Surgical Intensive Care

The Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) functions with an intensivist model; utilizing critical care, board certified trauma and anesthesia physicians, surgical and anesthesia residents, and critical care nurse practitioners. The SICU nurses round as a part of the multidisciplinary approach to promote nurse/physician collaboration, education, with the goal of positive patient outcomes.  

The SICU is a 30 bed, 3 pod unit that cares for a diverse population of critically ill patients, including:

  • Trauma: high-risk penetrating or blunt trauma 
  • General Surgery: complex surgical patients with multi-system instability
  • Surgical Specialties: orthopedics, urology, ENT, and OB/GYN with complex co-morbidities
  • Transplant: liver, pancreas, kidney, and multi-system transplant

30 beds in a 3-pod unit

 

The staffing ratio may be 1 nurse to 1, 2 or 3 patients based on acuity and status.

The SICU offers self-scheduling, which is overseen by our scheduling committee as a sub-group of the Quality of Worklife Council. The committee attempts to honor requests in accordance with SICU guidelines and union rules.

We offer an individualized-based orientation, a trauma course, ACLS certification, and a critical care course. CCRN certification is expected after completing two years of SICU experience.

Experience in an intensive care unit, or two years of acute care medical/surgical experience with telemetry experience preferred. ACLS preferred.

To speak with a Nurse Recruiter, please call (717) 531-5141 or email us at NurseRecruitment@hmc.psu.edu. We eagerly welcome the opportunity to personally discuss job opportunities.