-down Unit. This unit provides high acuity care for our critically ill surgical population. Nurses in this unit complete an additional intensive nursing course to become trained to work in this critical care area and work interchangeably between the floor and the SSDU.

The nurses that work in the SSDU are expected to be familiar with a variety of surgical patients including general surgery, gynecology, orthopedics and urology.  They are a dedicated group of professionals that provide a high quality of patient and family care through expert critical thinking and complex nursing skills.

14 South

14 South is a 30-bed unit with a focus in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (5-bed GI medicine, 13-bed GI surgery, 10-bed Gynecology, 2-bed General Surgery).  The Inflammatory Bowel Disease Group (IBD Group) on 14 South is an interdisciplinary program dedicated to the expert care of patients and families coping with Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis.

14 South treats the continuum care from medical to surgical management of IBD patients with the support of a dynamic team of health care professionals comprised of: nurses, enterostomal therapy, gastroenterology, colorectal surgery, psychiatry, pharmacy, dietary, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and social work.

The high patient volume and compliment of cases in general surgery and gynecology has another advantage providing variety in experience and training to nurses and residents, which further distinguishes this unit.