Department of Nursing

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Army Public Health Nursing

Location: Soldier Family Health Clinic
Hours: 7:30AM – 4:30PM
For an appointment: 915-742-1343

Member of the health care team actively assisting our soldiers to always be fit to fight and our beneficiaries to maintain optimal health!

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Army Public Health Nursing Programs

Intensive Care Unit


Phone: 915 742-6717

William Beaumont Army Medical Center Intensive Care Unit provides an 18-bed combined unit offering Medical, Surgical and Cardiology care to a wide variety of patients. Operating as a Level III trauma center for the West Texas, El Paso area, we also provide care for neurosurgery patients. While the majority of our surgery patients are general surgery patients, we do see vascular cases such as laproscopic Intra-abdominal Aortic Aneurysm repair. An innovative approach preformed at very few hospitals. With an active Cardiac Cath Lab, we also on occasion care for patients on Intra-Aortic Balloon Pumps. Most are for limited time and often are directly transferred to local facilities for open heart surgery. For our most critically ill patients, we provide and monitor Continuous Venous to Venous Hemodialysis for extended periods in some instances.

Staffing consists of Military, civilian service, contract Registered Nurses and contract Licensed Vocational Nurses. The military nurses maintain profis assignments primarily to the 10th, 21st and 31st Combat Support Hospitals.

Local educational opportunities include a variety of graduate level studies in Nursing available from University of Texas at El Paso, Texas Tech and New Mexico State University, among others

Additionally, we have an expandable capacity to 22 beds for a period of 72 hours.

Operating Room

The Operating Room Nursing Section is to provides and promote total, optimal and safe nursing care to all patients in accordance with accepted professional nursing standards, policies, and as directed by the Chief, DON, and Commander, WBAMC. Perioperative nursing must maintain and support the necessary programs that are essential to the various skill levels of personnel assigned within the section in order to promote and sustain a high level of "quality" nursing care.

The Operating Room Nursing Section has a responsibility to all of its employees to treat them as individuals, recognizing that each individual has certain basic human rights and privileges. The Section also has the responsibility in providing for their welfare, personal growth, and development. We have an obligation to treat everyone within our scope, patients and personnel alike, with dignity and respect.

Post Anesthesia Care Unit

The Post Anesthesia Care Unit provides intensive observation and care of patients who have received anesthesia and have had procedures which may cause conditions requiring immediate interventions, in compliance with policies and procedures prescribed by the Post Anesthesia Care Unit and the Department of Nursing, and to sustain the highest degree of quality nursing care to all our patients.

Scope of Care and Services


The Post Anesthesia Care Unit provides nursing care for post-operative and/or post-procedure patients from the Operating Room, Labor and Delivery Unit, Gastrointestinal Clinic, Urology Clinic, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory or Interventional Radiology Department who have undergone procedures requiring anesthesia to include: General, Spinal, Epidural, Regional Upper Extremity Blocks, Local and/or IV Conscious Sedation. Patients served also include patients who require Monitored Anesthesia Care for special procedures such as a transesophageal echocardiogram and elective synchronized cardioversion. The patient population includes eligible military, military dependents, retirees, dependents of retirees, VA beneficiaries and civilian emergency patients. The age groups of the populations served include neonates, infants, children, adolescents, adults and geriatric patients.

The Post Anesthesia Care Unit Nursing Staff are also trained to work in the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and the Interventional Radiology Department and provide IV Conscious Sedation.