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Lancaster General Health RN -5E/5W Cardiothoracic & Vascular Step-Down Unit (Full-Time 0.8/Day Shift) in Lancaster, Pennsylvania


Lancaster General Hospital

Cost Center

4020 5EW CT Surgery/Peripheral Vasc

Supervisory Organization

5E/5W CT Surgery/Peripheral Vasc





Hours : Full-Time 0.8 FTE (64 hrs/2 wks); day shift; 8 & 12-hr shifts ; every 3rd weekend (12-hr shifts; Fri & Sat); varying holiday rotation (12-hr shifts)

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SUMMARY: Lancaster General Health/Penn Medicine is currently seeking a Registered Nurse for this Cardiothoracic & Vascular Step-down Unit. The RN assumes responsibility and accountability as defined by the American Nurses Association standards of nursing practice.

5 East/West Cardiothoracic Vascular Surgery Step-Down Unit provides an environment where our nurses are essential in the recovery and education of post-op cardiothoracic and vascular surgery patients. You will work alongside our distinguished doctors and surgeons who preform cutting edge procedures making our unit unique. We use the latest technology and protocols to provide the best care for patients postoperatively from procedures such as TAVR, Mitra Clip, Fempops, Amputations, Open-Heart Surgery, TCAR, VATS and Thoracotomies to name a few. Our unit works cohesively as a team to provide learning opportunities to the staff as the specialty changes with new procedures and process improvements. Become a part of our 5East/West family and provide amazing care for our step-down surgical population in order to promote successful and seamless recovery.


  • Incorporates the LGHealth/Penn Medicine mission, vision and values into planning patient care.

  • Functions as an independent and interdependent member of the health care team as defined in unit based Plan for Provision of Care.

  • Performs patient assessments, focusing on physiologic, psychological, and cognitive functions. Evaluates progress toward attainment of outcomes and adapts the plan of care based on recognized trends and changes. Collects and manages comprehensive data pertinent to the patient’s health or the situation.

  • Analyzes the assessment data to determine the diagnosis or issues. Formulates age-appropriate and culturally and ethically sensitive plan of care

  • Implements care in a knowledgeable manner and coordinates patient care across several disciplines and among caregivers.

  • Provides leadership to other members of the team by effectively communicating expected standards of care and encouraging and supporting team members and their contributions.

  • Educates patients about healthy practices and treatment modalities


  • RN licensure is required, issued by the PA Board of Nursing.

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) preferred. For Magnet designated RN positions, BSN or higher level nursing degree is required: by 12/31/2020; or by 12/31/2021 based on established parameters for incumbents who started in position prior to 12/31/2017; or within three (3) years of placement in position for incumbents who started in position after 12/31/2017.

  • CPR Certification required.

  • If Applicable , New Graduate RNs will be required to complete the Nurse Residency Program.

  • A health care provider in good standing with Medicare, Medicaid, and other federal and state health insurance programs, i.e. not excluded from participation in Medicare, Medicaid or any other federal or state health insurance program.

This position requires a Professional License/Certification.

This position requires PA Child Abuse and FBI Fingerprinting Clearances.

Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, at a member of the University of Pennsylvania Health System (Penn Medicine), at is a 631-licensed bed not-for-profit health system with a comprehensive network of care encompassing Lancaster General Hospital (LGH), Women & Babies Hospital and the Lancaster Rehabilitation Hospital (in partnership with Kindred Healthcare) . Our membership in Penn Medicine brings together the strengths of a world-renowned, not-for-profit academic medical center and a nationally recognized, not-for-profit community healthcare system.

Outpatient services are provided at the Downtown Outpatient and Suburban Outpatient Pavilions, along with additional outpatient centers and Express and Urgent Care locations throughout the region. Lancaster General Health Physicians is a network of more than 300 primary-care and specialty physicians, at more than 40 offices throughout the region . Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences is a private, co-educational, Middle States-accredited four-year college offering a variety of associate and baccalaureate degree and certification programs in healthcare.

A four time designated Magnet hospital for nursing excellence, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health has been recognized regionally and nationally for clinical excellence and patient safety; and ranked nationally by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s best hospitals in 2015-16 in three specialties. It is also one of only seven hospitals in the country with all of the following distinctions:

5 Star Rating on Hospital Compare

Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals 2017 at

Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade A

US News List of High Performing Hospitals at

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