Specialty - Progressive Care Unit (West 5)

This unit cares for medical/surgical patients on telemetry, and ventilator-dependent patients, with a patient population from 18 years through geriatrics. The predominant patient population includes pulmonary patients who are hemodynamically stable; patients with unstable cardiac arrhythmias, syncope, rule-out MI, acute coronary syndrome and heart failure; and surgical patients with unstable arrhythmias. The patient population consists of medical and surgical patients requiring telemetry or administration of vasoactive medication, cardiac medications, and tracheal ventilator-dependent patients. The focus is on ensuring a smooth transition for patients from the hospital to their homes or to a residential care facility.

Find out what Ftyna Dearring says about working in Progressive Care

Ftyna Dearring, RN, BSN

Ftyna Dearring, RN, BSN


In 2004, I graduated from the University of Rochester with a BA in Health and Society. I later pursued my career in nursing and, in 2008, graduated Cum Laude with a BSN from the Accelerated Nursing Program at the University of Rochester. I’m currently pursuing my Masters as a Family Nurse Practitioner at the University of Rochester.

Time and Career at Highland Hospital

While in nursing school, I began working on W5 as a Patient Care Technician (PCT) in 2007. After graduation, I transitioned from a PCT to Graduate Nurse (GN). I decided to stay on W5 because I liked my co-workers and the types of patients treated on the unit. I chose Highland because it’s a small, quiet hospital where staff and visitors alike are friendly and positive. Everyone says hello and smiles when walking in the halls.

Role on the Progressive Care Unit

W5 can be a challenging unit to work on. We see many patients with chronic and acute illness. The nurses are certified in telemetry, as well as ventilators. W5 has a diverse patient population and nursing staff. We have unique backgrounds and have taken a variety of paths to our nursing careers. Every nurse on our unit looks out for and learns from one another on a daily basis. The number one goal is to ensure that patients receive the best possible care.
I’m a charge nurse who is currently an ASPN II pursuing ASPN III. I precept other RNs and try to give them the same high-quality orientation to W5 that I received in my transition from PCT to GN.

Philosophy of Care

I treat others the way I would want to be treated. I’m a nurse because I genuinely care about and want to care for people.

What I Like Best About My Job

As a team player, I’m always willing to lend a helping hand. I make sure the day runs as smoothly as possible and troubleshoot when necessary. I’m an active member of Unit Council. I love to teach new nurses and orient experienced nurses to the W5 routine. I also appreciate the opportunity to be able to further my education and career with the full support of management and leadership.


Join Our Team

Nurse Recruitment


Daisy Foundation Award


Learn more
NICHE: Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders

Magnet Recognition

Beacon Award