UPC Name
Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit 

Neuroscience ICU – WW8


Special Accomplishments
NSICU is unique to South Florida with its 24 hour availability of neurological and critical care specialists.NSICU offers innovative, cutting edge treatment modalities that are evidenced-based such as Intracranial Pressure (ICP) and Brain Oxygen Monitoring, Hypothermic treatments, Microdialysis and Electroencephalography (EEG). Our nursing staff is made up of highly trained professionals who specialize in the treatment of the critical neuro-surgical, neuro-vascular, neuro-medical and neuro-trauma patients with stroke, aneurysms, traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries, seizures, brain tumors and other neuromuscular disorders such as multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, and Guillain Barre syndrome. NSICU meets rigorous requirements and is part of Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Comprehensive Stroke Center, ranked #29 for neurology and neurosurgery in US News Best Hospitals 2010-2011.

  • Shared Governance Coordinating Council Ppresentation March 2010: NSICU Visitor Education DVD

Nurse Manager
Violet Rhagnanan-Kramer, RN, MSN, Nurse Manager

Director of Patient Care Services
Julie Mann, RN, BSN, MHM, NEA-BC

Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Executive
Ric Cuming, RN, MSN, EdD, NEA-BC

Size & Type
24-bed Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit

Staff Summary
61 Registered Nurses (RNs), 9 Patient Care Technicians (PCTs) and 4 Hospital Unit Secretaries (HUS). All staff are BLS certified and all nurses ACLS certified.

Staff Skill Mix
81% RN;  14.8% CCRN and 5% CNRN certified; 13% MSN; 42.6% BSN

Organizational Structure
Our organizational structure follows the Shared Governance Model which is made up of the nurse manager, associate nurse managers, nurse educator, clinical staff nurses, PCTs, Unit Secretary and others who practice and participate in patient and family centered care.

Neuroscience ICU UPC Members
(From l – r) Sabine Saintable, RN, BSN, CCRN; Lee Fong Hong, RN, MSN, MBA, CCRN; Margie Francis, ARNP, MSN, CCRN, Violet Rhagnanan-Kramer, RN, MSN; Letina Burch; Curline Paul; Jillian Miller, RN, BSN, CCRN; Marbel
Rondon, RN, BSN

Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit