Heart and Vascular Institute Critical Care Unit

The Heart and Vascular Institute Critical Care Unit (HVICCU) is a brand new, state of the art, multidisciplinary unit that provides care for critically ill cardiovascular medical and surgical patients in a family-centered atmosphere. Our collaborative team is comprised of physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, social workers, dietitians, pastoral care and numerous other disciplines. The diversity of this team allows for accurate assessment and treatment quickly to provide the best possible outcomes.

We care for adult medical and surgical cardiovascular patients including, but not limited to:


  • Open Heart Surgery
  • Cardiac Transplant
  • Mechanical Circulatory Support (including intra-aortic balloon pump, ventricular assist devices, ECMO, etc.)
  • Acute Myocardial Infarctions
  • Heart Failure
  • Cardiogenic Shock
  • Vascular Surgeries

30 ICU/IMCU beds

Staffing decisions are based on patient acuity. Typically it will be 1:1, 1:2 or 1:3.

Self-scheduling is available with a variety of shifts. Nurses work with the scheduling committee, Clinical Head Nurses, and the Nurse Manager to develop schedules that meet personal and professional needs.

We offer a personalized orientation utilizing a critical care course that provides training for mechanical ventilators, intra-aortic balloon pumps, mechanical circulatory support, invasive monitoring, and much more.


Ongoing in-services and annual competencies provide continuing education opportunities.

Certification in area of specialty is strongly encouraged and financially rewarded.

Candidates with cardiovascular intensive care background.

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