For Nurses and Advanced Practice

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.

Message from Pennsylvania Hospital’s Chief Nursing Officer

Our nursing department at Pennsylvania Hospital continuously strives to set new standards of excellence in patient care. We offer a challenging and inspiring environment where our nurses can grow both personally and professionally within their practice.

As the nation's first hospital, we have a long history of educating nurses and are at the forefront of providing high quality, patient-focused care. Our goal is to help nurses achieve the highest level of satisfaction from their career whether it is in patient care, leadership, advanced practice or education.

At Pennsylvania Hospital, nurses create the nursing culture and have initiated positive change that has revolutionized the practice of nursing. Our nurses were involved in developing our signature model of care, Relationship-based Care, designed to ensure that the patients’ needs always come first. It is also the essence of how we partner with our patients and support each other.

At Pennsylvania Hospital, we look forward to being the place where you can see your nursing career soar. We hope that you will join us.

Joanne Ruggiero
Interim Chief Nursing Officer

Relationship-based Care

Relationship-based Care is a patient-centered care model that is designed to ensure that the patient 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 Pennsylvania Hospital

Pennsylvania Hospital, founded in 1751 as the nation's first hospital, 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 more than 5,000 births.

A Culture of Opportunity and Collaboration

At Pennsylvania Hospital, 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.

PAH nurses grow and excel in the following specialty areas:

  • Medical/Surgical
    Ranked as one of the top five 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 more than 5,000 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.
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