Nursing at Penn Medicine

Perioperative Nursing Careers at Penn Medicine

The expertise and integrity of Penn Medicine's nursing staff combines with state-of-the-art technology to create an exciting surgical environment. The primary services performed are general surgery, heart and vascular, orthopaedic and ophthalmologic procedures. Subspecialties include, but are not limited to otorhinolaryngology, pain management and podiatry along with image-guided surgery for cardiac, otorhinolaryngology and orthopaedic procedures.

Penn Medicine is one of the nation's leading centers for robotic-assisted surgery and a number of procedures are being performed at all three Penn Medicine hospitals. A comprehensive Gateway to the Operating Room Program allows both novice staff and new-to-operating room (OR) nurses the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to function effectively as a registered nurse (RN) in the operating room.

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

The Perioperative Services Department at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) includes the operating room, the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU), the ambulatory procedure unit (APU), the SurgiCentre at the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine and the endoscopy suite. Operating room nurses at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania are key members of the surgical team. They provide the highest level of care to patients during surgical procedures.

With 12 specialty areas, the operating room performs a variety of surgical procedures including cardiac, vascular, transplant, trauma and neurosurgery in a state-of-the-art environment. The highly skilled nurses in the ambulatory procedure unit and SurgiCentre provide a superior level of care to those who have undergone outpatient surgical procedures.

The nurses in the post-anesthesia care unit combine their critical care nursing skills with their expert surgical knowledge to care for patients immediately following a variety of complex surgical procedures.

Penn Presbyterian Medical Center

Penn Presbyterian Medical Center's surgical suite is a leading center for minimally invasive surgical procedures, including robotic-assisted surgery. Minimally invasive, high-tech treatments offer a number of advantages, shorter hospital stays and quicker recovery.

As patients transition into the post-anesthesia care unit, nurses collaborate with the anesthesia, surgical and medical staff to provide an excellent atmosphere for learning.

Patients who pass through the short-term procedure unit and pre- and post-op care areas encounter an environment in which they and their families are encouraged to be involved in the care.

Pennsylvania Hospital

Pennsylvania Hospital is known as a "Center of Excellence" for many surgical procedures, and nurses work as part of an interdisciplinary team with some of the finest surgeons in the region. A full range of surgical procedures are performed in state-of-the-art operating suites including open heart procedures, minimally invasive and robotic-assisted surgery, three-dimensional stereotactic neurosurgery, total joint replacement, and a progressive bloodless surgery program.

The post-anesthesia care unit provides care for patients in the immediate post-operative period. Nurses in this unit treat patients recovering from a wide range of surgical procedures, which provides remarkable professional development opportunities.

The day-stay unit provides care for patients prior to surgery and acts as a secondary recovery area for post-operative and post-procedure patients. Nurses in this area also provide care for outpatients requiring chemotherapy, IV antibiotics or blood transfusions.

Pennsylvania Hospital's pain management team serves as an expert resource throughout the hospital to ensure optimal patient comfort post-operatively. Located within interventional radiology, the RNs provide pre-, intra- and post-procedure monitoring for patients that receive sedation/analgesia.