Nursing at Penn Medicine

Nursing at Pennsylvania Hospital

Pennsylvania Hospital (PAH) has a long history of educating nurses, helping them achieve a work-life balance, and providing them with leadership opportunities at the highest levels. At PAH, nurses create the nursing culture and are at the heart of cultural change. Our nurses continuously strive to create a welcoming, supportive atmosphere while simultaneously reaching new levels of excellence.

Relationship-Based Care

Relationship Based Care is a patient-centered care model that is designed to ensure that the patient's interests and needs always come first. The Relationship-Based Care model provides the framework for the values and principles practiced at PAH. This patient-focused culture successfully combines the art of caring with the science of healthcare. At PAH, patients are treated like family, and it is with this in mind that nurses achieve only the highest quality of compassionate care.

About the Facility

Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation’s first hospital founded in 1751, is a 520-bed acute care facility that provides a full range of diagnostic and therapeutic medical services and functions as a major teaching and clinical research institution.

The hospital is now known for its general and specialty surgical services, including:

  • Orthopaedics
  • Vascular medicine/ surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology (ENT)
  • Urology
  • Obstetric program (with a focus on high-risk maternal and fetal services)
  • Neonatology
  • Behavioral Health

PAH continues to expand programs for cancer, cardiac care and bloodless medicine and surgery. The hospital has over 29,000 inpatient admissions and 115,000 outpatient visits each year, including over 5,200 births.

A Culture of Opportunity and Collaboration

At PAH nurses are highly respected and are offered the opportunity to share in decision-making regarding patient care and their work environment. Staff participation is emphasized in interdisciplinary committees and problem-solving work groups. Teamwork at PAH is highly valued and nurses enjoy working collaboratively in a congenial environment with outstanding interdisciplinary teams.

At Pennsylvania Hospital, our nurses grow and excel in the following specialty areas:

  • Medical /Surgical
    Ranked as one of the top 5 most active centers in the area, the Med/Surgery department is broken down into distinct specialty units.
  • Critical Care
    State-of-the-art equipment and procedures allow nurses the opportunity to provide exceptional care to the patients within the Critical Care Services department.
  • Perioperative
    Known as a “Center of Excellence” for many surgical procedures, Pennsylvania Hospital offers nurses the opportunity to work as part of an interdisciplinary team with some of the finest surgeons in the region.
  • Maternal/ Infant Health
    Welcoming over 4,800 babies each year, the maternity program at Pennsylvania Hospital is the largest in the Philadelphia region and is nationally recognized for excellence in obstetrics.
  • Behavioral Health
    Nurses, physicians, social workers, and occupational and recreation therapists make up a highly regarded, multi-disciplinary team that works to improve the mental health of all patients.

Read a message from the Chief Nursing Officer at Pennsylvania Hospital, Mary Del Guidice, to learn more about Pennsylvania Hospital’s exciting and supportive nursing environment.