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Nursing Patient Care Areas – Acute Care

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center offers an extensive range of patient care areas where nurses learn, grow and remain personally and professionally challenged. 

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Acute Care Specialty Unit – Fourth floor

Patient population: Patients are offered a variety of highly specialized services including:

  1. Orthopedics (hip and knee joint reconstruction, hip preservation, fracture care, metabolic bone disease, gait abnormalities and arthritis)
  2. Ear, Nose, Throat (radical neck surgery, laryngectomy, thyroidectomy, tracheostomy, flaps and facial trauma)
  3. Plastics (skin grafting, flaps, leech therapy, burns, re-attachment of digits/extremities)
  4. Urology (urinary tract infections, kidney stones, ureteral strictures, cystitis, benign prostatic hypertrophy).

Beds: This unit consists of 44 telemetry-capable beds.

Candidates: Certification is encouraged and financially rewarded. Orthopedics, neurology and urology experience is preferred.

Acute Care Medicine

Patient population: Nurses care for patients with complex, multi-system health problems. Our nurses practice under a collaborative, multidisciplinary model while caring for a wide variety of patients undergoing treatment in: gastroenterology, pulmonary, infectious disease, palliative care and general medicine. Nurses develop a breadth of knowledge combined with focused expertise unique to each subspecialty including patients with chronic renal disease, adult cystic fibrosis and other complex medical conditions. Specific training is provided in cardiac rhythm interpretation. Advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) is offered within one year of hire. Staff development is ongoing through educational programs designed to meet specific unit needs. Classes are available to prepare individuals for certification in medical/surgical nursing.

Beds: This is a 44-bed, telemetry-equipped unit.

Candidates: Certification is encouraged and financially rewarded. Medical/surgical experience.

Acute Care Surgical

Patient population: Nurses who join this fast-paced work environment will develop strong assessment skills caring for floor-level medical-surgical patients. We offer our patients a comprehensive array of highly specialized surgical services including colon and rectal, gastroenterology, gastrointestinal, trauma/emergency general surgery, transplant surgery, bariatric, general surgery, internal medicine, surgical oncology, neurosurgery and gynecology oncology.

Beds: This unit has 47 telemetry beds.

Candidates: The ideal nurse would be self-motivated to support a teamwork approach.

3 South Addition

Patient population: The challenge of medical/surgical nursing is best experienced on this unit where nurses care for patients with complex, multi-system health problems. This unit is the primary location for trauma and emergency general surgery acute care patients as well as bariatric patients from all service lines that require specialty beds as part of their care. Additional bed allocation is used as an overflow of all medical and surgical specialties, creating a rich diversity in the patient population. This broad spectrum of patients creates opportunities for the nursing staff to collaborate with a variety of interdisciplinary health care teams.

Beds: This unit has 28-34 beds.

Candidates: Two years of acute care/medical-surgical nursing experience. Telemetry. ACLS. Trauma and bariatrics nursing experience.

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