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Nursing Patient Care Areas – Critical 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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Patient population: This unit offers an excellent nurse-to-patient ratio of 2:1 or 1:1, so you can truly make an impact on individuals. This unit boasts Gold Level Beacon status through the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). There is a strong shared governance with multiple staff members participating in hospital-wide initiatives. There is a variety of experience and knowledge in the staff which can grow new nurses and encourage experienced nurses to lead. There is opportunity for advancement within the unit through a variety of roles and experiences. Our team uses advanced technologies such as continuous veno-venous hemofiltration/dialysis (CVVH/D), Flolan therapy and nitric oxide to treat:

  • Multi-system organ failure
  • Acute respiratory distress syndrome
  • Sepsis
  • Hematology/oncology
  • Gastrointestinal bleeds
  • Acute renal/liver failure
  • Acid-base and electrolyte imbalances
  • Diabetes mellitus 8) Alcohol/drug overdose
  • Post cardiac arrest hypothermia.

Orientation is six to eight weeks with a consistent preceptor and ACLS is required within three months of hire. Critical care registered nurse (CCRN) certification is encouraged and financially rewarded. Additional critical care didactic is available for those without direct ICU experience.

Beds: This is a 16-bed multidisciplinary unit.

Candidates: Intermediate and/or critical care experience. CCRN certification preferred.

Patient population: This unit offers a nurse-to-patient ratio of 3:1.Our team uses advanced technologies to treat:

  • Multi-system organ failure
  • Respiratory distress syndrome
  • Sepsis
  • Hematology/oncology
  • GI bleeds
  • Renal/liver failure
  •  Acid-base and electrolyte imbalances
  • Diabetes mellitus.

Beds: This is a 20-bed multidisciplinary unit.

Candidates: At least one year acute care experience. ACLS and telemetry experience.

Patient population: The challenge of critical care nursing is best experienced in this intensive care unit (ICU) where nurses care for patients with complex, multi-system health issues. Patients on general surgery, trauma, transplant and surgical services specialties such as orthopedics, urology, and obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN) services will be admitted to this unit. Nurses will practice under a collaborative, interdisciplinary model.

Beds: This is a 30-bed ICU.

Candidates: At least one year acute care experience. Telemetry and ACLS experience.

Patient population: The challenge of critical care nursing is best experienced in this intermediate care unit (IMCU) where nurses care for patients with complex, multi-system health issues. Patients on general surgery, trauma, transplant and surgical services specialties such as orthopedics, urology and OB/GYN services will be admitted to this unit. Nurses will practice under a collaborative, interdisciplinary model.

Beds: This is a16 bed IMCU.

Candidates: At least one year acute care experience. ACLS and telemetry experience.

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