It takes a team to deliver the highest quality health care. At Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, our 2,500 professional nurses are valued members of that team. They work in an environment that supports their professional development, career advancement, education, participation in research and much more.
Magnet designated center
Hershey Medical Center is a Magnet designated hospital. This prestigious designation reaffirms the value of the hard work and dedication our nurses exhibit every day. We are also central Pennsylvania’s only academic, Level I regional trauma center and quaternary care provider.
Whether you are an experienced nurse or a new graduate, explore our website and experience our enthusiasm and commitment to excellence in nursing. A climate of true collaboration and respect awaits you.
Our nurses provide quality, family-centered care in many settings and roles. We use the Shared Governance nursing model, which gives us a reliable framework for delivering care. And with patients from all walks of life, our nurses handle patient needs at every level of complexity.
Professional Practice Model
Nursing excellence is a goal we pursue at every opportunity. To help ensure that we meet our goals, we rely on Hershey Medical Center’s Nursing Professional Practice Model. This model uses the Nittany Lion’s paw to depict the systematic integration of nursing practice with our mission, vision and values.
This schematic displays the four components of the Magnet Model® using the digits of the lion’s paw. These include transformational leadership, structural empowerment, exemplary professional practice and new knowledge, innovations and improvements.
The central pad of the paw represents the nursing care delivery system, which is central to nursing practice. It embodies the nursing care and processes that are crucial to providing extraordinary care, and also our values of respect, integrity, teamwork and excellence.
Our practice model also includes five principles of the care delivery system. These include inter-professional collaboration, staffing and scheduling, quality and safety outcomes, integrated technology and care transitions.
Download our Professional Practice Model (PDF).
Shared Governance Model
Our Shared Governance model empowers our nurses to take the lead on issues such as patient safety, clinical practice, professional development, education, performance improvement, evidence-based practice and much more. It is the foundation for excellence in patient care.
Nurses from every unit at Hershey Medical Center hold positions on various unit-based and hospital-wide councils. These councils provide a formal mechanism for our nursing staff to have an impact on positive and collaborative change throughout the organization. With this system, we identify opportunities that will improve the quality of patient care, efficiency of operations and professional growth.
Nursing departmental councils include:
- Nursing Executive Council, which ensures successful attainment of nursing strategic goals
- Clinical Services Management Council, which ensures the effective and efficient use of resources and systems to support nursing care, education, quality and research
- Nursing Professional Practice Council, which ensures the safe, high-quality delivery of nursing care
- Nursing Quality of Worklife Council, which ensures a healthy work environment and staff engagement
- Nursing Reward and Recognition Sub-council, which seeks to recognize the value and meaningfulness of each employee to the organization's work through multiple recognition activities throughout the year at the hospital, department and unit level
- Nursing Clinical Quality and Informatics Council, which coordinates quality and safety activities for the Nursing Department and provides strategic direction in collaboration with other Department Councils (This council is responsible for integrating hospital-wide quality and safety initiatives into the Department of Nursing.)
- Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Council, which ensures the development, utilization and dissemination of nursing research
- Nursing Education and Professional Development Council, which ensures competent staff and a continuous learning environment to increase the level of staff expertise and knowledge
- Advanced Practice Clinician Council, which provides a forum for all Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs) and Physician Assistants (PA-Cs) to participate in decisions that affect their practice, education, research activities and the quality of their work environment
- Nursing Collaboration Council, which coordinates Department of Nursing council activities and communication
The DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) award recognizes nurses for delivering skillful, compassionate care.
The award was created in memory of Patrick Barnes who died at the age of 33 of complications of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP).
The DAISY Foundation was established by Patrick's family to keep his spirit alive. The primary mission of the DAISY Foundation is to express profound gratitude to nurses for the work they do for patients and their families every day.
Hershey is a thriving resort town of 20,000 people, approximately 12 miles from the state capital of Harrisburg. This prime location provides residents with various employment, cultural and recreational opportunities attractive to all ages. Hershey Medical Center is the fourth largest employer in the area, providing jobs for nearly 7,000 residents.
Hershey began as a small settlement named Derry Church. The community was renamed Hershey after philanthropist Milton S. Hershey. His legacy includes two corporations, a model community and a school that cares for more than 1,400 disadvantaged children.
Residents of Hershey can enjoy the numerous daily attractions that draw hundreds of thousands of visitors every year, including Hersheypark, Hershey Stadium, Giant Center (home of the Hershey Bears), Hershey Museum and Theater, Hershey Gardens, and ZooAmerica.