Nursing at Penn Medicine

Medical/Surgical Specialty Nursing Careers at Penn Medicine

Medical/surgical nurses at Penn Medicine work with health care professionals in the surrounding community and from around the world to establish long-term, collaborative relationships. Penn's medical/surgical nurses are committed to being reliable and trustworthy resources for helping provide most advanced treatment options to meet the needs. They strive to maintain open lines of communication with physicians and their patients to ensure that each patient's care is as seamless as possible.

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania's (HUP) Department of Medical Nursing provides care to patients with acute and chronic medical diagnoses through the critical, acute, and rehabilitative phases of their hospital stays. Several general and many specialty units comprise the Department of Medical Nursing. These specialty units, offering the latest in disease-specific care and specialty nursing practice, include oncology, medical and cardiac intensive care, neuroscience and acute rehabilitation.

The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania's surgical nursing units are preeminent in cutting-edge technology and expert nursing care. The surgical specialties include trauma, gastrointestinal, otorhinolaryngology, urology, cardiac, neurosurgery, orthopaedics, vascular, thoracic, plastics, bariatrics, gynecology, maxillofacial, and transplant.

  • Professional nurses in the surgical intensive care units provide complex care to patients of all surgical specialties.
  • The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania's Level I trauma unit is an AACN-awarded Beacon Unit.
  • The Penn Transplant Institute is the busiest transplant program in the region and affords nurses the opportunity to care for patients undergoing transplantation of all of the major body organs, including heart, lung, kidney, liver and pancreas.
Penn Presbyterian Medical Center

Penn Presbyterian Medical Center offers one of only a few programs in the country designed specifically for acutely ill patients over the age of 65, the Acute Care of Elders (ACE) Unit. Here, nurses find a unique team approach to multidisciplinary care and ongoing gerontologic education.

On Penn Presbyterian's medical unit, the staff cares for a variety of diagnoses including GI, renal, oncology and respiratory disorders.

Penn Presbyterian Medical Center's dynamic, multispecialty surgical units offer a wide range of experiences. With a major emphasis on the full range of orthopaedic surgeries, nurses have the opportunity to develop a clinical focus for their practice. In addition, they experience cutting-edge, minimally invasive surgeries including robotic-assisted procedures.

Pennsylvania Hospital

Rated in the top 10 by AARP, Pennsylvania Hospital's orthopaedics service is known nationally for its ground-breaking procedures and cutting-edge technology. The orthopaedic surgeons are nationally recognized and multiple learning opportunities exist for nurses.

The neurology service treats patients diagnosed with ALS, CVA/TIA, neurological disorders, as well as those recovering from a variety of neurosurgical procedures.

Ranked as one of the top five most active centers in the area, Pennsylvania Hospital's medical/surgical department is broken down into distinct specialty units. The urology/gynecology unit provides diagnosis and treatment of renal failure, diabetes and urogynecological conditions.

Within oncology, patients present a broad spectrum of diagnoses including gynecologic, head and neck, hematological, HIV-related malignancies and immunosuppressant disorders. Working in collaboration with the Joan Karnell Cancer Center, Pennsylvania Hospital improves care across the continuum with innovative therapies, including bloodless stem-cell transplants and PET therapy programs.

The cardiology/vascular unit specializes in cardiac disease, vascular surgery and telemetry monitoring utilizing invasive and non-invasive diagnostic procedures and supports an expanding cardiac catheterization lab.

An acute rehabilitation unit (ARU) treats patients in the initial phase of post-hospitalization recovery. And the skilled care unit provides a transitional phase to home care or long-term care.