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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.